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Pupil Premium Information

Pupil Premium
  • The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  • The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium from 2012-13 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years (PPEv6).
  • Research showed that, as a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
  • Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
Eligibility for Pupil Premium

You will be entitled to apply for Free School Meals and/or Pupil Premium for your child if you or your partner receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income of below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

To apply online please use the following link

or email: sfernandez@st-martins.essex.sch.uk

Expenditure of Pupil Premium budget
  • At St Martin’s School all pupils who are eligible for FSM also receive a free breakfast every day, the canteen opens from 7.50am to 8.20am.
  • Parents of those pupils in Year 7-11 who are eligible for FSM or ever6 have been informed that the school is in receipt of the Pupil Premium and they can request the manner in which it is spent. For example, if a pupil wants to go on a school trip and they can demonstrate that it will have an effect on their level of attainment then the school can fund all or part of that trip using these additional funds.
  • Pupils in receipt of FSM will receive extra tuition in English, Mathematics or Science depending on their greatest need.
  • In the financial year 2016-17 the grant was £166,205.50 and a similar figure is expected for the academic year 2017/18.

 

Strategy Impact

Staffing.

This ensures that average class sizes remain low so that students are able to have more support in lessons.  Employing a member of staff to be able to oversee the Pupil Premium programme has also ensured that the money is being spent fairly, effectively and allows parents a point of contact at the school.

School equipment: revision guides, school uniform, food technology ingredients, stationery.

All students have the opportunity to access extra support materials to further enhance their understanding of the curriculum.  The introduction of stationery packs in Year Administrator’s offices ensures that students are equipped and ready to learn.  Promoting the importance of self-esteem and confidence.

Extra-Curricular activities: music tuition, Sports Day, Duke of Edinburgh, residential and day trips

Students from lower income backgrounds do not necessarily have access to a wide range of extracurricular activities outside of school.  We therefore give students the opportunity to experience new things and learn or enhance their skills in extracurricular activities.  This also helps to improve motivation, organisation and dedication to their school experience.  Parents have commented on the positive impact these trips have had on their children and the renewed enthusiasm and confidence it brings.

Teachers Tutoring 1-2-1 and small group tuition.

Sessions are used as a support to their classroom studies and therefore take place when they are needed.  These are used to build on the learning in class and support is targeted to individual students’ needs.  We have seen a significant improvement in attainment as a result of these sessions with 79% of students in the criteria achieving 9-4 in English and Maths. The gap between this group and their peers was 25% smaller in 2017 than in 2016 GCSEs.

Students Tutoring: 1-2-1 and small group tuition.

Sixth formers are carefully selected to become tutors and build a strong rapport with their tutees as they have a clearer empathy with the younger years having recently gone through it themselves.  They also act as excellent role models and give the students something to aspire to. 

SEND: exam testing, classroom equipment for specific students.

Students are closely monitored by the school SENCO (Miss Negri) and then key areas for development are identified.  This allows the Pupil Premium budget to be spent with specific student needs in mind.  Classroom equipment and exam testing allows students to be able to access the curriculum in such a way that allows them to close the gap with their peers.  The extra time has proved vital in Controlled Assessments and mock examinations.

Technology: Laptops, printers, iPads, internet dongles, keyboards, USB, etc.

Students are able to access the curriculum at home and complete class assignments on the computer.  Technology is an integral part of modern society and it is crucial that students have the opportunity to be able to develop these skills.  Parents have also commented on the importance of allowing their children to access the work independently.
Breakfast and lunch. Free School Meals are offered to those on the FSM register and some additions for Pupil Premium students in certain circumstances.  Ensuring a balanced diet and getting a variety of nutrients has been widely recognised as having a direct impact on student progress in schools.  The House of Commons has recently published a briefing paper which discusses the importance of school meals and nutritional standards on the classroom learning.
Supporting literacy: Letterbox Club, Kindles. As with the SEND support this initiative also allows students to bridge the gap with their peers by improving their literacy and numeracy.  The Letterbox Club packs arrive monthly with a range of activities and resources to support and develop student progress.  This has seen an increase in reading age for all students.  80% of students involved in this scheme achieved their target grade or higher in English and maths. 

Curriculum support:

Specialist for exam preparation, coursework moderation and Speaking and Listening support.

A variety of resources have been purchased for use in lessons to help improve academic achievement. 
Supporting our Most Able: Mensa testing, NACE membership. The Pupil Premium is used to not only close the gap at GCSE but also that with our high achieving students.  The Most Able register has been cross referenced with that of the Pupil Premium and a range of strategies have been implemented to help increase attainment for our brightest students.  Mensa testing and NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) membership are part of our commitment to challenging and developing our Most Able Pupil Premium students as well as promoting high aspirations and forging links with universities.  

The Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed on a fortnightly basis via a meeting with SLT link. Termly reports are also completed to examine the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium interventions

Lead Practitioner – Mrs Fernandez

  • St Martin’s School has appointed an experienced Lead Practitioner who will oversee the 'closing the gap' strategy which will determine how the additional funding is spent.
  • Mrs Fernandez also monitors the attainment and progress of those who are in receipt of the grant.
  • Requests on how the school spends the grant should be directed to Mrs Fernandez in writing.
  • Whilst the school is encouraging ideas on how parents would like to spend the grant the final decision on how the grant is spent rests ultimately with the school.
  • Email address: sfernandez@st-martins.essex.sch.uk
Outcomes for Pupils in Receipt of the Pupil Premium

The documents below summarise the impact of the Pupil Premium for pupils at St Martin's:

Pupil Premium - Outcomes - 2016-17

Pupil Premium - Outcomes - 2015-16

Pupil Premium - Outcomes - 2014-15

Pupil Premium - Outcomes - 2013-14