Reading School Pupil Premium Statement
The Pupil Premium, funding for which is additional to main school funding is a key way of addressing the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. The government has extended its reach to cover any child that has been registered for Free School Meals in the past six years. In addition, looked after children also receive a premium of £600.
According to the DfE schools have the freedom to spend the funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs – ‘Schools will decide how to use the Pupil Premium. As they are best placed to assess what additional provision be made for individual pupils.’
‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what educational provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ (DfE website)
In the period 2011/12 Reading School received a total of £1,869 Pupil Premium in three tranches £322.50, £496.50 and £1,050.00.
Reading School prioritised the use of the Pupil Premium and a range of activities and interventions have been supported with the funding including:
- Teaching and learning materials at Key Stage 3
- Teaching and learning materials at Key Stage 4
- Increased counselling provision
In 2012-13 the Pupil Premium funding will focus on the following activities and interventions:
- Teaching support at Key Stage 4 in English Literature
- Increased provision of materials to improve attainment in reading and extended writing
- Support/Intervention in English Baccalaureate subjects such as Geography through increased learning support provision
The Pupil Premium has funded activities and interventions that have had a positive impact on progress and attainment. Indeed, measures of progress, behaviour, attendance and attainment show that Reading School is meeting the needs of our FSM students. In addition, this positive impact is triangulated with the views of parents and pupils.