The Pupil Premium is allocated to the school for deprived children who are eligible, or have been eligible in the last 6 years, for Free School Meals (FSM); looked after children for more than 6 months (LAC); and children from families working in the Armed Forces.
At St Nicholas School we use this money in a variety of ways. In some cases the impact of the spending is difficult to measure, but there are both short and long term benefits to the lives of those receiving support.
- Pupil Premium funding will be used to provide targeted educational support to raise standards and improve outcomes of our more disadvantaged pupils.
- Funding will be used to narrow the gap in attainment between pupil premium pupils and non-pupil premium pupils.
- The school will use additional funding to ensure that our PPG pupils benefit and that it makes an impact on their learning, self-esteem and future lives.
Available funds of £61,800 for 60 eligible pupils, LAC (4), post-LAC (3) i.e. adopted from Care.
- Pupils in Year 7-11 receive £935 (including any pupil registered as eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years).
- Each pupil who is looked after, or who has been adopted, will receive £1,900.
- The local authorities who have pupils placed at the school this current academic year are: Essex County Council, London Borough of Newham, London Borough of Greenwich and Suffolk County Council.
Barriers to Educational Achievement Among PPG Pupils:
- Social isolation
- Social and emotional needs
- Mental Health issues
- Pupils on the ASD spectrum
- High levels of anxiety both at school/home
- Ongoing medical needs
- Communication and Language needs
- Social/economic environment
- Poor attendance
- Lack of access to extra-curricular activities.
The allocation will be spent as listed below:
- Learning Mentors: To provide additional support for pupils in areas, such as development of self-esteem, anger management, and language and communication skills.
- Emotional Behaviour Assistants: A team of Emotional Behaviour Assistants are employed, in addition to the class LSA, to provide additional individual support for pupils with complex emotional needs.
- Home – School Liaison: The home-school liaison manager provides close home/school links and offers support for parents and pupils with issues regarding attendance, health, etc.
- Family Counselling: A trained counsellor is employed by the school to work with pupils, as well as families if necessary.
- Link Courses: Pupils in Year 11 are given opportunities to attend Southend Adult Community College in preparation for their transition to Post-16.
- Funding for extra tuition for one LAC pupil.
- Music tuition / Guitar Club
- Residential expedition contributions.
As a school we use a variety of ways to measure impact of interventions and to show progress. We use a data program called Solar to show academic progress in all curriculum areas and this is updated termly. Pupils’ Personal and Social Development is tracked annually via Solar.
Our nurture unit (OASIS) uses referral/feedback forms to show progress in interventions over short and long periods of time. All interventions are tracked and evaluated to show strategies and support put in place in addition to our standard curriculum.
We use attendance data to show improvements/patterns in attendance, attendance registers to show participation and engagement in after school activities, and tracking disaffected pupils to identify patterns and triggers in non-engagement behaviours.
Date of next Strategy Review: October 2017