What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium (PP) is an amount of money received by schools based upon the number of children at the school, eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) during the last six years, referred to as “Ever6” students.
The Pupil Premium has a number of aims:
to increase social mobility;
to enable more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top Universities;
to reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving nationally.
About Headlands School
Total number of students on roll –796
Total % of students eligible for PP – 276 students (35%)
PP entitlement per PP student for year 2016 / 2017 – £935
Total amount of PP received 2016/ 2017 - £267,506
How does it work?
Student success is not always directly linked to the amount of money spent. Money alone does not raise aspiration or increase life chances. In order for the Pupil Premium to be really effective in making a noticeable difference in students’ lives the choices that we at Headlands make in allocating the money are vital. Funding needs to help raise student attainment and aspirations.
The extra funding for identified students’ needs to be used in a considered and focused way – to enable it to help raise standards across the whole school. This in turn will have a direct impact on achievement for Pupil Premium students. We aim to provide better opportunities for our students across a range of academic skills. We also want to give the students the opportunity to develop life skills that will benefit them beyond education and be useful in their lives ahead. This will allow them to have the best foundation to be successful in the future.
As well as academic support Pupil Premium funding allows us to support students in their social, emotional wellbeing and physical/mental health when necessary. Students who are struggling in these areas may find this creates barriers to learning and achievement. Pupil Premium can help us to support students holistically in a range of individually tailored interventions.
The aim of the Pupil Premium is to narrow the gap for the students identified by the government as those with most need. With this in mind we use the Pupil Premium to help us to provide a number of different interventions and strategies that are targeted specifically at the needs we identify in our eligible students.
Pupil Premium allows us to support students in ways we feel directly raise aspiration and attainment and link closely to our ethos of “working together to achieve excellence for all”.
Two full time posts are in place to allow us to deliver a range of programmes to support students. They include a Student Progress Leader who is responsible for helping allocate and evaluate the spending of Pupil Premium money.
Organising one to one tuition in literacy and numeracy.
Providing extended school opportunities for students during break, lunchtimes and before/after school.
Organising and running a summer school for students coming to Headlands from feeder primary schools.
Organising parent/student events throughout the year to ensure positive links are formed within the school.
Strengthening school/ internal and external agency links to help increase parental and community engagement.
Identifying and where appropriate bidding for sources of funding to support disadvantaged students.
Supporting the transition process of vulnerable students from primary to secondary and those moving on to further education.
Ensuring that our most disadvantaged students feel able to learn in an environment that complements their individual needs.
Identifying and signposting students who need extra support, these include: the school counselling service, SMASH, additional transition arrangements and alternative learning arrangements.
To work in partnership with parents to identify the need for their engagement in their child’s education.
To encourage good relations and effective dialogue between parents and teachers about children’s progress.
To work with parents to identify why their children are not achieving full attendance.
To support the most vulnerable children, young people and their families to access mainstream and specialist services as appropriate.