Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money give to schools each year to improve the academic performance of children from low income families. The funding is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible and ensure they flourish at school. Each school can choose how they spend the Pupil Premium grant but they must be confident that it is making a difference for those children. Details of how St Luke’s utilise the funding is available below.
St Luke’s Church of England School is committed to ensuring that every one of our students can live life to the full. We commit to using our Pupil Premium funding to remove any barriers that a child eligible for the Pupil Premium funding may have and to ensure they have the very best educational experience that allows them to flourish, secure an aspirational next step and have the confidence to take that step.
You can find out more about the Government rationale behind the funding by visiting: www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-effective-use-and-accountability#payments
The Pupil Premium provides funding for students:
- Who have been in receipt of FSM (Free School Meals) at any point in the last 6 years.
- Who have been continuously looked after for at least the last 6 months
- Who are from families where one or more parents are currently in the British armed forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
All schools are held accountable for what they spend the Pupil Premium money on. Performance tables will capture the achievement of disadvantaged students covered by the Pupil Premium funding. You can obtain further information on this by visiting:
- Y7 Catch Up Funding Development Plan 19-20
How to claim your child’s pupil premium
Children qualify for free school meals – and accordingly the Pupil Premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Universal credit
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
- Children who are or who have been in care
- Children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces
If you think you are eligible for any of the above please do let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can ensure that your child is receiving all of the funding they are entitled to.
What have we done so far this year?
- Finding my voice project for Year 7 students
- This project has supported the transition of students into secondary school, encouraging them to have grand aspirations and to be confident with who they are.
- We are delighted that 100% of the students have graduated from Finding My Voice and will be acting as mentors for Year 6 students throughout transition.
- Coachbright for Year 9 and Year 11 students
- Designed to raise aspiration and provide academic tutoring, 26 places have been assigned to Year 9 students, signing them up with current University students for small group tuition, on the school site, after school.
- In Term 2, we introduced coachbright to 20 year 11 students to support them with science, english and maths.
- Breakfast club running every day
- Students are welcomed into school for a healthy breakfast, somewhere to finish off homework and have a positive start to their school day.
- We are delighted that we have 20-30 students regularly attending.
- Tutor time reading
- Every tutor group has a tutor reading book, allowing students to experience that feeling of gettinglost in a good book daily with a trusted adult.
- Following on from student and staff voice, we adjusted the tutor time reading programme to run over 3 days a week with an extended reading time.
- Every member of teaching staff has 1 to 1 weekly coaching to help them get even better
- Several of our teaching team have been trained as precision coaches, giving them the tools to support other teachers to identify a small action step each week that will make a big impact on their teaching.
- Staff have completed 541 action steps in term 2, 71% of our coaching drop ins are completed, putting us top nationally.
- Subsidised uniform and emergency transport
- We have provided uniform and taxi transport for students, allowing them to attend after school events and to arrive at school fully equipped
- DofE and Ten Tors
- By subsidising the cost of both of these activities, we have ensured that students in receipt of pupil premium are able to take part.
School Led Tutoring Grant
Under School-Led Tutoring, all eligible state-funded schools are given a ring-fenced grant to fund locally sourced tutoring provision for disadvantaged pupils. From Janaury, St Luke’s students will benefit from extra tution in a small group setting (1:3) in Spanish and English. We have secured tutors in these subjects which means over 100 students (mainly in Key Stage 4) will benefit from extra support up until their exams in the summer.
St Luke’s is a wonderful place; is a school full of staff who are dedicated to improving the life chances of every student that attends the school.
Kealey Sherwood, Headteacher