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Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch-up Premium

Pupil Premium supporting disadvantaged students

Purpose

  • The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
  • It is for the College to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to the school per FSM pupil, is spent. We allocate funds having assessed what additional provision should be made for the individual or groups of pupils on our College roll.
  • The College is free to spend the Pupil Premium as we see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support disadvantaged pupils from low-income families. Measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

Key facts

  • The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who have been eligible for FSM at any point during the last 6 years and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  • Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.

How Pupil Premium will be used at Bacon’s College

Please see the statement of intended use, downloadable from the link on this page.
Some of services, interventions and provision at Bacon’s College are aimed to help all students, not just those who are classified as disadvantaged. It is widely recognised that where attainment of all pupils is improved, the performance of disadvantaged pupils will improve and the gap will be narrowed.

Pupil Premium Funding: 

Academic year 2017-18: £526,933
Academic year 2016-17: £531,080
Academic year 2015-16: £571,068
Academic year 2014-15: £509,575 

 

Governance and accountability

It is expected that the Governing Body, at least on an annual basis, will ask the school to answer the following questions:

Why they are spending it in this way?
All our decisions about how to spend the money have been based on the needs of individual students and looking carefully at what we need to do to ensure that, if there is a gap in attainment between FSM children and non FSM children, we are working to quickly reduce this. Although we have an overall approach to spending the money, there will be occasions when the money may be spent in a slightly different way e.g. to pay for a school residential trip or to pay for students to attend revision courses that would usually command a fee. In these instances, we may make the decision to fund a child to attend because they have very poor life experiences and this lack of experience is impacting on their academic work. This means that some students receiving support will not necessarily qualify for FSM.

How it is making a difference for their disadvantaged pupils?
Our school data shows that by offering children additional support, they are able to accelerate their progress and improve their attainment. RAISE and our own data indicate that the gap between FSM and Non-FSM students is significantly less than the national average. Because the school has an increased focus on FSM children, all teaching staff are more aware of who these children are and have to account for what support is in place to ensure they attain at least as well as their peers. Please see the Pupil Premium Impact Statement, downloadable from this page, for a more detailed analysis.

How are the Governing Body holding the school to account for the way in which this money is spent?
The Principal will report annually on how the money is being spent. At the end of each academic year the Governors will be given information to demonstrate how FSM children have performed compared to their non-FSM peers. It is for the Governing Body to challenge the school if they feel that the gap is not being narrowed effectively.

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Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium:

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). A pupil awarded a scaled score of 99 or less following their end of KS2 test, has not met the expected standard and will be supported using the catch-up premium.


Details of how the Catch-up premium will be spent in the coming year can be found on the Statement of Intended use which you can download from this web page. Details of how the funding was used last year, and the difference that it made can be found on the Impact Report also downloadable from this web page.

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding:

Academic year 2017-18: £19,000
Academic year 2016-17:
£19,500
Academic year 2015-16: £22,000