Pupil Premium and Service Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

Purpose

The money is based on the number of pupils who are either in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been in receipt of them in the past six years (Ever 6).

National data shows that students who receive FSM make less progress at school than their peers and subsequently do less well in external examinations such as GCSE’s. The aim of the Pupil Premium is to try and close this attainment gap. The money is invested in your daughter’s education and included in a school’s budgeting plans for the year.

At KSHSSA we have fewer pupils who receive FSM when compared with most other schools but we are nevertheless committed to ensuring that they make just as good progress as any other pupils in the school.

We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium money we receive and how we have chosen to spend that money. We are also required to publish the results for pupils in receipt of FSM compared to their peers.

Service Premium

What is the Service Premium?

The service premium is designed to support children with parents serving in the regular British armed forces.

Pupils attract the premium of £300 per year if they meet the following criteria:

one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years
one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions

Purpose

Service children are supported in the same way as Pupil Premium Students, although rather than dealing with cases of financial hardship, the fund exists to support the students in other ways. The fund is allocated by the school, monies are not allocated directly to students.

Last year in school the money was used to:

support the work of the school’s pastoral team to provide help and guidance for students and their parents during times of family transition, such as when a parent is on a posting.
provide additional academic mentoring and ‘catch up’ support for service children if they need it when they first arrive at the school after the start of Year 7. This is in recognition of any potential problems they may experience when adapting to new subject options and/ or examination specifications.
Forge links between the armed services and the school community for example taking part in Project X a STEM project for Year 8 pupils at RAF Cranwell, the Year 7 team building day and the school’s participation in the armed services flag raising ceremony.

DFE Funding levels 2016-17

Category

Funding per child

Ever 6

£935

Free School meals (FSM)

£935

Service Premium

£300

Looked after Children and Adoption

£1900

Funding for KSHS in 2016

£60,645

Please click here to read how the Pupil Premium element of this funding is allocated this year and here to read of its impact last year