What is the Purpose of Pupil Premium Funding?

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 peers by ensuring funding reaches the pupils who need it most to tackle disadvantages.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. 

Source : DfE website

Who Qualifies for Pupil Premium?

In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, the Studio School will receive funding to the value of £22,440 and the allocation for 2016-17 until the end of March 2016 is £36,500.

Additionally the Studio School will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who has been looked after for 1 day or more by social services or was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order. The Studio School will also receive £300 for any student whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.

How we spend Pupil Premium Funding?

At the moment this money is used to provide:

  • 1-1 tuition and small group tuition for English, Maths and Science
  • 1-1 and small group literacy support Personalised timetables, including work placements and College placements
  • Staff Training
  • A co‐ordinated multi‐agency approach - working with agencies such as, the school nurse, Children’s Services and the Health Related Education Team
  • Support for students both socially and emotionally
  • Visits and links with universities and colleges
  • Support for enrichment activities and trips
  • A bursary of up to £250 per eligible student for parents to use for the purchase of books, bus passes and equipment or uniform that support learning

How will Parents know it is Working?

We track all children’s progress each half term, so we can quickly see if plans are working . If your child takes part in an intervention programme, we will also measure how they are doing at the start of the programme and at the end, so that we can see the difference.

Parents’ Evenings are also opportunities to discuss your child’s progress, but if you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact your child’s form tutor.

You can find out if your child is eligible for free school meals by clicking here.