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 2016 to 2017 academic year we were allocated £229,000.
In the 2017 to 2018 academic year we were allocated £209,800.
In the 2018 to 2019 academic year we have been allocated £218,250.
Pupil Premium funding is used to provide additional support for our students, including;
- Delivery of interventions in literacy and numeracy, such as taking part in the accelerated reader programme
- 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 and PASS 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, textbooks and other course related materials
- Provision of equipment, calculators, laptops, printers, memory sticks, etc.,
- Use of New Group Reading Tests (NGRT) 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
- LAMDA approved drama lessons with a Drama Therapist
- 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 to help develop metacognitive skills 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
- Access to a weekly homework club
- Access to raising aspirations programmes
- Parent and child study skills workshops
In addition, all students will have 1-1 meetings with a dedicated member of staff (often the form tutor) 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.