The pupil premium funding gives schools and academies extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to Year 11.
The students eligible for pupil premium funding include:
- Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals
- Children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer
- Children whose parent works in the armed forces.
From April 2012, pupil premium funding was also extended to:
- All children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
Schools and academies currently receive:
- £955 per pupil of secondary school age
- £2,345 per pupil for looked after children who: have been looked after for 1 day or more, are adopted or leave care under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order
- £310 per pupil whose parents work in the armed services.
- The allocation for current financial year 2021 – 2022 is £436,071 and is based on 287 pupils
Academy accountability for the pupil premium
The pupil premium is paid to schools and academies as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Ofsted inspections report on how academies’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. We review our strategy internally every term through our Raising Achievement Board as well as a Senior Leadership Team throughout individual projects.
A summary of the main barriers to achievement faced by eligible pupils
- Persistent absence and poor punctuality
- Progress significantly below average in Maths, English and Science in KS3
- Low levels of Literacy and numeracy in KS3
- Additional support in KS4 with exam preparation
- KS4 students lacking personal resources due to parents’ finances
- Progress for SEND pupils, PP pupils and others that are disadvantaged
- Speech and Language upon entry to school – A greater proportion of our pupil premium children require speech and language support when they start at the Academy
Support in learning:
- Withdrawal support for literacy and numeracy
- Additional support for those eligible for free school meals, and those most able
- Additional Learning Support Assistants
- Dulwich College mentors
- Enrichment curriculum
- Subsidy for trips
- Uniform purchase
- Equipment purchase
Evaluation of impact
As a vital element of our tracking to ensure that all students at City Heights E-ACT Academy make excellent progress in their learning we will assess students five times during the year.
How the impact will be measured
Through pupil progress and how we diminish the gap, analysing data internally and with external monitoring, achievement, levels of progress, engagement with learning and student and parent voice.
This assessment data will be analysed to ensure that the progress and achievement of all students is at least in line with national expectations and in many cases ahead of it. A part of this analysis will be to look at the progress of sub-cohorts of students such as those students on Free School Meals to ensure that their progress is in line with the whole student body.
For Free School Meals students where this is not the case, we will review our pupil premium funding to ensure that interventions are targeted at those students who require additional support in order to maximise their potential.