The DfE states that the Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, like special schools and pupil referral units.
Funding for 2015 to 2016:
In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
£1,320 for primary-aged pupils
£935 for secondary-aged pupils
Schools will continue to receive £1,900 for each child who:
has been looked after for 1 day or more
has been adopted from care
has left care under:
a special guardianship order
a residence order
a child arrangement order
Pupil Premium at St Christopher’s PRU:
At St. Christopher’s most of our young people are dual registered. This means that although they attend St. Christopher’s every day during their placement they still remain on the role of their registered mainstream school. The Pupil Premium money is paid to the mainstream school and then reclaimed for each young person attending St Christopher’s. Headteachers are under no legal obligation to pay this money to St. Christopher’s however, the guidance from the Local Authority is that this funding should be transferred proportionately when a child starts their placement.
At St. Christopher’s we target the Pupil Premium funding to provide additional support for each individual pupil in order to accelerate their academic progress.
All pupils attending St Christopher’s PRU receive:
- An individualised curriculum to develop learning and self-management skills aimed at increasing the pupil’s ability to successfully reintegrate back into mainstream by closing the gap in attainment.
- Targeted adult support in mainstream as part of the reintegration process
- High staff to young person ratio
- Breakfast at the start of the day
- The opportunity to take part in outside activities designed to develop: social skills, the ability to work as a team, resilience when dealing with problems, the ability to follow simple and complex instructions, and build self-esteem which intern enhances the pupil’s ability to operate as an independent learner. In order to offer a range of relevant and exciting activities we buy in the services of outside agencies, for example; Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Otley College, Downham Care Farm, and external PE and swimming providers
- Support for parents/carers so that they are able to take an active part in their child’s progress at St. Christopher’s, thereby increasing the overall impact of the placement
- Bespoke behaviour packages aimed at addressing specific areas of need.
Additionally, we provide enrichment activities aimed at developing self-esteem; thereby impacting on negative behaviour patterns which inhibit the pupil’s ability to access the curriculum. The staff employed are therefore highly experienced and skilful in both developing and delivering an appropriate curriculum and in behaviour management.
2013-2014: Total received = £2867. Cost for PE = £1345.43
2014-2015: Total received = £2546.66.
2015-2016: Total received = £12947
2016-2017: Total estimated = £13140
Data compiled on 27th January 2016 showed for KS2 and KS3, over the last 7 years:
- 82% of pupils returned to mainstream schooling
- 16% moved on to appropriate alternative provision
KS4 Results 2015
GCSE A – E 100% A – C 60%
Break down by subject
English A – E 100% A – C 100%
Maths A – E 100% A – C 50%
Science A – E 100% A – C 0%
History A – E 100% A – C 0%
Art A – E 100% A – C 100%
Polish A – E 100% A – C 100%