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Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

Information relating to Pupil Premium, Year 7 Catch-Up and Free School Meals

The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at students who are classed as disadvantaged because research has shown that they can underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these students in reaching their potential.

Pupil Premium money is sent to schools for the support of students who match the following criteria.

  • They are in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM)
  • They have been in receipt of FSM at some point in the last six year
  • Children from families connected with the Armed Forces
  • Children in Care
  • Children who are adopted and were previously in care

The Government is not dictating how schools should spend this money. Schools are considered best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual students to increase attainment and ‘close the gap’ in comparison with their peers.

In the financial year 2015-16 Cleeve School received £162,020 in Pupil Premium and £17,000 in Year 7 Catch-Up funding.

For the financial year 2016-17 the total value for Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch-Up is at £220,804 in funding (of which £14,000 is Year 7 Catch-Up funding).

The DfE has given Cleeve School the freedom to use this as we see fit based on our knowledge of our student’s needs. However, we as a school are accountable for the use of this additional funding.

A breakdown of how we used the 2015-16 funding and its impact can be accessed here.

Please also see the Year 7 Pupil Premium Accelerated Reading Programme 2015-2016 Evaluation here.

Our strategy for our 2016-17 funding and its anticipated impact can be accessed here.

For more information about the Pupil Premium at Cleeve School please see our Pupil Premium policy, in the policy section of our website or by clicking here, and also a letter from Ofsted, in the Ofsted section of our website (or by clicking here), detailing their observations from a recent visit dedicated to looking at how we support disadvantaged pupils.

Review Of Pupil Premium Strategy: Cleeve School received a Section 8 visit to specifically view the progress of disadvantaged students in Summer 2015. Cleeve School invited a Local Authority Review in February 2016. Governors review aspects of disadvantaged student progress on a monthly basis via the Principal’s data dashboard. A specific Governor also has a named responsibility for holding the school to account for its use of Pupil Premium. SLT and other staff analyse the progress of Pupil Premium students on a daily and weekly basis.

Free School Meals

Gloucestershire County Council’s Access to Learning Team has launched a new portal to enable Parents and Guardians to apply online for Free School Meals across the county.

The portal is quick, easy and efficient compared to the traditional paper based system. For more information, or to make an application Parents/Guardians should visit: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.

For any queries regarding this or the process of applying, please contact pupilbenefits@gloucestershire.gov.uk or by telephone on 01452 425390.

If you need any further help with this process, please do call into school and we would be happy to guide you through the procedure. 

If your child is eligible for free school meals we can manage this within the EAT payment account on your behalf and they would then also receive Pupil Premium funding.

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