Strategy Statement 2018-05-25T09:31:08+00:00

Pupil Premium

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 Strategy Statement – Pupil Premium

Pupil premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enhance the education of the most socio-economically deprived (namely those students entitled to free school meals and looked after children).

The amount of Pupil Premium allocated to Christopher Whitehead by the DfE is detailed in the table below. Allocations are based on an amount per pupil eligible for free school meals (FSM). From 1st April 2012 the criteria changed to include pupils eligible to FSM in any of the last 6 years. Amounts are allocated per government financial year ending each 31st March, not in academic years.

DfE Financial Year
(Ending 31st March)
Amount per FSM pupil Number of FSM pupils Funding
2011-12 £488 163 £79,544
2012-13 £600 262 £157,200
2013-14 £900 289 £260,100
2014-15 £935 283 £264,605
2015-16 £832 320 £266,475
2016-17 £935 288 £267,975
2017-18 £935 288 £272,663

Converting the DfE financial year allocations to our academy status financial years (ending on the 31st August each year) produces the following.

31st August 2013 £200,483
31st August 2014 £261,977

Pupil Premium Targeted Activities and Support

The Pupil Premium is spent in an integrated and targeted way, to ensure that entitled students receive the opportunity for additional support and access to all learning opportunities including residential activities.

Actions focused on learning in the curriculum

These actions directly affect performance in the classroom.

  • one-to-one tuition;
  • small-group teaching;
  • additional in-class support;
  • homework clubs;
  • special arrangements for monitoring progress;
  • reduced class sizes;
  • teaching assistants;
  • peer tutoring/peer-assisted learning;
  • provision of materials/equipment;
  • Reading Recovery and Accelerated Reading Schemes;
  • support for EAL.
  • Support is provided to ensure access to all learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.
  • paying any additional staff costs;
  • paying for ICT programmes and systems
  • paying for transport costs;
  • funding visits to the academy by theatre companies;
  • funding residential learning opportunities;
  • subsidising any pupil contributions.

Actions focused on improving attendance

  • appointment of additional education welfare officer;
  • appointment of home liaison officer;
  • incentives and rewards offered for improved attendance.

Actions focused on social, emotional and behavioural issues

  • These actions address barriers to learning.
  • one-to-one counselling;
  • behaviour support programmes;
  • school nurse employed 5 days each school week;
  • nurture groups;
  • interventions from an educational psychologist;
  • health information and advice;
  • social skills training.

Actions focused on enrichment beyond the curriculum

These actions extend the learning offer beyond the curriculum and/or to provide a safe place between school and home.

  • breakfast clubs;
  • sporting opportunities;
  • creative play possibilities;
  • arts and other leisure activities;
  • after-school and holiday clubs;
  • subsidising trips not directly linked to the curriculum.

Actions focused on families and communities

These actions help parents provide better support to their children by engaging them in their children’s learning and/or providing them with the knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

  • family learning;
  • parenting classes;
  • family support worker or parent support adviser.

Actions focused on improving progression into further education, employment and training

  • appointment of additional careers officer;
  • assistance with application forms and travel costs.

Alternative learning pathways and curricula 

It comprises alternatives for pupils who are having difficulties with the traditional learning pathways.

  • deliver of specific courses/programmes resulting in qualifications such as BTEC; Work Skills and Foundation Learning.

Impact of integrated and targeted support

The impact in educational attainment arising from expenditure of the previous financial year’s Pupil Premium has contributed to the improvements in numeracy, reading, writing and attendance.