Pupil Premium

Disadvantaged Students

The Government introduced a new factor into funding for schools for those students classified as disadvantaged. This is a specific quantity of money allocated to a single student who has been in receipt of free school meals within the last six years or those who are or have been in care.

The aim of this specific funding is to close the attainment gap between these students and the rest of the school community and to encourage greater inclusion. It is for schools to decide how the disadvantaged funding is spent, since we are best placed to assess the individual needs of those students within our school.  Although we are free to spend the fund as we deem it appropriate, we are held accountable for how we have spent it and the impact that it has had on this group of students.

Interventions currently being used:

  • Extra tutor groups at KS4
  • Afterschool revision and coursework sessions
  • Lunchtime revision and coursework sessions
  • Alternative education provision
  • Extra sets in English, maths and science
  • Additional LSA support
  • Use of staff mentors
  • Peer lunchtime support
  • Foreign language assistant support
  • One to one tuition
  • Education Welfare Officer support for attendance issues
  • Early bird reading club
  • External support such as The Respect Project
  • Helping parents in difficulty to purchase school uniform
  • Helping students to participate in school trips
  • Helping students to participate in activities that they would otherwise not be able to afford such as learning a musical instrument
  • Increased tracking by tutor/teacher resulting in finer planning for progression
  • Support for literacy and numeracy
  • Support for The Lexia Reading Support programme
  • The appointment of additional support in English and Maths in Years 7 and 8

These interventions were costed as follows:

PROVISION 2017-18 COST
Provision of Personalised Learning Centre 84,312
Maths Intervention LSA Support small group intervention nurture group 23,700
Literacy Support – Whole School 1,530
Numeracy Support 2,602
Additional Tutor Groups – English and maths intervention        23,184
Homework Club 5,207
The Lexia Reading Support Programme 1,002
Renaissance Learning – Accelerated Reading Programme 3,448
Music Tuition 100
Subsistence/Travel/Clothing/Courses/Resources 4,326
Private Tutoring 10,488
Total Spend 159,807
Total Awarded (inc catch up) 158,000
Overspend -1,807

We ensure that every class teacher in addition to Heads of Faculty and Directors of Learning are actively engaged with these students on a daily basis to ensure that every method of intervention provided for this group of students has its maximum outcome. Regular analysis of attainment and progress data at class, faculty, year and whole school level is linked to a menu of fully tracked, individualised interventions to help such students achieve their potential. Equally, middle leaders use this information to ensure that any PPI students who are not achieving their potential can be quickly identified and supported through appropriate intervention.