What is Pupil Premium?
The Government has made available to all maintained schools the Pupil Premium Grant. This grant is aimed at supporting the outcomes for students who are, or have been in the last six years, eligible for free school meals (FSM), or students who are in the care of the local authority (CLA – Children Looked After). Eligibility for FSM is not in itself intended to be a judgement of any individual student’s ability, potential or likely outcomes. Statistically, nationally, there is a strong correlation between eligibility for FSM and lower achievement and outcomes below expectations. It should be emphasised that many of our students who are eligible for FSM achieve in line with or ahead of their non-FSM peers. We also work hard to ensure these students receive the appropriate level of support to ensure they achieve high level outcomes too. FSM is not an exact measure, but it is the best available for targeting additional recourses, which schools are expected to use strategically in their own contexts to support the students that they have who are eligible and may be vulnerable to disengagement, poor attendance, low aspirations or outcomes below expectations.
Pupil Premium at Hammersmith Academy:
From April 2012, we extended pupil premium funding to children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years. For the 2015 to 2016 financial year, funding for the pupil premium has increased to £2.545 billion. Schools will receive:
£1,320 per pupil of primary-school age
£935 per pupil of secondary-school age
£1,900 per pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- has been adopted from care
- has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order
In the academic year 2015/16, the combined benefit from Pupil Premium, Catch Up Premium and Service Child Premium can be summarised as follows:
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How do we spend our funding at Hammersmith Academy and what impact does it have?
Whole School Approach to ‘Closing the Gap’:
Research from the Education Endowment Foundation suggests that the most successful strategies for closing the gap are:
- Peer tutoring
Following a module assessment, students are given constructive feedback on a blue sticker. The most effective feedback provides learners with an opportunity to take on board the feedback and respond to feedback. Therefore, students are expected to respond to their blue stick comments and improve their work using a green pen:
At Hammersmith Academy, we believe that students should develop four essential competencies in order for students to make outstanding progress with their learning. This is achieved by using the 4 Rs (see below) to encourage students to be aware of learning and providing them with the skills to success.
Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness, Reciprocity
Success is demonstrated when the key skills are a visible and integral part of their day to day experience. When students consistently demonstrate these skills, they are awarded a special 4R subject token.
At Hammersmith Academy, we have a vertical tutor system with students from Y7-13. During this time, sixth formers buddy up with the younger student where they are encouraged to listen to students read and support them with their organisation.
During Session 3, the Inclusion department run a homework club for KS3 and KS4 students to attend. This session runs in a learning base with computers, providing an opportunity for students to receive support with their independent learning.
Furthermore, all classes are given weekly homework tasks set online using a website called Show My Homework. Both parents and students have an individual log in for the website so that students can be supported at home.