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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funds are allocated to schools by the government to support children in receipt of free school meals (FSM). The intention is to narrow the achievement gap for these children. At Simon Marks we target our interventions to bring about both measurable academic progress and broader enrichment for the development of the whole child as an inclusive practice. Figures are given for staff costs and for subsidies given for the financial years 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and plans for 2016-2017.

Simon Marks has four priorities for the funding:

  • One-to-one tuition or small group booster classes designed to narrow the achievement gap and which the research shows to be one of the most effective uses for these funds. Qualified teachers take these classes and pupil progress is tracked.
  • Support for newly arrived children with English as an Additional Language, or EAL, (with a qualified teacher) and for speech, language and communication groups in nursery, reception, Year 1 with Teaching Assistants. Early interventions allow for greater access to the curriculum in later years. Where vulnerable children with disadvantage are identified and need one-to-one support in the class context additional Teaching Assistant time may be given, as below.
  • Support for residential experiences which otherwise would not be available for children in hard-pressed circumstances, as well as subsidised coach travel. This makes our trips as inclusive as possible. Reported benefits of residential trips are increased confidence, challenge of outdoor adventurous activities that are character building for perseverance, team work, and collegiality.
  • Extended school and out of hours activities open to a range of children. Whilst some out of hours activities are free, most are supplied by private organisations. The school supports children not in receipt of other programmes, enabling them to access the breadth of experiences on offer including music tuition.
Academic Year 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
Allocated Funds £49400 £51480 £58080
1 to 1 Tuition/Booster Classes £14230 £21055 £4950
Newly Arrived/Vulnerable/LSA £31447 £23900 £23966
SENCO Interventions 0 £2375 £19428
Residential £550 £1400 £1336
Out of Hours £1873 £1100 £1100
Music £1300 £1150 £1800
Therapeutic Services 0 0 £5000
Book Club  0  £500 £500
Total Spend £49400 £51480 £58080

 Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-2017