The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011; it is paid by means of a specific grant based upon school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for students in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any time in last 6 years up to year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns (SSDA903).
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school/academy funding and it will be used by this Academy to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
In the Academy we have 569 pupils who are entitles to benefit from the additional funding, this equates to 65.1% of the Academy's student population.
Each entitled pupil received £935 per annum.
In the year 2014-15 the Academy received £549,367 Pupil Premium funds.
In the year 2015-16 the Academy will receive circa £541,330 Pupil Premium funds.
Our Objectives for Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers nationally.
As far as its powers allow the Academy will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
The Principal and Academy Governance have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and to ensure that it represents value for money.
How Pupil Premium was spent 2014/2015
Research evidence suggests that it is not simply a question of spending more to get better results. Whilst the funding is allocated on the basis of the proxy indicator relating to free school meals, we believe it is important to use the Pupil Premium within the context of a coherent whole-academy policy, identifying and implementing the most effective strategies in order to narrow the gap between the advantaged and disadvantaged.
A complete rewrite of the Academies Development Plan and Self Evaluation has put in place strategies and specific targeted actions to deliver rapid and sustainable progress in narrowing the gap. ADP Priority reference;
- To continue to ensure Safeguarding is effective and student welfare is actively promoted due to a culture of vigilance by leaders and managers.
- Learning and progress for all key groups is outstanding and never less than consistently good, as a consequence achievement is outstanding
- Leadership across all levels has been highly successful in driving up the highest levels of achievement and ensures that all groups of learners meet ambitious levels of progress and personal development
- Ambitious and effective strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation contributes to outstanding learning