Pupil Premium Statement
Schools receive a payment, or Pupil Premium funding, for each child who is registered for free school meals and those who have been in continuous care for six months or more. From April 2012, the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years.
The Government believe that the Pupil Premium funding is an effective way to ensure disadvantaged pupils benefit from the same educational opportunities as pupils from wealthier families.
Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should 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 additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. DFE website
As from September 2012, Schools and Academies are expected to publish information about how the Pupil Premium Grant has been allocated. This policy outlines how the Kingswood Secondary Academy will implement this requirement to ensure parents are informed of the progress and attainment of pupils entitled to the premium.
The Education Endowment Foundation
We are committed to using evidence-based approaches and a range of data to inform interventions. In order to support this commitment, we utilise research carried out by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to ensure our decisions with regards to interventions, are supported by evidence. The EEF is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement and as such support teachers by providing independent, evidence-based resource designed to improve practice and boost learning. The EEF evaluate the impact of intervention in terms of the additional months' progress the evidence suggests pupils can make as a result of an approach being used, taking average pupil progress over a year as a benchmark.
For example, the 'Feedback' strand in the ‘Teaching and Learning Toolkit’ shows that improving the quality of feedback provided to pupils has had an average attainment impact of +8 months. This means that students in a class where high quality feedback is given will make +8 months more progress over a year compared to students in a control class where feedback is of a standard quality.
For each measure we will compare Pupil Premium pupils against other pupils in the Academy. We will also compare the achievement of our Year 11 against all pupils nationally.
Our Pupil Premium Statements can be found below: