Introduced in 2011 the aim of the Pupil Premium is to raise achievement among disadvantaged children. It provides additional funding to schools for disadvantaged pupils to ensure they benefit from the same educational opportunities as pupils from more affluent families.
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant with the hope that this extra funding would narrow the gap in attainment for those students in care and for those who come from families with low incomes, thus raising achievement overall. This has now been extended to children who have parents in the armed forces and who have been on free school meals in the last six years (‘ever 6’).
From research the school has found that the best types of interventions are actions focused on learning in the curriculum and strategies that affect performance DIRECTLY in the classroom i.e. Effective feedback to students, One to one tuition or small group teaching or staff training.
In the past, the school used the pupil premium in a variety of ways to ensure this progress with the following results:
- Attendance admin to ensure parents are notified of non-attendance at school. Effective use of Call Parent has supported school strategies to ensure high attendance rates
- Additional pastoral Support for students eligible for Pupil Premium
- Year 6/7 transition activities and development time to ensure full engagement of students post transition
- Extended curriculum experiences – Year 7 Residential, School Trips etc.
- Additional targeted support in English and Mathematics through workshops, one to one support, out of hours learning activity
- Adaptation of school timetable for identified students to pursue alternative learning pathways – College placement, pre-apprenticeship, Rathbones, Fairbridge etc. resulting in greater engagement in learning and increased application to studies
- Involvement of specialised services to address social, emotional and behavioural issues that has secured increased attendance at school
- Improved performance of Pupil premium students in Mathematics 2012/13 – sixty percent achieved or exceeded their expected grade at the end of Key Stage 4.