The Pupil Premium is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium has a number of wider aims:
- to increase social mobility;
- to enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top universities;
- to reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally.
In the 2015 to 2016 academic year we were allocated £186000.
In the 2016 to 2017 academic year we have been allocated £229000.
Pupil Premium funding is used to provide additional support for our students, including;
- Delivery of interventions in literacy and numeracy
- Core subject interventions both during and after the school day
- Access to and support from the Gateway School
- Access to the school counsellor and school welfare manager
- Cognitive Abilities Tests
- Pupil Attitude to Self and School Tests
- Access to Vocational Curriculum Pathways
- Increased Senior Leadership Intervention
- Use of PiXL training to inform specific intervention strategies
- Student Support Officer Intervention
- Funding for essential academic trips and activities
- Provision of revision guides
- Provision of equipment, calculators, laptops, memory sticks, etc.,
- Use of Arti tests to identify reading and comprehension ability and to use this to provide teachers with data to differentiate lessons and put in place suitable intervention strategies
- Motivational workshops and speakers
- Music lessons and music therapy, particularly to support our GCSE and BTEC students
- Breakfast club
- Access to leadership opportunities
- Access to subject specific revision workshops
- Access to intensive ‘booster’ interventions provided by specialist external providers
- Study skills programme which includes Memory Techniques, Employability Skills, Critical Thinking, Stress Management, Exam Preparation, Effective Reading and Note-Taking Skills and Mindset and Motivation workshops
- A single point of contact with our Pupil Premium Administrator – due to start November 2016
- Access to a homework club.
In addition, all students will have regular 1-1 meetings with a dedicated member of staff to ensure bespoke actions are put in place for their individual circumstances.
Like the Pupil Premium, the Armed Forces Service Premium is not distributed to each family but is a pooled resource to support school services including (but not limited to) the school counsellor and school welfare manager.