What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It was introduced in April 2011 and was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. From September 2012, the government also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. From September 2014, the premium will be worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Litherland High we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on Literacy and Numeracy, Transition (at all key stages) Engagement, Attendance, Behaviour and Inclusion maximising the life opportunities for all students.
How many pupils at Litherland High are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 48% of students at Litherland High are eligible for the Pupil Premium
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
Parents in receipt of Child Tax Credit are required to complete a free school meal application form, and it is vital that the application form is completed to allow additional funding to be released to the school.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Litherland High, the monitoring points of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
What is Catch-Up Premium?
Year 7 Catch-Up Premium is a type of funding additional to the main school funding. It is received from the government and is allocated to students who failed to achieve a National Curriculum Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 in either Mathematics or English reading. Schools are free to spend the Catch-Up Premium as they see fit within specific parameters.
Unlike Pupil Premium, the Catch-Up Premium is only awarded to students in Year 7.