What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2015, the premium will go to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; and to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD. (Please contact Stockport Local Authority for further information on 0161 217 6015.)
How pupil premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At The Kingsway School we pride out selves on utilising the pupil premium to support our students with a specific focus on Literacy, Numeracy, Transition, Engagement, and Attendance, maximising the life opportunities for all students. Our pupil premium allocation is targeted to support a wide variety of highly effective intervention strategies including:
- Additional teaching staffing to work on one to one/ small group mentoring and support with a focus on students eligible for the pupil premium.
- Restructuring of staff within school to add an additional emphasis on Student Support Services as a central support mechanism for all students.
- Considerable additional targeted time from our staff to run catch up and support sessions
- Employment of a lead teacher for transition to provide Year 6/7 transition activities to ensure full engagement of students post transition.
- Structured academic intervention programs across all key stages including financial support for students to access both the curricular and extra-curricular dimensions of school.
- Capitation put into smaller English and Maths classes.
- Employment of a senior teacher responsible with responsibility for tracking pupil premium student performance against all students and overseeing pupil premium spend.
- Considerable targeted focus to improve teaching and learning across the school to ensure that all students are making at least expected progress in all subjects across both key stages.
- Strategies used to promote correct application of FSM by parents and carers.
- PP cohorts established and communicated to staff ensuring that there is a raised awareness for these students.
Why is there 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 National 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 many pupils at The Kingsway School are eligible for the pupil premium?
Currently 26% of students at The Kingsway School are eligible for the pupil premium.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
It is vital that parents fill in the relevant form (available from the school) to allow additional funding to be released to the school to ensure that students are fully supported.
How will the impact of the spending of the pupil premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the pupil premium. At The Kingsway School, the 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.