What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium grant was introduced in April 2011 by the coalition Government to address issues which adversely affect student achievement in school that have been shown to be linked to disadvantage and deprivation. The grant is based on the number of children registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel. It is the responsibility of the Academy to decide how this money should be spent to support students, with the purpose of boosting pupil attainment of this group.
Our Pupil Premium students currently make up 31% of the student population which is higher than the national average of 28%.
For the academic year 2016-2017 we have been allocated £432,000. This compares to £469,000 received in 2015-2016.
Principles regarding the use of Pupil Premium Funding
Irrespective of a student’s background our underlying belief is that students eligible for PP should be attaining in line with their peers. We are fully committed to ‘excellence for all.’
At The Queen Katharine Academy we ensure that the Pupil Premium funding is used to aid all our students to achieve their full potential during their time with us.
We are striving to ensure that we close the gap in attainment between students eligible for the PP and those who are not.
Aims regarding the use of Pupil Premium Funding
- To ensure that all students have access to excellent teaching
- To ensure that our pastoral care is of the highest quality and works cohesively with other stakeholders
- To ensure that all students have access to opportunities beyond the curriculum
How is it managed?
Progress of all learners is reviewed by all staff, with a member of SLT who has oversight. The member of SLT with oversight for Pupil Premium has a further responsibility for tracking, monitoring and analysing the impact of the PP funding.
Students who are in receipt of Free School Meals, those in Local Authority Care, the children of service men/women and other students deemed ‘disadvantaged’ or ‘vulnerable’ are prioritised for additional support and intervention through the Pupil Premium funding.
How is the money spent?
Teaching and Learning
We spend the majority of our Pupil Premium money on providing small classes – particularly in Maths, English and Science. We also ensure that teachers are supported adequately with planning, teaching and resourcing lessons. A large portion of the money is also spent on providing additional support and resources for students in lessons and interventions run by specialists beyond normal lessons.
Money is available to enable young people take part in extra-curricular activities. These include Bikeability, Deaf Awareness, Duke of Edinburgh, Outdoor Education and a range of school trips including trips to the theatre and the school ski trip.
The Queen Katharine Academy has excellent pastoral care systems and these are funded in part by the Pupil Premium fund. All year groups have a full time Student Support Officer (SSO) attached to them. These members of staff are integral to ensuring that no young people are disadvantaged in school due to financial constraints.
Engagement with Parents/Carers
This is an area which would like to develop. We believe that the most important people in ensuring that young people make progress are their parents/carers. To this end we are also using Pupil Premium funding to support our Roma Teaching Assistant/Family Support Worker and to provide capacity for a member of SLT to create better parent/carer links.