The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of Children Looked After (CLA including those who have been looked after for 6 months or more) and for students who are eligible for free school meals (FSM; or who have been at any point in the last 6 years). This funding is in addition to whole school provision. Its sole purpose is to counter long-standing inequalities between those who are economically and socially disadvantaged, and those who enjoy a more prosperous home environment. It was introduced in 2011 and is based on school census figures. It also provides additional funding for students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces (also called the Services Premium).
We would encourage any eligible parents/carers to apply for free school meals as it not only provides the student with a lunch, but also helps the school to fund additional support for individual learners. This can be in the form of additional curriculum activities or targeted support. If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact the school for further information. The use of cashless catering in our canteen ensures complete discretion and confidentiality for students who are in receipt of free school meals.
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.
At Stantonbury Campus, this funding is used to help and support students and ensure they make the sort of progress they need which at least matches an average figure for all students nationally in that year-group. We have a long-established tradition of providing an enormous degree of additional support for students at Stantonbury Campus, and within this frame-work, pupil premium students are targeted so that any gap in their attainment is rigorously addressed.
The Pupil Premium will be used to:
- Improve the progress and raise the standard of achievement for these students against a national standard
- Close the gap between the achievement of these students and their peers
- Positively impact on those students who need it the most.
The school will track individual progress, evaluate the impact and assess what additional provision should be made for the individual student.
The Assistant Head Teacher responsible for Pupil Premium will report to the School Improvement Board and parents on how effective interventions have been.
The school will publish online information about;
- How the funding has been used.
- The nature of the interventions applied.
- The attainment achieved by students.
This policy is crucial to;
- the aspiration and social mobility of those students who are entitled to it
- promoting achievement and substantial progress of all entitled students so at the very least they match that of all students in the year-group nationally
- support efforts to gain access to universities, in particular those in the Russell Group for our most able students
BARRIERS TO LEARNING AND ATTAINMENT
Disadvantaged students may face all sorts of obstacles that make it more difficult for them to achieve at school. These vary widely depending upon the individual student but may include one or more of the following:
- Poor attendance;
- Specific behavioural issues;
- Special Educational Needs (SEN);
- English as an Additional Language (EAL);
- Limited social skills;
- Poor basic literacy and numeracy skills;
- Low self-esteem and confidence;
- Poor organisational skills;
- Lack of equipment or uniform;
- Unsettled home lives;
- Lack of parental income to access optional extra-curricular activities;
- Lack of parental support and involvement in their education;
- Previous negative family experiences of education;
- Health issues within the family;
- Responsibility as a young carer;
- Temporary housing.
PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES
Stantonbury Campus will develop monitored interventions that can improve the progress and attainment of these students.
Examples of the range of provision include:
- One to one tuition in English and Maths, provided through the Progress Centre in order to raise attainment and achievement for those Key Stage 3 and 4 students who are not making expected progress.
- Dedicated Looked After Child support worker.
- Therapeutic counselling service through the Progress Centre.
- A programme of extra-curricular activities.
- Purchasing educational resources to support learning and attainment.
- One to one mentoring for Year 11 students with members of staff including SLT and also in relationship with VWFS.
- Attendance team including Year Leaders to closely monitor and effectively raise student attendance.
- Holiday revision course
- A broad yet focused after school faculty intervention programme for Year 11 students.
- 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.
- SIEVE MK project
- Catch up Literacy’ programme.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work closely with Inclusion Managers and Subject Leaders and provide effective support for Pupil Premium students.
Assistant Head Teacher (Pupil Premium):
- Monitors and reviews impact on attainment, provides regular feedback to the Head Teacher, reports to the School Improvement Board regarding progress and attainment and liaises regularly with the Head of Finance regarding the budget.
- Presents an annual report to the School Improvement Board that includes information on how effectively the school has been in closing the gap for Pupil Premium students, publishes how funding has been allocated and analyses impact.
School Improvement Board:
- Monitor and review the School’s Pupil Premium Policy ensuring that it overcomes barriers to learning, particularly in literacy and numeracy.
Head of Finance:
- Ensures that funding allocated to the Pupil Premium cohort is closely monitored.