The Government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
New measures have been included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils covered by the pupil premium.
Attached below is the proposed spending plan for 2018-19.
The catch-up premium is government funding to assist schools in providing additional support in literacy and numeracy. Each school is entitled to an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.
What is the key priority?
This is aimed at each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in the key stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those students that most need it.
What do we expect to see?
Targeted additional support strategies resulting in these students being able to:
– improve their levels of attainment and progress in English and mathematics.
– close the attainment gap relative to academy averages.
– have full access to the curriculum
How is the catch-up premium used?
The following interventions/resources have been put into place:
- 1-to-1 English and mathematics lessons in support of catch-up targets
- 1-to-1 reading during tutor time
- Small group or 1-to-1 language and phonics work
- Specialist literacy provision in years 7, through specialist support (reading comprehension/sentence structure)
- Accelerated reader – promoting reading throughout the whole academy, aimed at improving literacy and encouraging reading for pleasure
- Introduction of ReadWrite Inc to provide a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy
- My Maths – allows online maths support within the academy and at home