Pupil Premium - What is it?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The ‘disadvantaged pupils’ category includes pupils who were eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point during the last six years and children looked after (CLA). CLA are pupils who have been looked after continuously for six months (>=183 days) during the year and are aged between five and fifteen.

 

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The Use Of Pupil Premium At GTS

The national attainment gap (the % gap between non-disadvantaged and disadvantaged pupils achieving 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths) in 2015 was 20%. At GTS we achieved an attainment gap of 11% with all of our pupil premium pupils achieving GCSEs in line with their target grades.  This is due to our belief at GTS that every pupil should have the opportunity to flourish both in their academic and non-academic endeavours. To this end we have taken the best practice advice on pupil premium spending, investing the majority of our funding into continuing to improve the quality of teaching and learning at Great Torrington School.

The large impact a good teacher can make on a pupil’s academic outcome is now well established (Aaronson, Barrow, and Sander, 2007, Rivkin Hanushek and Kain, 2005 Rivkin et al. 2005 and Rockoff 2004). This is especially true for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds: one year under the supervision of an excellent teacher is worth 1.5 years’ of learning compared to 0.5 years with poorly performing teachers. In other words, for poor pupils the difference between an excellent and a bad teacher is a whole year’s learning. (Hanushek, 1992)

Expected Pupil Premium Provision for 2016-2017

Expected Pupil Premium income for financial year 2016-2017: £109,395
Income carried forward from financial year 2016-2017: £0
Expected CIC Pupil premium 2016-2017: £3,800
Expenditure in academic year 2016-2017: £113,195

Number of pupils in receipt of pupil premium in 2016-2017: 133
Number of pupils claiming Free School Meals in 2016-2017: 93

Pupil Premium Provision for 2015-2016

Pupil Premium income for financial year 2015-2016: £124,142
Income carried forward from financial year 2015-2016: £0
CIC Pupil premium 2015-2016: £8,076
Expenditure in academic year 2015-2016: £132,218

Number of pupils in receipt of pupil premium in 2015-2016: 145
Number of pupils claiming Free School Meals in 2015-2016: 71

Pupil Premium Provision for 2014-2015

Pupil Premium expected income for financial year 2014-2015: £131,525
Income carried forward from financial year 2013-2014: £15,223
CIC Pupil premium 2014-2015: £3,800
Expenditure in academic year 2014-2015: £150,548

Number of pupils in receipt of pupil premium in 2014-2015: 147
Number of pupils claiming Free School Meals in 2014-2015: 73