What is the pupil premium?
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) in the last six years and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
New measures have been included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils covered by the pupil premium. From September 2012, schools are also required to publish online information about how the premium has been used.
Click here to find the pupil premium spending impact statement for 2016-17 and here for the proposed spending plan for 2017-18.
The catch-up premium is government funding to assist schools in providing additional support in literacy and numeracy. Each school is entitled to an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve national expectations in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.
What is the key priority?
The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those students that most need it.
What do we expect to see?
Targeted additional support strategies resulting in these students being able to:
- Improve their levels of attainment and progress in English and mathematics.
- Close the attainment gap relative to academy averages.
- Have full access to the curriculum.
How is the catch-up premium used?
The following interventions/resources have been put into place:
- 1-to-1 or small group English and mathematics lessons in support of catch-up targets.
- 1-to-1 reading during library lessons.
- Small group or 1-to-1 language and phonics work.
- Specialist literacy provision in years 7, through specialist support (reading comprehension/sentence structure).
- Accelerated reader - promoting reading throughout the whole academy, aimed at improving literacy and encouraging reading for pleasure.
- Introduction of ReadWrite Inc to provide a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy.
- My Maths - allows online maths support within the academy and can be used to support at home.
- Mathswatch - allows online maths support within the academy and can be used to support at home.
- Lexia - an online programme to support improvement in literacy.