What is the Pupil Premium?
The 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 pupils from less deprived families.
The Government has put the Grant in place in order to support:
** raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers;
** supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
Children who are ‘Looked After’ also form part of the Pupil Premium but are accounted for separately as are those children whose parents are members of the Services.
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Statistics show that students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2014/15 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.
How many pupils at PCSA are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 32% of students at PCSA are eligible: however, this is a number which fluctuates due to the transient nature of our intake.
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 PCSA, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. For every Pupil Premium student a spreadsheet of provision has been created to track and monitor impact on attainment of that student.
What does Pupil Premium look like at PCSA?
Please click here to see the Pupil Premium Statement.
We are keen to ensure that all children are able to experience a range of high quality educational experiences and make excellent progress. We have chosen to direct this funding to focus on four main areas that we know, based on academic and educational research, will make a difference to the future life chances of our young people:
* Ensuring academic progress
* Promoting personal well-being and attendance
* Enabling wider engagement and participation
* Leadership and Management
Year 7 Catch Up Expenditure
At PCSA there are 102 students eligible for Year 7 Catch Up in 2016/2017 with total funding of an estimated £28,928 which will be received in February. Please click below to see how this has been spent.
For each of the following areas please click on the relevant table: this hyperlink will take you to a more detailed page focused on this area.