What is the Pupil premium Grant (PPG)?
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools to provide additional resources to overcome challenges including those of deprivation. Specifically it is aimed at raising the attainment outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and closing the gap (difference between the PPG cohort and Non-PPG) between them and their peers nationally. There is no expectation that schools should spend the grant only on eligible pupils, or on a per eligible pupil basis. School leaders are best placed to decide how to use the pupil premium to improve disadvantaged pupils’ academic attainment. Evidence suggests some of the most effective spending will be on whole school strategies, which have the potential to impact positively on all pupils.
How much funding does the School receive per pupil?
In the 2019-20 financial year, the school will receive the following funding:
- £935 per pupil in Year 7 – 11 registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 Years (FSM6).
- The School will also receive £2300 for any pupil:
- identified in the January 2019 census as having left local authority care as the result of: adoption; a special guardianship order; a child arrangement order (previously known as residence order)
- who has been in local authority care for one day or more
- recorded as both eligible for FSM6 and as being looked after (or has having left local authority care).
Note, Funding for students who are looked after by a Local Authority, and attract the £2300 rate, is managed by the virtual school head of the local authority that looks after the pupil.
- Students in the Sixth Form do not receive PPG funding, however they can apply for the Bursary, to help with their educational maintenance costs.
Year 7 Catch-up Premium (CP)
The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is additional funding given to Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in their English and Maths at the end of KS2. The expected standard is defined as a scaled score of lower than 100 (where the possible range of scores is 80-120). The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) pay the School lagged funding on the 1st March, the calendar year after the eligible student starts in Year 7. The current funding is £500 per pupil. How was this funding spent?
Canon Slade Pupil Premium Strategy
Our aim is to holistically support all of our students despite of any underlying social disadvantage, to ensure that they achieve their full potential. This is realised through our Whole School Pupil Strategy aimed at closing any gap in achievement that exists within School; by unapologetically disturbing the loop of disadvantage. Identifying individual students’ barriers to learning / finding out why any gaps arise are key to allow us to then take action to close them.
The strategies we deploy are evidence based and continually evaluated to allow impact. Much of our work is line with the most effective practice identified through research and findings of the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Sutton Trust. Spending is primarily focused on initiatives target improving the quality of teaching and learning, as well as those that improve behaviour for learning, engagement and attendance. Additionally we prioritise early career planning and guidance as well as encouraging extra-curricular activities and involvement within the wide school community that allow personal development and education of the ‘whole-self’; known to break down the barriers of social injustice.
In line with DfE guidance, our most recent pupil premium strategy takes a longer term (3 years) view when planning and evaluating use of PPG funding allow leaders to evaluate impact and direct funding as required.