The Pupil Premium (PP) was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It is payment made to schools in respect of disadvantaged pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years and/or have been looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months.
FSM is the only pupil level measure of deprivation available to schools and the link between FSM eligibility and school underachievement is significant. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding to maximize the achievement of their eligible students and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.
Currently (2017) Pupil Premium funding per student is: £935 (Ever6 FSM) or for Children who are Looked After: £1900 (LAC P/P Plus)
How is Pupil Premium used?
Many of our mainstream school partners use their allocation of PP to fund places for eligible students at RCC.
When a student with a personal allocation of PP is solely on our school roll then we use the funding for a range of purposes suited to individual needs.
Pupil Premium (Ever6 and LAC) April 2016 – April 2017 allocation
Last year, we used our Pupil Premium allocation to:
- Engagement programmes – Mind Craft, I AM Learning
- School booster work
- Vocational packages
- Enrichment opportunities – Right Trax and Outdoor Education
- Additional Assessment
- Behaviour Modification activities
- Service (quick placement to assist with transitions and re-integrations)
- One to One support
- Counselling (on the school site)
- Co-ordinating multi-agency responses
- Extra-curricular/holiday options/activities
- Self-esteem sessions
- Social resiliency and social skills activities
- Employability studies
- Family/Student Support time
- Outreach work
- Anger Management sessions
- CBT work – sessional basis
- Restorative Justice sessions
- Solution-focused mentoring
Pupil Premium April 2017 – April 2018 allocation
The barriers to achievement faced by many of our students include low levels of motivation, disaffection, poor or unstable emotional wellbeing often with anger management issues. Students very frequently come on roll with poor levels of previous academic attainment and achievement – reading ages at KS4 can be as low as that of an average 6 year old. Violence, drugs and poverty are not uncommon in many of our families.
In order to address these barriers to learning we plan to use our PP to build on the investments and initiatives from last year.
Impact will be measured by:
- Improved levels of progress in English and Maths leading to a noted closing the gap
- Improved engagement in attending and fully participating in all examinations
- Fewer incidents of RPI (restrictive practice intervention – positive holding aspects of Teamteach)
- Development of Restorative Justice as our preferred method of resolving conflict
- Purposeful (educational and/or social) school trips
- Increased progress in reading levels
- Improved attendance levels (targeted individuals)
- Fewer Yr 11 leavers not in education, employment or training (NEET)
- Healthier and happier students
Our strategy on how we spend our Pupil Premium funding is reviewed at Management Committee Finance Group meetings.