The Pupil Premium is a sum of money the school receives for students who are either in receipt of free school meals or have been eligible in the last six years. The school also receives additional funding for any student who is in public care. The reason for this funding is that, nationally, the statistics show that Pupil Premium students do less well than their peers in external examinations. This pattern is also seen here at KES. The aim of this money is to reduce the gap in attainment. The percentage of students, at KES, who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding is similar in each year group (around 30% of students).
We are required to publish, and inform parents, how we spend this money and the performance of Pupil Premium students compared to their peers. We are also able to define which students will benefit from which intervention / activity and are therefore able to offer opportunities, funded for by Pupil Premium funding to other, non Pupil Premium students who we feel would benefit from the experience. Each year, we receive approximately £285,000. We have been using this money to reduce this gap for a number of years, and the gap seen at KES has consistently been below the national average. This year however, through a wide range of interventions, and a lot of encouragement, the gap seen at KES is below national figures.
In order to ensure an equality of access, last year we had five objectives; to provide support for PP students in their revision and lesson preparation, for students to show more than expected progress in English and Maths, that PP students are able to take part in a range of school activities and able to gain a greater level of confidence and self esteem and to provide basic support for equipment and uniform and any additional items, to ensure that this is not a barrier to learning. To ensure that parents / guardians of KES students, and PP students have high aspirations and ambitions.
Please see the download below for an outline as to the activities used to address each objective and the success criteria.
- The gap between students eligible for Pupil Premium funding and non Pupil Premium funding, on track to achieve 5 or more A*-C (including English and Maths) is below national figures
- The gap between students eligible for Pupil Premium funding and non Pupil Premium funding, in KS3 are below national figures
- The Average Point Score attained by students eligible for Pupil Premium funding has increased.
Please contact Mrs Helen Baker if you require further information with regards to the interventions in place for students eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
Examples of interventions for students eligible for Pupil Premium funding
- During 1:1 conversations [student] was able to ask questions about sentence building and spelling strategies. Confidently, during his sessions, he explored highlighted areas by questioning, filling in learning gaps and checking his own understanding. Goals were set and learning linked to his future aspirations by understanding that skills can be developed using multi subject area techniques. Overtime, [student] has realised that he is responsible for using information and transferring it to his long term memory (effective processing). Ultimately, he achieved this by chunking information and developing memory techniques. Mentoring has highlighted key areas that [student] was finding tricky. As a result, he now has a better understanding about his own learning.
- [Student] responded well to the tuition and the advice given, she understood why she was selected for Maths tuition and expressed appreciation for the extra help with the topics she was behind in. By the end of the six week block of tuition she had much clearer idea on how to identify the areas where she needed more practice and how to revise each topic (on MyMaths website, in smaller chunks – 30 minutes at the time; using Maths Watch CD and practising past GCSE papers at home). She also started to make index cards, writing down all the key words and examples, something she admitted she had never done before.
- [Student] is a really quiet student, but having keyboard lessons means that he is one of the strongest in his class in this area. This has been a real confidence boost for him.
A full list of interventions can be found in the downloads below.