Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools to work with pupils, who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as "Ever 6 FSM"). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
The purpose of the pupil allocation is defined as "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" - DfE 2012.
At Thorp Academy, our vision is to see everyone at Thorp Academy excel. To support this, the Academy provides a rigorously planned approach to meeting the needs of all students through an inclusive teaching and learning environment. The intention of the Academy is to ensure that all students are working towards achieving their potential.
The Pupil Premium funding enables Thorp Academy to enhance learning provision for vulnerable groups, this includes FSM (Free School Meals), SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disability), BME (Black Minority Ethnic), CLA (Children Looked After) and English as an Additional Language (EAL).
The Pupil Premium funding has been used in order to narrow the gaps between PP and Non PP.
Examples of interventions and use of Pupil Premium funding include:
Targeted intervention and raising achievement programmes for specific target groups
Extra-Curricular provision including sporting and performance activities as well as educational visits (enrichment)
Learning Support Unit
Behaviour Support Unit
Reduced class sizes within English and Maths
Teaching and Learning Continued Professional Development sessions for all teaching and associate staff.
Provision of alternative education programmes where appropriate
As an Academy we monitor and assess the impact that the Pupil Premium funding in a number of ways:
- Pupil Premium monitoring via Students at Risk meetings.
- Senior Leadership Team meetings
- Extended Leadership Team meetings
- Governors meetings