“The academy has a very good level of awareness about the ‘Prevent’ programme.” Ofsted 2016
The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help support disadvantaged students, closing the attainment gap between them and their peers. At USH Pupil Premium is funding allocated to students who are currently children looked after (CLA), eligible for free school meals and who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. This equates to 23.6% (167 students) of our school population. The funding has contributed to a wide range of resources designed to maximise student potential in every possible way, e.g. extra teachers in core subjects, strong inclusion team (speech and language therapists, counsellor, and education psychologists), and opportunities for extended school activities (boosters/clubs).
In addition the school also received an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve level 4 or better at Key Stage 2 in reading and/or maths (the expected Key Stage 2 attainment). This funding known as ‘Catch Up Premium’ is used to give these pupils valuable additional provision and is intended to help these students catch up in literacy and numeracy as early as possible in their secondary education and therefore enable them to access the secondary curriculum more fully.
All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop his/her full potential, irrespective of need
The pupil premium targets extra funding for pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows these students underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils to reach their potential.
The Government have used pupils entitled to free school meals, children of service personnel and children looked after as an indicator for deprivation and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based upon the number registered for FSM. At Upper Shirley High, we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as our target children to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment and progress.
The Government have not dictated to schools how to spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support these students to increase their attainment and narrow the gap.Upper Shirley High School Pupil Premium Statement