The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of students from low-income families who are or have been eligible for free school meals in the past six years, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. At Hans Price Academy, the Pupil Premium funding is spent in a variety of ways; this includes investment in both pastoral and academic initiatives. 54% of our current cohort is eligible for the Pupil Premium. We measure the impact of interventions and additional funding through attendance, progress and attainment. No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational issues in any school, and it is therefore a multi-faceted approach that we feel offers the best opportunity for pupils to succeed.
The Assistant Principal will be responsible for the Pupil Premium cohort, acting as a Premium Pupil Advocate, raising the profile of these students, and holding teachers to account for their progress and attendance. This will be done through quality assurance and performance management. Pupil Premium students are a focus of all pastoral, academic and line management meetings. Data driven learning walks, observations and work scrutiny quality assure the Pupil Premium learning experience.
- Pupil Premium progress will match non-Pupil Premium progress at HPA.
- Pupil Premium students attendance will be at least 96%
- We will track and support Pupil Premium students to ensure that they are in education, employment or training.
The next review of the school’s Pupil Premium strategy will be March 2019
Main barriers to the educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school are:
- Low literacy and numeracy levels from Key Stage 2 (less than L4)
- Aspiration limitations due to social and economic factors
- Understanding of roots to further and higher education
- Access to reading materials at home
- Safeguarding issues
- LAC – attachment issues, unsettled home environment
- Social and emotional barriers to learning
- Fear of failure and measured risk taking
- Managed moves
- Transient population
- Parental engagement
- PP attendance rates can be lower
- Limited opportunities to increase their cultural capital
- Confidence in engagement with extra-curricular activities
- Financial barriers for pupils paying for trips
- Seasonal nature of work
To address these barriers, the Pupil Premium funding will be apportioned as in the table on the following page. Review of the impact of this spending is ongoing. This takes a variety of forms including:
- Student progress and attainment review meetings
- Student voice
- Attendance meetings
- College Leader meetings
- Parent meetings
- Subject reviews
- Academy Council meetings
- Various monitoring activities, both internal and externally led
A final review of the overall impact for the 2016-17 academic year will take place in August 2017.