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Pupil Premium Funding

What is the Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium provides funding to students in addition to the main funding a school receives. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, is the best way to address the underlying inequalities between disadvantaged students by ensuring that funding reaches those who need it most. The funding is used to ‘close the gap’ through raising attainment and improving progress.

The Department for Education provides Pupil Premium funding for pupils who:

  • are looked after by the Local Authority in Care;
  • are members of a family of an Armed Forces Parent;
  • or have been in the last six years, eligible for Free School Meals.

Pupil Premium is an important grant for schools and a valuable opportunity for eligible parents to receive even more support for their children in schools. If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free meals, even if you don’t want your child to eat school meals, we would urge you to apply.

Detailed report on our use of the Pupil Premium

You can read about our Pupil Premium strategy, how we measure the impact of our Pupil Premium spending, the individualising support we offer, Pupil Premium impact on pupil attainment and progress, how we report on Pupil Premium spending, see a summary of Pupil Premium income and expenditure and our priorities for the academic year 2019/20 in:

Pupil Premium Summary.

PE & Sports Premium Expenditure 2018/19

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport offered.

You can read about our PE & Sports Premium strategy, Action Plan and Budget Tracking, and the impact from additional sports clubs for the academic year 2018/19 in:

PE & Sports Premium Report.

Catch-Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including academies, additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

Our funding allocation for 2018/19 was £13,144 and was used to provide:-

  • Focus groups for English and Maths in Year 7 for those pupils working below national expectations.
  • LSA’s supporting in classes, small groups and 1:1 as directed by the Head of Maths
  • 1:1 support on carefully chosen literacy interventions i.e. Accelerated reader is used to develop comprehension and understanding.
  • Heads of Maths and English are funded to track pupil progress
  • Local Authority literacy/dyslexia training for LSA’s who provided 1:1 tuition and support in school.

For the school year 2019/20 our funding allocation is £10,720 a reduction of £3,000 on 2018/19 settlement. We measure the impact of any catch-up strategies by looking carefully at progress data with our Heads of English and Maths and evaluate our approaches. This is augmented termly via Pupil Progress Meetings with teachers which tracks and aims to overcome barriers to learning. Pupils make good progress in Year 7 and we plan to continue with small class groups, in addition, we use volunteers as listeners to promote and support reading.