Pupil Premium Statement

The Pupil Premium Grant is an additional sum of money paid to all schools in order to tackle disadvantage resulting from low income or family circumstance. The amount is calculated on the number of students on roll who are currently eligible for free school meals or have been eligible within the last six years (Ever 6), and children looked after in local authority care. It allows us to address inequality and provide for the students who need it most. The government allows 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 students in this setting. Schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.

The figure, per student, for the year 2016-17 has remained at £935 for students who have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years and £1900 for children looked after in local authority care. In addition, students who have been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and those who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order also attract a premium of £1,900.

The DfE will also continue to provide a premium for children of parents who have served in the armed services in the last four years (EVER 4), who face particular challenges. The level of this Service Child premium will be £300 in 2016-17.

Schools will have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. We encourage our parents to register their child as eligible for free school meals so that Weald receives our maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. Weald of Kent currently has 39 FSM EVER 6 students.


Weald of Kent Pupil Premium Data 2016-17

Students eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years (EVER 6)

39

Students looked after in local authority care (LAC)

0

Students who have been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children

Act 2002 and those who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order

6
Students whose parents have served in the armed services in the last four years (EVER 4) 4

1One of the students is in receipt of the Service Premium and was adopted from birth.


At Weald of Kent Pupil Premium funding will continue to be used in 2016-17 to support our vulnerable families by:

  • Providing free of charge revision sessions and Easter workshops to raise attainment levels.
  • Providing a range of interventions and support such as one to one literacy support, social communication groups, spelling groups and diagnostic testing.
  • One to One counselling services to help improve SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues).
  • Hardship Fund to enable identified individuals to enjoy opportunities such as cultural and enriching experiences, education visits and extracurricular activities.
  • This fund also helps students with purchasing uniform, ICT or specific equipment.
  • Personalised learning and classroom approaches such as:
    • Utilising Thinking Schools methodologies
    • Providing effective feedback on students' performance
    • Encouraging students to think about their own learning strategies
    • Students learning from each other including Peer Mentoring
    • AfL (Assessment for Learning)
    • Parental involvement
    • High expectations and self-belief

Headlines for 2015-16

GCSE Outcomes

  • 90% of our Ever 6 students achieved 5A*-C including English and Maths (5ACEM).
  • 100% of our Ever 6 students made at least the expected rate of progress between Key Stage 2 (Year 6 SATs) and Key Stage 4 (GCSEs) in English.
  • 100% of our Ever 6 students made at least the expected rate of progress between Key Stage 2 (Year 6 SATs) and Key Stage 4 (GCSEs) in Maths.

Attainment 8 and Progress 8 2016

Average Total Attatinment 8 Overall 69.58
  Rest of Cohort 69.85
  FSM Cohort 65.7
Average Attainment 8 Grade Overall 6.96
  Rest of Cohort 6.99
  FSM Cohort 6.57
Average Total Progress 8 Overall 0.55
  Rest Of Cohort 0.56
  FSM Cohort 0.42

 

There were no permanent exclusions.

And Finally…

We recognise that it is high quality teaching that has the greatest impact on all students’ ability to maximise progress. The provision of outstanding teaching and learning remains the absolute focus of our provision. Incorporated into outstanding learning, we work tirelessly on ensuring that students receive excellent feedback from staff both in the form of marking and other methods within the context of their lessons so that all students are clear about what they need to do to improve their progress. It is the quality of this feedback that has been evidenced as having the most impact on students’ progress.

Staff at Weald know their students and they work hard in order to secure the best possible outcomes for every student in their care. This often involves liaising closely with some of the people mentioned above and finding the most appropriate approaches for success, ensuring every effort is made to overcome the factors involved in educational disadvantage. We are very proud of this work.

To find out further information and to see if you are eligible to claim for free school meals please click here for the eligibility assessment and then complete the online application form.

Our pupil premium policy can be viewed here or under the policies section of our documents page.