“Our vision is for a high-educated society in which opportunity is more equal for children and young people no matter what their background or family circumstances.”
Department for Education, vision statement
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. From September 2012, schools have received specific funds to support students from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been at any point in the last six years (Ever 6), looked after children (CLA) and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces (SC), under the umbrella, Pupil Premium (PP).
Aim of the Funding
Schools have autonomy to spend the funds as they wish, with the aim of reducing the attainment gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students. The Government and governors hold schools to account with regards to the impact of this spending and all schools are required to publish this information on their website.
In order to ensure The Hamble School has a sharp focus on the attainment and progress of Pupil Premium students, a member of the Leadership Team (LT) has the responsibility for leading the strategies and managing the provision for this group of students. In addition, the Leadership Team is focusing on this area as part of their wider School role. There is also a designated member of middle leadership staff who has a role focusing on provision for these students.
The support that Pupil Premium students receive is informed by the latest documentation and research from: the Department for Education, Ofsted, Education Endowment Foundation, the Westminster Briefing and the Sutton Trust. In unison, they advocate that the most effective ways for reducing the attainment gap in student performance, include the following:
- Ensuring highly effective teaching
- Informative and constructive feedback
- Small group tuition and peer tutoring
- Setting high quality homework
- Transition support
In light of these recommendations for best practice, the strategies implemented by the School include:
- Over staffing and reduction in class sizes in core subjects
- Access to counsellors, parent support advisor, home school liaison worker and other welfare and inclusion workers
- Access to after-school extra-curricular activities
- Support for targeted educational visits including enrichment opportunities, visits and collaborations with other schools and institutions
- Year 6 interviews by the LT, to aid the schools awareness of possible contextual factors which may influence how a student progresses
- Year 8 interviews by the LT, to advise students during the options process and to ensure that they choose and have access to courses that will allow them to achieve their potential
- After school homework clubs
- One-to-one and small group extra tuition in English and Maths
- February half term, Easter and May half term revision intervention
- Parent information, curriculum and revision evenings
- Specialised resources and intervention programmes
- Literacy and numeracy support
- Access to breakfast clubs, breakfast and after school revision sessions
- Academic support and extra tuition in English, Maths and other subjects
- PiXL Edge
- Attendance rewards
- Assessment and feedback stickers
- Use of electronic systems to record and organise homework
Number of students eligible for the Pupil Premium
Amount of Pupil Premium Funding Received
Costs and rationale
Performance measures: Student progress and attainment 2015- 2016
This provision is reviewed annually in line with the reviewed funding.
The next review is due to take place in September 2017.