The Pupil Premium is awarded to us by the Government so that we can improve the achievement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring that they have exactly the same opportunities as every other child in our school.
Schools are given additional money to raise the attainment of pupils from low-income backgrounds who are eligible for free school meals as well as looked-after children and students whose parents/carers serve in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
Funding is not granted on an individual basis. Instead we are given the award for the whole school and how we spend the money is closely monitored.
We are held accountable to make sure that every penny results in improved outcomes for all of our children.
Year 7 Catch-up Premium
We receive additional funding of £500 per year for every Year 7 student who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.
For those Year 7 students, we use this money to implement effective support programmes in literacy and numeracy.
In 2012/13 the Government made a commitment to provide additional funding for each Year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests in reading and /or maths.
In 2018/19 a total of £14,331 was awarded to Shrewsbury Academy for supporting pupils with low prior attainment at Key Stage 2. In order to support these pupils, the money was allocated to:
- Additional staffing in Learning Support, English and Maths to allow for smaller teaching groups
- Recruitment of internal specialist support services to address barriers to learning
- Additional staffing in Learning Support to provide regular breakfast and after school clubs
- One to one intervention support programme for English and Maths delivered by specialist teachers
- Resources to support the reading programme
- Peer and adult reading mentors
- Additional learning resources for Literacy and Maths Mastery
- Creation of a handwriting programme with a focused delivery for a period of time.
- Provision of a homework and reading club after school, including increased access to ICT resources