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Pupil Premium

Introduction to the Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, from reception to 11, who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6). The Pupil Premium was £623 per pupil in financial year 2012/13 and is set to rise to £900 per pupil in 2013/14. More information about the Pupil Premium is available on the Department for Education website.

The Pupil Premium context at Uplands

Uplands in a local authority maintained secondary comprehensive school. In 2011-12 we had 990 students on roll including the sixth form. The percentage of these pupils eligible for Free School Meals was 10% compared to a national average of 27%.

How we spent the money 2012-13

The Pupil Premium allocation for 2012-13 was based on £623 per pupil, which equated to £48,016 (plus the £3,753 carried forward from 2011-12). This meant we had £51,769 of which we spent a total of £22,021 and have carried forward £29,748 to this new financial year 2013-14.

Key strategies, costs and impact for 2012-13

Issue identified in 2012 results Strategy Cost Impact in 2013 results

Narrow progress gap between FSM and non-FSM in Maths
(-37% gap)

Fund the additional Maths teacher (0.6FTE) £20k Progress gap of FSM students in Maths has increased (-41%) - based on early entry results. Increase in gap is due to the rise in progress levels of non-FSM (+17%)
Narrow progress gap between FSM and non-FSM in English - gap in 2012 was -31% One to one tuition/revision classes £1k Progress gap of FSM students is set to remain the same at -31% (Exit data 2013)
To narrow progress gap of FSM students at KS3 in English One to one tuition £500 FSM expected progress in line with non-FSM in English reading. FSM expected progress better (+8%) than non-FSM in English Writing
To narrow progress of FSM gap students at KS3 in Mathematics One to one tuition £500 FSM expected progress lower (-16%)than that on non FSM - to review strategy for 2013-14

In addition to the highlighted expenditure above, we organised a number of other initiatives to support FSM pupils, which included:

  • Subsidising school trips and passports
  • Christmas reading books
  • Assistance with transport

How we intend to spend the money in financial year 2013-14

Priorities for 2013-14 Strategy Cost Impact in 2013 so far

Further raise progress of FSM students in Maths  
(-37% 2012)

- One to one tuition for pupils

- Fund the employment of additional Maths teachers (0.6 FTE)
£5k

£24k
TBC - Summer 2014 results

Further raise progress of FSM students in English
 (-31% 2012)

Fund employment of additional English teacher (0.6FTE) £24k TBC - Summer 2014 results
Lucid reading software To ensure accurate measuring of reading and spelling ages of FSM pupils to enable interventions £840pa TBC - Summer 2014 results
Intervention Co-ordinator KS3 To ensure the closer monitoring, tracking and intervention of FSM pupils in KS3 to narrow  progress gap in English and Maths £2465 TBC - Summer 2014 results
Intervention Co-ordinator KS4 To ensure the closer monitoring, tracking and intervention of FSM pupils in KS4 to narrow  progress gap in English and Maths £2465 TBC - Summer 2014 results
Family liaison/support officer To engage families difficult to reach with pupil attendance and attainment TBC TBC - Summer 2014 results