Educational research has identified that children from low income or disadvantaged backgrounds make less progress than their more affluent peers. The economic impact of Covid-19 and the effect of partial school closures has increased any gaps in attainment between disadvantaged and non – disadvantaged students. As a result the Government now provides additional funding (a premium) to schools designed specifically to support these children and to ensure that students of all abilities have the same opportunities to learn.
Pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium include: Pupils who are (or were) registered for free school meals (FSM) within the last six years; pupils who are or have been looked after by the local authority; children of service personnel.
Lytchett Minster has 321 pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding in the academic year 2021 to 2022. For this period the school will receive a total of £309,605. This sum includes funding for Pupil Premium Grant, Recovery Premium and School Led Tutoring. Further details can be found in our strategy statement attached to this web page. The majority of funding was spent as follows:
- Ensuring high quality teaching supports Pupil Premium students
- Providing a tailored KS4 curriculum for some
- Providing Literacy and Numeracy support
- Providing one-to-one or small group support mentoring and tutoring support in English and Maths
- Supporting various parental requests including the provision of laptops where needed
- Targeting absence of Pupil Premium students
The aim of this funding is to “close the gap” in attainment between Pupil Premium funded children and those who are not funded. Systems are in place to support all pupils who need extra help, regardless of whether they are entitled to funding or not and Lytchett Minster is committed to closing any significant gaps in attainment between one group of students and the next.
An element of Pupil Premium funding is directed towards supporting transition and specifically Year 7 (this was previously supported directly through Year 7 “catch up” funding). This funding was used to support the summer school in 2021, supports those disadvantaged students who have mentoring in English or Maths and also funds any costs associated with our paired reading scheme. This scheme traditionally involved our sixth form students reading with Pupil Premium students once a week. However, the scheme has now been extended and from June 2022 a group of Year 7 and 8 boys will be visiting some of our primary feeder schools twice a week to work with Year 5 and 6 disadvantaged boys who might benefit from peer mentoring and paired reading.
Over the last two years additional funding has been allocated to Pupil Premium students as part of the National Tuition Programme. In 2021 the school worked in partnership with Randstad a national provider to provide bespoke Maths tuition to a small group of students. In September 2021 it was decided to move this tuition “in house” and we now have four tutors who work in English and Maths funded by the National Tutoring programme.
Support provided for parents is detailed in our Pupil Premium leaflet also available on the website.