The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative introduced by the coalition, designed to address the under-achievement of our most disadvantaged children. This additional funding is paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils:
• Pupils who have been registered for free schools meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years.
• Pupils looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months.
FSM is the only pupil level measure of deprivation available to schools and the link between FSM eligibility and school underachievement is very strong. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.
In addition the Academy also received an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve level 4 or better at Key Stage 2 in reading and/or maths (the expected Key Stage 2 attainment). This funding, known as ‘Catch Up Premium’ (CUP), is used to give these pupils valuable additional provision and is intended to help these students catch up in literacy and numeracy as early as possible in their secondary education and therefore enable them to access the secondary curriculum more fully.
The Pupil Premium for 2015-16 was set by the government at £935 per eligible secondary pupil and £1320 for primary pupils; with a smaller amount of £300 paid to schools in respect of children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces and £1900 for children living in care.
- In the Financial Year 2016-2017 Serlby Park Academy will be in receipt of £327,360.00 This is divided into two separate allocations; £192,720.00 for the Primary phase and £134,640.00 for the Secondary phase.
At Serlby Park Academy we strive to ensure that all our children are supported within class by class teachers and teaching assistants when necessary. In addition to this, we deliver a wide range of focused, small group intervention sessions such as Time to Talk, Early Literacy Support, Catch Up Numeracy, Reading Rescue, Nurture Groups, Social Use of Language Programme, Emotional Literacy and Speech and Language programmes during the Academy day. We also provide a wide range of extended school activities before school, during lunchtime and after school.
Our creative curriculum includes opportunities for children to learn through first-hand experience. We have subsidised curriculum experience days and trips and developed a topic approach that is suited to the needs and interests of our children.
We also offer the services of a Home School Liaison who supports families with attendance, welfare issues and parental engagement.