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. It is expected, however, 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 much funding does the school receive?
Funding is based on the number of eligible students at the school in January and the amount is notified to us in the Spring term. It is paid in arrears.
2016/ 17 allocation is £174,113
How will the school use this funding?
The school plans to use 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
- Mentoring and advice for students in this group (including access to counselling services), in order to raise aspirations and remove barriers to success
- Additional behaviour and learning support
- Close liaison with parents/carers, sharing concerns and celebrating successes
- Homework support and independent learning resources
- Music tuition
- Uniform grants
- Financial support for: revision guides and other resources that will help progress and are not needed as part of the taught course; access to school events such as visits that may otherwise not be accessible to students due to cost.
In addition, staff are 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 will need some or all of this support. It is likely that there will be students who will be making excellent progress already, and who will need minimal support as a result.