Pupil Premium 2020-2021
In April 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium, funding which is additional to main school funding. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is that it is deployed by schools to narrow the attainment gap between pupils from low income families and their peers by ensuring that this funding reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools have the freedom to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocated to schools per Free School Meal pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Source: DFE Website
Proposed use of Pupil Premium 2020- 2021
A recent review of Pupil Premium funding allocation carried out in September 2020
Please click here for our Pupil Premium Policy
In 2020/21 Claremont High School Academy is projecting to receive funding for a total of 223 students who are entitled to the Pupil Premium. A projected funding amount of £216,095 has been allocated to support, challenge and ensure that the cohort of students are reaching their full potential.
Following a period of school closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we recognize that it will be even more important this year to make sure the funding is used effectively to support our disadvantaged pupils in making progress. If and when we receive any additional 'catch-Up funding' as promised by the government, this will be used in conjunction with our PP funding to ensure that we are supporting pupils where the need is greatest.
For the current academic year Claremont High School Academy has made a long term commitment to our most vulnerable group of students by developing the learning opportunities for our students. Funding allows the current curriculum to be generously staffed to allow for smaller groups of students to make sustained and rapid progress. A teacher student ratio which enhances student outcomes is a priority to every student having the opportunity to develop their skills and learning capabilities. Some of the activities currently taking place during the current academic year include:
- Rising Futures Programme
- One-to-one support meetings with all DA pupils and PPMs
- Study Clubs and homework clubs year 7 to 11, including breakfast study sessions for year 11
- Tailored Career Support through our Work Experience Partners
- Paired reading at Key Stage 3 for all students who have a reading age of 11 or below
- Booster Maths and English lessons at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
- Challenge Week Activities
- Targeted Intervention using data analysis
- A Mentoring programme for year 7-11 pupils
- School Counselling Programme
- Residential Trips for Year 10 Pupils
- Subsidised music lessons
- Attendance Officer – Pastoral Support Workers
- Black History month aspirational curriculum activities
- Holiday revision classes – Year 11
- Part funding of college placements
- Supporting trip costs, supporting external tutoring costs
- Use of SAM learning, an online learning platform
- Extended Library Opening hours to ensure availability of resources
- Focus on raising aspirations, including through trips to Universities
- Tailored intervention plans for our 'Most Able' PP pupils
- Staff research projects focusing on understanding how to improve progress and attainment of vulnerable groups.
The impact of this funding is demonstrated by our continuing excellent results at GCSE and we are particularly delighted by our outstanding set of results in 2019 and 2020. As well as remaining significantly above national average, we have narrowed the in-school gap to less than 0.2 for our P8 measure. Our 2020 P8 figure for DA was 0.7.
The analysis of GCSE data shows that we continue to be aspirational for our Pupil Premium students, ensuring that they are able to achieve and make progress alongside all other pupils.
Following the period of school closure in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government have provided additional funding to schools to support pupils who may be underachieving as a result of the time missed of education. Please click here to view our Covid-19 Catch Up Premium Spending Strategy for 2020-2021.