PUPIL PREMIUM -
Pupil Premium 2017-
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2012. It was allocated to children from low income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012 – 2013 was extended to students who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as Ever 6 Free School Meals Measure). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel.
Schools employ strategies, validated by research, that support students to improve their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools are accountable for narrowing the gap, and school performance tables include measures that show the attainment of students who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers. The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) provides funding for two polices:
PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:
o A special guardianship order
o A residence order
o A child arrangement order
At The Whitby High School, we have used research from various sources, including the Education Endowment Fund’s (EEF) Teaching & Learning toolkit, the Pupil Premium Awards and the DfE’s families of schools database to help us plan how to use our additional funding.
Recent research carried out by Sutton Trust (July 2016) to identify which ways of spending time and money are likely to lead to the biggest possible increase in students’ learning indicates:
JOHN DUNFORD’S ‘TEN-
This helps to inform our practice and identify key areas of spending.
‘High quality teaching must be at the core of all pupil premium work. It follows that it is legitimate to spend PP funding on raising the quality of teaching.’
Step 1: Articulate a whole school goal which will be achieved through PP funding.
Step 2: Analyse the specific barriers to learning for PP students at The Whitby High School. Barriers to learning might include poor parenting, limited access to language, poor literacy levels, poor attendance, low aspirations, low expectations, narrow experience of life outside school.
Step 3: Define the desired outcomes of PP spending.
Step 4: Against each desired outcome, identify success criteria.
Step 5: Evaluate current PP strategies.
Step 6: Research the evidence of what works best – three recommendations:
a) Seek out excellent practice in other schools, using http://apps.nationalcollege.org.uk/closing_the_gap/index.cfm and http://www.pupilpremiumawards.co.uk,
b) Use the excellent Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/,
c) Study the Ofsted report on pupil premium where there is a list of successful approaches on page 3 http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/pupil-
Step 7: Decide on the optimum range of strategies to be adopted.
Step 8: In-
Step 9: Monitor the progress of PP-
Step 10: Put an audit trail on the school website for PP spending.
PIXL’s ‘Closing the Gap Toolkit’ will be utilized to inform best practice from the latest research and development in this area. When Brian Lightman from PIXL considers why the gap matters, it is ‘because people matter and it remains our moral imperative to improve the life chances of all young people and especially the most vulnerable.’
Whitby High School Context
We are a mixed comprehensive with an average of 1330 students, excluding the Sixth Form.
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