The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is funding specifically targeted at raising achievement and improving outcomes for disadvantaged students. The level of funding is dependent on the numbers of students on roll in Essa Academy (in years 7-11) who were eligible for free school meals, who were looked after children or were from families with parents in the Armed Forces. The most recent formula for calculating Pupil Premium Grant is based on students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the previous 6 years (the ‘ever 6’ calculation). The Department for Education give schools the freedom to use the funding as best suits the needs of our students, but we are accountable for the use and impact of this additional funding. The funding is used to support academy-wide change and improvement in the quality of teaching and learning.
The Department for Education provides more detailed information about the provision for Pupil Premium students: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium
Year 7 catch up premium is further additional funding for pupils who have left primary school without achieving the expected level 4 in either reading or Mathematics. This funding is to enable schools to provide catch up and intervention strategies to accelerate progress and ensure that these pupils reach their expected levels for their age group in English and Maths.
Reasons for the Pupil Premium
- Created to tackle ‘educational inequality’
- Allocated to schools ‘in addition’ to their budget
- Funding to tackle disadvantage, reaches the students that need it most
- A good education is the key to improving life chances
Schools are encouraged by the Department for Education to use the money to ‘narrow the gap’ in attainment between students in receipt of Free School Meals or those who are ‘Looked After’ as nationally there is a disparity between their attainment at GCSE and their peers.
Click here to download the Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17
Click here to download The Pupil Premium Spending Plan 2015-16 Progress Review
Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catchup Funding
You can download the full report on the use and impact of Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up funding here: