Policy for Pupil Premium Students and Expenditure of Pupil Premium Grant
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding for schools to allow them to support their most disadvantaged pupils.
The students who are in the category as being ‘disadvantaged’ and who therefore generate this funding are:
- Children in Years 7-11 who have been in receipt of Free School Meals (in the last 6 years).
- Looked after children (LAC).
- Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order.
- Children of Services Personnel.
Research shows that nationally these children generally perform less well throughout their education and this disadvantages them in the employment market. The funding (known as Pupil Premium funding) is designed to help bridge that gap.
At the Sir John Colfox Academy approximately 17% of our students are from the above categories. In 2015-16 we expect to receive £111,230 to support disadvantaged students. On top of this we also expect to receive £15,500 specifically to support students in Year 7 who performed below the national average of 4B in their SATs in year 6. This is referred to as ‘Year 7 Catch Up’ funding.
The Government has asked all schools to be transparent about how they spend this money and what impact it has. Below you will find our overall statement of intent for our children who are in a ‘disadvantaged’ category. At the start of each year we will allocate our projected funding to areas of the school where we believe it can have significant impact e.g. purchasing revision materials or providing support with curriculum trips. At the end of the year we will provide a detailed breakdown of how the funding was spent, as well an evaluation of the impact we believe it has had.
Pupil Premium Guarantee
Our guarantee will ensure each qualifying student has:
- Guaranteed help towards uniform, revision materials and necessary equipment.
- Guaranteed access to a Careers Advisor for advice and guidance.
- Guaranteed access, where appropriate, to bespoke individual tuition and support and intervention activities.
- Guaranteed financial support to attend curriculum trips and activities to support learning.
- Guaranteed access to programmes such as TAAG (Talented, Able and Ambitious Group), the Edge (programme to recognise and reward school and community involvement), Lions Award through Rotary Club, Duke of Edinburgh where appropriate.
- Guaranteed access to individual support from the Inclusion Centre, Pastoral Officer, Counselling or ELSA workers focusing on areas such as building self- confidence, improving attendance, anger management, mediation or emotional support and guidance if appropriate.
- Guaranteed access to after school homework club and support for time management, organisational skills or revision techniques if appropriate.
- Guaranteed SEN support where required.
- Guaranteed access to the 16-19 educational bursary in the Sixth Form.
- Guaranteed staff mentor to discuss both academic progress and wellbeing.
All Pupil Premium students at risk of underperforming will have an Individual Support Plan.
To apply for Free School Meals you can apply by telephone – call Dorset Direct on 01305 2211000. You will need to tell them your:
- Date of birth
- National Insurance Number
- Child’s details – name, date of birth, and school for which you want free school meals
They will make automated checks to confirm your entitlement, and if you qualify, they will tell you immediately, and then write to you within three working days of your call.
If you are entitled to Free School Meals you are also entitled to £50 (over 2 years) to purchase School Uniform although this can be supplemented from the Pupil Premium grant if necessary.
To apply for financial support for trips and visits you will need to complete an Application for Financial Assistance from Trip Aid. Forms are kept at Main Reception.
The school believes in supporting all students who have specific needs and encouraging all to participate in the wider education we offer, including student leadership opportunities, as this provides a broad and balanced experience which is crucial for success in society when students leave school. We monitor access to all these activities closely to ensure all groups of students are able to participate and gain from our enrichment activities. This extra grant supports this work as well as supporting learning priorities.