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Ashley High School Pupil Premium

This policy was adopted / updated: October 2015
This policy will be reviewed: October 2017

Lead Teacher/Co-ordinator: Clare Ogburn

Pupil Premium Policy

Background

The Pupil Premium was first introduced in April 2011.The government provides funding to Local Authorities who then distribute varying amounts to schools. The extra funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that exists between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.

Which pupils are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

  1. All pupils from low-income families who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
  2. All Looked After Children (LAC) who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
  3. All pupils who have a parent serving within the Armed Services (AF)

From April 2012, eligibility for the Pupil Premium was also extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 Free School Meals measure.)

From April 2014, looked after children (LAC), children adopted from care and those who leave care under a special guardianship order attracted a higher rate of pupil premium funding – the 'pupil premium plus'.

Pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium funding up until Year 11.

How should schools spend the Pupil Premium funding?

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. New measures have been included in the performance tables that show the achievement of pupils who attract Pupil Premium.

How is Pupil Premium funding used at Ashley High School?

Ashley High School has used the Pupil Premium funding to support their eligible pupils in a variety of ways; to ensure pupil progress, to raise attainment, to fund additional learning opportunities and enrich pupil experiences across the curriculum. Some pupils due to their more complex needs require more bespoke support packages. These can be planned for and delivered using PPF. The purpose of PPF is also to ensure an equality of opportunity, access to extra-curricular activities, visits and residential trips.

What is the impact?

The impact of these measures can be seen in a variety of ways both academically and holistically; however every individual case is different. The purpose is to ensure that every pupil is treated as an individual and that specialised programmes, wherever possible, are personalised to meet each student’s particular needs. PPF funding enables the school to offer a range of opportunities to help pupils fulfil their potential. Ashley High School uses various methods to measure and record impact and outcomes of PPF. Such measures can include both hard and soft data.