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Pupil Premium (Funding For Disadvantaged Pupils) and Y7 Catchup

The Pupil Premium (Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils) is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children and to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children.  The three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium are children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM); those children looked after by the local authority (CLA); children with parents in the armed forces.

The government has stated that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent although schools are required to give an outline of how the money is allocated and how it will benefit those specific groups of children in particular.

2015/16

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014/15

The Pupil Premium (Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils) is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children and to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children.  The three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium are children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM); those children looked after by the local authority (CLA); children with parents in the armed forces.

The government has stated that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent although schools are required to give an outline of how the money is allocated and how it will benefit those specific groups of children in particular.

The level of the premium in 2014-15 was just over £900 per pupil within the FSM and CLA list for the last 6 years. 

In the academic year 2014/15 the School received a total of £68,142  based on 73 students (18%)  within these categories and prioritised the use of the Pupil Premium as follows:

  • Free School Meal (FSM) students and Children Looked After (CLA) who are under-achieving
  • Students from other vulnerable groups who are underachieving
  • FSM and other vulnerable group students who are in danger of underachieving
  • Students within families suffering particular hardship

The Pupil Premium has been used to fund a number of activities to provide a range of support and to purchase teaching and learning resources including:

Purchases
PiXL membership
Online CAT tests
Author workshop (English)
Mathletics
Manchester Actors Co (Drama)
Work Experience provision
RAP reward vouchers
One to one English/Maths
Pastoral sessions
Mentoring
Social Activities Group
Subsidy of trips – Savio, Briars, Italy, D/E
Art resources
Latin lessons
S4L residential
Boccia
Maths resources
Peer Mentoring training
Motor Vehicle college course
Withdrawal activities
Revision guides various subjects
IGCSE exam fees

2013/14

The level of the premium in 2013-14 was £900 per pupil within the FSM and CLA list for the last 6 years. 

In the academic year 2013/14 the School received a total of £51,300 based on 54 students within these categories and prioritised the use of the Pupil Premium as follows:

  • Free School Meal (FSM) students and Children Looked After (CLA) who are under-achieving
  • Students from other vulnerable groups who are underachieving
  • FSM and other vulnerable group students who are in danger of underachieving
  • Students within families suffering particular hardship

The Pupil Premium has been used to fund a number of activities to provide a range of support and to purchase teaching and learning resources including:

  • The Lexia Reading Scheme.
  • 10 x iPads  (purchase of).
  • PiXL membership and development courses.
  • Mentoring individuals.
  • The provision of study guides and revision guides.
  • Music lessons.
  • Social activities sessions.
  • Skills for life programme.
  • Accessibility to educational visits.
  • Intervention: small group and one-to-one tuition in Maths and English.
  • Extended Work and College Placements.
  • Teaching assistant time within the classroom, for withdrawn groups/individuals and to support visits/trips.
  • Focused and specific mentoring.
  • The Raising Achievement Programme.
  • Specific support/resources for individuals – eg. subsidised uniform, extra-curricular visit subsidy.

The support of this money has resulted, in part, to all children accessing activities they have wished to engage in and in all but 1 year 11 students achieving 5 or more A* to G grades including English and Maths (August 2014). It has also resulted in over 80% of year 11s achieving an A* to C grade and expected progress in English. (August 2014)

In the academic year 2015/16 the school has been allocated an amount of £69,280 based on 77 pupils 18.8%. The school is continuing to use the funds for intervention activities and to support inclusion as described above during 2014/15.Through this coming academic year, the school will also continue to consider new events and activities to support the academic, emotional and social progress of all children but particularly those within the school community who are most in need. We will also be looking to increase the support given to students in mathematics through the purchase of additional resources including 'mathswatch' CD Roms for all year 11 students and 'Mathletics' for the lower groups in years 7 and 8. Other funded areas and activities in the current year also include:

  • PiXL membership and training.
  • Work Experience provision
  • Read and Write software
    PE/Dance coaching
    Art resources
    Manacto Drama productions.
    Small group and one-to-one tuition in Maths and English.
    Mentoring
    Social activities groups.
    showmyhomework software
    The Raising Achievement Programme
    Specific support/resources for individuals – eg. subsidised uniform, extra-curricular visit subsidy.

Year 7 Catchup Funding has been used to put towards the appointment of a KS2/3 teacher to work with the very weakest students in year 7 in order to focus on their English and Maths. This has been called the year 7 alternative pathway.

For further information on the pupil premium (Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils), please follow the link: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

St Thomas More Catholic School, Palace Fields, Buxton, SK17 6AF

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