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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Sept 2017

What is the purpose of pupil premium funding?

The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school and academy funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools and academies to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools and academies also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and for children of service personnel.

The Priory Academy LSST

At The Priory Academy LSST, we have approximately 60 Pupil Premium and Service Premium students in each year group (Year 7-11).

We are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.

Every child on the register has at least two mentor meetings with a member of staff per year. During the initial meeting the student is asked to complete a questionnaire that can be used to re-evaluate and measure the impact of provision throughout the course of the academic year.

The initial meeting requires the student to discuss the following areas:

  • Attainment;
  • Pupil progress;
  • Extra-curricular interests;
  • Career opportunities;
  • Social and emotional well-being;
  • Cultural opportunities;
  • Personal aspirations.

The meeting is documented and helps to inform future guidance and support. This information is disseminated to relevant members of staff in order to inform their planning and aid student progress.

The Pupil Premium Funding is used to support a range of provision:

  • Additional staffing to act as Pastoral Learning Mentors and Learning Strategies      Co-ordinators;
  • Targeted in-class provision within English, Maths, Science and other subjects where appropriate;
  • Additional staffing to support the early-morning Extra Literacy and Numeracy Skills sessions;
  • Specialist assessment is used to identify barriers to learning;
  • Observation of individual students to monitor area of concern/progress;
  • Numeracy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
  • Literacy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
  • Short-term Intervention for reading, spelling and handwriting;
  • Provision of independent learning resources;
  • Study skills provision;
  • After school homework and revision sessions;
  • Subject-specific intervention sessions provided pre-registration, lunchtime and after school;
  • Specialist counselling sessions;
  • Pastoral liaison;
  • Peer mentoring;
  • Breakfast Club provision;
  • The provision of additional educational resources and equipment;
  • I.T facilities available to support student learning;
  • Specialist projects/events for High Attaining students;
  • Contribution made towards music tuition;
  • Contribution made towards Year 7 Educational visit to France;
  • Allocation of specific revision guides for Year 10 and Year 11 students;
  • Tracking and supporting good attendance;
  • Comprehensive tracking system in place to monitor academic progress and log extra-curricular activities;
  • Quality Assurance is carried out on a module by module basis.

We received a letter from the Rt Hon David Laws – the previous Minister of State for schools:-

'‘It gives me great pleasure to write to you and congratulate you on the improvement in key stage 4 results for your disadvantaged pupils since 2011.

Your results show that you have improved in terms of attainment and value-added progress of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011, and you are increasingly effective at educating your disadvantaged pupils. It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for the future.''

Statistics

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who are looked after is 0.25%

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who have received free school meals in one or more of the previous six years (Ever 6FSM) is 7.2%.

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who are children of service personnel is 8.9 %.

How much Pupil Premium funding has the Academy received?

In the financial year 2016/17 the Priory Academy LSST received £173,000 in Pupil Premium, Service Premium and Post looked-After Children funding.

In the financial year 2017/18, indicative figures suggest that The Priory Academy LSST will receive £182,000 in Pupil Premium, Service Premium and Post Looked-After Children funding.

What impact has the Pupil Premium funding had at The Priory Academy LSST?

  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students gaining grades 9-4 in English and Maths was 71% in the academic year 2016/17
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students gaining 9-4 in Maths was 71%
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students gaining 9-4 in English was 92%
  • There were 0% permanent exclusions for Premium Students for 2016/17.

Year 7 Catch Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch Up Premium, allocated to schools and academies from January 2013 onwards, is used by schools and academies to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up for Year 7 students who have been identified as not reaching the required standards within Reading and Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

For the academic year 2017-2018 this funding is projected to be £511 per student. This additional income is to support the implementation of strategies that are aimed at raising attainment in Reading and Maths.

At The Priory Academy LSST we have a variety of strategies to enable students to catch up and these are designed to meet individual needs of the identified students.

Examples of how the Catch Up Premium may be allocated to support Year 7 students at The Priory Academy LSST this current academic year include:

  • Additional staffing to act as Learning Strategies Mentors;
  • Specialist assessment to identify barriers to learning;
  • Observation of individual students to monitor area of concern/progress;
  • Numeracy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
  • Literacy skills intervention (one to one and/or small group);
  • Targeted in-class provision within English and Maths;
  • Additional staffing to support the early-morning extra reading and numeracy skills sessions;
  • Short-term intervention for reading;
  • Identification and purchase of reading scheme resources;
  • Provision of independent learning resources such as ‘Mathletics’;
  • Subject-specific intervention sessions provided pre-registration, lunchtime and after school;
  • The provision of additional educational resources and equipment.

If you would like further information about the Catch Up funding from the Department for Education – Please see the following link:

http://education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/year7catchup