The government provides academies and schools with additional funding to help reduce the inequalities and gaps in attainment between those students who are on free school meals (or have been in in the last 6 years) and their peers. This funding is called the Pupil Premium.
Every academy and school can select how they chose to use their Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for students. Pupil premium funding was first introduced in April 2011. It is allocated to pupils who are currently known to be eligible for free school meal or have received free school meals in the last six year and pupils who are looked after, from the first day of the care episode.
Our core aim is to raise the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding so that their performance compares favourably with both their non-pupil premium peers and other students nationally.
We also will endeavour to address inequalities in education of pupils from low-income families and raise attainment of these pupils.
Nothing is more important than outstanding teaching and learning in the classroom and this remains central to our core ethos and drive to raise standards for both disadvantaged students and those not considered to be disadvantaged.
In addition to this, targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed in order to:
Expenditure Aimed at Achieving these Outcomes for 2017/2018:
Outcomes 2017 / 2018:
Outcomes were disappointing in terms of attainment, even though the cohort of PP students was much less able than their non-PP peers and as such were less likely to meet the 9 – 5 in English and Maths measure.
The Progress 8 figure is far more representative, and pleasing, as it represents an improvement of 0.56 on the -0.85 gap seen in 2017 and is likely to be narrower than the Progress 8 gap nationally.
We must continue to work to improve both the progress PP students make and their attainment so that they meet the key benchmarks that allow them to access the next stage of their learning journey.
Specific Actions for 2018 / 2019:
We remain committed to the majority of the strategies used last year and still believe in the importance of improving literacy rates, parental engagement and enriching opportunities.
However, there are a number of additional strategies we must implement in order to ensure we provide our pupil premium students with the best possible life chances. They include: