Since 2011/12 schools have been eligible to receive funding in the form of the Pupil Premium. The level of funding is linked to the number of pupils in school who meet the following criteria:
- Receives Free School Meals
- Has received Free School Meals in the past 6 years (Ever 6)
- Service Families
- Children in Care (Looked After Children)
- Children adopted from care
In addition, the school receives funding for new Year 7 pupils who have not achieved age related expected progress (Catch Up).
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.
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 funding to support a wider range of pupils who have been legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. The target group who receive support from funding is subject to continual scrutiny by pastoral staff, senior leaders and Governors of Kings’ School.
- The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for disadvantaged pupils.
- The funding will be used to diminish the difference between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
The school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others, as far as is within our power. We will ensure that the additional funding impacts on the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
The funding stream for Pupil Premium is ring fenced within the school budget and can be measured against provision for the target group of pupils. Our provision is designed to be multi-facetted and support the development of the whole child. Broadly speaking, funding is allocated to the following key areas:
- Individual and group support for academic interventions KS3/KS4
- Provision of extra-curricular group based opportunities/activities.
- Enhanced level of internal/external staffing expertise to support pupil academic and social development.
- Provision of off-site educational opportunities for target group pupils.
- Using Catch Up funding for a range of transitional activities in Year 5 and 6 to help remove the emotional barriers to learning. In Year 7 Maths and English, Learning Launch to allow more rapid progress
- Discretionary individual pupil spend
It is 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.