About Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium was introduced by the government to help support disadvantaged students by giving schools extra funding to enable them to take the most effective actions to improve attainment. Reducing the gap in performance between students from backgrounds with different levels of wealth is the key function of the pupil premium. To determine who was eligible for pupil premium the government used Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator of disadvantage. As with any indicator, the rationale can be questioned but it is the indicator that the government has chosen and the one we adhere to.
Using FSM as the indicator for ‘disadvantaged’ the government presents national attainment figures showing at Key Stage Two a gap of 16% between disadvantaged students and other students achieving at least level four in English and Mathematics. Nationally this grows to a 26.3% gap between disadvantaged students and other students achieving more than five A*-C GCSEs including English and Mathematics. The Pupil Premium is intended to help narrow this gap.How to apply for free school meals
Our current position
Through the continuing focus on individual progress, Thomas Clarkson Academy has introduced and is developing intervention strategies that have proven to work successfully in other educational settings.
We will use funding to continue to provide some of the proven successful interventions, along with some of our own initiatives, to ensure disadvantaged students at Thomas Clarkson Academy are offered support to attain the highest levels possible throughout their time with us.
The Ethos behind Pupil Premium Interventions
The purpose of the Pupil Premium (PP) is to ensure that those students from a less privileged socio-economic background (defined initially by their eligibility for Free School Meals at any time in the last six years) are achieving similar levels of academic progress as non-PP students. The academy is allocated an amount each April by the Local Education Authority depending on the number of PP students on-roll as at the January census. It is then up to the Academy to decide where this money is best spent to have the maximum impact on overall student achievement.
We recognise at TCA that whilst academic progress is the end result, our students also need – and benefit hugely from – more pastoral enrichment activities which at first glance do not seem to be attached to a specific academic ‘subject’. We believe that this holistic approach to producing a well-rounded, responsible citizen is a major part of our responsibilities as an Academy before sending our young people out into the world beyond secondary school.
To that end, we spread the PP funding we receive across a wide spectrum of interventions and activities in order to maximise its impact. These focus both on academic progress in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, as well as broadening the longer-term horizons of our students as they journey towards adulthood.
TCA’s Pupil premium allocation for the academic year (2016/17)
The Pupil Premium allocation for the 2015/2016 Academic Year was £405,200.
The amount for 2016-2017 as advised by the EFA (Education funding Agency) is £411,868.00.
How we intend to spend our allocation
Here follows a breakdown of the interventions and activities we intend to put the budget towards in the academic year 2016-17, along with the reasoning behind our decisions:
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TCA’s Pupil premium expenditure for the academic year (2015/16)
415 Pupil Premium Students. Total PP funding recieved. £405,200
|Interventions planned||Allocated sum||Actual Spend|
Study and revision workshops during school holidays
|Continued deliver of the McGraw Hill programme -||£10,000||£10,000|
|Delivery of musical Instrument lessons||£20,000||£18,543|
|Purchase of musical instruments||£4,000||£2,447|
|Support for student transport- including the Waterlees Bus (Doesn't yet include Feb's Bus)||£35,000||£28,396|
|Additional staffing for EAL||£5,000||£4,962|
|MD - PP Lead Tutor to co-ordinate intervention in core subjects||£9,000||£40,326|
|Top up for free school meals - 270 x 50p||£25,650||£25,650|
|Enrichment - period 6||£30,000||£38,000|
|Enrichment - period 6||£5,000||£6,400|
|Magic 5 Year 11 Electives||£5,000|
|Other Literacy Programmes||£5,000||£1,400|
Impact - How it made a difference to the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils
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A Final Thought
Thomas Clarkson Academy appreciates that many parents do not apply for Free School Meals (FSM) but now, more than ever it can clearly be seen to have educational advantages for individual students for a number of years through their school career. FSM eligibility is more than a meal at lunchtime, and the benefits for those students eligible are now much more, spanning a period of at least six years from the initial allowance.
We would encourage all parents who may be eligible for FSM to pursue this support avenue. It could help children considerably whilst they are at school and give them access to many more opportunities. If you are unsure as to the benefits, please do not hesitate to give us a call.