Purpose and Funding
The pupil premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The pupil premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. It also provides funding for children who have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months and for children of service personnel.
The estimated allocation of Pupil Premium funding would be £665,993 for the academic Year 2017- 2018.
The DFE has given schools the freedom to use Pupil Premium funding as we see fit, based upon our knowledge of our students’ needs. It is
for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium (allocated to schools per FSM pupil) is spent, since professionals are best placed to assess
what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.
City of London Academy Ethos
We fully support the thinking behind the Pupil Premium and believe that the best way for disadvantaged pupils to catch up with their peers is through our key principles:
- Achievement for all
- High expectations
- An ethos of achievement
- High quality teaching
- High quality interventions and a culture and ethos where learning flourishes and every student matters.
When a positive climate for learning is created, alongside targeted support, then the progress rate for Pupil Premium students accelerates in addition to those students who are not PP, but are identified as being in need of additional support to accelerate their learning.
We allocate the Pupil Premium funding in line with the culture and ethos of the City of London Academy, which is to provide Equal
Opportunities for all children. We value diversity and we seek for every student to be freed from racism, discrimination or prejudice. To this end, our curriculum is designed and regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of all groups of learners, thus enabling all students to access learning and experience success. As such, Teaching and learning in the classroom is our main focus for raising achievement for all students (Wave 1 Intervention = Quality First Teaching).
Our aim is that “Everyone Achieves” and the Pupil Premium Funding is used to ensure that all students have EQUAL opportunities to reach their full potential, achieve and develop resilience. We aim to develop every student holistically (socially, culturally, psychologically) and to establish a community that is just and fair for all.
How will we make decisions regarding the use of Pupil Premium?
In making decisions, we will:
· Ensure that the Pupil Premium funding allocated to our school is used for its intended purpose. We also recognise that the Direct School Grant DSG) has an element of deprivation funding included within it to address the attainment of our disadvantaged students.
· Use the latest evidence and research regarding proven strategies which narrow the attainment gap and adapt these as necessary to meet the needs of the students at the City of London Academy.
· Be transparent in our reporting of how we use the Pupil Premium, so that our stakeholders, parents and Ofsted are fully aware of how this additional resource has been used to make a difference and to enhance the life chances of our students.
· Ensure that there is robust monitoring and evaluation in place to account for the use of the Pupil Premium funding by the academy and governing body.
· We will drive our aims and key principles through facilitating Quality First teaching and learning. We will use high quality interventions with proven evidence of impact in a time limited way.
· We will personalise support for targeted students which will be based on a timed diagnostic teaching model. We will evaluate the impact of interventions and review intervention plans at set intervals.
· The Pupil Premium funding is used to secure progress of all Year Groups, also those students from disadvantaged backgrounds but who don’t qualify for Pupil Premium.