Financial Year 2014 to 2015
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap in attainment between them and their peers. Currently a school receives £ 1,300 for each primary and £935 for each secondary pupil who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. A school also receives £1,900 for each Looked After Child. In 2014-15 SAH’s allocation, based on 56 pupils, was £69,537 (approx 4% of our total annual income).
Each school is free to spend this extra revenue as it sees fit, so long as it can show that the gap in progress and attainment is closing between PP pupils and their peers. At the Steiner Academy the education focuses on the development of the whole child and integrates academic learning with artistic and outdoor activities. It recognises the unique contribution that each child brings to their learning and uses targeted additional support strategies to support every child to be able to:
- improve self-esteem;
- have full access to our curriculum;
- access extra-curricular provision;
- improve their levels of attainment and progress;
- where present, to close attainment gaps.
We are committed to ensuring that pupils in receipt of PPF are not stigmatised or isolated in any way. However, we do identify these pupils in our progress tracking system. This enables us to monitor their progress and to intervene where appropriate. Pupil Premium funding is used in the following ways:-
- Curricular support
- To employ Teaching Assistants to allow more focus on areas of targeted support for individual pupils where we feel the greatest benefit can be achieved. TA’s work a combined total of 189.5 hours per week. In addition we also employ 5 kindergarten Assistants working a total of 130 hours per week. The cost of this support for 2014-15 is approx £142,000.
- A range of interventions specifically for PP pupils where appropriate, including: speech or eurythmy therapy; additional small group teaching; materials or specialist equipment, such as a laptops; additional pastoral support from relevant professionals where we are unable provide this in-house. The budget for these interventions for 2014-15 was approx £2,000
- We have developed a policy “Enhancing PP student’s Educational Experience through Music” to ensure that any funding for music for PP pupils is allocated correctly. In 2014-15 we invested approx £1,000 in this area.
- Extra-curricular support
- Educational visits and other extracurricular activities are an indispensible part of the learning experience and enrich a pupil’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. As such, our Governing Body has agreed within its Charging Policy to allow a parent to apply for the remission of part or all of the charges for board and lodging on educational trips if the child is eligible for Free School Meals. The budget for extra curricular support for 2014-15 is approx £600.