Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium strategy applies to ‘disadvantaged’ students within the school cohort. The term ‘disadvantaged’ refers to those young people who face particular challenges because of the economic circumstances they face when growing up.

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium strategy applies to ‘disadvantaged’ students within the school cohort. The term ‘disadvantaged’ refers to those young people who face particular challenges because of the economic circumstances they face when growing up.

The most commonly accepted proxy measure of such economic disadvantage is eligibility for free school meals (FSM) and this was the original qualifying criterion for Pupil Premium funding to tackle the attainment gap, introduced in 2011. Since then, the government has broadened this criterion to apply to pupils who have ever been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years (Ever-6 FSM). It also now includes other categories of children facing disadvantage, such as the children of service families and those who are looked after by local authorities. Therefore, the term ‘disadvantaged’ applies to FSM eligible pupils, Ever-6 FSM pupils or Pupil Premium pupils.

Historically there is a gap in attainment between those who are classified as disadvantaged and their non-disadvantaged peers. The gap begins in the early years and is evident when children begin school aged 5. The gap grows wider at every stage of education. It more than doubles by 9.5 months by the end of Primary School and again to 19.3 months by the end of Secondary School. This shows the importance of intervening early and then continuing to attend to the needs of disadvantaged pupils.

A majority of 19 year olds who have been eligible for free school meals leave education without a good standard of recognised English and Maths (level 4+). Whilst the attainment gap has lowered over the past decade, it remains significant. The Pupil Premium strategy is a valuable focus for closing the attainment gap. It is therefore vital that we consider how we can best use resources as a school to benefit all disadvantaged pupils in order to remove the attainment gap completely and allow all students, regardless of their economic circumstances, to achieve.

Our Approach

We believe that every student should be challenged and supported to aim high and achieve their very best. Students should feel safe in the learning environment and as well as being able to achieve academically, they should be able to excel in their character through the use of extra-curricular activities. Money has been focused on strategies that will benefit students who experience disadvantage and are so used to benefit all Pupil Premium students. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:

  • Ensuring that spending is directly linked to targeting gaps in attainment
  • Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions
  • Making sure there is a focus on quality of teaching every day
  • Making use of research when evaluating impact of interventions and considering implementation of new interventions

All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they know which students are their Pupil Premium students. Money is used to benefit all Pupil Premium students and support higher as well as lower ability students by extending the provision on offer.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2018/19

Objectives of Pupil Premium Spending

When making decisions about Pupil Premium funding, it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers for some children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, mental health, attendance and punctuality issues. All these barriers can prevent child from flourishing. As a school, we realise that there is no ‘one size fits all’ and want all students to succeed in their individual ways. We want to be able to narrow the attainment gap between pupil groups with the funding available.

Eligibility capture

Data captures any period of free school meal eligibility since the previous census for those students on roll on census day. For the spring (Jan) 2018 school census the period of student data collection was between early October 2017 and mid-January 2018.

The allocation received in the school budget share, issued in February, is an indicative figure that is provided by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The actual monies are paid to schools in April (estimated funding). This figure is adjusted (plus/minus) in October when schools receive the actual allocations from the EFA, after they have checked the FSM Ever 6 history for all students on roll in the January census. Please note the numbers on roll figures are taken from the autumn census.

Therefore the 2018/2019 Pupil Premium allocation is calculated using the student cohort in the academic year 2017-2018 as in the January 18 census. As such the allocations for the present financial year 2018/2019 and the related 2018/2019 academic year are based upon the 17-18 percentage of students who attracted Pupil Premium, albeit that the numbers of students attracting Student Premium changed from September 2017 as the previous Year 11 had left and a new Year 7 group started in September 2018.

Pupil Premium Expenditure for current academic year

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2018/19

Pupil Premium Expenditure

Pupil Premium Impact Evaluation

Pupil Premium Expenditure Previous Academic Year

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up