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What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.

The Pupil Premium Grant is currently worth £935 and goes to students who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for FSM in the past six years. Students in care who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant as well as students who have been adopted from care. Students whose parents are in the armed services are entitled to a Service Premium Grant of £300 to support their social and emotional well-being. The impact the Pupil Premium Grant is making in each school is closely monitored by the Department for Education and by OFSTED.

 

Was your adopted child formerly a ‘looked after child’ and adopted on or after 30 December 2005?

From April 2014, schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.

The Pupil Premium’s purpose is to help schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with their peers. It is paid to schools in respect of disadvantaged pupils from Reception to Year 11. The Government has extended the coverage of the Pupil Premium in recognition of the traumatic experiences many adopted children have endured in their early lives and a realisation that their needs do not change overnight.

To enable our school to claim the Pupil Premium which will benefit your child, you will need to inform the school about your child and provide supporting evidence. For example, you will need to show the school a photocopy of the original Adoption (Court) Order with sensitive information concealed; e.g. the names of the birth parents. Please contact your child's Assistant Head of Year if you would like more information. Read more about Pupil Premiums on this FAQ sheet.

 

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Why is there a Pupil premium Grant?

Nationally students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment on average than those who

have never been eligible. For example, over the last five years around a third of students in England who have been eligible for FSM achieved five or more A*-C grades in their GCSEs, compared to more than two thirds of their peers.

 

Our Objectives

At Liskeard School the Pupil Premium Grant will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The funding will be used to close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers, particularly in maths and English. As far as possible, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities and we will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

 

Our Policy

  • The Pupil Premium funding will be clearly identifiable within the budget.

  • The Headteacher, in consultation with the governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium funding is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.

  • We will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.

  • We will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant and the Headteacher will report to the governing body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.

  • We will publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium funding.

  • We will ensure that parents, governors and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant.

  • We will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils.

  • We will track the impact of the strategies put into place through the funding to ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.

  • We will monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the Pupil Premium funding.

 

How many pupils at Liskeard are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?

Our Pupil Premium funding for 2016-17 is based on the following numbers:

Year 7 - 64

Year 8 - 44

Year 9 - 71

Year 10 - 57

Year 11 - 50

All - 286

 

What additional support do we provide for students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?

Funding is committed to specific mentoring support, 1:1 tuition, phonics lessons and booster programmes in English, maths and science, as well as pastoral support such as counselling and a TicTac centre supported by the school. In addition, we fund bespoke sessions by external agencies to support learning and behavioural programmes as well as alternative curriculum programmes. The funds are also used to employ a school councillor and two part time Year 6 transition workers.

We have specific financial support plans for help with buying school uniform, residential trips, breakfast clubs and school meals, music lessons and after school clubs and transport.

Additional provision is made in ICT whereby specific software and hardware is procured for students. We have been involved in a pilot study to increase the availability of broadband into Liskeard area homes and offer cheap IT equipment.

 

Greater detail of each area of support and the allocation of the funding is provided through the following link:

Pupil Premium Allocation of Funds and Impact 2016-17

 

How do we monitor the progress of Pupil Premium students and track any additional support?

Details of the overall progress individual students are making in each year group (with additional detail for English and maths) are collated centrally each term. Alongside this progress data is a record of any additional support each student has received in the same term.

After every Progress Check the progress and attainment of students are analysed at a whole school level as well as by Heads of Faculty, Heads of Year and by the classroom teachers. Heads of Faculty and Heads of Year are provided with this analysis. Classroom teachers are provided with ‘student trackers’ to show the progress each student has made in their class.

The progress of Pupil Premium students is a standing agenda item at fortnightly meetings to ensure the most recent data is scrutinised and acted on by the Heads of Faculty and Heads of Year.

Progress meetings (known as ‘RAG meetings’) are held for each year group each term in which any Pupil Premium students not making 4 levels of progress in English, maths and science are discussed and actions are agreed.

 

Measuring the impact of the Pupil premium Grant

In 2016 GCSE results, students in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant attending Liskeard School and Community College made on average more progress than other disadvantaged students nationally in both maths and English.

  • School performance is now measured by ‘Progress 8’ – a measure showing the amount of progress a student has made in eight subjects (including the core subjects) since primary school. A score of 0 or better means that students have done as well as or better than students of the same ability nationally.
  • Nationally in 2015, the gap between PP and non PP students was -0.4 compared with a gap of -0.16 in this measure at our school. The gap at Liskeard School is therefore considerably smaller and our PP students are only doing slightly less well than the average child of the same ability nationally.
  • Our target for 2017 is for PP students to achieve a 0 or positive Progress 8 score.
  • In terms of attainment, the 5ACEM measure means the percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C grades in at least 5 GCSEs including English and maths.
  • Liskeard School’s gap of 27% is in line with the national average, but the extremely low attainment of our Pupil Premium students on entry to our school in this year group should be noted.
  • The progress of Pupil Premium students in all subjects remains a key priority for our school.

 

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