The Pupil Premium grant is government money designed to help students who are currently registered for Free School Meals, or who have been registered for Free School Meals within the last 6 years, to do well at school. The children of Armed Forces families and young people who are In Care are also eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
For the period April 2015 to March 2016, we received ££448,350. The total sum for 2016/ 2017 is £434,944.
Part of the money is spent on additional staffing. Funding also goes towards the cost of providing IPads for all Pupil Premium students, running our Success Centre, continuing the Gold Curriculum and other additional provision such as the working with the Student Engagement Trust, our Reading Programme and providing links to local FE colleges and Universities.
We spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure that we are fully up-to-date with the approaches and strategies that will provide the best possible teaching for our students.
For students who are not making their best progress, we provide extra support either in small groups or on a 1-1 basis. These are called ‘Intervention Programmes’; they may focus on core skills, learning mentorship, pastoral support or support to improve attendance.
Finally, we allocate part of this funding to support individual students who may need financial help so that they can take part in the wide programme of Enrichment Opportunities, trips and visits that we offer. Decisions as to how we spend our Pupil Premium funding are informed by extensive research into what strategies work best and are likely to have the greatest positive impact on student achievement and progress.
We track students’ overall progress against their targets regularly so that we can quickly see the impact our provision is making. Progress is reported to you five times a year, and also at our Parents’ Review Days and Consultation Evenings. If your child takes part in an Intervention Programme, we also measure how s/he is progressing at the start of the programme and again, at the end, so that we can measure improvement and see the difference.
At the start of each financial year, we publish, on our School Website, an outline of how we intend to spend our Pupil Premium for the coming year and, at the end of each financial year, we publish details of how the money was spent, with a brief report on the impact of this spending.