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Pupil Premium

Overview

Since 2011/12 schools have been eligible to receive funding in the form of the Pupil Premium.  The level of funding is directly set by the number of pupils who receive free school meals or who are designated as ‘Looked after Children’ or children of services families.

 

Principles

We continually strive to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.  Our ambition is to ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups and that the needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.  To this end the school uses a broad range of measures to decide which pupils should benefit from support from the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG).

We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.  We therefore reserve the right to allocate PPG funding to support a wider range of pupils who have been legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.  The target group who receive support from PPG funding is subject to continual scrutiny by pastoral staff, senior leaders and Governors of The Clere School.

 

Reporting

It the responsibility of the Headteacher or delegated member of staff to produce termly reports to Governors, highlighting monitoring procedures and development outcomes.

Detailed monitoring procedures are fully embedded within the school.  Academic outcomes for this group are highly scrutinized alongside performance and development outcomes which are less easily empirically measured.  We also recognise that it is not always possible to disaggregate an element of a complex intervention package as the single cause of an improved outcome.

 

What is Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.  It is up to each individual school how the funding is used but its primary aim is to support our more vulnerable learners.

 

As a school we believe that our distinctive ethos combines a prime focus on achievement with a strong concern for the social development of each individual.  We believe that our outstanding outcomes are the result of an approach which has consistently stressed high expectations for every pupil irrespective of their ability or background. This approach is supported by a relatively informal ethos in which pupils are valued as individuals.

 

Through our broad and balanced curriculum we aim to meet the needs of all our pupils, alongside this we also ensure that appropriate provision is in place for those pupils who are vulnerable. Not all of our identified pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium funding however we will at times include them in the provision we provide to support a wider range of pupils who have been identified as vulnerable or disadvantaged in some way.

 

Funding Allocation

In the financial year 2015/16 (April 2015 to March 2016) we received £80,247.

For the academic year 2016/17 we expect to receive £82,425 (this will be updated once actual figure known).

 

We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.  We therefore reserve the right to allocate PPG funding to support a wider range of pupils who have been legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.  The target group who receive support from PPG funding is subject to continual scrutiny by pastoral staff, senior leaders and Governors of The Clere School.

 

The Clere School uses it Pupil Premium Funding in a range of supportive and interactive ways. We have a wide variety of intervention strategies to raise attainment in reading, writing, communication and mathematics.  These strategies are effective because they are driven by individual pupil’s academic, emotional and social needs.  Senior leaders oversee the spending of the Pupil Premium Fund which has resulted in training on how to achieve outstanding teaching and learning in whole class, small group and one to one sessions.  Alongside outstanding teaching and learning strategies, the effective use of Learning Support Assistants is also a focus. Broadly speaking, funding is allocated to the following key areas:

 

  1. Individual pupil spend (£250.00 per academic year)

  2. Provision of extra-curricular group based opportunities/activities.

  3. Individual and group support for academic interventions KS3/KS4

  4. Financial support for literacy and numeracy interventions for PPG children currently in year 6 through “Primary Transition” work.

  5. Enhanced level of internal/external staffing expertise to support pupil development.

  6. Provision of off-site educational opportunities for target group pupils

 

Reporting

It the responsibility of the Headteacher or delegated member of staff to produce termly reports to Governors, highlighting monitoring procedures and development outcomes.

 

Detailed monitoring procedures are fully embedded within the school.  Academic outcomes for this group are highly scrutinized alongside performance and development outcomes which are less easily empirically measured.  We also recognise that it is not always possible to disaggregate an element of a complex intervention package as the single cause of an improved outcome.

 

Parental Contact

We welcome any enquires regarding PPG provision.

Initial queries should be directed to your child’s Progress Leader

Please use the links below to access more specific detail

 

The Year 7 Catch Up premium for the academic year 2016 to 2017 is estimated to be approximately £8,000.  This will be spent similarly to 2015 to 2016.

 

 Year 7 ‘Catch Up’ Funding and Support

Allocation: £7,000 for 2015 to 2016

This funding allowed us to provide all Year 7’s identified upon entry as having low literacy or numeracy levels at Key Stage 2 with extra support.  

 

The pupils in the targeted literacy group received intensive support from a qualified English Teacher in small intervention groups, and enrolled on the Accelerated Reader programme, to raise their reading and writing National Curriculum levels.

 

The pupils in the targeted numeracy group received support from a qualified Mathematics Teacher in small intervention groups to raise their numeracy National Curriculum levels.

 

The school has purchased additional literacy and numeracy resources to support Year 7 learners.

 

The school provides support for our new Year 7’s to attend our Summer Holiday Club prior to joining to better prepare these students for September, to ensure good progress is made at KS3.

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