Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to schools by the Department for Education. There are two distinct streams of funding, each with different aims. Pupil Premium provided for disadvantaged learners is aimed at removing barriers for pupils from families with low income to minimise the gap in academic attainment between them and pupils from more affluent backgrounds. The Service Pupil Premium aims to support pupils from service families who sometimes require additional pastoral support when their family situation makes it harder to focus on their learning.
Strategies to remove barriers for all pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding
Our main priority is to provide high quality teaching and pastoral support. This will benefit all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged by their economic situation or require support as a result of their parents being in the military. The primary provision for pupils is via the classroom teacher. Therefore, all staff are:
- Aware of which pupils are currently in receipt of free school meals or have been in the past six years.
- Aware of which pupils have ever been in care.
- Aware of which pupils have parents in the military or have done in the past six years.
- Aware of the individual needs of all pupils.
- Are readily able to request additional support and interventions for pupils when required.
Pupil Premium Documents
Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up Premium
What is catch-up funding?
The ‘catch-up’ premium was formally launched in March 2013 as part of the government’s commitment to providing additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who failed to reach National Curriculum Level 4 in English and/or Mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2.
The initiative involves secondary schools receiving an additional premium of £500 for each ‘catch-up’ pupil. The money is to be used by schools to deliver literacy and/or numeracy support with the aim of bringing ‘catch-up’ pupils up to speed and thus increasing their chances of succeeding at secondary school. The funding is not ring-fenced, allowing schools to use the premium to finance literacy and numeracy schemes, which reflect the needs of their students.
Changes to national assessments at Key Stage 2 now mean that when a student achieves a scaled score in their SATs of below 100, they have not met the expected standard. Catch-up funding is there to support those pupils who did not make the expected standard in Mathematics, Reading, Writing or Grammar Punctuation and Spelling. Budgets are now matched to those from 2015-2016 and adjusted based on the percentage change in the cohort size.