Pupil Premium / Disadvantaged Pupils
The Pupil Premium is a government grant allocated to each pupil on free school meals, identified as a ‘child looked after (CLA)’ or whose parents are in the Forces. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
As of September 2017, we currently have 182 pupils eligible for funding. The DfE identified 181 children through January 2017 census for the funding. We anticipate a grant of £238,900. With a pupil role of 379 totals 48% of the children will access the Pupil Premium grant. However, it must be noted that the total cost of the provisions we have in place total well over this amount.
Governors and leaders have a strongly held belief that our best resource is our people. Many of our pupils have troubled home lives and as a result have communication issues, social issues and self-esteem issues. Furthermore, on entry many of our pupils are below national expectations. Thornhill is an area of extremely high deprivation - within the UK it falls into the top 5%. Other barriers include low incomes (top 5% of UK), low employment (top 10% of UK), poor level of education and skills (top 5% of UK), high crime rate (top 5% UK), income deprivation affecting children (top 5% of UK) and high levels of ill-health and disability. The Thornhill estate is entering 'Fourth generation of unemployment' with many lone parents and high levels of benefits claimants. Therefore, we ensure that pupil premium spending has to go above and beyond, in order to meet the needs of this group of children. Accelerating their learning and diminishing the difference between them and national other pupils is a top priority of the school. We have evidence over time, that our approaches ensure our dis-advantaged children make exceptional progress.
Our Disadvantaged/Pupil Premium leader Rita Mulcahy works throughout the year tracking, analysing and ensuring that strategies, systems and processes are having the best possible impact. The way in which the school spends the grant is reviewed regularly and the aim for all pupils is to make excellent progress. Kerry Stamp (Headteacher) is a National Leader of Education and formal Pupil Premium reviewer. Both Rita and Kerry have carried out a number of reviews in other schools across the South.
How are we spending the money in 2017-2018?
Should you require any further information contact our Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged leader Rita Mulcahy - firstname.lastname@example.org