The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM student, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual learners within their responsibility.
Principles at PMGHS School:
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the learners.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for learners who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged learners are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged learners, we recognise that not all learners who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all learners who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any learner or groups of learners the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all learners receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
The range of provision the school delivered was:
All Pupil Premium pupils were given a broad range of additional support. All these pupils received small group support, in-class TA support, and lunchtime/after-school support with homework. In mathematics they were provided with MyMaths. This is an on-line web-based support programme used by students at home to consolidate and further skills.
There was additional support for KS4 with the provision of GCSEPod which is a revision aid that students access through mobile technology, enabling them to access revision materials wherever they are. This encourages independent learning and flexible work skills. KS4 pupils were also provided with additional after school lessons in a range of subjects, with specific focus on mathematics and English, delivered by subject specialists and providing tailored support for examination preparation.
Holiday revision lessons were also provided in during February half-term and Easter 2012 for GCSE students in English, mathematics, science and Arabic.
The rationale for this provision was to provide students with a broad range of support focused particularly upon face to face support with an extension of innovative material to develop learning beyond the classroom.
The latest assessment data collected shows that FSM students are on track to reach their targets in the vast majority of their subjects (see attached reports). For Y11 2012 see attached FFT Estimate/Actual Reports that show a range of achievement