What is The Pupil Premium?
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011. The Pupil Premium is the name of the fund given directly to schools to support students who are in receipt of Free School Meals, or who have been registered within the last 6 years. The children of Armed Forces families and young people who are in care are also eligible for Pupil Premium funding. We use the Pupil Premium to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close any gaps between them and their peers.
How much Pupil Premium money does our school receive?
These funds are in addition to the main school budget and are allocated on the basis of the number of students who qualify for the Pupil Premium.
In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
•£955 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
•a special guardianship order
•a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract up to £2,345 of pupil premium funding. However, funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH).
The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people when one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces or one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years schools receive £310 for each pupil.
St Thomas à Becket School has spent the PPG to maximise achievement for pupils using the following aims:
- Improve outcomes for all pupils in receipt of the PPG, particularly those pupils and groups of pupils that are at specific risk of underperformance.
- Ensure that all teaching is at least good (this is the most significant factor in diminishing the difference between Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium students)
- Use the PPG to intervene with particular underperforming groups and significantly raise achievement
- All pupils in receipt of the PPG have the same opportunities as those not in receipt
Within our whole school strategy we have outlined key areas which to focus on for the 2020-21 academic year.
Decreased number of behavioural incidents for Pupil Premium students
Educational research from the Suffolk Trust suggests that students who receive behaviour support and also regularly complete Extended Learning (Homework) make more progress in their learning.
- Staffing of Extended Learning Club before and after school
- Monitoring of students who fail to complete Extended Learning
- Use of technology to support students and parents/carers with the completion of Extended Learning e.g. Class Charts
- Rewards for positive behaviour
- Behaviour Managers
Increased progress of PP students studying GCSE English
High expectations of all students, regardless of their background is essential if they are to reach their full potential.
- Focus on key teaching and learning strategies
- Targeted intervention of underachieving students
- Latin taught as part of the Year 9 curriculum and as an extracurricular option in KS4
- Cognitive Science and its implications for the classroom
Improved attendance of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium
If students are to make progress and reach their potential they need to be in school.
- EWO employed two days a week
- Proactive and reactive measures about the value of attendance
- Attendance included on all school reports
- Attendance Officer to quickly follow up any missing students
- Enrichment activities
Improved literacy for students identified as Pupil Premium
The EEF website highlights that using strategies which support reading and comprehension can lead to +6 months impact on pupil progress. Reading the next steps – DfE March 2015 highlights the importance of reading for all students: ‘Nothing is more important in education than ensuring that every child can read well. Pupils who can read are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career. Those who cannot will find themselves at constant disadvantage.’
- Whole school strategies to improving literacy – Staff CPD
- Lexplore Reader Program for students in KS3
- CAT4 Testing in Year 7 to identify students who need further support with literacy
- Literacy coordinator
- Literacy catch-up sessions
- Literacy support 1-2-1 sessions
- Intervention classes for both English and maths
Please see below for this year’s PP strategy
Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything your child needs to support them at school. Recently we have been able to support children by paying for revision materials, sports equipment and help pay towards some school trips. Please contact Mr Duckett (Deputy Headteacher responsible for Pupil Premium) on the following number 01924 303 545 for any further information.
Is your child eligible for free school meals?
Please click the link below to the page of the Wakefield Council website which details what the eligibility requirements are and how to apply. Even if your child does not actually take the free lunch, the school will receive a “Pupil Premium” which they spend on a range of services. Please check the council website but you will usually qualify if you are in receipt of any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and you do not get Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
Link to Wakefield website: