Pupils eligible to receive this funding are in three groups: those who have been entitled to free school meals (FSM), children in care or looked after (LAC) and services children. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium (PP), which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for PP and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The level of Deprivation Pupil Premium is currently £935 for pupils in Years 7 to 11.
4.87% of all pupils at St. Olave’s are in this cohort for the academic year 2019/20. Progress of each individual pupil is closely monitored through the School’s IPM scheme; attendance is also closely monitored by Heads of Year. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since we are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within our responsibility.
All pupils within this cohort are currently making expected levels of progress and are progressing well towards achieving their challenge grades. GCSE data for this cohort shows that pupils achieved well in comparison to national figures, including value-added.
The school’s ASP report for 2018 provides clear evidence of the success of those pupils in this disadvantaged group. The Progress 8 score of our disadvantaged group (1.83) was higher than the national cohort (0.13), including the School’s Progress 8 score (0.93). The Attainment 8 score of our disadvantaged group (86) was higher than the national cohort (46.5) and comparable with the School’s Attainment 8 score (81.89).
The Pupil Premium Champion, Zoe Ward is contactable here:
How are we using this funding?
During the current financial year, we are projected to receive £20,570 in Pupil Premium funding. At St. Olave’s we have used the funding to support our disadvantaged students’ attainment through a variety of ways. These include one-to-one tuition (with staff), additional revision classes, mentoring programmes and support funding for school trips, as shown: