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Pupil Premium Grant

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Years R to 11, who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6). Pupil Premium is also allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority.

The Pupil Premium was £935 per pupil in 2015/16 and is set to remain the same for 2016/167. A premium is also paid for children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces. In 2013/14 the premium was £300. Pupils looked after by the Local Authority receive a premium of £1,400.

More information about the Pupil Premium is available on the Department for Education website.

Our Academy

We educate children and young people between the ages of 5 and 25. All children and young people who attend the Academy have a hearing impairment and many have an additional educational need.

How we use the pupil premium (PP)

Children and young people for whom the school receives PP are rigorously assessed to determine the areas of difficulty they are experiencing. These difficulties may not simply be educational but also social and emotional. We use the PP to fund additional support which addresses these needs and can demonstrate a positive impact on their educational and emotional development.

These are some of the ways we have been using Pupil Premium:

  • Delivered additional wellbeing support to pupils who have emotional
  • Arranged specific activities to support social integration and emotional wellbeing during out of school hours.
  • Provided additional literacy support via 1:1 Reading
  • Ensured pupils in hardship can access enjoyable and enriching activities e.g. Horse-riding.
  • Provided additional staffing and communicators to ensure young people can access after school clubs.
  • Delivering support through the Tanglewood project in Protective behaviours.
  • Support social and emotional wellbeing through Paddleboat Theatre project.
  • Providing students with extra-curricular learning and supporting vocational choices for post-16.

These strategies and interventions are implemented to support the pupils in closing the gap with their peers in terms of their communication and curriculum access and achievement.

We anticipate that as a consequence of these strategies and interventions, pupils for whom the Pupil Premium applies will make at least expected progress and preferably above expected progress relative to their peers.

How we measure effectiveness

The effectiveness of the interventions funded through the Pupil Premium are measured primarily through performance in specific areas of the curriculum (Maths, English, BSL etc.).

Some of the ways we measure improvement are:

  • Improved interaction with other children.
  • Improved reading ability both in terms of accuracy and context
  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved emotional wellbeing and resilience

Download our Pupil Premium report for our expenditure 2016-17 and funding for the year 2017-18 here.