The Government has established the Pupil Premium, which provides additional school funding, in order to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, or has been in care for 6 months or longer.
It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent each year, and we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils who qualify for the Pupil Premium. In addition, new measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
Initiatives will be monitored, evaluated and added as the academic year progresses. The impact of these interventions will be reviewed regularly, and reported on at the end of the academic year. This information can then be used to guide us in our spending for future years.
Year 7 catch up funding
2017-18 planned spending
The pupil premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The pupil premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. It also provides funding for children who have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months and for children of service personnel.
The estimated allocation of Pupil Premium funding is £135, 575 for the academic Year 2017- 2018.
The DFE has given schools the freedom to use Pupil Premium funding as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our students’ needs. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium (allocated to schools per FSM pupil) is spent, since professionals are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.
At Compass School we support the thinking behind the Pupil Premium and believe that this funding enables those students directly benefited to achieve the vision of the school, that all members of the Compass School Community will confidently reach the destination to which they aspire. The allocation of funding therefore is inline with our vision and values. We believe in quality first teaching in the classroom as the main tool for raising achievement for all students, and that the Pupil Premium funding ensures that all students have equal access to develop and realise their potential.
Compass School Southwark has set a target of ensuring that the attainment and progress differences between Pupil Premium and other students is below 10%. In this current academic year, based on the evidence and impact of our previous interventions and spending alongside the National evidence and research available, the school will use pupil premium funding to cover the costs of:
- School counselling service (2 days per week)
- Pastoral roles to support attendance, behaviour and achievement
- LA Early Help service
- Provision of small group and 1:1 musical instrument provision
- Compulsory enrichment programme
- Subsidised and trips and visits
- Free fruit and breakfast for all students
- Widening participation in school performances and drama
- Broadening the school library collection to suit all readers of all abilities
- Personalised literacy and numeracy interventions
- Future Frontiers aspiration support programme for Year 9
- Specific KS4 interventions to support aspiration, including careers guidance and work experience
- A range of parenting workshops and activities
- Use of online resources to support revision, learning and rewarding student behaviour
- Activities to develop mindfulness and well being of learners
Here you can view the full reports on the impact of previous years’ Pupil Premium funding: