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What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools by the Government with the intention of helping to tackle disadvantage by making funds available to the students who need it most. It is for schools to use as they see fit based on proven evidence of what is effective and adapted to their own unique, local context in order to “close the gap” in how well different students achieve at school.

Which groups of students are eligible for this funding? How much is it?

Schools are allocated the following funding:

  • Any student who has had Free School Meals in the past six years: £935 per year
  • Looked-after children (children in care and adopted children) : £1900 per year
  • Children from Armed Forces families: £300 per year

In September 2016 there were 175 students in school who fell into one of these categories (Year 7 - 38, Year 8 - 34, Year 9 - 38, Year 10 - 37, Year 11 - 28). This represents around 18% of the entire school population. This cohort changes regularly as family’s financial circumstances change.

In addition we receive a further one-off payment of £500 per year for any new Year 7 student who achieved below level 4 on the Key Stage 2 Reading and/or Maths test.

An action plan is in place to address identified needs of the cohort and to monitor the impact of this provision over time.

How is the funding used at Taverham?

The Department for Education makes clear that the total Pupil Premium funding received by the school should be used to support the academic achievement of Pupil Premium students as a whole. At Taverham High our overriding aim is to ensure that all students reach their potential both academically and socially and, to this end, Pupil Premium funds will be used to support the curriculum and to widen extra-curricular opportunity to ensure that all is done to help raise overall attainment.

With this in mind we use the funding to:

  • Raise Literacy and Numeracy levels through classroom support and intervention
    • Small group catch-up tuition in English and/or Maths
  • To provide additional intervention programmes which increase students’ access to the curriculum
    • Curriculum support in the KAVE and through 1:1 and small group teaching
    • Behaviour and emotional support through ACE
    • Staff training to ensure quality teaching for all
  • To provide opportunities for students to take an active role in extra-curricular aspects of school life in an attempt to improve their confidence and self esteem
    • Support with the cost of residential educational visits to the maximum of 50%
    • Full support of school day visits where these are integral to the curriculum
    • All students to have access to a range of leadership programmes in school

Actual expenditure for the previous academic year and spending intentions for the current academic year can be found on the school website. A full analysis of GCSE outcomes for Pupil Premium students is available.

Who should I contact at the school for further information?

  • For general information on the Pupil Premium, its use and its impact:
    • Mr N Philpott, Assistant Headteacher
  • To see if your child is eligible for Free School Meals:
    • Mrs T Taylor, Data Manager
  • For help with the cost of school uniform or educational visits:
    • Your child’s Head of Year
  • To discuss your child’s progress in individual subjects:
    • The class teacher in the first instance, followed by the relevant Head of Department
  • To discuss behaviour support, attendance support or your child’s general well-being:
    • Your child’s Head of Year