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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant September 2019

What is the purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant?

The government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), 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 PPG 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 the PPG for:

  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order;
  • Children of service personnel.

The Department for Education sets out that the PPG could be spent in the following ways:

  • for the purposes of the school; that is, for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school;
  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies;
  • on community facilities; for example, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated.

The grant is not intended to provide an amount of money for an individual student’s use. The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.

The Priory Academy LSST

At The Priory Academy LSST, we have approximately 62 Pupil Premium and Service Premium students in each year group (Year 7-11).

The barriers these students face in our setting range from not being able to access required resources to the need for additional support in terms of learning or physical and emotional wellbeing. We are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. The targeted and strategic use of the PPG will support us in achieving our vision and the use of funding is reviewed on a regular basis.

Every child eligible for the PPG 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 Grant 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/staff mentoring;
  • Breakfast Club provision;
  • The provision of additional educational resources and equipment;
  • I.T facilities available to support student learning;
  • Specialist projects/events;
  • Contribution made towards music tuition;
  • Contributions made towards extra-curricular activities – CCF, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Priory Leisure membership
  • Allocation of specific revision guides for Year 10 and Year 11 students;
  • Tracking and supporting good attendance;

Statistics

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who are looked after is 0.39%

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who are recorded as previously looked after is 0.59%

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 9.86%.

The percentage of pupils in the Academy who are children of service personnel is 8.92%.

How much Pupil Premium funding has the Academy received?

In the financial year 2018/19 the Priory Academy LSST received £185,912 in Pupil Premium, Service Premium and Post looked-After Children funding.

In the financial year 2019/20, indicative figures suggest that The Priory Academy LSST will receive £194,000 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 90% in the academic year 2018/19
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students gaining 9-4 in Maths was 95%
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students gaining 9-4 in English was 90%
  • The provisional 2018/19 Progress 8 score for Pupil Premium students is -0.14
  • There were 0% permanent exclusions for Pupil Premium Students for 2018/19.

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 2019-2020 this funding is projected to be £6095. 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:

  • 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;
  • Intervention programmes for Maths and English
  • 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 Pupil Premium Grant or Catch Up funding from the Department for Education – Please see the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings

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