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Pupil Premium

‘The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’ (DFE 2012).

Schools are given funding for every student on their roll that is:

  • a Looked After Child OR
  • is currently able to claim Free School Meals OR
  • has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years.

This additional funding has been allocated to every school because national figures show that, on average,this group does not achieve as well as their peers across the country. This group of students however are able to do just as well as all other students and the funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.

How must this money be used?

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. There is no requirement for this money to be spent on individual students simply because they fall into this category. However, it is expected that the funding will be used to support, as necessary, students in this group and other lower-income families so that this group makes the same progress as their peers.

How does the school use this funding?

The school uses this funding to provide the following support structures for those students that need additional help in order to achieve success in line with school and national expectations:

  • 1-1 and small group intervention in English and Mathematics
  • Social skills, self-esteem and other specialised programmes
  • Additional behaviour and learning support
  • Attendance related support structures and incentives
  • Homework support and independent learning resources
  • Financial support for: music tuition from Bristol Arts and Music Service; access to school events such as visits or leavers’ events that may otherwise not be accessible to students due to cost.
  • Mentoring and advice for students in this group, in order to raise aspirations and remove barriers to success
  • Close liaison with parents/carers, sharing concerns and celebrating successes

In addition, staff have been appointed whose role includes specific responsibilities with respect to this group of students; their role will include monitoring, tracking and ensuring appropriate intervention as needed as well as parental liaison.

It is important to note that it should not be assumed that all students on Free School Meals need some or all of this support. There are a number of this group of students in this school and elsewhere who are making excellent progress already, and who will need minimal support as a result.

How will the school measure success?

The school tracks the progress of all students, including students in this particular group. Success will be evidence that shows that students in this group are making better progress than in the past. We will also compare their progress against their peers in the school and nationally, so that we can judge the impact of our work in this broader context.

To view the provision for 2015/16 and to see the impact of our pupil premium spend so far, click here.