Pupil Premium Funding
Pupil Premium Guidance
• The Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to target resources on those pupils deemed to be from a disadvantaged background. The Pupil Premium is additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Disadvantaged pupils should benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families.
• Disadvantaged pupils are defined as those eligible for the Pupil Premium; currently this means pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point during the last 6 years (“ever6 FSM”) or those who have been in care continuously for at least six months (“LAC”) or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order. Finally, £300 goes to pupils whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
• Neither the government nor any government agencies have dictated how the Pupil Premium money should be spent, but what is clear is that the money should be used to promote strategies, which narrow the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils.
Pupil Premium students face many barriers to success. The biggest of these is the knowledge gap evident between them and their peers, a significant word gap and a gap in their access to social and cultural capital. It is our duty to address these issues and provide true and absolute equality for these students.
Allerton Grange School is committed to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential by providing an aspirational and rigorous knowledge-rich curriculum supported by four cornerstones: knowledge, literacy, aspirational enrichment and social mobility (the KLAS curriculum). This curriculum is designed to help students to know more, understand more, experience more and access more. With this shared cultural capital and consistent teaching to the top, Pupil Premium students stand to gain the most. It is critical that, regardless of circumstance, the highest possible standards will be achieved.
Pupil Premium is not simply a bolt-on extra, but is part of the DNA of all staff and governors at Allerton Grange. The moral purpose is simple; we have a duty to identify barriers quickly and ensure that they are addressed so that individuals and groups with Pupil Premium funding are supported to achieve the equality of opportunity, achievement and destination as their peers.
1. Impact of Pupil Premium spending for 2018-19
The impact of Pupil Premium spending is measured by Academic Attainment, Academic Progress, Attendance, Behaviour, Aspirational Enrichment and Student Voice results.
We are delighted to have made so much progress with our Pupil premium students during 2018-19 and that there was a negligible difference between them and their peers, resulting in a Progress 8 score of -0.07 (provisional) at GCSE.
• The Progress 8 score for Pupil Premium students in English shows a steady improvement in progress. In 2018, P8 was -0.38 in English and improved to -0.22 in 2019 (provisional figure). A gap still exists between them and their peers, but this is narrowing over time.
• With Progress 8, Allerton Grange Pupil Premium students have scored more highly than non-disadvantaged students in Maths. Their Progress 8 figure is +0.19. They are above national average for all students. Strategic intervention work has made a massive difference to the achievement of Pupil Premium students in this subject area.
• A comprehensive and strategic intervention programme is in place across the school (Session 6) in all year groups with a provisional EBacc Progress 8 figure of +0.15. We have a higher than national average % of disadvantaged students taking the EBacc qualification. Unvalidated DfE figures has this as 68.83% of the Pupil Premium cohort.
• The open bucket qualifications are also showing steady signs of improvement, moving to a provisional -0.28. These are almost all GCSE qualifications.
2. Allerton Grange School priorities for raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils 2019-20 can be seen in the strategy document below:
This strategy has been mapped out to provide the following planned expenditure and will be updated half-termly.