What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to target resources for 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 past 6 years (Ever6) or those children who have been looked after continuously for at least 6 months (CLA). For the year 2017-18, the Pupil Premium has a value of £935 per eligible pupil. There is also a smaller provision of £300 made for those pupils who have a parent in the armed services. Looked after Students receive an allocation of £1900 per pupil. The government haven’t dictated how the 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 lowest achieving pupils. The ambition is clear. A fair education for all:
Current status at Mexborough Academy 2017-18
Here is the three year trend at Mexborough Academy based on summer 2015, summer 2016 and 2017 cohorts. For a full page impact statement which went to staff and parents please click here PP Strategy Statement 2017-18 for staff and parents
Gaps have closed but his is largely in part to the underperformance of non-PP students and marginal improvement of PP students in the previous years. This has been addressed and noted in the current years plans.
How Mexborough Academy utilises its Pupils Premium money
- Appointment of a resilience co-ordinator to oversee new curriculum in Year 7 and 8 to promote a ‘can do’ culture and approach to learning.
- Appointment of an additional attendance officer with detailed focus on the attendance of PP students across the academy
- Appointment of re-integration officer to work with at risk and vulnerable students returning from periods of non-attendance or poor behaviour patterns in particular those with a PP background.
- Appointment of a student well-being co-ordinator to work closely with the SENCO and pastoral YL’s to support those students most vulnerable to SEMH issues within the academy
- Appointment of a literacy lead co-ordinator to develop and raise awareness of literacy matters whole school but with specific remit to focus on students in Year 7, 8 and 9 and those from a PP background
- Continued delivery of literacy support in English by HLTA with development of support for PP students within English at risk of delayed progress across KS3
- Continued delivery of numeracy support in Maths by specialist teacher with development of support for PP students within Maths at risk of delayed progress across KS3
- Appointment of and SEMH coordinator and continued provision and supervision of the ‘Zone’ area in the academy to support vulnerable learners in particular those from a SEMH and PP background
How Mexborough Academy plans for the Pupil Premium spend
In the summer of 2017 each faculty area was asked to RAG rate their previous provision for Pupil Premium students and this provided LT with vital information to address the gaps occurring whole academy. From this, faculties and individual staff members were asked to self-evaluate themselves. Students identified their own barriers both in and out of school and this data was used to discuss strategies for the Pupil Premium spend. Through this process the profile of Pupil Premium was raised across the academy and as such, more targeted interventions are due to take place within the academic year. The PP policy is dynamic and is constantly reviewed for successes and areas for further development.
For a full breakdown of different strategies and review please click on the following links
For any further enquiries regarding PP and the current initiatives in Mexborough Academy please contact the Academy on 01709 585858 and ask for Mr Clark Assistant Head teacher