The Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is ‘additional’ to main school funding. The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money towards pupils from deprived backgrounds: research shows that this group of pupils underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.
Children from low-income families who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months receive the Pupil Premium.
Schools and academies receive £1,320 for pupils from reception to year 6 who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
As with every child in our care, a child eligible for Pupil Premium is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/ her full potential, irrespective of need.
Hasting Hill Academy uses the available resources to employ strategies which will support pupils to increase their attainment. We review performance to include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers. In order to meet the above requirements we ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils.
One of our main priorities is to focus on ‘Narrowing the Gap’ for those pupils not on track to achieve the expected standard at the end of Key Stage 2. In order to facilitate this we have used strategies including effective feedback to pupils and peer coaching. If you would like more information about these strategies please contact us.
The academy leadership team will maintain an ongoing programme of support for socially disadvantaged pupils. This programme is subject to scrutiny at all levels of the governance of the academy to ensure that monies are being used to facilitate pupils’ access to education, secure pupils’ access to the curriculum, provide additional teaching and learning opportunities and explore alternative support and intervention.
Our approach to the use of the Pupil Premium is:
- Early intervention and support for socially disadvantaged children
- The vast majority of socially disadvantaged children will meet their individual targets.
- Effective parental pupil school support.
- Having an effective system for identifying, assessing and monitoring pupils.
- Having a whole-school approach to developing confident and independent learners.
The impact of Pupil Premium is measured through robust termly in-school assessment and tracking of pupil progress and attainment. Pupil progress meetings are held each term to review the progress of individual pupils to ensure no pupils are in danger of falling behind. End of year assessments, both in-school and national statutory tests, are used to gain information regarding pupil progress and attainment. Pupil voice is also used to gather information with regard to pupils’ attitudes towards school and their learning.
Hasting Hill Academy’s Pupil Premium Strategy is reviewed twice a year by the Local Governing Body at the termly meeting. Governors are presented with all relevant information by the head teacher and senior leaders. The impact of Pupil Premium is discussed and challenged at termly data challenge meetings during which senior leaders present in-school data to a designated member of the local governing body. The outcomes of data challenge meetings are reported to the wider governing body during their termly meeting.