What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools in England for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.
At UAE we are very proud to serve our local community. With a high proportion of Pupil Premium students, it is vital that we ensure that they have the same opportunities to learn and make good progress in line with national aspirations and expectations.
Our objectives are to remove barriers to learning, to accelerate pupil progress and raise attainment, to support social and emotional development that enables children to learn, to broaden experiences and widen opportunities for children.
Some of the barriers are as follows:
Students not having access to the internet at home
Barriers to literacy upon entry with regard to low reading ages
Poor attendance and punctuality to school in the past
Students not having a quiet space to work in at home
Students not having access to learning materials and resources
Financial difficulty in paying for activities for which students have a particular talent
Therefore, at UAE our curriculum has a compulsory Enrichment Programme which allows students to have access to extra learning and curricular activities that will broaden and enhance their educational experience and learning. The above barriers have been tackled in the actions of our pupil premium statement.
We provide our students with 30 minutes each day for Preparation for Home Learning. This enables them to have a quiet and focussed learning environment where they can complete their homework assignments.
Our Strategy for using the funding is to increase the rate of progress and overall achievement for targeted children through:
Focus on learning in the curriculum. We achieve that with Literacy Intervention Programmes, funding our LRC, creating a Learning Support Area, training Learning Assistants to become teachers and having Education Welfare support for students who meet below expected attendance.
Focus on social, emotional and behaviour. We tackle this with with short term therapy support, external mentors, student services staffing and rewards visits/trips.
Focus on enrichment beyond the curriculum. As well as our compulsory Enrichment Programme, our Peripatetic teachers provide instrumental tuition to students who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
Focus on families. We achieve this through family focussed events such as our Family Fun Day and our regular Parents Families Association Meetings.
Our school self-evaluation to date shows that the additional support, opportunities, intervention strategies are creating a positive impact upon children's emotional, social and behavioural development. This aspect of our whole school self-evaluation will continue in order to judge the effectiveness and value for money of initiatives put in place through the Pupil Premium.
Pupil Premium Students are currently achieving in line with their peers. Pupil Premium students feel safe and make good progress at our Academy.
Impact analysis from previous years and consequent lessons learned have led to a more rigorous Pupil Premium approach here at the Academy.
The impact of 2015-16 Pupil premium actions have been measured and evaluated and provided UAE with evidence of what has worked well and what can be developed further. All future Pupil Premium actions will be measured and evaluated at the end of each academic year.
The 2016-17 pupil premium statement ensures that the impact of 2015-16 practice has informed our actions for this year.
View the Pupil Premium forecast Spending Plan (draft) for our Academy Year: 2017-18
Please click above links for details of our planned Pupil Premium Interventions.
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