What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a coalition government initiative designed to target resources on those pupils deemed to be from a disadvantaged background. Specifically the Pupil Premium money is provided for those pupils who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years (Ever6) or those children who have been looked after continuously for at least 6 months (CLA).
For the academic year 2017/2018 the Pupil Premium has a value of £935 per eligible pupil. Schools receive an additional £1900 for each pupil who has been looked after for 1 day or more, has been adopted from care or has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangement order. There is also a smaller provision of £300 made for those pupils who have a parent in the armed services. Neither the government nor any government agencies have dictated how the Pupil Premium money should be spent, but what is clear is that the money should be used to promote strategies, which diminish the progress and attainment differences between disadvantaged pupils and non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.
Parents: If your child has been adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005, a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991 please let us know. The information will be treated in strictest confidence but will enable us to provide more for your child. If you feel that your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium but don’t currently claim for Free School Meals, please click here for the application process
Funding – Financial year 2017 to 2018
Our allocation for the 2017/2018 academic year is £359,040. As of September 2017, 34% of our school cohort were eligible for the pupil premium grant. Please refer to the documentation on the school website for a full breakdown of funding over the past three years.
How do we spend Pupil Premium?
At Temple Moor, any disadvantaged pupil who is not meeting expected progress will be given a wealth of support and it is school policy that teaching staff, non-teaching staff and governors support pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium and ensure that they do not fall behind (or catch up if they are behind when they arrive with us).
We are fully committed to committing our resources to interventions and strategies that have proven evidence based outcomes. Central to this is making sure that Teaching and Learning is of a consistently high quality and underpins all that we do. Many of our interventions at both pastoral and academic level are directly focused on disadvantaged pupils but ultimately some will benefit other students across the school. Additionally, we spend significantly more than the money we are allocated each year. For a full breakdown of the strategies and interventions, impact analysis, please see our Pupil Premium reports below.
Barriers to Learning
A number of our disadvantaged pupils face significant barriers to their learning which are wide varied and complex. As such there is no single solution to change this, requiring careful thought on a personalised basis. A high proportion of our disadvantaged students are from families in which there is built in social deprivation which can manifest itself in creating issues such as having low or sporadic attendance, social, emotional and behavior difficulties and a lack of parental engagement in their school life. Equally, other pupils who are eligible for disadvantaged funding can be extremely able but do not always have the self- confidence and belief to challenge themselves and strive for excellence, such as applying for a place at a high quality university or a higher level apprenticeship.
At Temple Moor we fully believe in the individual and supporting them to reach their potential. As such, the way in which the school spends the disadvantaged funding has to be constantly monitored to ensure it foremost meets the needs of its students.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Over the next 12 months, all of the strategies and interventions will be thoroughly audited, evaluated and decisions made on their viability. Our monitoring and evaluation is an ongoing process with specific actions reviewed after a few weeks whilst others may be after three months. This has a central aim of continuing to spend our Pupil Premium allocation for the year 2017/2018 on the interventions that have the most impact. This gives us the option to trial new innovations and explore how we can further assist our most disadvantaged pupils with basic numeracy and revision. Our monitoring practices include such ways as; the assessment and analysis of data, looking carefully at the quality of student’s work and in their books and listening to student voice to identify clearly what works well for them.
Pupil Premium Documentation