What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional funding introduced in 2011 for public schools in England. The two main objectives of Pupil Premium grants are to:
- Raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and diminishing the difference with their peers
- Support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
Each year government decide how much funding is allocated to each school based on the number of Pupil Premium students.
- Students in Year 7-11 recorded as Free School Meals registered in the last 6 years
- Looked After Children—children in care provided by a local authority
- Children who are no longer in care provided by a local authority
- Students in Year 7-11 recorded in the last 5 years as a service child (parent has served in the armed forces)
Based on the number of students that qualify each school is allocated funding to support these students.
Last year we received approximately £226,062.08 from Pupil Premium Allocation funding. The head teacher has the overall decision on where Pupil Premium funding is directed in order to help students.
Our key Priorities with Pupil Premium Funding
To achieve the overall aim, we plan to use the Pupil Premium funding to:
- Improve the progress and attainment of Pupil Premium students
- Support Pupil Premium students both academically and pastorally
- Diminish the difference between Pupil Premium students and their peers
- Improve parental engagement of Pupil Premium students
- Identify the barriers to progress for Pupil Premium students by analysing key data (attendance, behaviour reports, and attainment checks)
- Track and monitor Pupil Premium students attainment throughout the academic year
- Develop the quality of teaching for Pupil Premium students
- Improve levels of English and literacy for Pupil Premium students
- Increase attendance of Pupil Premium students by working with parents
- Track and evaluate Pupil Premium funding decisions
How we spend the money
At Arnewood we have identified 6 key areas where there can be targeted support for student achievement. The below cover the 6 areas and list some of the barriers related to our support.
- Academic – low levels of literacy, accessing the curriculum (in all subjects)
- Classroom Support – engaging with the curriculum (all subjects)
- Parental Involvement and Attendance Support – communication between home and school,
- Being Exam Ready – accessing resources and support for examined subjects
- Social and Emotional Support – low emotional and social literacy
- Pupil Premium Guarantee – Year 7 Pilot Scheme– access to opportunities e.g. extracurricular, transportation services.
Support classroom teachers by helping with:
- Quality first teaching.
- Individual monitoring for each subject.
- Student-focused intervention.
Successes and concerns will be highlighted at key points throughout the year.
Parental Involvement & Attendance Support
Support and communicate with parents of Pupil Premium students by:
- Improving communication with parents through e-mail and direct post.
- Improving parents evening attendance.
- Rewarding students with good and improving attendance.
Parents will have the opportunity to communicate with the Pupil Premium Co-ordinator.
To diminish the difference between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium Attainment by monitoring progress for each year group.
- Offer 1:1 tuition to year 7 students.
- Year 7 & 8—Pastoral mentoring with Tutors and HOY’s.
- Year 9— Monitor each term with HOY’s and Pastoral Support.
- Year 10 & 11—Monitor each half term with HOY, Pastoral Support, English and Maths departments.
Data analysis of reports to inform individual student interventions.
Being Exam Ready
Prepare students for their GCSE exams by:
- Providing revision resources.
- Creating revision incentives.
- Offering 1:1 mentoring with students identified from monitoring process.
- Making a place available for students to work.
The Pupil Premium Co-ordinator will support individual year 11 students.
Social and Emotional Support
Assist Pupil Premium students to tackle social and emotional issues through:
- Pastoral support for each year group.
- Nurture group for vulnerable students.
- Informal mentoring with members of staff.
- Identify individual barriers & interventions to learning for each Pupil Premium student.
Create an Arnewood Teaching Toolkit.
Pupil Premium Guarantee – Year 7 Pilot Scheme
Allocate £100 to each Pupil Premium student that parents can use to support their learning such as:
- Attendance assistance e.g. transport costs.
- Academic support e.g. textbooks.
- Enrichment Activities e.g. extra-curricular sport or music tuition.
- Student Engagement e.g. school trips.
- Provide transport costs for Pupil Premium students using the school bus.
Approved on a case by case basis.
Click here for the Pupil Premium spending review for the academic year 2016/17