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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the last six years and children who are in local authority care. It is also allocated to children of service families. Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is there to address the gap in achievement identified nationally between students in these categories and students who are not.

The school receives £935 of additional funding for each student eligible for Pupil Premium, and £1,900 of additional funding for each child looked after,  in 2014–15.

PP Funding 2014 – 15                                              £143,055
Brought forward from 2013 – 14                               £  19,610
Looked after funding                                                £    7,500
Additional funding                                                    £  17,765

Total                                                                       £187,930

 At the academy we are using this funding in the following ways:

Two English teachers are part funded from Pupil Premium, one with a specific responsibility for raising levels of literacy. We also fund a proportion of the Easter School from the Pupil Premium fund, because we believe it has a considerable impact on the performance of Pupil Premium students.

The Pupil Premium funds three Learning Support Assistants (English, Maths and Science) working specifically within lessons to support vulnerable students.  Also, our Pastoral Support Co-ordinator is partially funded through the Pupil Premium, working specifically with vulnerable students, Children Looked After and those with very poor attendance. We fund an additional Support Worker to provide a lunchtime club for vulnerable students. Our Learning Support Centre is partially funded by Pupil Premium, and we have provided training for a Learning Support Assistant to support students with English as an Additional Language.

We use the Pupil Premium fund to support part of the cost of Connexions;  we also have extended the hours of our counsellor specifically to support students eligible for Pupil Premium.  A number of students in Years 10 and 11 are studying vocational courses at Hertfordshire Regional College, and those eligible for Pupil Premium have their costs supported from this fund, as well as the cost of transport.  We have invested money in our new Silent Learning Area, to create a genuine learning environment to support reintegration of students who have become disengaged from learning.

We are acutely aware of the need to ensure that students eligible for Pupil Premium make progress comparable with those who are not eligible, both within the school and nationally. To this end, we have identified 35 Year 11 students, overwhelmingly Pupil Premium eligible, to take part in an intensive ‘boot camp’ in English and Maths, focusing exclusively on these two subjects for five days. This is delivered by an outside company, well respected for tailoring their intervention very specifically to the needs of individual schools and students. Early indications are that, in summer 2015, Pupil Premium eligible students will make progress at or nearly at the level of their non-Pupil Premium peers.

Progress and Attainment of Pupil Premium students

At RBA, we are very aware of the need to constantly monitor the progress and attainment of Pupil Premium students, to ensure that the strategies and initiatives that we have in place are being effective in supporting learning. 

The data for the last academic year (2015 – 16) indicates that the ‘gap’ (the difference in attainment between pupil premium students and non-pupil premium) was significantly closed, suggesting that the strategies that were in place we effective and had the necessary impact. 

This is the comparative performance of our Year 11 GCSE students in 2015:

5 A*-C English and Maths Attainment of PP vs Non PP students 

  2015
5A*-C English and Maths PP 40%
5A*-C English and Maths Non PP 45%
Gap -5%

Average Point Score of PP vs Non PP students (Capped)

  2015
APS PP 346.1
APS Non PP 379.7
Gap -33.6

Predictions for our current Year 11 students suggest that the ‘gap’ between the achievement of Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students in 2016 will be very similar.

Free School Meals

If you think your child might be eligible for Free School Meals please contact the school on 01992 410800, email , or look on the Herts for Learning website (www.thegrid.org.uk)