Introduction to the Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium (PP) is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible for free school meals in the past six years.
The allocation for 2014-15 included pupils on the January 2014 School Census known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in any of the previous six years, as well as those first known to be eligible as from January 2013. It equated to £935 per child (in accordance with eligibility criteria, e.g. free school meals, looked after Children, and Ever6 FSM, etc.). The total allocation was £105,548 including the carry forward from 2013-14.
We allocated a large sum of the funding to support the following staffing levels: COPES worker for 3 days per week to work with students and families, 0.6 fte Maths teacher and 1 fte English teacher for targeted intervention in KS3 and KS4, 1:2:1 maths tutor and a TLR allowance for Narrowing the Gap co-ordinator. We also subscribed to PiXL, as well as this we enabled FSM and Ever6 students to go on school trips and allocated £10,000 for all subjects to ‘bid’ for resources to support disadvantaged students with resources within their subject area. Of the total allocation we spent £92,934, leaving a balance of £12,614 to carry forward into 2015-16 financial year.
For 2015-16 financial year, we have been given an allocation of £87,101, plus £12,614 remaining from last year giving a total allocation of £99,715. The per pupil allocation for secondary schools is £935 per FSM and ‘Ever6’ pupils. For ‘Looked after Children’ and eligible adopted children, the allocation is £1,900 per pupil. The ‘service child premium’ is set at £300 per pupil. In this year’s allocation we do not have any ‘service’ pupils.
Year 7 Catch Up premium (Literacy & Numeracy):
This funding is for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved at least level 4 in English and/or maths at Key Stage 2.
The allocation for 2014-15 was £8,500, plus £22,138 carried forward from 2013-14 giving a total allocation of £30,638. Of this allocation £12,278 was spent with £18,360 carried forward to 2015-16.
In 2014-15 we used the funding to support 1:2:1 tuition in maths and English for students in year 7 and an external maths consultant to support strategies in KS3.
Last updated: February 2016