The government offers funding to tackle inequalities between children on free school meals and their peers called pupil premium. There is also further funding for any Year 7 student who has not achieved Level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2 known as the Year 7 catch up premium.

Pupil premium funding is allocated to a school based on the number of students who are or have been in receipt of free school meals or who are children looked after by a local authority or those children whose parents are in the armed forces. To find out more click here.

The Academy is aware that some disadvantaged students face many and complex barriers during their education, which make effective learning very difficult. Other students have very specific needs and still others, have few barriers at all. Some of the main difficulties faced by disadvantaged student that pertain to the Academy are identified below, although it must also be said that this is not an exhaustive list and that the difficulties encountered are not unique to those who are disadvantaged.

The main barriers faced by eligible students 2017-2018 are:

  1. Some struggle to attend regularly and of these some are persistently absent.
  2. Some students need extensive pastoral support for a variety of reasons.
  3. Some students struggle with the increased complexity of organization with a secondary environment and increased demands for independent work.
  4. Some students struggle to manage their behaviour.
  5. Some students face significant challenges in their lives and have social, emotional and mental health needs that prevent them from learning.
  6. Some students have low levels of literacy and numeracy which impedes their learning and their confidence
  7. Some students with high prior attainment need additional help to enable them to fully achieve their potential.
  8. Some students have little aspiration for the future and so do not understand why they need to do well in their exams and so limit their own potential.
  9. Some students lack access to the internet and the use of computers to support their studies.
  10. Some students lack space to study with adult support.
  11. Some students need to experience a wealth of enrichment experiences in-order to widen their horizons and unlock future opportunities.
  12. School uniform can cause significant challenges for some families as can transport.
  13. Some students do not have access to a healthy diet which impacts on their general well-being.
  14. All students need the highest quality of teaching in every classroom.

Pupil premium – how the money is used at the Academy

In the school academic year 2017-2018 the school received £280,000 in pupil premium funding. The percentage of students that qualify for this funding is currently 57%. This funding was distributed across the school in a the following ways in order to close any gaps in learning outcomes and raise achievement.

Learning in the curriculum (especially the higher attaining students and alternative learning pathways)

This includes: Extra maths and English staffing, staffing and resources related to the Herlingshaw, staffing and resources pertaining to SEN – specialist SEN qualified teaching staff, small group support to focus on addressing specific needs of students, a range of qualifications geared at ensuring that Year 10 and 11 students leave school competitive in the work place, staffing additional curriculum time (period 6) high quality teaching and learning – essential for all students and especially for disadvantaged students, literacy and numeracy focus across the school.

Social, emotional and behavioural support

This includes: Two LLAs (non-teaching staff), and additional staffing for our pastoral teams in school as well as other pastoral workers.

Literacy and reading age intervention

This includes: Staffing and resources pertaining to the reciprical reading programme, the accelerated reader programme and our Learning Resource Centre (the Manion Suite.)

Careers information, advice and guidance

s allocated to actions focused on alternative learning pathways and curricula: work related – college fees etc, Key Stage 4 work experience, CEIAG .

Enrichment beyond the curriculum

llocated to actions focused on enrichment beyond the curriculum: trips to raise aspirations, rewards, proportion of department budget, breakfast club, learning manager budget, peripatetic music lessons.

Attendance, family and community

staff with a commitment to improving the outcomes of those students who are at risk of dropping out of school (poor attendees),

is allocated to actions focused on families and communities: counselling service, attendance service, uniform – to ensure that all students feel like they belong.

Year 7 catch-up premium

The Deputy Prime Minister has made a commitment to provide educational funding to schools for each Year 7 student who has not achieved Level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2. St Peter’s received additional funding of £500 for each Year 7 who did not achieve Level 4.  The additional grant has been primarily used to target support in small groups.

Use of additional funding

Targeted support Use of small group teaching and primary teaching techniques in LINK, moving up and 20/20/20 to build up and re-enforce a strong skill base in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension and numeracy, giving students a toolkit of skills that allows them to access the mainstream curriculum more effectively.
Whole school literacy and numeracy Whole school focus on students literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum. All departments ensure that literacy and numeracy are developed and enhanced within their curriculum.

Academic year 2018-2019

The intervention programme has been evaluated and the information gathered has been used to restructure and strengthen some aspects for the new academic year. As yet the funding arrangements have not been released and our new strategy and policy will be published in due course.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-2018