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Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last 6 years (Ever-6) and children who have been looked after (LAC) continuously for more than 6 months.
The Government has introduced this additional funding to address underlying inequalities between non FSM and children who are in lower income families. As a group, children eligible for free school meals have lower educational attainment than their peers.
This funding enables schools to provide extra support to these disadvantaged groups, targeting pupils who need it most helping to reduce the attainment gap.
Pupil Premium Funding Priorities:
- To focus on securing the foundations of spoken language, reading, writing and mathematics as early as possible.
- To work with parents to strengthen and maximise their involvement with their child’s education.
- To develop the social and emotional skills which give young people the resilience, persistence and motivation to become independent and confident learners who lead happy and rewarding lives.
This funding is used to improve sporting opportunities for all children and especially to ensure that social disadvantage does not hinder sports development. On the secondary site we now have a large sports hall with an excellent range of activities available in and outside of the normal school day.
Y7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Funding
Every Y7 pupil is ‘Secondary ready’ in English and Maths by the end of Year 7.
What is Catch-Up Funding?
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or mathematics at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The key objective: Every Y7 pupil is ‘Secondary ready’ in English and Maths by the end of Year 7.
How is the funding allocated?
Y6 students have been awarded a scaled score for their SATs, instead of a National Curriculum Level. As a result funding has been allocated to secondary schools at the same level as in the last academic year with the historic national curriculum levels (2015-16).
- Catch-up funding pupils identified and Literacy and Numeracy interventions deployed from 18/9/17
- Target pupils tracked as a discreet group termly and data entered onto tracking system in line with deadlines. This tracking can be found through internal school tracking systems.
- 90% of Y7 pupils who receive this support will be performing similarly to a control group of students who achieved the “Expected Standard” at the end of KS2 in English and Maths. Pupils will have a reading age not less than 6 months lower than their chronological age