The ‘Pupil Premium’ is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, like special schools and pupil referral units.
Funding for 2015 to 2016
In the 2015 to 2016 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:
- £1,320 for primary-aged pupils (Years Reception to 6)
- £935 for secondary-aged pupils (Years 7 to 11)
Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- has been adopted from care
- has left care under:
- a special guardianship order
- a residence order
- a child arrangement order
In addition the ‘Service Premium’ is designed to support children with parents serving in the regular British armed forces.
Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years
- one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
In the financial years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015, schools each received £300 for each eligible pupil and we will also receive £300 per eligible student for the academic year 2015-16.
The rationale behind this extra funding is that nationally, children in receipt of free school meals do less well at school than their peers. At QEGS, a very small proportion of students are registered for FSM, we keep and analyse data from this group, even though there may be very small numbers. A much higher proportion of our students have a parent in the services, and for these students (Year 7-11), extra funding is intended to help the school cater for any additional emotional needs that eg deployment may bring about.
The DfE requires us to publish how much Pupil Premium money we receive and how we have chosen to spend that money. We are also required to publish the results for students in receipt of FSM compared with their peers (see below)
Academic year 2014-2015
Percentage of pupils gaining 5+ A*-C at GCSE including English and Maths
Percentage of students who achieved GCSE English A*-C
Percentage of students who achieved GCSE Maths A* - C
% of students making 3+ levels of progress
% of pupils making 4+ levels of progress
% of pupils making 5+ levels of progress
All Year 11 pupils
All Year 11 Pupil Premium pupils
Average point score
Best 8 subjects
All Year 11 pupils
All Year 11 Pupil Premium pupils
% of Year 11 students in receipt of Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium Income
2013-14 £37,800 of which Pupil Premium (FSM+LAC) £17,100
2014-15 £51,447.92 of which Pupil Premium (FSM+LAC) £28,050
At QEGS, our philosophy is to enable every child to “be the best that they can be” regardless of external factors. To this end, we do not differentiate in terms of access to our provision, but we use the Pupil Premium money to offer services with the aim of closing gaps in achievement and ensuring that our Pupil premium students are both supported & stretched in their learning.
During the last academic year 2014-15 we have supported a wide range of requests for support of individuals, including:
· Uniform requests
· Revision guides
· Transport costs for homework clubs/ revision sessions
· Schools bags/equipment
· Subsidising or funding school trips and visits
· Subsidising the purchase of musical instruments & lessons
The parents of students eligible for Free School Meals are contacted on a regular basis and are encouraged to contact us for help and advice regarding funding.
Pupil Premium Learning Mentor
We appointed a Pupil Premium Learning Mentor in April 2015. Her role within school includes the following responsibilities:
To develop and maintain effective and supportive relationships with Pupil Premium and Service Premium students and all staff engaged with these students within school
To provide a complementary service throughout the school that enhances existing provision in order to support learning, participation and encourage social inclusion
To manage the designated Pupil/Service Premium 'nurture' area, ensuring that it provides a safe and supportive environment for all Pupil/Service Premium students
Work within an extended range of networks and partnerships to broker support and learning opportunities and improve the quality of services to children and young people.
We have also identified and funded a set number of hours of Learning Support and devoted these to early intervention, catch-up classes, literacy booster classes and extra-curricular support. These are usually provided either one-to-one or in very small groups. Funds have also been used to purchase necessary resources to assist the Pupil Premium students in their additional support sessions. We also purchase additional hours from our Careers Advisor to devote to one-to-one advice.
Pupils for whom QEGS receive the Service Premium are more likely to need help in terms of emotional support as well as targeted learning support.
In terms of emotional support, a proportion of Pupil and Service Premium money has helped to partly fund school counsellors from CASY. The Student Council has a role in identifying needs among the children of service personnel and a sub-group is devoted to this.
Contribution to teaching and teaching assistant salaries
Represents SENCO’s additional support for PP students, TA's additional support for PP/SP students, PP Learning Mentor salary, staff training for learning mentors who support PP/SP students, literacy coordinators support for PP/SP students, SLT time devoted to PP/SP activities.
CPD training courses
Stationary & materials for PP students
Contributions to musical instruments, food tech ingredients, textbooks, revision books, word processor and a laptop.
Emotional support for students
Contributions to CASY and Peace of Mind student counselling
For cost of additional qualification for PP/SP student
To assist the purchase of software licenses for PP/SP student use e.g. revision programmes, touch-typing etc.
Includes Year 8 residential, HE convention, visits to universities etc
Includes uniform, pe kits, shoes etc
Transport – PP students
Includes bus and taxi costs for PP students to attend homework club
Breakfast club costs
Provision of breakfast for PP students
Other professional fees
CfBT support advisor units, careers advice and Educational welfare support for PP students
Pupil Premium income total
In addition, using the carried forward balance from the previous academic year 2013-14:
Repair & Maintenance
To provide a nurture and learning area for PP/SP students in room 31 'The Hub'
Educational equipment for use within this area
To provide educational equipment for use within this nurture area
Stationary and educational materials
To provide educational stationary and materials for use within this nuture area
To provide ICT hardware for use by the PP mentor within this nurture area
C/F from previous academic year
C/F for next academic year
To be spent during this academic year on designated projects for the benefit of PP & SP students.