Pupil Premium Strategy
The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help support disadvantaged students, diminishing the difference between them and their peers. At Adelaide School, Pupil Premium is funding allocated to students who are currently children looked after (CLA), eligible for free school meals and who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. The funding has contributed to a wide range of resources designed to maximise student potential in every possible way, e.g. 1-2-1 in English and maths and opportunities for extended school activities (boosters/clubs).
In addition the school also received an additional £2800 for year 7 pupils who did not achieve level 4 or better or scaled score of 100 at Key Stage 2 in reading and/or maths (the expected Key Stage 2 attainment). This funding known as ‘Catch Up Premium’ is used to give these pupils valuable additional provision and is intended to help these students catch up in literacy and numeracy as early as possible in their secondary education and therefore enable them to access the secondary curriculum more fully.
All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop his full potential, irrespective of need
The pupil premium targets extra funding for pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows these students underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils to reach their potential.
The Government have used pupils entitled to free school meals, children of service personnel and children looked after as an indicator for deprivation and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based upon the number registered for FSM. At Adelaide School, we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM and/or LAC as our target children to ‘diminish the difference’ regarding attainment and progress.
The Government have not dictated to schools how to spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support these students to increase their attainment and diminish the difference between other pupils from the same starting point nationally.
Pupil Premium Statement
The number of pupils eligible and the amount paid to schools varies each year.
We are currently working on our Pupil Premium Statement 2020-21
Catch Up Funding
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.
We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our national recovery, and the government intends for schools and colleges to fully open in September.
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.