The Government provides academies and schools with additional funding to help eradicate inequalities and gaps in attainment to support specific groups of students who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include students who are entitled to free school meals (FSM), those looked after by the local authority (LAC), children who have been adopted and the children of armed service personnel. In addition, schools can also claim Summer School funding to support learners entitled to FSM and those who are LAC in making successful transition from primary to secondary.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used.
Every academy and school can select how they choose to use their Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for students.
Pupil Premium Funding at Hele’s School
For the year 2014-15 Hele’s School received £266,000 in Pupil Premium.
For the year 2015-16 Hele’s School received £265,540 in Pupil Premium.
For the year 2016-17 Hele’s School will receive £255,722 in Pupil Premium.
In 2016-17 the following amounts have been allocated by the Department of Education for students entitled to Pupil Premium:
|Free School Meals/Ever 6||£935|
|Looked After Children and adopted children||£1900|
To attract the Pupil Premium for adopted children, and those who are the subject of a Special Guardianship Order and Residency Order, parents and guardians will need to inform the school about their child’s circumstances and provide supporting evidence, for example, the Adoption (Court) Order in time for the school to record the child’s status on the School Census (completed by schools in early January).
Research evidence from the Sutton Trust, Education Endowment Fund and National College suggests that:
- It is not simply a question of spending more to get better results
- There is a link between spending and outcomes, but this is complex picture
It appears that low cost strategies often have the most impact:
- Parental involvement
- Effective feedback
- Meta-cognition and self-regulation strategies
- Peer tutoring/peer assisted learning
- Collaborative learning
Strategies currently used at Hele’s School include:-
- Continued development of Growth Mindset research and coaching for staff
- Accelerated Reader programme for years 7-9
- Peer tutoring in English and Maths
- Summer School
- Additional classes in Year 7
- Additional time for English and Maths
- Fund Teaching Assistants (inc HLTAs) to provide targeted support
- Study cafe
- Events to engage parents
- Commitment To Learning intervention
- Personal allowance to support with uniform and extra-curricular (music lessons, educational visits, CCF, aspirations week)
- MKC Heroes subscription
- Electronic systems to enhance parental engagement and ease of access
- Pastoral support groups with specially trained staff
- School counsellor
- Staff development to enhance the teaching and learning of literacy across the curriculum, and to further develop high quality marking and feedback
- Individual subject teachers may bid directly for additional funding to close gaps for learners eligible for PP.
- Personalised timetables
- Homework support club
- Enhanced CIAG support
Evidence of impact on pupil progress will be required for audit purposes. A copy of our report for 2015-16 can be found here.