What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 as an additional source of funding from central government aimed to close an attainment gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. The funding is expected to tackle social mobility issues, increasing the opportunities for those students for whom social disadvantage could lead to academic under performance or to disengagement with school, and thereby reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving students nationally.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to provide extra support and resources for students from lower-income backgrounds. There is also a Services Premium for all students from services backgrounds, aimed at offering extra pastoral support for these students, with a recognition that family situations can mean that from time to time a focus on learning can be hard for these students.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who:
- Have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
- Have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- Are children of services personnel‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to school is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’. Source DfE website
- The DfE has given us the freedom to use the pupil Premium as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupil needs.
The Stonehenge School is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive school with around 640 pupils in a selective authority. The number of pupils currently registered for Free School Meals (ever 6) lies at 22%.
We also have 37% of our students coming from a services background.
In the financial year 2016-17 we received £ 124,350 in total for Pupil Premium. For the current academic year 2017-18 the school will receive £119.680.
Strategies used at our school
At The Stonehenge School, we are committed to ensuring all our students make the best possible progress. Our focus on ensuring students across the school receive the best standard of teaching benefits all students, including those qualifying for the pupil premium. We also track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to ensure that every child achieves their potential. The Pupil Premium at The Stonehenge School supports high staffing levels ensuring reduced class sizes where vulnerable students are placed. Along with high quality teaching, attainment gaps are addressed by strong leadership, a personalised and relevant curriculum, a culture of high expectations and targeted intervention.
How we spend our funding
Based on the research completed by The Sutton Trust, we know that some of the most effective strategies to support disadvantaged students include: effective feedback, meta-cognition and self-regulation, peer tutoring, collaborative learning, behaviour interventions, social and emotional learning and parental involvement. In order to allow all of our students to ‘strive for excellence, exceed expectations’ we have founded our approach to narrowing the gap between vulnerable groups and other students on these practices.
You can find our full pupil premium strategy for the 2017/2018 academic year here
Follow the link here for a breakdown and impact review of how our disadvantaged learner funding was spent in 2016-17
Last year, we also received a Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up grant totalling £24,239. This year we will receive £23,191
Literacy and numeracy catch up money is intended for students who did not meet the government’s KS2 targets for English and Maths in 2017. Click here to see our Evaluation of the Year 7 catch up premium.
A breakdown of our services premium funding is available on request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for this information.