Pupil premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The premium will go to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; and to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
It is vital that parents fill in the relevant form to allow additional funding to be released to the school to ensure that students are fully supported. You can find the relevant form by visiting the website of the Local Authority that you live in. It does not matter if you live in a different Local Authority to the school. The school cannot process an application for Free School Meals only the Local Authority can do this. Visit the website of your local authority and search for "Free School Meals application". Most will have an online service or contact number. If you do not have the resources to contact the Local Authority by telephone or email please see your child's Year Student Manager in school and they can support.
How will the impact of the spending of the pupil premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the pupil premium. At Rainhill High School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, participation and attendance, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
Our pupil premium allocation is targeted to support a wide variety of highly effective research based intervention strategies including
- Additional teaching staff to work on one to one/ small group targeted academic support and mentoring.
- Pastoral Student Support Services as a central support mechanism students.
- Structured academic support through in house tutoring time
- Structured academic support through external tutoring
- Teacher CPD to secure Quality First teaching
- Employment of a English intervention teacher
- Support for students to access resources needed across the curriculum and extra-curricular dimensions of school.
- Employment of a senior leader responsibility for tracking pupil premium student performance against all students and overseeing pupil premium spend.
- Considerable targeted CPD focus to improve teaching and learning across the school to ensure that all students are making at least expected progress in all subjects across both key stages.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing services including in house school counsellor
- Attendance support
- Parent Workshops
- Strategies used to promote parental engagement for pupil premium parents.
- PP cohorts established and communicated to staff ensuring that there is a raised awareness for these students.
- Deployment of pupil premium funding
Deployment of pupil premium funding
In line with the school’s DIS FIRST policy, the type of activities that will be funded by the Pupil Premium include:
- Revision Classes1 to 1 Tuition
- Reading InterventionInclusion Base
- Safeguarding Manager
- Year Student Managers
- Maximise & Elevate : training for all Y10 & Y11 pupils on revision, stress management and preparation for examinations.
- Breakfast Club
- Intervention resources
- Trips & residential experiences
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Music lessons
- Uniforms & PE kit
- Resource support
- Attendance – rewards and incentives
- Reading for Pleasure
The date of the next review for Pupil Premium is October 2023