Pupil Premium 2018-2019 Up-dated January 2019
The pupil premium is a government initiative designed to target resources on those pupils deemed to be from a disadvantaged background. Specifically, the pupil premium money is provided for those pupils who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (Ever6) or those pupils who have been looked after continuously for at least 6 months (CLA). For the year 2018-19 the pupil premium has a value of £935 per eligible pupil. The government do not dictate how this Pupil Premium money should be spent but what is clear is that the money should be used to promote strategies which ‘narrow the attainment gap’ between the highest and the lowest achieving pupils in our school.
Our school is much smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the Pupil Premium is high, at approximately 25% above the national average.
Number and Percentage of students in receipt of Pupil Premium Grant
Pupil Premium Expenditure Proposed 2018-2019 (allocated based on Januray 2019 figures)
Fearns Community Sports College is a small comprehensive school with approximately 54% of pupils being eligible for the Pupil Premium funding. No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational issues in any school therefore we adopt a multifaceted approach to the spending of the extra funding in order to provide the best opportunities for those disadvantaged pupils to succeed. The key to narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils is careful and thorough monitoring/tracking of pupil attainment and progress. We have a mapping system in school to track intervention and progress. We pride ourselves in taking great care to cater for the individual needs of our pupils.
Regular data is collected on academic achievement and attitudes to learning (ATL) which can be accessed by staff, parents and pupils. This tracking then informs effective interventions, specific to the immediate needs of the individual and not simply generic strategies. For example:
· CPD to support effective teaching and learning in the classroom
· Learning Support/Teaching Assistants/Pastoral Support
· AAHT with responsibility for intervention
· Additional staffing for intervention and support activities
· Alternative provision and tailored curriculum provision
· Attendance manager visits to disadvantaged pupils
· Attendance monitoring and focus groups
· KS3 nurture group
· Holiday revision and exam preparation sessions including resources
· Literacy testing and improvement activities including support of the Accelerated Reader programme
· Educational and motivational trips and visits
· Summer school
· 1-1 tuition and support
· Assertive mentoring
· Careers guidance and counselling (CEIAG 1:1 interviews)
· Family support for those in need
This is reviewed on a regular basis, in some cases termly and others annually. The Pupil Premium funding is spent in a variety of ways with the direct and explicit aim of narrowing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achievers. This has included investment in both pastoral and academic initiatives. All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment.