What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of government funding that is given to schools to specifically assist children who fall into at least one of the following groups:
They are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM)
They have been eligible within the last six years for FSM
They have been identified as a Looked after Child (LAC)
In 2017 - 18, the amount that each school receives for pupils within these groups is £935 per student. This money is specifically designed to help us to raise the achievement level of the students in these groups who have previously been identified as being disadvantaged through economic hardship. Looked After Children and those adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order are allocated £1900. We also receive a premium for students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is currently £300 per student per year. This money is specified to help with the emotional and social well‐being of these pupils.
What can we spend this money on?
Schools are free to spend the money as we believe is most appropriate to assist the groups of students identified. It is understood that schools are best‐placed to identify what will work better for the students within their care, where different strategies might be more effective than others. However, we are accountable for how we have decided to spend the additional funding and for how effective our plans have been to help the groups of students achieve. Please see our Pupil Premium Statement for information on how much money we were allocated last year, and how we spent it to help the progress, achievement and well-being of these groups of students.
At Shoreham Academy we track the pupil premium spend on each pupil premium student, this allows us to identify successful interventions to ensure that any gaps in progress or attainment are being closed.
Shoreham Academy has always invested a dedicated amount of school budget to improve the life chances of it’s more disadvantaged students and welcomes the focus that Pupil Premium brings. The Pupil Premium Champion Team has undertaken a great deal of work since 2015/2016 to bring Pupil Premium into focus, and has utilised the team’s knowledge to run in-house training sessions for all staff on how to maximise the impact of Pupil Premium funding to raise attainment for students. The below Pupil Premium Spending diagram summarises how funding is anticipated to be spent during 2017/18. The evaluation for the last two academic years can be seen in the table at the end of this document.
The Education Endowment Fund has a website that looks at as much research as possible on making a difference to pupils’ progress. Their work is widely recognised as being a recommended and outstanding source of information. Their toolkit has been used to provide guidance on strategies that are shown to be effective.