What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England; it is designed to help schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged children and close the gap between them and their peers.
Who should benefit from the Pupil Premium Grant?
-Children who are entitled to Free School Meals
-Children who have been entitled to Free School Meals during the last six years (this category is referred to as the ‘Ever 6’)
-Children who are ‘looked after’
-Children who are adopted under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order Children who have parents in the regular armed forces, or who have been in the armed forces in the last four years
How much did we receive?
For the 2016-2017 academic year The Premier Academy received £1,320 for every eligible pupil (FSM and Ever 6) and £1,900 for every child looked after by the local authority. This equated to a total of £405,665
How was our Pupil Premium Grant spent?
We spent our Pupil Premium grant on the following:
- Teaching Assistant resources providing targeted in-class support.
- Phonics intervention with 1:1 or 1:2 intervention for targeted children.
- Emotional support provided through play therapy and three full time learning mentors.
- Small targeted reading groups and resources provided to improve reading ability.
- Small targeted groups to support the development and improvement of numeracy skills.
- Extra provision before school for Maths for underachieving Key Stage 2 children.
- Technical resources including tablets provided to individual students for use in lessons.
- Targeted mentoring support provided to children and families by our HELPAS Team.
- Opportunities to join the After School Club for homework support and play activities.
- Specialist sports Teacher to deliver self-confidence sessions to children eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
- Targeted Body and Brain breakfast exercise class.
- Free breakfast availability.
- Free enrichment excursions and visits including snowboarding and horse-riding to engage, motivate and stimulate deeper learning.
- Subsidised visits including residential visits in Key Stage 2.
- Subsidised uniform.
- Additional educational provision for gifted and talented students.
- After school provision for homework.
- Administrative support and staff training.
- Targeted after school provision for KS2 children to complete homework with Maths and English specialist staff.
- After school revision classes for Key Stage 2.
We have evaluated the impact of this money and as you can see from the graph below we have managed to close the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged children and their peers. Our challenge therefore is to maintain this parity to the future.