Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

‘The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.’ (DfE, 2016)

Background

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings: to children who are been looked after and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

This will also include students eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support students from low-income families. From September 2012 we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of students covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.

Monitoring and Evaluation

A specific development plan is constructed for the Pupil Premium budget and this is shared with governors. The impacts projects within the plan are then monitored during the course of the academic year.

Pupil Premium Plan

Click hereto view our Pupil Premium Allocation for 2011/2012 and 2012/2013

Click here to view our Pupil Premium Plan for 2012/2013

Click here to view our Pupil Premium Review for 2013/2014

 

Use of Pupil Premium 2014 – 2015

In 2014-2015 the level of the premium was £935 per student known to be eligible for FSM and those in care and £300 for those children whose parents serve in the armed forces.

Out of the 234 pupils on roll in 2014-2015, 37% were eligible for PPG.

The level of funding from the Department for Education was £80,000.

In 2014-2015 the Pupil Premium funded the following support and will enable similar interventions this academic year.

2014-15 Strategies

  • One to one tuition for Maths and English
  • Breakfasts Clubs for Maths and English
  • Professional facilitation to support Maths and English
  • Transport to access additional tuition and holiday revision sessions
  • Holiday revision sessions
  • Residential trip for Maths, English and History
  • Residential trip for SMSC and Physical Education/Sports Science
  • Rewards i.e. Amazon vouchers for attendance and improvements/progress
  • Additional ECDL qualification
  • Learning support coaches
  • Revision resources and study support materials
  • Revision booster sessions including ‘tea and toast’
  • Provision of  bottled water for examinations
  • Holiday homework club in the Summer holidays

Planned use of Pupil Premium 2015- 2016

 In 2015-2016 the level of the premium is £935 per student known to be eligible for FSM and those in care and £300 for those children whose parents serve in the armed forces.

The level of funding from the Department for Education is anticipated to be £74,800

The total number of pupils eligible for PPG are 39% of the number of students on role.

Objective

To improve progress of pupil premium pupils so that it is at least in line with their peers both within school and nationally

2015-16 Strategies

  • Provision of CPD Inset focused on developing teaching and learning for pupil premium students
  • Introduction of a Holiday Revision and Homework Club
  • Introduction of a Saturday Revision and Homework Club
  • Provision of sixth form tutoring in English and Maths
  • Provisions of resources and equipment including revision guides, materials for Art and Design, examination kits, trip assistance and uniform
  • Provision of a personal academic coach to students to ensure they are kept on track and are fully supported to achieve their potential
  • Transport to access additional tuition and holiday revision sessions
  • Rewards i.e. Amazon vouchers for attendance to additional sessions, mastery of the ’10 words’ strategy and progress
  • Fast tracked ECDL additional qualification for selected students
  • Revision booster sessions including ‘tea and toast’

In the Classroom

During a recent CPD staff were invited to consider standard William Bradford Academy Pupil Premium practice going forward. The following was agreed upon:

  • All staff are to have a means of identifying their disadvantaged students, e.g. seating plans, pen portraits, photos
  • Teachers will mark disadvantaged pupils’ books/assessments first
  • Teachers will keep a version of an ‘absence’ folder containing dated worksheets/lesson objectives for easier catch-up of missed lessons
  • Teachers will keep spare equipment (pens, rulers etc.) for disadvantaged students to access
  • Disadvantaged students are to receive free copies of all revision guides
  • A specific disadvantaged student letter is to be sent out for school trips explicitly stating there will be no cost involved

Additionally, all teaching staff are specifically tracking the progress and attainment of their disadvantaged pupils, using a range of intervention strategies to ‘narrow the gap’ between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students.