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Pupil Premium

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 and care leavers, recognising that they need additional support to help them raise their educational achievement.  It is also provided for children with parents in the armed services.

For each academic year - Pupil Premium allocation is based on student data in the January school census.

Barriers to learning

We are aware that pupils attending St Matthias Academy, as in many schools, may experience a wide range of barriers to learning. Many of our students have additional needs around speech and language and social
interaction or diagnosed medical conditions and the PP spend reflects this. Other factors that can impact learning include experience of family bereavement, living outside the family home  or witnessing DV, emotional abuse or drug and alcohol misuse. There are also the risks of CSE and CCE that need to be considered when choosing the appropriate internal and agency interventions. 

2019 - 2020 Pupil Premium allocation and impact

Pupil Premium allocation at St Matthias Academy based upon the January 2019 census totalled:  £8240 (2018-19)

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.

At St Matthias Academy, we aim to support all pupils. We do this by providing good quality classroom teaching with additional support staff. This is supplemented by other interventions.

  • Targeted intervention in Literacy and Numeracy for identified students
  • 1 to 1 SLCN Interventions
  • Ongoing support for Year 11 leavers in their transition to higher education
  • Time to allow intervention strategies with focus groups on attendance and transition
  • Free Breakfast Club to start the day in a positive way and help students achieve more in class
  • Provision of specialist equipment to support individualised needs eg. Laptops for students requiring support with dyslexia
  • One-to-one mentoring – Used to develop a positive relationship with education and to facilitate multi agency working with families
  • Providing bespoke programmes for students requiring alternative learning provision in addition to their core academic subjects in order to meet their needs
  • Attendance – Individualised attendance support

Impact

Analysis of Pupil Progress data for the last full term that students were taught on-site, before the nationwide lockdown was initiated in March 2020, shows that the impact of these interventions was that on average, the percentage of Pupil Premium students making at least expected progress (82%) exceeded the average percentage for the whole school cohort (74%).

2020 - 2021 Pupil Premium allocation

In Term 3 2019-20, at the time of the January census, 63% of students were eligible for Pupil Premium. The percentage of students eligible for the whole of the academic year was 64%. Over the course of the academic year, a total of 53 students on roll were eligible for Pupil Premium.

Pupil Premium allocation at St Matthias Academy based upon the January 2020 census totalled:  £6685 (2019-20)

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.

At St Matthias Academy, we aim to support all pupils. We do this by providing good quality classroom teaching with additional support staff. This is supplemented by other interventions.

  • Targeted intervention in Literacy and Numeracy for identified students
  • 1 to 1 SLCN Interventions
  • 1 to 1 intervention for Looked after Children in Maths and English
  • Ongoing support for Year 11 leavers in their transition to higher education
  • Time to allow intervention strategies with focus groups on attendance and transition
  • Free Breakfast Club to start the day in a positive way and help students achieve more in class
  • Provision of specialist equipment to support individualised needs eg. Laptops for students requiring support with dyslexia
  • One-to-one mentoring – Used to develop a positive relationship with education and to facilitate multi agency working with families
  • Providing bespoke programmes for students requiring alternative learning provision in addition to their core academic subjects in order to meet their needs
  • Provision of sensory room to develop coping strategies to allow pupils to emotionally regulate effectively, in order to better access their education. Provides a calming environment to reduce anxiety and promote well-being
  • Attendance – Individualised attendance support
Covid Catch Up Premium

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. Pupils at St Matthias are particularly disadvantaged and are more likely to be among high-risk groups including involvement of social services, experience of family bereavement or financial disadvantage. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.

Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each Alternative Provision with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11. As the catch-up premium has been designed to mitigate the effects of the unique disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19), the grant will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances. To support schools to make the best use of this funding, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide for schools with evidence-based approaches to catch up for all students. Schools should use this document to help them direct their additional funding in the most effective way.

The EEF advises the following:

Teaching and whole school strategies

  • Supporting great teaching
  • Pupil assessment and feedback
  • Transition support

Targeted approaches

  • One to one and small group tuition
  • Intervention programmes
  • Extended school time

Wider strategies

  • Supporting parent and carers
  • Access to technology
  • Summer support

St Matthias Academy has prepared a Catch Up Premium Plan. This is a working document highlighting the targeted interventions and other support available through the additional funding. The final costs will be calculated when all necessary ICT equipment has been purchased. To view the plan, please click on the download link below.