At Sir Robert Pattinson Academy we encourage positive attitudes and aim to provide an environment in which all learners feel valued, challenged and secure; where they can develop the skills and confidence to become young adults prepared for the future challenges of an exciting and increasingly global world. We aim to foster a desire for learning that will continue into adult life. Pupil Premium allows us to support all students in achieving their full potential with no regard to their economic background.
What is it?
The government has allocated schools a sum of money which is called the ‘Pupil Premium’. This is to ensure that all students, from Reception through to Year 11, are given the same opportunities to achieve academically and so that no pupil is disadvantaged due to economic or social circumstances. From April 2015 the amount of the grant for students in secondary education is £935 per student and £300 for students who have a parent working in the armed forces, whilst the premium for looked after children and those adopted from care will be £1900.
The three identified groups entitled to the Pupil Premium are:
1) Students who are currently, or who have been, entitled to free school meals (FSM) or have been at any point over the past 6 years (Ever 6).
2) Children in local authority care or adopted from local authority care (LAC)
3) Students who have at least one parent working for the Armed Services or have had at some point in the past 4 years (Ever5 Services).
In relation to allocating interventions, we priorities those students not making appropriate progress in line with their benchmarks.
The needs analysis for the Pupil Premium is ongoing throughout a student’s time with us; there are various points in their education when this is undertaken formally:
Our approach to Pupil Premium at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
This is to:
Funding is based on the data submitted on the annual January census day. Information collected from previous census will continue to feed into the funding formula. Based on January 2017 census return we have:
|2016||Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Number on roll||241||181||167||221||173|
3 = 1.2%
|FSM: 13= 7.2%|
|FSM: 10= 6%|
|FSM: 19= 8.5%|
Ever6: 23= 10.4%
12 = 7%
Ever6: 15= 8.7%
Current provision for this academic year 2017/18
Parents are invited to make requests for how the funding is spent and to discuss their child’s needs and possible support which could be provided by the Pupil Premium funding.
The interventions given below come from a variety of different sources including academic data collection and requests from subject leaders and from parents. Most importantly, we look at the needs of each individual pupil to create a personalised approach.
• One to one/small group tuition in a range of subjects, both within and outside of the school day.
• Nurture groups for Year 7 pupils in Literacy and Numeracy
• Learning mentor
Other strategies to support learning include:
• Breakfast club
• An exam preparation package for KS4 Pupils, including revision guides and revision support.
• Exam kits
• Access to various resources for specialist subject areas
• Educational trips
• Easter and half term revision school
• Transports to allow students to attend revision sessions
• Summer school for year 6 students in preparation for the following September
• Salaries for staff involved in the organisation, delivery and management of the Pupil Premium to include Learning Mentors
• Career guidance for all Pupil Premium students creating a personal career plan
• Progress mentoring from both teaching and support staff
• Professional Learning to improve Teaching and Learning
• Professional Learning to improve Assessment and Feedback
• Specialist Projects to include ‘Engage’ with the Energize team
Strategies to offer Care, Guidance and support include:
• Transition package for pupils at key stages 2/3
• Careers advice, resulting in a personalised career plan
• Provision of school uniform allowance
• Transition package for pupil at key stage3/4
We closely monitor the progress and attendance of students entitled to the Pupil Premium. At each assessment point, analysis may lead to interventions suggested by subjects, tutors, learning support or parents. Following agreement the required intervention is put into place.
The impact of strategies on the progress and achievement of individual students is monitored through the Academies reporting procedure. At the end of each academic year, the impact of the implemented strategies is evaluated to enable recommendations and adjustments to be made for the following year.
There is a growing evidence base on what works and how best to use the funds to support students. If you want to learn more, some of the research that we have used is included here: