The government believes that pupil premium, which is in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier counterparts by ensuring that funding to redress disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
National research shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in their school life generally have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
It is also worth noting that many pupils entitled to FSM (and indeed those who are not) also face often multiple vulnerabilities which are a barrier to good achievement. Copley School therefore deploys pupil premium to plan and promote effective intervention and additional support in order to eradicate these barriers over time and accelerate pupil progress, closing the attainment gap between FSM and non-FSM.
Eligibility for Pupil Premium
The most disadvantaged pupils, including all children who are looked after (CLA), benefit from pupil premium. Any child that has been registered for FSM in the past six year period (known as the “ever 6”) qualifies for pupil premium funding
Children Looked After (CLA) and the Pupil Premium
As CLA often face additional barriers to learning, these pupils also receive additional funding, known as pupil premium plus.
Children of Service Families
These children receive an increased premium.
How is Copley accountable for the pupil premium?
Robust tracking of pupil achievement is in place to immediately identify pupils who are under achieving, target effective intervention and support to accelerate progress towards age related expectations, rigorously monitored over time. Obviously, good teaching narrows gaps between those learners who are vulnerable and those that are not. Effective feedback and guidance to pupils is evidenced to be one of the most effective methods of accelerating progress, integrated where necessary with support (sometimes from other agencies) to assist vulnerable families.
At Copley School in 2016/17 we allocated our pupil premium funding of £36,060
- Employment of a full time learning mentor
- Additional teaching assistants in all key stages to target interventions and support
- Better Reading Co-ordinator
- Appointment of an Inclusion manager for 1 day a week
- 1:1 tuition led by class teachers daily
- Funding to support pupils to access our Residential trips