What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant 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 students from less deprived families.
The Pupil Premium Grant is a lump sum given to the school based upon the number of students in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been registered for FSM in the past six years. Students in care who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant as well as students who have been adopted from care. Students whose parents are in the armed services are also contained within the Pupil Premium bracket and attract additional funding in order to support their social and emotional well-being. The impact the Pupil Premium Grant is making in each school is closely monitored by the Department for Education and by OFSTED. The funding, quite rightly, has to be accounted for.
Like all students, Pupil Premium students are all unique and have differing needs – some greater than others. We therefore try to make best use of this funding by supporting students according to their needs and all Pupil Premium students will not get the same support.
Why is there a Pupil Premium Grant?
Nationally students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment on average than those who have never been eligible. For example, over the last five years around a third of students in England who have been eligible for FSM achieved five or more 4-9 grades in their GCSEs, compared to more than two thirds of their peers.
Children adopted from care or who have left care
The pupil premium for 2020 to 2021 includes pupils recorded in the January 2020 school census and alternative provision census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC.
At Liskeard School the Pupil Premium Grant will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The funding will be used to close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers, particularly in maths and English. As far as possible, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities and we will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
- The Pupil Premium funding will be clearly identifiable within the budget.
- The Headteacher, in consultation with the governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium funding is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.
- We will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.
- We will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant and the Headteacher will report to the governing body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
- We will publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium funding.
- We will ensure that parents, governors and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant.
- We will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils.
- We will track the impact of the strategies put into place through the funding to ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.
We will monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the Pupil Premium funding.
How many pupils at Liskeard are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?
Our Pupil Premium funding for 2020-21 is based on the following numbers:
Year 7: 71
Year 8: 78
Year 9: 57
Year 10: 52
Year 11: 51
What additional support do we provide for students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?
Funding is committed to specific mentoring support and booster programmes in English, maths and science, as well as pastoral support such as counselling and a TicTac centre supported by the school. In addition, we fund bespoke sessions by external agencies to support learning and behavioural programmes as well as alternative curriculum programmes. We also have specific financial support plans for help with buying school uniform, residential trips, breakfast clubs and school meals, music lessons and after school clubs and transport. Greater detail of each area of support and the allocation of the funding is provided in the Pupil Premium Strategy.
How do we monitor the progress of Pupil Premium students and track any additional support?
Details of the overall progress individual students are making in each year group (with additional detail for English and maths) are collated centrally each term.
After every Progress Check the progress and attainment of students are analysed at a whole school level as well as by Heads of Faculty, Heads of Year and by the classroom teachers. This is supported by the ‘GRAPs’ process in Year 10 and 11. The progress of Pupil Premium students is a standing agenda item at fortnightly meetings to ensure the most recent data is scrutinised and acted on by the Heads of Faculty and Heads of Year.
Progress meetings (known as ‘RAG meetings’) are held for each year group each term in which any Pupil Premium students not making good progress in English, maths and science are discussed and actions to address this are agreed.
Measuring the impact of the Pupil premium Grant: Please refer to Pupil Premium Strategies.
PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING: See the Pupil Premium Strategy for further information:
- Pupil Premium Strategy 2021 - 2022
- Pupil Premium Strategy 2020 – 2021
- Pupil Premium Strategy 2019 - 2020
- Pupil Premium Strategy 2018 – 2019
TOTAL SPEND FOR 2020-21 = £266,832