The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with students who meet any of the following criteria:
- Students are currently entitled to free school meals
- Students who have claimed free school meals over the last 6 years (known as Ever6)
- Students are in care (currently looked after)
- Students who have a parent currently serving in the armed forces
This funding from central Government is given to us so that we can use it to enhance the life chances of these students and narrow the gap in terms of their academic performance and other opportunities.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches students who need it the most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish information on our website to explain how we have used the premium.
One of the main aims is to ensure that students eligible for the Pupil Premium are afforded the same educational opportunities as all other students in the school. As part of the additional provision made for students who are eligible for the Pupil Premium funding, the Governors of the school will ensure that their needs are adequately assessed and addressed.
Bringing an effective school infrastructure of people and facilities to the Pupil Premium is at the heart of how we have responded and gained value for money. Pupil Premium funding not only follows each student but is used to bolster school-wide change, improvements in quality of teaching and learning and to provide enrichment opportunities, such as inspirational speakers and school trips. The impetus provided by the Pupil Premium is also being used to work collaboratively with neighbouring schools and the community at large on initiatives to maximise the value of the premium.
Here at Nicholas Chamberlaine we have used the Pupil Premium to stimulate new ideas and new ‘kick-start’ initiatives such as Academic mentoring; a focus on marking and feedback; Super Learning Days; additional curriculum enrichment opportunities; more home contact and support for families; community support including links with Pupil Premium students in feeder schools; holiday and after-school revision sessions for identified students. For more information on how we have allocated our Pupil Premium funding please see our Pupil Premium Statement for this academic year.
Securing success for all young people
When students enter Nicholas Chamberlaine we ensure we know and understand the starting points for their academic progress. We gain valuable information from our local Primary schools and additionally we carry out several important baseline assessments, such as assessing their reading age.
We invest some of our Pupil Premium grant in ensuring that all students are making progress in the key skills needed to succeed at Nicholas Chamberlaine and ensure they are properly prepared for their learning journey to continue.
The most important skills are:
- Writing (including spelling)
- Use of number.
Without these core essential skills students will not reach their full potential. Therefore we use a range of resources, such as Accelerated Reader and Fresh Start, to encourage students to read more and build upon the high quality phonics work taught in Primary school.
Supporting Students well-being and behaviour
For many students becoming a teenager is not the easiest of times. This can lead to emotional difficulties both at school and at home. We believe that employing high quality staff to help students overcome their particular barriers to learning is essential. There are many students who do rely on this to succeed at school and without this personal approach will become disengaged from school. Some of this work involves helping students to raise their aspirations and widen their horizons. Therefore some funding will be targeted at helping students identify future opportunities, such as visiting universities, enrichment activities and PSHE workshops.
Bringing up teenagers is never an easy time. The additional stresses provided by financial worries will also have an impact on this. We believe that providing high quality support to parents of students who are finding it difficult to progress at school can impact greatly on their success at our school. We encourage parents to keep in regular contact with us so that we can discuss concerns and jointly identify strategies which will help students succeed both at school and at home.
To find out more
Further information on the Pupil Premium
Further information on how to claim for Free School Meals
Statement on Pupil Premium Spend Across the Griffin Schools Trust
The Griffin School Trust retains 5% of pupil premium allocation across its schools. This funds co-ordinated, strategic work across the Trust that supports the chosen work of individual schools but would not be affordable from single budgets. It contributes to:
Culture and Climate
- A Director of Creative Arts to lead and co-ordinate our annual week-long arts festival and to broaden best practice provision across all schools.
- An annual residential arts and cultural experience in London for 10 year olds.
Leadership and Management
- Training for all Heads in the identification of underperformance in the pupil premium group of children, analysis of their individual progress and the design of focused plans and strategies to raise their attainment.
- In depth support to schools to make rapid improvements to the attainment of underperforming groups of pupils.
- The co-ordination, monitoring and analysis of hundreds of free extra-curricular clubs and activities, the provision of which is a central precept of wide horizons.
- Training for new leaders in the identification of underperformance, analysis of progress and the design of plans and strategies to improve attainment.
- Support to middle leaders, individually and in groups, in the identification of underperformance, analysis of progress and design of plans to improve attainment.
- Focused staff visits to exceptional settings to share and see good and successful practice.
Teaching and Learning
- Expert support for teachers, individually and in groups, in the teaching of literacy including phonics and mathematics.
To redress the national disproportion of advantaged pupils versus disadvantaged pupils benefitting from sport, art and music provision in and out of school, plans for 2015/16 include the appointment of:
- A Director of Music to drive best practice across all schools and make performance level music available at no charge to disadvantaged pupils. This will include the opportunity to take accredited music grades and perform in ensembles
- A Director of Sports to drive best practice across all schools and make performance sport a realistic option for disadvantaged pupils.
These appointments will also contribute to:
- An annual sports festival
- The development of pupil leadership.