Upland School, in the financial year 2014/2015 receives approximately £42,255 as part of the Pupil Premium (we are awaiting final figures). The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between looked after children (LAC) and children eligible for free school meals (FSM), and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we are accountable as to how the funding has been used to support students and low income families.
Last year the use of Pupil Premium funding gave teachers the staffing capacity to deliver focussed interventions for our Pupil Premium students which resulted in them making Outstanding or Good towards Outstanding progress.
- At the end KS3 65% of students in receipt of the Pupil Premium award made upper quartile progress in literacy compared to 59% of their peers
- At the end of KS4 63% of students in receipt of the Pupil Premium award made upper quartile progress in literacy compared to 76% of their peers.
- At the end of KS3 58% of students in receipt of the Pupil Premium award made upper quartile progress in numeracy compared to 79% of their peers.
- At the end of KS4 63% of students in receipt of the Pupil Premium award made upper quartile progress in numeracy compared to 83% of their peers.
At Uplands School we have identified students eligible for free school meals or are in care and through discussion with class teachers, students, parents and other educational and health professionals have created bespoke packages of support based on educational need. Concentrating on literacy and numeracy, progress data is analysed to identify areas for development and teaching strategies determined to ensure progress. Teaching strategies, overseen by the class teacher, are delivered in one to one sessions or small group sessions. In addition, teaching is enhanced by the use of ipads, and literacy and numeracy resources to engage and assist students in their understanding of concepts and skills. Pupil Premium funding has therefore been used to:
- Acquire additional staffing to support 1-1 and small group work
- Develop Therapeutic Services
- Plan for further numeracy training and the acquisition of further numeracy/literacy resources.
Enable further phonics and miscue analysis training to occur and enable teachers and TA’s to acquire additional reading and phonic resources