Pupil Premium targets additional money at pupils who meet the eligibility criteria, to help them achieve their full potential.
In 2012, Eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who had been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point on the last 6 years. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school budget, in a way they think will best diminish difference in attainment between the most vulnerable pupils and the whole school.
Pupil Premium is also provided for children in care who have been looked after for more than six months, recognising that they need additional support to help them raise their educational achievement. It is also provided for children of parents in the armed services.
For each academic year - Pupil Premium allocation is based on student data in the January school census.
In Term 1 2017-18, 60% of students were eligible for Pupil Premium. The percentage of students eligible for the whole of the academic year was 68.8%. Over the course of the academic year, a total of 77 students on roll were eligible for Pupil Premium.
Ever6 (September 2017 -18) Pupil Premium allocation at St Matthias Academy totalled £9967.36
Pupil Premium funding is used to further develop literacy, through the purchase of application and web-based literacy programmes, as well as funding additional mentor support to facilitate multi agency working with families. Also, targeted literacy, numeracy and behaviour intervention work alongside SLCN assessment and interventions. For some of the Pupil Premium Cohort, St Matthias Academy is the additional intervention bought in by another school and funded from their own Pupil Premium Funding.
Funding is targeted to support students and diminish difference in their attainment compared to the whole school average:
1 to 1 Literacy intervention, Nessie and Lexia reading support
1 to 1 tuition for Looked after Children in Maths and English
1 to 1 Mentoring and Thrive sessions
Time to allow intervention strategies with focus groups on attendance and transition
Additional staffing to support the most vulnerable
Free Breakfast Club to start the day in a positive way and help students achieve more in class
Analysis of Pupil Progress data shows that the impact of these interventions for the academic year 2017-18 was that on average, the percentage of Pupil Premium students making at least expected progress equalled the average percentage for the whole school at the end of the academic year.