Pupil Premium & Year 7 catch-up funding
The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.
- Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals
- Children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer
From April 2012, pupil premium funding was also extended to:
- All children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
- £935 per pupil of secondary-school age
- £1,900 per pupil for looked-after children who:
- Have been looked after for 1 day or more
- Are adopted
- Leave care under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order
At the Academy we understand that some students may face hardships at home which may prevent them for achieving their full potential. As a result, the Academy ensures that the additional funding received through Pupil Premium is used to support these students through their education, ensure they are not dis-advantaged compared to their peers and provide life opportunities that they might otherwise have missed out on. Below is a list of strategies the Academy has put in place to ensure these students achieve in line with their peers:
- Teaching & Support staff employed to keep class sizes down to ensure students can receive as much targeted support as possible.
- School buses to help students get to school on time in the morning which has been extremely effective with our above national attendance.
- The Futures Programme is a fully-funded and unique curriculum which provides equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their financial situation, to take part in life experiences alongside their normal timetable. Over the course of the five years, the academy will provide students with opportunities to visit galleries, museums, outdoor learning centres and theatres, alongside University visits and on-site soft skill development, which students may not be able to experience at home. This ensures that when our students graduate from the academy in Year 11, they are well-rounded individuals with a plethora of experiences and life skills, allowing them to be competitive in the job market against students who come from more advantaged backgrounds.
- Online revision services which the students can access in their own time and on their own devices or within school including GCSEPod & SAM Learning.
- Providing breakfast to students who arrive to school early to ensure they are ready to face the day once school begins.
- Date of next Pupil Premium Strategy Review: Wednesday 31st January 2018 (Provisional). This allows the Academy to reflect on how well pupil premium students have achieved after performance tables have been ratified and will allow us to ensure that the support we provide and expenditure of the Pupil Premium budget is value for money and leads to great outcomes for our students.
School accountability for the pupil premium
The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Year 7 Catch up
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding of £500 to support each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
For more information please visit www.gov.uk