What is the ‘Pupil Premium’?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. In 2015-16 and 2016-17, schools receive £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
(Adapted from www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings)
Which pupils at Meden School are eligible for the pupil premium?
At Meden School, approximately a third of our pupils are eligible for the pupil premium, which is 10% above the national average. The challenge laid down to all schools and academies is to provide additional support for these pupils to help them overcome the barriers they face, and hence help them to secure the same level of attainment as their more socio-economically advantaged peers.
Schools start by analysing the distribution of their eligible pupils, and at Meden School we considered year group, gender, ethnicity, special educational needs, attendance and prior attainment (Key Stage 2 SAT scores). We found that our eligible pupils were spread evenly across all of these groups. This has resulted in us adopting a number of whole school strategies that often impact upon other pupils as well. For this reason, where strategies are not solely aimed at pupils eligible for the pupil premium, we only apportion part of the cost to our pupil premium allocation.
Once schools are clear on the distribution of their eligible pupils, they consult the ‘Teaching and Learning Toolkit’ produced by the Education Endowment Foundation in order to plan how best to use their pupil premium allocation.
How did Meden School spend its pupil premium allocation for 2015-16 and what was the impact?
In 2015-16 there were 245 eligible pupils at Meden School, which attracted an allocation of £229,075.
Please see the attached link to read our impact report for 2015-16 PP spending.
How is Meden School planning to spend its pupil premium allocation for 2016-17?
We have seen improvements in attendance, exclusions, attainment and progress data for our eligible students, but these will continue to be a focus for this coming year. We have developed a whole school strategy for 2016-17 relating to ‘quality first teaching’. Through CPD, specifically our ‘Teaching and Learning Communities’ we are ensuring that all students access quality teaching, in particular assessment for learning which research has identified as the strongest method of closing the attainment gap . We will also continue to develop the effectiveness of the following strands:
- Enhancing our curriculum provision, including the offer to our most vulnerable learners
- Providing additional mentoring and tutoring
- Enhancing our pastoral support systems and structures
- Enhancing our personal development curriculum
- Providing additional literacy support for pupils above Year 7
- Providing hardship support
Meden School’s school role in September 2016 includes 245 pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium, which equates to £229,075. The impact of this investment will be analysed through attendance, exclusion and achievement data, and our internal tracking data for all year groups.
Last updated: September 2016
Next review: September 2017
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