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.
It is allocated for each child who is or has been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. There is also separate, lower pupil premium support for service children whose parents are serving in the armed forces and a catch-up premium for those Year 7 pupils who were below level 4 in their Key Stage 2 English or maths SATs.
In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools will receive £935.00 for each eligible pupil in Year 7 to Year 11, paid in quarterly instalments.
Schools will also receive £1,900.00 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Schools to which pupil premium is allocated are free to spend it as they see fit. However, they are accountable for ensuring the additional funding is used effectively to raise the attainment of disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Schools are required to publish this information online to ensure that parents and carers are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium and the extra support that they receive.
In recent years, some of the initiatives in which St Aidan’s Academy has invested to support eligible students include:
The Impact of our Pupil Premium Interventions
There have been very significant increases in the progress of the pupil premium cohort in English and maths, narrowing the in-school gap with other students. Progress in both subjects for the St Aidan’s pupil premium cohort is now in line with the national figures for non-pupil premium and very significantly above the national figures for pupil premium pupils.
The literacy and numeracy Catch-up Premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 in order to provide effective and appropriate intervention to help close the literacy and numeracy gap for these children. Currently 16 Y7 students are supported by Catch-up Premium funding.
This funding is used to help fund our Year 7 Nurture Group which targets these students.
The students have also been assessed as part of a whole school assessment using Lucid Exact software to determine how they are currently performing.
Following each data capture the group is analysed, in comparison with the rest of the year group, and students remain, or are moved in or out of the group accordingly.