Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a grant allocated to children from low-income families who are, or have been, eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM/Ever 6), children of service personnel and children who have been looked-after continuously for more than 6 months (CLA).

At Dormston School we believe that every pupil should be given the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability. Education is absolutely crucial to the life chances of all young people, so we take the responsibility of ensuring that each pupil has access to a high quality provision very seriously. We recognise that children come from different backgrounds and receive varying levels of support at home. We believe that all pupils should be encouraged to aim high and we actively seek to establish a positive ethos based on the simple principle that every pupil should try their best and that the pupil premium is used effectively to remove some of the barriers that pupils within our school may face.

Main barriers to educational achievement

The purpose of the pupil premium funding is to improve the attainment and progress of eligible pupils and close the gap between them and their wealthier peers (both in-school and nationally).  Whilst making decisions about pupil premium spending it is important to consider the context of Dormston School and the subsequent challenges faced by pupils. The main barriers we endeavour to overcome include; access to key resources such as calculators, books and reading materials, low aspirations set by some parents/carers, more frequent behavioural difficulties, attendance and punctuality concerns and funding for curriculum based trips.

Whilst establishing the most appropriate interventions for eligible pupils, reference has been made to the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit which suggests the best results are achieved from promoting metacognition, improving purposeful feedback, utilising pastoral interventions and giving access to first class teaching and resources.

Review of the impact of spending in the academic year 2016/17:

Dormston received £313.956 pupil premium funding for 2016-17.

 

This was used to support:

  • Additional groups in English and Maths
  • Intervention groups to help children with specific identified needs, putting them at risk of underachievement.
  • Specific revision programmes to boost performance in English and Maths.
  • Additional literacy interventions.
  • Funding of additional pastoral support time, including mentoring, to reduce exclusions, increase attendance and support the more vulnerable.
  • Additional careers guidance.
  • School visits and trips subsidized by the pupil premium to ensure no child misses out.
  • Help given from time to time with the other costs that families may incur.

The impact of this support was:

33.5 Average Attainment 8 score per disadvantaged pupil
44 Number of disadvantaged pupils in Progress 8 measure
-0.65 Progress 8 measure - disadvantaged pupils

 

8.0 Average Attainment 8 score per disadvantaged pupil for English element
-0.41 Progress 8 measure for English element - disadvantaged pupils
5.6 Average Attainment 8 score per disadvantaged pupil for mathematics element
-0.96 Progress 8 measure for maths element - disadvantaged pupils
9.0 Average Attainment 8 score per disadvantaged pupil for EBacc element
-0.49 Progress 8 measure for EBacc element - disadvantaged pupils
10.9 Average Attainment 8 score per disadvantaged pupil for open element
-0.84 Progress 8 measure for open element - disadvantaged pupils


More than 300 disadvantaged pupils accessed additional curriculum resources (including revision guides, resources for food technology, curriculum based trips, uniform and music lessons).

Pupil Premium 2017/18 income and spending plans:

For the academic year 2017/18 363 pupils are registered as ‘Pupil Premium’.  This will create estimated funding for the school of £312,790.

 

This money will be allocated to provide:

  • Additional groups in English and Maths.
  • Intervention groups to help children with specific identified needs, putting them at risk of underachievement.
  • Specific revision programmes to boost performance in English and Maths.
  • Additional literacy interventions.
  • Funding of additional pastoral support time, including mentoring, to reduce exclusions, increase attendance and support the more vulnerable.
  • Additional careers guidance.
  • School visits and trips, an important aspect of education, are subsidised by the pupil premium to ensure no child misses out.
  • Help given from time to time with the other costs that families may incur.
  • A Year 11 English/Math residential.
  • A literacy peer mentoring programme.

Where possible, the impact of the spending of the pupil premium fund will be measured against national data. In addition, internal data will help the monitoring of pupil progress and attainment, alongside attendance, effort and behavioural monitoring.

The date of the next review will be September 2018.

Downloads

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FSM Application Form 20th Apr 2018 Download
Outline of FSM Changes from 1st April 2018 20th Apr 2018 Download

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