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Pupil Premium Policy

Our college mission statement
To love and serve

 

At All  Saints Catholic College, our mission is to put Christ at the centre of our community, to lead everyone on a personal journey based on the teachings and values of Jesus Christ.
We aim to provide opportunities to nurture and develop the Faith handed down to us by the Catholic Church.  In serving God, and one another, we encourage everyone to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

 

Principles


Every student  with his/her individual needs and gifts is unique and special.
All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ students and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment.
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.  This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
As with every student in our care, a student  who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’  or whose parents are serving in the armed forces, is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of need.

 

Background


The pupil premium is a new Government initiative that targets extra money at students  from deprived backgrounds, as well as students whose parents are serving in the armed forces. The premium is provided in order to support these students in reaching their potential.
The Government have used students entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per student, based on the number of students  registered for Free School meals. This fixed amount of money will increase every year of the course of this current Parliament. At All Saints Catholic College  we will be using the indicator of those eligible for Free School meals as our target students  to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their students  to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and there is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of students who receive the pupil premium compare with their peers.

 

Provision


In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body of All Saints Catholic College will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all students. Our priority in the academic year 2012-2013 will be focussed on ‘narrowing the gap’ for those pupils not on track to achieve their target levels in English and Maths at KS3 and KS4 in the first instance. This would also be followed up at KS4 with the tracking of other GCSE subjects so that pupils gain 5+ A*-C. As part of the additional provision made for students who belong to vulnerable groups, the Governors of the school will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged students  are adequately assessed and addressed through termly student  progress monitoring. In making provision for socially disadvantaged students, the Governors of the school recognise that not all students  who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. The Governors also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding alongside other additional needs monies to support any pupils who the school have legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

The range of provision

 

  • Facilitating pupils’ access to education
  • Facilitating pupils access to the curriculum
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities
  • Additional resources to support learning

The SENCO and Inclusion Team, in conjunction with the Headteacher, will maintain an on-going programme of support for socially disadvantaged pupils, which will be subject to the oversight of the Governors’ Staffing and Curriculum Committee. 

 

Reporting


It will be the responsibility of the SENCO/assessment leader/Achievement Coordinators/ learning mentors, to produce a termly report for the Governor’s Curriculum Committee on:


• The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
• An outline of the provision that was made during the term since the last meeting.
• An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support. 

 

It will be the responsibility of the main Governing body to ensure and outline of the school’s progress towards ‘narrowing the gap’ for socially disadvantaged students  is given to the school’s Governors on a termly basis. The governing body will consider the information provided from the Staffing and Curriculum Committee in the light of the data relating to the progress of the school’s socially disadvantaged pupils in conjunction with the revised schools’ performance tables.


Success Criteria


The evaluation of this policy is based on how quickly the school can ‘narrow the
gap’ between socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
The success criteria for the Pupil Premium Policy are:

 

  • Early intervention and support for socially disadvantaged children
  • The vast majority of socially disadvantaged children will meet their individual targets.
  • Effective parental pupil school support.
  • Having an effective system for identifying, assessing and monitoring pupils.
  • Having a whole-school approach.
  • Create a positive school atmosphere in which pupils’ differences are recognised and valued as full members of the school community; developing confident and independent learners.

 

A Bodurka :  July 2012

Review  : July 2013