The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.
National research shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual students.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM student, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
(Source DfE website)
We know that to maximise student progress, strong assessment and tracking procedures are essential. These same principles apply when measuring the impact of the interventions employed through the use of the Pupil Premium. Intelligent use of tracking data enables us to identify under-performing students and to then target intervention and support to promote accelerated progress towards age-related expectations.
At St. Alban’s Catholic High School we have prepared a number of documents setting out how the funding has been used and the impact it has had on students’ learning outcomes (see key documents below).
Currently 20.5% of students at St. Alban’s High School in Years 7 to 11 are eligible for the Pupil Premium: The breakdown is as follows: (Please note some students might be in more than one category)
- 6.4% of students in the school receive Free School Meals (FSM)
- 0.8% of students are currently, or have been, in the care of the Local Authority
- 18.8% of students in the school currently receive, or have received, FSM in one or more of the previous 6 years (Ever 6)
- 1.1% of students in the school are currently, or have been in the last 5 years, a member of a Service family
- 3.1% of students in the school are currently Young Carers.
Please note that the school is currently working on a revised implementation plan for 2017/18. An update will be available in due course.
At St. Alban’s Catholic High School we strive to provide an excellent education for all of our students within a caring Christian community where all are respected, valued and supported to achieve their potential.
In addition to the provision that all students receive, we provide a variety of interventions for Pupil Premium, and other, students. These include:
Staff Training – Questioning, AfL, Effective Feedback
The impact of each intervention will be detailed in the legacy section of the strategy document and will be updated yearly.
It is worth noting that the tracking systems that have been put in place this year are already proving a valuable tool and are now used to monitor all students and will lead to additional intervention for those who require it.