Pupil Premium Funding

What is the purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant?

Pupil premium funding is granted to schools to address underachievement and improve outcomes for disadvantaged (either by circumstances or financial hardship) pupils. We know from national data that this group of pupils underachieves at every stage from 5 to 16 years when compared with other pupils. The aim of this document is to show you how we are spending the grant in ways that will help to ensure that disadvantaged pupils fulfil their potential and do at least as well as their non-disadvantaged peers with similar starting points within the school and nationally.

Disadvantaged pupils fall under 3 categories:

  • Pupils who are in receipt, or have ever been in receipt of, free school meals.

  • Looked after or adopted children.

  • Service children.

If you feel your child may benefit from this grant please contact the school office for assistance in applying. You will only have to fill out the form once and all claims are treated with confidence.

The Governors and Trustees of St Columb Minor Academy have ensured that all monies are spent on the education of the children it was intended. One of the aims of our School Development Plan is to ensure that our disadvantaged pupils make at least good progress throughout each year.

Research (The Sutton Trust, Durham University) suggests that some strategies are more effective than others in ‘closing the gap’ between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils and the school has strived to use these to good effect.

Interventions include:

  • Staff training in best practice, good, quality first mainstream teaching of an engaging and relevant curriculum.

  • Feedback – research shows that good quality verbal or written feedback is most effective in improving outcomes.  (Staff training and marking policy)

  • Early intervention particularly with phonics (RWI)

  • One to one tuition (Teacher or HLTA led)

  • Small ability group highly focused TA/Teacher interventions

  • Collaborative learning

  • Social and emotional learning.

    • Fun Fit groups

    • Socially Speaking groups

    • Purchase of specific resources

    • Pastoral support

Our overall aim is to increase progress and higher attainment plus increased self –esteem, behaviour and participation. Our assessment monitoring and tracking systems allow us to identify any children or groups of children who are not making sufficient progress. Progress for pupils in receipt of intervention is tracked half termly and interventions evaluated and adjusted.

The governors at St Columb Minor Academy recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualified for FSM. The governors reserve the right to allocate the PPG to support any pupil or group of pupils that the academy has legitimately recognised as being socially disadvantaged. We do, in addition, support the funding of many interventions /support programmes from the Academy’s main budget from which all children benefit. It is also worth noting that many pupils who qualify for the PPG fall into more than one vulnerable group. Therefore, our pupils may benefit from a range of provision to meet their needs.

“The effective allocation of additional funding has resulted in the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and the other pupils being steadily closed. Pupils receiving this support reach similar standards to other pupils nationally. Pupils who are at risk of falling behind receive targeted one-to-one and small-group support which has enabled them to catch up with their peers in the school.”

OFSTED January 2015