Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant in Summary

All publicly funded schools receive additional funding to support the attainment of children who:

• Currently receive free school meals
• Have been in receipt of free school meals within the last six years
• Are looked-after children, (defined in the Children Act 1989 as a child who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority).
• Have recently left local authority care in England and Wales due to adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order, or a residence order.
• Are recorded as an ‘Ever 5 Service Child’, (a student recorded in the January 2016 school census who was eligible for the service child premium in any of the previous 4 years (i.e. since the January 2012 school census) as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2016 school census), or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.

The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at students who have received free school meals in the past six years, are in care or are from families of service personnel. Research shows that nationally these groups of students underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided in order to support these students in reaching their potential.

The Government is not instructing schools how they should spend this money; it is not ring‐fenced and schools ‘are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit’ DfE 2011. The Government however is clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their students to increase their attainment, and ‘close the gap’. Schools are accountable for closing the gap and school performance tables include measures that show the attainment of students who receive the Pupil Premium compared with their peer s.

Provision

In order to meet the above requirements, we will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all students

As part of the additional provision made for students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding, the Governors of the school will ensure that their needs of are adequately assessed and addressed through termly governors’ meetings.

How much Pupil Premium do we receive?

2018/2019 our anticipated funding is for our current cohort:

Indicative Pupil Premium Grant: £20,570

We have published our Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-2019 which we use as a tool to identify the barriers for our students and sets out how we propose to spend the pupil premium grant to address these barriers.

Please click below to view in PDF format:

Hameldon PP Strategy 2018 -2019 01112018

Some of the ways in which we spend the additional money may include:

  • Facilitating students’ access to education.
  • Facilitating students’ access to the curriculum.
  • Additional teaching and support staff.
  • Alternative nurture support and intervention.

More specific support may include:

  • Reading Support: the delivery of personalised programmes to improve reading and)
  • Literacy Support: to identify areas of literacy weakness and allows pupils to work on strengthening these key skills.
  • Numeracy Support – various approaches developed to improve basic numeracy life skills.
  • Additional learning support.
  • Support the funding of enrichment activities and educational visits.

Reporting

It is the responsibility of Senior Leadership Team to produce a termly report for the Governing Body. The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils. The Governing Body will consider the information provided, in the light of the data relating to the progress of those students receiving Pupil Premium funding, in conjunction with the revised schools’ league tables and this will be published on the college website.

How we will know if we are successful

The evaluation of this policy is based on how the school can close the gap between those in receipt of the Pupil Premium and their peers.

The success criteria for the Pupil Premium Policy are:

  • Early intervention and support for socially disadvantaged children.
  • The vast majority of socially disadvantaged children will meet their individual targets.
  • Effective parental student, college support support, including effective transition.
  • Having an effective system for identifying, assessing and monitoring pupils.
  • Having a whole‐school approach.
  • Creating a positive atmosphere and ethos in which students’ differences are recognised and valued as full members of the school community; developing confident and independent learners.

 

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