Pupil premium is a grant given to the school by the Department for Education (DfE) to provide extra support for those children who receive free school meals, along with children in care and also those who have parents in the armed forces.
In 2017-18 school received £935 for those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), £1900 for looked after children or those adopted from care, and £300 for a service child. Schools 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:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
FSM is the only pupil level measure of deprivation available to schools and the link between FSM eligibility and school underachievement is very strong nationally. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment difference between them and their peers.
If you feel that your own child may be eligible for Free School Meals or falls into one of the categories listed above and is not in receipt of the pupil premium fund, please contact the academy and we will support you with how to apply for this funding.
This grant is used to help provide the following support activities:
• an accelerated reading scheme; supported reading scheme and an on-line reading programme
• smaller group sizes in English and mathematics
• the homework club
• a mentoring programme
• one-to-one tuition
• small group tuition
• focussed careers guidance in Year 10 and 11
• free music tuition and help with the costs of residential trips
• developing inclusion strategies
• improving attendance
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
In addition the Academy also received an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve level 4 or better at Key Stage 2 in reading and/or maths (the expected Key Stage 2 attainment). This funding, known as ‘Catch Up Premium’ (CUP), is used to give these pupils valuable additional provision and is intended to help these students catch up in literacy and numeracy as early as possible in their secondary education and therefore enable them to access the secondary curriculum more fully.
2017-18 Academic Year
In 2017/18 Ash Hill Academy received £306,000 from Pupil Premium funding. In addition to the Pupil Premium the Academy received an additional £500 for every student who did achieve the expected Key Stage 2 attainment in reading and/or maths. In 2017/18, Ash Hill Academy received 17,680 in Catch Up Premium funding.
To maximise the achievement of Pupil Premium and KS2 below expected students, Ash Hill Academy is concentrating this funding on the core areas of literacy and numeracy to ensure that all students have the help that they need to grasp the basics of reading, writing and mathematics.
Outcomes for Eligible Pupils 2017-18
Ash Hill Academy is focused on closing both relative and absolute differences in student achievement. Spending commitments made are based on a detailed understanding of individual needs and aim to maximise the growing body of research and evidence on effective practice.
All pupil premium spending should lead to a quantifiable impact on student achievement and attainment, with a clear plan for impact measurement established.
The gaps in achievement between Pupil Premium students and all other students are closing year-on-year; further information can be read on our Statutory Information page here.