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Pupil Premium

What is the purpose of pupil premium funding?

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 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 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 also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and for children of service personnel. In addition schools are provided with Catch Up Premium  funds targetting Year 7 pupils.

The Priory Academy LSST

At the Priory Academy LSST, we have approximately 40 Pupil Premium and Service Premium children in each year group (Year 7-11).

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. A Personal Plan is devised that is specific to the individual needs of the student.

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

  • 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)
  • Short-term Intervention for reading, spelling and handwriting
  • Provision of independent learning resources such as ‘Mathletics’, ‘Comprehension Booster’ and ‘Memory Booster’.
  • Study skills provision
  • Subject-specific intervention sessions provided pre-registration, lunchtime and after school.
  • Follow-up mentoring meetings
  • Specialist counselling sessions
  • Anger management counselling
  • Pastoral liaison
  • Peer mentoring
  • Breakfast Club provision
  • The provision of additional educational resources and equipment

Additional provision to be launched this academic year will include:

  • Targeted in-class provision within English, Maths and Science
  • Additional staffing to support the early-morning Extra Maths / English/ Science sessions
  • Computers  to be used to supplement specific 1:1/small group intervention
  • Gifted and Talented specialist projects/events
  • Allocation of specific revision guides for Y10/Y11 students
  • Attendance tracking

There is a comprehensive tracking system in place to monitor academic and extra-curricular progress. Quality Assurance is carried out on a module by module basis.

Recently, we recieved a letter from the Rt Hon David Laws - 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 school who are looked after is 0.02%.

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

The percentage of pupils in the school who are children of service personnel is 8%.

How much Pupil Premium funding has the Academy received?

In the financial year 2012/13, The Priory Academy LSST received £47,000 to support its Pupil Premium students.

In the financial year 2013/14, The Priory Academy LSST received £80,000 for Pupil Premium and £30,000 for Service Premium.

In the financial year 2014/15, indicative figures suggest that The Priory Academy LSST will receive £84,000 for Pupil Premium and £32,000 for Service Premium.

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

  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students gaining 5+A*-C including English and Maths was 95% (nationally 40%).
  • The percentage of Service Premium students gaining 5+A*-C including  English and Maths was 95%.
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students gaining A*-C in Maths was 100% (2013/14).
  • The percentage of Service Premium students gaining A*-C in Maths was 100% (2013/14).
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students gaining A*-C in English was 100% (2013/14).
  • The percentage of Service Premium students gaining A*-C in English was 100% (2013/14).
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students achieving the expected progress in English was 85% (2013/14).
  • The percentage of Service Premium students achieving the expected progress in English was 85% (2013/14).
  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students achieving the expected progress in Maths was 80% (2013/14).
  • The percentage of Service Premium students achieving the expected progress in Maths was 95% (2013/14).
  • There were 0% exclusions for Premium Students for 2013/14.

Year 7 Catch Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch Up Premium, allocated to schools from January 2013 onwards, is used by schools to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up for Year 7 students. It enables those students that did not achieve level 4 in reading and /or mathematics at Key Stage 2 to be given opportunity to catch up as quickly as possible.

For the Academic year 2014-2015 this funding is £500 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.

Statistics

The percentage of pupils in Year 7 from September 2014 who did not achieve level 4 in reading and/or mathematics are 2.9%.

If you would like further information about the Catch Up funding from the Department for Education

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

 

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln