What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of money that is given to schools to specifically assist children who fall into at least one of the following groups:
- They are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- They have been eligible within the last six years for FSM
- They have been identified as a Looked after Child (LAC)
The amount that each school currently receives for pupils within these groups is £935 per student. This money is specifically designed to help us to raise the achievement level of the students in these groups who have previously been identified as being disadvantaged through economic hardship. We also receive a premium for students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is currently £300 per student per year and is specified to help with the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
The pupil premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by Testbourne to address any underlying inequalities between eligible children by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
What can we spend Pupil Premium on?
Schools are free to spend the money as they believe most appropriate to assist the groups of students identified. Inevitably, a large proportion of the funding supports our most valuable resource, our staff. However, there is a significant amount directed towards project based work including whole school initiatives to individual support packages. It is understood that schools are best‐placed to identify what will work better for the students within their care, where different strategies might be more effective than others. However, we are accountable for how we have decided to spend the additional funding and for how effective our plans have been to help the groups of students achieve.
What are our objectives for using Pupil Premium?
- The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for eligible pupils.
- The funding will be used to narrow and hopefully close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers both locally and nationally.
- We intend to use pupil premium funding to support eligible pupils with their identified social or academic needs whilst tracking the impact.
- We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education with us and future lives.
How much has Testbourne been assigned for the 2016‐17 academic year?
£104,635 has been assigned to our school to support those eligible for the Pupil Premium.
What are our strategies with Pupil Premium?
Our Pupil Premium Strategy PDF
- The different Pupil Premium income streams will be clearly identifiable within the budget. Testbourne recognises that the best practice is to “ring fence” this money so it can be best used.
- The Assistant Headteacher with the responsibility for pupil premium, in consultation with the governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.
- The school will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.
- The school will be accountable for how it has used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium and the Headteacher (or their nominee) will report to the governing body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
- We will ensure that parents, governors and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium funding we receive.
- We will constantly seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils. We will encourage all staff both teaching and support to suggest innovative and creative strategies to support the progress of these pupils.
- We will track the impact of the strategies put into place through the funding to ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.
- We will monitor, evaluate and review the success of the impact of the pupil premium funding.
How do we use the Pupil Premium at Testbourne School?
We are planning to employ a wide range of strategies to help us improve performance within the identified groups and these include recommendations from published sources e.g. Teaching and Learning Toolkit by the Education Endowment Foundation, Pupil Premium Reports by the Sutton Trust and publications from Ofsted.
‐ Attendance related support structures and incentives
‐ Additional behaviour and learning support activities
‐ 1 to 1 teaching and small group intervention programmes in key subjects, usually English and mathematics
‐ Financial support for revision guides and other learning resources
‐ Provision of alternative curriculum opportunities
‐ Social skills, self‐esteem and other specific programmes
‐ Mentoring and advice for students to help remove barriers to success
‐ Provision of on‐line resources and equipment to support self‐study
-Careers advice and guidance for post-16 education and employment
‐ Raising the aspirations of potential ‘first generation applicants’ to Higher Education
‐ Home Study support and independent learning resources
‐ Contributing to educational visit expenses for vulnerable students
‐ Development of music and sporting opportunities
– Providing access to school events or trips that may otherwise not be possible
What impact has there been due to Pupil Premium funding in 2015/16?
Of the students receiving PPG funding;
- 53% achieved grade C or above in English and Maths
- Their attainment 8 score was 29
- 6% achieved the EBACC
- 7% made expected progress in English
- 5% made better than expected progress in English
- 8% made expected progress in Maths
- 5% made better than expected progress in Maths
Year 7 Catch-up premium
The government provides an additional literacy and numeracy catch-up premium of £500 has been added for pupils coming into year 7 who did not reach the expected standard in reading and maths at the end of KS2. We expect this to be in the region of £7000 this academic year.
The funding is used towards:
- Individual tuition
- Intensive small-group tuition
- External services and materials
Evidence of impact (2015/16)
- 66% achieved their target grade in English by then end of Year 7
- 90% achieved a level 4 in maths by the end of Year 7