The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and provides additional funding to support pupils who are registered as eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the armed forces. In April 2012 the Government widened the coverage of the premium to include pupils eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. In April 2013 the Services Children Premium widened to include children whose parent has left the services up to three years ago.
The main purpose of the pupil premium is to support the above pupils’ learning and progress in school and to close the attainment gap between these pupils and those not entitled to such support. We have used it to support a range of interventions and initiatives linked to pupils’ learning. We have also used the funding to support a range of enrichment opportunities as we believe these have such a positive impact on pupils’ motivation and success at school.
The school strives to meet the needs of a wide range of pupil groups who have been identified as vulnerable or at risk of underachieving, not just those eligible for the Pupil Premium. Therefore, the cost of support we have put in place using this funding has exceeded the Pupil Premium grant as we want to ensure such intervention will have an impact on the progress and achievement of as many pupils as possible at school.
Pupil Premium Allocation
In addition to the main school budget Test Valley School was allocated Pupil Premium funding of £94,415 for the academic year 2015-2016.
How to apply for Pupil Premium
If you think your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant please do contact us so we can ensure they are registered. Alternatively you can check your eligibility for free school meals online by going to our website, www.testvalley.hants.sch.uk and search ‘free school meals’. This will direct you to the following online service: www.hants.gov.uk/caterers/hc3s-freeschoolmeals. You will be asked to enter your name, national insurance number, address and child’s details. Then press submit and find out if you are eligible. If the result comes back eligible this means your child is eligible for FSM and the system automatically tells the school. This funding enables the school to directly support your child’s progress in school, even if they decide not to eat the free school meals at lunch-times.
Use of Pupil Premium Grant 2015-2016
Impact on Provision and Performance of Pupils Eligible for Pupil Premium 2015-2016
In 2015-16 eleven Year 11 pupils were eligible for pupil premium:
- 8/11 (73%) achieved the Basics (A*-C in English and Maths)
- 55% achieved at least five A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics (28% in 2015)
- 55% achieved at least five A*-C GCSE grades (39% in 2015)
- 50% made at least three levels of progress in Mathematics (50% in 2015)
- 64% made at least three levels of progress in English (47% in 2015)
In 2015-16 eleven Year 7 pupils were eligible for Catch Up funded literacy and numeracy support:
- 5 pupils receiving literacy support made an average gain of 1.4 levels of progress (Level 2.9 to Level 4.3)
- 11 pupils receiving numeracy support made an average gain of 0.9 levels of progress (Level 3.7 to Level 4.6)
Use of Pupil Premium Grant 2016-2017
This year the school plans to continue the above provision with the following amendments:
- Year Co-ordinators to act as ‘champions’ of the provision in place for pupils eligible for pupil premium in their own year groups. The role will include overseeing their year group intervention and support programmes, monitoring the impact on the pupils’ levels of progress and achievement and identifying individual needs in order to put in appropriate support. This will work alongside monitoring and intervention being implemented by subject teachers and at department level.
- Pupil Premium Governor to be appointed to support and monitor use of pupil premium funding and impact on pupils’ outcomes across the school.
- One-to-one and small group tuition time to be extended further with a qualified English teacher two days a week dedicated to working with a greater number of targeted pupils across Key Stages 3 and 4. She will join a qualified Mathematics teacher already undertaking this role two days a week.
- An LSA to provide additional support as a Pastoral Support Worker with increased dedicated time to work with vulnerable pupils identified as needing support to cope with the school day on a short or longer term basis.
- ‘Catch up’ programme for Year 7 pupils to be embedded.
- Targeted intervention programme for identified pupil groups within core subjects in Year 11 to be embedded.
- Whole school tracking system revised to enable all teachers to effectively monitor pupils’ progress as individuals and in identified groups including FSM, Looked After Children and Services Children. This to be used to determine targeted intervention and support programme for individual pupils, small groups and at subject and year group level. Heads of Department and Year Co-ordinators to formally review and report on pupils’ progress termly in order to identify action points for next term.
- Host an early intervention and support group with regular half termly meetings to identify intervention and support for vulnerable pupils and their families. Membership to include representatives from our school and the local cluster of primary schools to provide support for families with children at different stages of their school education. Representatives from local agencies also to attend to provide guidance and support.