‘Giving disadvantaged young people the best start in life is a vital national endeavour that will pay dividends in providing a more skilled workforce and a stronger social fabric for the future’.
Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman, Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation
Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential and close the gap between them and their peers.
Who are disadvantaged pupils?
Ever 6 FSM – pupils who, in the past 6 years, have been eligible for free school meals (FSM).
Children Looked After (CLA) previously referred to as Looked After Children (LAC) – defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority or children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
Ever 6 Service Children – children whose parents have been in the armed services during the previous 6 years or a child in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
For the financial Year 2016-17
School will receive the following funding:
£935 for every ‘Ever 6 FSM’ pupil
£1,900 for each CLA through the Pupil Premium Plus Grant (PPG+).
£300 for Ever 6 Service Children.
The Government believes Head Teachers and School Leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
Performance tables which show the performance of these pupils compared with their peers.
The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
Schools also have a statutory requirement to document their intended Pupil Premium spend and impact of the previous year’s spend on their website.
Pupil Premium at Smithills School
Raising the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged pupils is a key priority at Smithills School. The impact of the 2015-16 spend is evident in GCSE exam results, the improving progress of pupils at KS3 and the comprehensive academic and enrichment programme for most able pupils.
We still have areas to address and will be doing so throughout the 2016-17 academic year. For example, we will continue to raise the attainment and progress of boys and disadvantaged pupils in certain subject areas and provide tailored, personalised interventions to accelerate progress.
At Smithills School we advocate a holistic approach; working with all stakeholders to develop versatile, well-rounded individuals who achieve their full potential and have a positive impact in society. Consequently, we will continue to fund enrichment activities outside the classroom and ensure our pupils are fully supported in school.
We have taken into account the impact of the 2015-16 Pupil Premium spend when deciding on how to spend the current allocation. Additions include more opportunities for boys (specifically disadvantaged boys) such as mentoring, motivational activities and closer monitoring and tracking systems and the employment of a literacy co-ordinator who is responsible for improving literacy and developing a reading culture across the school.
The total Pupil Premium funding for 2016-17 is £461,890.00. This is being used to benefit pupils across years 7 to 11 and provides and/or supports the following provision:
The three key objectives: