The Government provides funding for students who fit in the Pupil Premium categories of free school meals (including those who are no longer eligible for free school meals but have been eligible in the last 6 years), looked after students, those students adopted from care and children of service personnel. The purpose of this is to narrow the attainment gap between students where evidence shows that they underachieve in comparison to their peers. Therefore, during 2016-17 there will be:
- £935 for every student who receives (or has received in the last six years) free school meals
- £1,900 for every student who has been in 'looked after' public care or who has been adopted from care
- £300 for each student who is a child of service personnel
It is for schools to decide how this money is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for their individual students.
- If you think that your child might be eligible for free school meals, click here to read more.
- If your child has been adopted, please let us know in confidence by phone (01629 812671) or email
Lady Manners School strives to attain the highest standards and ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies are offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and do their best.
Barriers to educational achievement
Pupil Premium Funding is a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and, in particular, to help close any gap in attainment where this exists. The circumstances of students eligible for Pupil Premium vary significantly and students can face many different barriers to educational achievement, which are addressed on an individual basis.
For some there may be financial barriers to learning which are overcome by the school providing resources and work aids. For others there may be self-esteem and self-belief issues which can affect their motivation and achievement. Personal attention is given to these students to ensure that the right help and support is provided. This may be by way of a mentor, counselling, extra tuition or help to access extra-curricular opportunities. Some students find homework and self-study a problem and this is then addressed by homework clubs or extra support within the curriculum.
In making appropriate provision we realise that not all students in receipt of free school meals are disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Therefore we will allocate the Pupil Premium Funding to support the target group of students or groups of students that the school has identified as needing additional support to achieve improved outcomes in learning and / or well-being.
In allocating the Pupil Premium Funding, we have considered:
- Supporting those students who are eligible for Pupil Premium with financial costs
- Raising student attainment and aspiration
- Supporting well-being and involvement in school life
- Responding to the needs of ‘vulnerable’ students / groups identified through the school’s tracking and monitoring systems and removing barriers to learning
- Supporting the strategic objective of improving the outcomes for students outlined within the School Improvement Plan
- Extending the intervention strategies already in place
How we allocate the Pupil Premium
Current academic year: 2016-17 (Click here to see our 2016-17 approach)
In 2016-17 the school will receive a Pupil Premium grant allocation amount of approximately £135,000. We have analysed our approach over previous years, and the impact this has had on progress and attainment. In response to this, during 2016-17 the Pupil Premium additional funding will be used to provide the activities listed below.
To ensure all students feel fully equipped and have access to the same experiences.
Mentoring and well-being
To ensure all students have access to appropriate support so that they are emotionally equipped for learning.
To improve mathematics and English amongst students who are eligible for Pupil Premium in order to remove what may be a barrier to learning across the curriculum and to future progress.
Transition from KS3 to KS4 and to post 16
To provide additional support for vulnerable students during identified periods of change.
To deliver specific support as and when necessary, to enable each student to reach his or her full potential.
Previous academic year: 2015-16 (Click here to see our 2015-16 approach)
In 2015 the school received Pupil Premium grant allocation amount of £135,000. The range of activities provided for students who are eligible for Pupil Premium was as below.
- Help with uniform and school equipment costs
- Payment of costs for school trips and visits
- Pastoral support: focused one to one support addressing emotional barriers to learning
- Support for identified students as they make the transition into Key Stage 4
- Mentoring support for identified students in Key Stage 4
- Small group tuition in mathematics and English
- Revision sessions in mathematics and English
- Extended work placements
- Targeted support for identified Year 11 students
- Supply of revision materials and stationery
- Encouragement and financial support to learn to play a musical instrument
- Attendance support where necessary, and help with travel to and from school
- Teaching Assistant support where necessary to aid learning and progress for identified students
Measuring the impact of the Pupil Premium
What measures do we use?
In evaluating the effectiveness of our allocation of the Pupil Premium funding, we use a range of quantitative information sources:
- Progress and attainment data
- Attendance data
- Rewards and behaviour incident data
The number of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium at Lady Manners School is comparatively so small that it can be unhelpful to draw conclusions solely from this data. Therefore we supplement this quantitative data with other information:
- Pastoral data
- Parent attendance at Parents' Evening
- Feedback from staff, students, parents and other professionals
Impact of the expenditure on elible and other students
In 2015-16, of our 25 Year 11 students who are eligible for Pupil Premium:
- These students came in with an average of a level 4c compared to those students not eligible for Pupil Premium who had an average of 4a.
- 75% made expected progress (3 or more levels of progress) in English which is a 10% increase on last year. The gap has also decreased by 1% on the previous year and 40% over 3 years.
- The progress 8 score for English, for students eligible for Pupil Premium is 0, showing that they make the expected level of progress.
- 54% made expected progress in mathematics.
- The progress 8 score for students eligible for Pupil Premium was -0.23. The County average was -0.44
We believe that students who are eligible for Pupil Premium enjoy their school life and take advantage of many different opportunities. The need to improve attainment and progress in English and mathematics will continue to be the main focus for 2016-17. Individual plans for these students will help progress for every student and this will be the aim for the newly focused pastoral leaders in Lower and Upper School.
The next review of the school's Pupil Premium Strategy will happen in June 2017.