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Pupil Premium / Disadvantage Funding

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, and to support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces. 

Disadvantaged pupils are defined as those who are in receipt of Free School Meals, or who have been in receipt of Free School Meals in the past six years (Ever 6).  There is additional funding for Looked After Children (LAC), and those who have been adopted from care.   Further information and guidance can be found here.

What is the purpose of pupil premium funding?

The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school and academy funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools and academies to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools and academies also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and for children of service personnel.

What is the funding used for?

The Pupil Premium Funding is used to support a range of provision:

  • Additional staffing to act as Learning Strategies Mentors;
  • Targeted in-class provision within English, Maths, Science and other subjects where appropriate;
  • Additional staffing to support the early-morning Extra Literacy and Numeracy Skills sessions;
  • Specialist assessment is used to identify barriers to learning;
  • Observation of individual students to monitor area of concern/progress;
  • Numeracy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
  • Literacy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
  • Short-term Intervention for reading, spelling and handwriting;
  • Provision of independent learning resources;
  • Study skills provision;
  • After school homework and revision sessions;
  • Subject-specific intervention sessions provided pre-registration, lunchtime and after school;
  • Specialist counselling sessions;
  • Pastoral liaison;
  • Peer mentoring;
  • Breakfast Club provision;
  • The provision of additional educational resources and equipment;
  • I.T facilities available to support student learning;
  • Specialist projects/events for High Attaining students;
  • Contribution made towards music tuition;
  • Contribution made towards Year 7 Educational visit to France;
  • Allocation of specific revision guides for Year 10 and Year 11 students;
  • Tracking and supporting good attendance;
  • Comprehensive tracking system in place to monitor academic progress and log extra-curricular activities;
  • Quality Assurance is carried out on a module by module basis.

Statistics

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who are looked after is 0.5%

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who have received free school meals in one or more of the previous six years (Ever 6FSM) is  28%.

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who are children of service personnel is  2%.

How much Pupil Premium funding has the Academy received?

£68,000

Year 7 Catch Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch Up Premium, allocated to schools and academies from January 2013 onwards, is used by schools and academies to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up for Year 7 students who have been identified as not reaching the required standards within Reading and Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

For the academic year 2016-2017 this funding is projected to be £500 per student. This additional income is to support the implementation of strategies that are aimed at raising attainment in Reading and Maths.

At The Priory Pembroke Academy we have a variety of strategies to enable students to catch up and these are designed to meet individual needs of the identified students.

Examples of how the Catch Up Premium may be allocated to support Year 7 students at The Priory Pembroke Academy this current academic year include:

  • Additional staffing to act as Learning Strategies Mentors;
  • Specialist assessment to identify barriers to learning;
  • Observation of individual students to monitor area of concern/progress;
  • Numeracy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
  • Literacy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
  • Targeted in-class provision within English and Maths;
  • Additional staffing to support the early-morning extra reading and numeracy skills sessions;
  • Short-term intervention for reading;
  • Identification and purchase of reading scheme resources;
  • Provision of independent learning resources such as ‘Mathletics’;
  • Subject-specific intervention sessions provided pre-registration, lunchtime and after school;
  • The provision of additional educational resources and equipment.

If you would like further information about the Catch Up funding from the Department for Education – Please see the following link:

http://education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/year7catchup