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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2017-2018

In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.

At The Rowans, the pupil premium funding will be used to close attainment gaps.  The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at The Rowans are:

  • Low levels of literacy and numeracy on entry
  • Reading ages well below chronological age
  • Lack of phonics for EAL pupils
  • Complex social needs
  • Unidentified mental health needs
  • Unidentified learning needs
  • Low self-esteem and little self-confidence
  • Criminal offending
  • Lack of aspiration
  • Lack of positive adult role-models
  • Damaging experience of mainstream education
  • Poor diet and associated health needs

We understand that there are many reasons why pupils may underperform.  Our focus is to highlight this quickly and effectively by addressing the barriers to the individual’s progress.  We effectively track, monitor and support pupil progress through data systems to assess academic progress, attendance, behaviour and attitudes to learning.

The pupil premium funding for 2017-2018, will be used to address these barriers to learning through:

  • 1:1 targeted literacy and numeracy intervention
  • Reading intervention
  • Speech and language therapy sessions leading to diagnosis
  • A daily programme of phonics for identified pupils
  • A dedicated welfare and attendance officer, focusing on welfare issues, working closely with families and professionals involved in the pupil and/or family
  • A St Giles Trust SOS project aimed at pupils involved or on the edge of gangs
  • Therapeutic interventions, to include; lego, cooking, art, gardening and DT
  • All pupils having a free breakfast and lunch everyday
  • A drugs counsellor working with targeted pupils and their families
  • A school counsellor to work 1:1 with identified pupils
  • Year 11 revision residential

The impact of pupil premium will be measured by comparing those pupils eligible for pp funding with the remainder of the cohort, in these key performance indicators:

% of pupils making expected or better progress in maths (KS3)

% of pupils making expected or better progress in English(KS3)

% of pupils making expected or better progress in maths (KS4)

% of pupils making expected or better progress in English (KS4)

Average improvement in reading age (based on the Hodder test) in months beyond chronological time

Average attainment 8 score for Yr 11 based on 2017 results

Average number 9-1 (A*-G)  passes (2017 results) GCSE and BTEC

% improvement in behaviour profile

The date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy: January 2018