What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The premium will go to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; and to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM? It is vital that parents fill in the relevant form (available from the school) to allow additional funding to be released to the school to ensure that students are fully supported.
How will the impact of the spending of the pupil premium be measured? To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the pupil premium. At Rainhill High School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, participation and attendance, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
Our pupil premium allocation is targeted to support a wide variety of highly effective intervention strategies including
- Additional teaching staffing to work on one to one/ small group mentoring and support with a focus on students eligible for the pupil premium.
- Restructuring of staff within school to add an additional emphasis on Student Support Services as a central support mechanism for all students.
- Considerable additional targeted time from our staff to run catch up and support sessions
- Employment of a Maths and English intervention teachers.
- Structured academic intervention programs across all key stages including financial support for students to access both the curricular and extra-curricular dimensions of school.
- Employment of a senior leader responsibility for tracking pupil premium student performance against all students and overseeing pupil premium spend.
- Considerable targeted focus to improve teaching and learning across the school to ensure that all students are making at least expected progress in all subjects across both key stages.
- Strategies used to promote parental engagement for pupil premium parents.
- PP cohorts established and communicated to staff ensuring that there is a raised awareness for these students.
Free School Meals Application Forms
St Helens – online form
Knowsley – Word document