What is Pupil Premium?
Since 2011, the Pupil Premium has been the Government’s principal strategy to help schools improve the learning and opportunities of disadvantaged pupils, reducing the attainment gap and in doing so, reduce educational inequality.
Pupil Premium has now been extended to include children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (the Ever 6 measure) and children who have left the care system through adoption, residence orders or special guardianship orders. Additionally, the Service Premium grant is for pupils who have a parent serving in the armed services.
Pupil Premium is £955 per FSM Ever 6 secondary pupil and £2,345 for Children Looked After and Post CLA (adopted). The Service Premium is £310 per pupil.
The Department for Education published a document on the Pupil Premium for 2020/21 and the conditions of the grant which is available to view here.
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.
How is the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium measured?
Our usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention for all year groups.
WHS Pupil Premium Strategy
Use of the Pupil Premium in 2019-20
Spending for the financial year 2019-2020 will be fully reviewed at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year due to Covid-19 and lockdown changes. By the end of March 2020, it was too early to fully assess the impact of spending. Funding spend was adapted to reflect the support required for remote learning which continued throughout lockdown for all pupils at William Howard School and was predominantly spent on staffing to ensure regular contact with pupil premium and forces students and on technology to support students working remotely.
- Actions focused on learning in the curriculum – including maths intervention, one to one support, subject resources, trips, learning mentors, maths champion, achievement coach, RAP meetings.
- Actions focused on social, emotional and behavioural issues – including family support work, one to one provision packages, and emotional wellbeing groups.
- Actions focused on enrichment beyond the curriculum – including extracurricular trips and visits.
- Actions focused on families and communities – including family support work, outside agency support.
- Alternative learning pathways and curricula – including extended work placements, training at external agencies.
- Actions focused on clear data tracking and targeted intervention for pupils – including SISRA, regular data reviews, raising achievement meetings.
The findings of the Sutton Trust as to how the pupil premium can be most effectively used to raise achievement have been adopted by William Howard School as part of continued school improvement planning. There is a well-developed CPD programme with regular information on teaching strategies via INSET, research groups, teaching and learning briefings and coaching triads.