Our school welcomes and shares the government’s aim of tackling all forms of disadvantage and working tirelessly to ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners.
We recognise that the pupil premium funding is allocated to children in receipt of free school meals and is a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and in particular, in narrowing and hopefully eventually closing any gap in attainment where this exists. In making appropriate provision for this we also acknowledge that not all pupils in receipt of free school meals are socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as needing additional support to achieve improved outcomes in learning and/or well-being.
The Pupil Premium – Fir Vale School – September 2014
During 2013/14 the school received £442,482 in pupil premium funding and this was spent to benefit students in the following areas:
- Provision of enrichment activities through Breakfast Clubs, After-School Clubs and Study support sessions (after-school, weekends and during holidays)
- Additional access to the curriculum through a number of initiatives including, reducing class sizes, additional guidance subject choices, additional targeted lessons, increase in staffing (particularly to teach English and English as an additional language), study programmes and 1:1 support.
- Recruitment of specialist support staff specifically to work with literacy interventions, development of the Learning Zone and with Eastern European students.
- Financial contribution to the cost of the school uniform for disadvantaged students.
- Provision of transport and admission costs for whole year group visits and activities to enhance the learning experience of students including the costs associated with the residential camp for Y7 students.
- Resourcing the rewards programme to create a ‘culture of progress’ within the learning for all students.