A Guide to Pupil Premium
If your child is eligible for free school meals, their schools may also be entitled to receive a sum of money to boost their learning. This guide explains the allocation of the Pupil Premium for Thomas Middlecott Academy and its students.
What is the Pupil Premium?
Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students.
This is based on research showing that students from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Research showed that often, students who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality compared to non-Pupil Premium students. The Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the students who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates and their peers nationally.
Is your child eligible?
Schools are given a Pupil Premium for:
- Students who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives [£935] for each of these students.
- Students who have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. These school is awarded a premium of [£2300].
How is it spent at Thomas Middlecott Academy
Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the students who are eligible.
Common ways in which schools spend their Pupil Premium fund include:
- Extra one-to-one or small-group support for students within the classroom.
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
- Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for example for students who need extra help with particular skills.
- Providing extra tuition for able students who receive the Pupil Premium.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
At Thomas Middlecott, Pupil Premium money will be used to support the following areas identified as barriers to success for Pupil Premium students:
- To boost literacy (reading and writing) levels of entry students
- To develop a EAL provision within TMA-EAL above 30%
- To support students who demonstrate unacceptable and challenging behaviour causing disruption to lessons and learning
- To provide young carers with the support and guidance they require
The Principal and the Senior Leadership Team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies that have been put into place, funded through the pupil premium, and report to the Governing Body on progress and impact.
How the Pupil Premium was deployed: 2018/19
In making decisions about how the funding will be spent, the academy has considered a range of evidence, both from our own evaluations of the impact of funded strategies on eligible students and also from national research.
The main strategies funded through the Pupil Premium were:
- Specialist targeted support in English and mathematics for identified students including teaching assistant support, small group intervention, contribution to salaries and resources, transport for students in Y11 to access revision sessions
- Contribution to off-site provision for identified students
- Weekend and holiday revision classes
- Music provision, including music tuition
- The provision of resources for individual students, according to individual need, as well as funding for educational experiences such as trips and visits.
- Agency/emotional support for students and/or their families
- Specific careers advice
Impact of Support 2018/19
Evidence in the academy’s data and from students’ work indicates that, overall, those eligible for support through the Pupil Premium achieve slightly better from their individual starting points.
National data from 2018/19 shows that disadvantaged students in Year 11 achieved well in several areas.
How the Pupil Premium was deployed: 2016-17.
Planned actions included:
- Targeted additional support for identified students in English, mathematics, history and geography
- Provision of the ECDL programme to support the overall achievement of identified students
- The deployment of achievement mentors, who will hold one-to-one meetings with all eligible students in order to identify how we might best support them
- The deployment of a Leader of Pupil Outcomes who will be responsible for tracking the achievement of all eligible students in Key Stages 3 and 4
- Dedicated pastoral support including an inclusion officer and external counselling
- The provision of additional resources for individual students as required, including books, funding for educational visits and similar
- The provision of alternative education for students in Year 11 who find access to mainstream education challenging.
The impact and effect of these actions will be measured termly by senior leaders and governors. As a result, modifications may be made to the provision funded through the Pupil Premium.
Impact will be measured through:
- Student progress data
- Other quantitative data, eg, data on reading ages for strategies related to reading
- Students’ views on the actions that have supported them most effectively collated through pupil progress review interviews with Year 11 students
- Staff views on the impact of particular actions on students’ achievement and their attitudes to learning
- Other qualitative evidence, eg, views of parents on how particular strategies have benefited their child.
- Student case studies to measure impact of Pupil Premium fund on individual students
The academy’s Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed at each Governors’ meeting throughout the academic year.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim Pupil Premium.