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Pupil Premium

PUPIL PREMIUM 2017/18    

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of Looked After Children and for students who are eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years (‘Ever 6’). 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 from wealthier backgrounds by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. It also provides additional funding for students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces (also called the Services Premium).

Research has shown that pupils who have been on, or are on, Free School Meals do not attain as highly as other children in school.  The government provides this grant so that schools can commission and allocate additional support to ensure that they do. The support can be in a short burst or over a long period of time and can take many forms as agreed and decided by the stakeholders.

The DFE is clear when it states that schools decide how the Pupil Premium is to be spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for particular needs.We monitor Pupil Premium students rigorously so that we can ensure that these selected students make expected progress and an even higher percentage making more than expected progress.

Principles

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who are disadvantaged and belong to vulnerable groups
  • We ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately addressed.
  • We ensure that learning and teaching strategies meet the needs of all of pupils.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
  • We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated to priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.

Examples of the range of provision include:

  • A broad yet focused after school intervention programme for Year 11 students
  • One to one tuition in English and Maths, provided by specialists in order to raise attainment and achievement for those Key Stage 3 and 4 students who are not making expected progress.
  • Mentoring -The School employs two Walkabout Mentors who support students showing early signs of disengagement.
  • Salaries Interventions officers for English, Maths and Science
  • PET-X I Interventions programmes
  • Additional Teaching Assistants to support with Literacy and Numeracy
  • Music Tuition and Karate
  • Breakfast Club
  • Dedicated Looked After Child support worker.
  • Therapeutic counselling service through Havering Bereavement Counselling Service.
  • A programme of extra-curricular activities to enrich the learning of our students
  • Purchasing educational resources to support learning and attainment, e.g. study guides are provided at a subsided rate
  • One to one mentoring for Year 11 students with members of staff including SLT
  • One to one mentoring for Year 11 students with West Ham
  • Attendance team including Year Leaders to closely monitor and effectively raise student attendance.
  • Holiday revision course
  • Financial support with trips and visits
  • Dedicated careers advisors to provide support and guidance for students to choose the correct options at Key Stage 3 and a career plan at Key Stage 4 and 5.

 Access to Opportunities:

Educational trips and visits (including residentials)

All visits and trips are subsided for students that are eligible for Free School Meals. This enables students from poorer backgrounds to gain access to opportunities that they would normally be unable to afford.

Additional strategies

  • The continuation in employment of student support officers who sees children referred by the Safeguarding Team
  • The up-skilling and re-design Student Service to ensure improved communication with parents, especially after school hours.
  • The provision of a specialist teacher of literacy, who delivers small group lessons
  • Continuation of additional literacy lessons across all Key stages
  • Replacement, enhancement and upgrade of student ICT resources to support learning