Pupil Premium Funding
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding provided by the Department for Education to narrow the attainment gap between students from low income families and their peers. It is allocated to schools with students on roll who are known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years, are Children Looked After (in the care of the Local Authority) or who have a parent serving in the Armed Services.
To close the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and to raise the attainment of those students in low-income families.
We believe it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances.
We aim to:
- raise the attainment and progress of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding so that their performance compares favourably with Non-Pupil Premium peers.
- close the gap between our disadvantaged students and their peers.
- address any inequalities in opportunity for students from low-income families and to ensure full access to the curriculum and to our extra-curricular provision.
Use of Funding
At Queens’ Pupil Premium funding is specifically used to provide:
- targeted interventions for students with low levels of literacy and numeracy
- 1:1 and small group tuition in English and/or Maths
- additional Learning Support lessons for KS4 students in small groups in place of an extra GCSE option
- homework clubs for students in need of supported study
- teaching Assistant time to assist teachers in planning differentiated lessons to ensure individuals can access the curriculum
- alternative programmes off-site to support the specific needs of individual students eg. ‘Building1Zone’, ‘Headstart’ at West Herts College, and Hairdressing at Chessbrook Education Support Centre.
- Support for individual students through the Safespace Counselling Service, Art Therapy, Youth Connexions, the Chessbrook Outreach Team and other appropriate outside agencies
- support via the County Attendance Improvement Officer for students with poor attendance
- a Student Support Assistant and two Learning Mentors or individual students in order to address behaviour issues, improve confidence and resilience
- a Family Support Worker to assist parents to support their children in their education
- programmes aimed at raising aspirations including motivational speakers
- laptops for individual students
- uniform, breakfast, taxi fares, lesson materials, study guides and equipment for individual students
- individual peripatetic music lessons
- contributions towards the cost of educational visits for individual students
- training and resources for the Student Support Team in supporting students with complex needs