Background to Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium funding is a Government initiative that provides additional funding to schools for students who are or have been registered as Free School Meals (FSM) in the past 6 years, Looked After Children (LAC) or have parents in the armed forces. Research shows that students who are registered as FSM and LAC often underachieve compared to their peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these disadvantaged students in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress. The Academy is allocated a fixed sum of funding per student; for the Academic Year 2015 – 2016 the funding was £935 per FSM student and £1900 per LAC student.
- Pupil Premium funding reaches the groups of students for whom it was intended, and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives
- Pupil Premium funding is used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and raise the achievement of these students
- Pupil Premium funding is used to narrow and close the attainment and progress gap between Pupil Premium Students and their Non-Pupil Premium Peers
- Pupil Premium funding is used to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium students
- Pupil Premium Funding helps support and develop the pastoral system at the Academy
How has Grace Academy Coventry ensured effective use of the Pupil Premium?
- Pupil Premium Team (staff responsible for driving the Pupil Premium initiative)
- The Pupil Premium is clearly identifiable within the budget
- The Principal, in consultation with the governors and staff, decides how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of the entitled students. Funding has been allocated following a needs analysis which identifies priority groups or individuals
- The Academy has assessed what additional provision should be made for the individual students
- The Academy has tracked the impact of the strategies put in place through the funding to ensure that it can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled students
- The Academy has monitored, evaluated and reviewed the success of the impact of the Pupil Premium funding by tracking students progress on the Go 4 Schools data System.
- Students progress in Literacy and Numeracy is tracked using the Accelerated Reader and the Accelerated Maths educational systems.
- Progress Data is reviewed periodically throughout each term by Middle and Senior Management.
The next Pupil Premium strategy review will be held in December 2016.
If you have any questions or queries regarding any aspect of Pupil Premium spending please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Pupil Premium Strategy Lead Neil Franklin on 02476 589000.