What is Pupil Premium?
Since 2011, the Pupil Premium has been the Government’s principal strategy to help schools improve the learning and opportunities of disadvantaged pupils, reducing the attainment gap and in doing so, reduce educational inequality.
Pupil Premium includes children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years (the Ever 6 measure) and children who have left the care system through adoption, residence orders or special guardianship orders. Additionally, the Service Premium grant is for pupils who have a parent serving in the armed services
Pupil Premium is £935 per FSM Ever 6 secondary pupil and £2,300 for Children Looked After and Post CLA (adopted). The Service Premium is £300 per pupil.
The Department for Education has recently published a document on the Pupil Premium for 2018/19 and the conditions of the grant which is available to view here
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two-thirds of their fellow students.
How is the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium measured?
Our usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment is used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention for all year groups.
Use of the Pupil Premium in 2018/19
Actions focused on learning in the curriculum – including maths intervention, one to one support, subject resources, trips, learning mentors.
Actions focused on social, emotional and behavioural issues – including family support work, one to one provision packages, and emotional wellbeing groups.
Actions focused on enrichment beyond the curriculum – including extracurricular trips and visits.
Actions focused on families and communities – including family support work, outside agency support.
Alternative learning pathways and curricula – including extended work placements, training at external agencies.
Actions focused on clear data tracking and targeted intervention for pupils – including regular data reviews, raising achievement meetings.
The findings of the Sutton Trust as to how the pupil premium can be most effectively used to raise achievement have been adopted by The Whitehaven Academy as part of continued school improvement planning. There is a well-developed CPD programme with regular information on teaching strategies via INSET, research groups, teaching and learning briefings and coaching triads.