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 2016/2017:
Outcomes 2016 / 2017:
Outcomes were extremely disappointing and necessitate a radical rethink in how we approach closing the gap.
The inclusion of the Progress 8 figure without the pupil premium students who were at an alternative provision is a clear indication that students who are at the school perform much better than those who, for a range of legitimate reasons, are educated at an alternative location.
Among many changes for the coming academic year, one of the most ground-breaking is the extensive investment in an inclusive learning zone within the school. The express purpose of which is to support pupil premium students effectively so that they remain at school and better outcomes are achieved for disadvantaged students.
Specific Actions for 2017 / 2018:
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, outcomes last year necessitate that this year in tandem with those actions, 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: