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.

 

Expected Provisions

 

Pupil Premium Provision for 2016-2017

Pupil Premium Provision for 2017-2018

 

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)