What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium is another source of funding for each school that is provided on top of the main funding a school receives. In order to ensure that the benefits provided allow students from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive the same opportunities as students from less deprived families this type of funding is targeted primarily at this demographic.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years: £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6; £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11. Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following: adoption; a special guardianship order; a child arrangements order or a residence order. If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate. Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding.
In order to ensure that all schools are accountable, the Pupil Premium spent is monitored closely for the impact of the money spent. However, as pupils attending KHNES are dual roll with their mainstream school they are in receipt of the funding. For those pupils who attend more than a twelve week period at KHNES, we will seek to recoup the funding from the home school pro-rata for the pupil’s time with us.
For similar reasons it is unlikely that KHNES will ever receive any direct Year 7 Catch-up funding which is aimed at increasing the literacy and numeracy of pupils not achieving national expectations.
Why is there a pupil premium?
It has been shown that those students who are eligible for Free School Meals during their school life have lower educational attainment when compared to those who have never been eligible. From official figures it was shown that of those who had been on Free School Meals in the six years prior achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
In addition to the National School and College performance tables that report on the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers. At KHNES, we closely monitor and track pupil progress using the data to enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.