Pupil Premium / Disadvantaged Students Statement 2019-20
The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help support certain students with the aim of closing the attainment gap between them and their peers. The school constantly challenges its students so that they achieve the highest levels of attainment whatever their starting point. The pupil premium is therefore a key resource for ensuring the realisation of this inclusive and aspirational ethos.
Those eligible are students who received free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM - Ever 6), are currently in receipt of FSM, and looked after children (LAC) or ever in care (PostLAC). These are referred to as "disadvantaged students". Pupil premium refers to the above groups plus service children. We recognise that not all students who are in need qualify for pupil premium. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any individual that the school has identified as being in need.
The pupil premium is used to support a range of measures employed by the school to address the discrepancy in the achievement of FSM/LAC and non FSM/LAC students. The Sutton Trust has undertaken extensive research to investigate the cost and effectiveness of various intervention strategies to improve the achievement of disadvantaged students. Its findings have been used, in part, to inform our pupil premium provision.
We will monitor closely the impact of pupil premium funding on students. Where possible, the impact on academic and pastoral outcomes will be evaluated in relation to spending, but for many activities, this is likely to be difficult due to their nature.
The pupil premium funding for 2019-20 is approximately £202,895 where funding is based on the financial, not the academic, year. The level allocated for FSM Ever 6 is £935 and £300 for service children. The funding for LAC students is £2300. We currently have 283 pupil premium students - approx. 28% of the school population. In Wiltshire, the average is 16.8% and nationally it is 28.3%.
We are allocating pupil premium to close the gaps in in five different areas:
- Attendance and Punctuality
If you are experiencing financial hardship please let us know as you may be eligible for free school meals. The premium that we receive also helps us to fund additional staff and resources to make sure that all our children get an equal chance of a great education at Devizes School.
To check your eligibility for Pupil Premium please see the letter below and complete the form.
For more information, please contact Mrs S. Puntis, Vice Principal via email firstname.lastname@example.org