Pupil Premium Funding
Pupil Premium funding was introduced by the Government to help support disadvantaged pupils (defined initially by their eligibility for Free School Meals at any time in the last six years). The funding aims to enable schools to take the most effective actions to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and eliminate the gap in performance between pupils from backgrounds with different levels of wealth.
Dean Trust Rose Bridge is allocated an amount each April by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), depending on the number of disadvantaged pupils on-roll as at the January census. It is then for the Academy to decide how this money is best spent to have the maximum impact on overall pupil achievement and experience.
Monitoring for Impact
Our Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed each term by leaders to assess the impact of the funded interventions, and published on an annual basis. Adjustments are made to our strategic plan according to the impact of strategies on improving outcomes. We recognise the importance of evaluation and the need for this to be robust to ensure the approaches we are using are effective and represent excellent value for money.
Our work in relation to Pupil Premium is reviewed regularly to ensure it is having the intended impact in raising standards. Key leaders across the school meet regularly to discuss the support provided for all our disadvantaged pupils in general and the impact of the provision. We respond rapidly and make adjustments if particular strategies are not working as well as expected. The review and monitoring is also carried out through parental and pupil forums/surveys, work sampling, data captures and lesson drop in observations. The information gathered from these meetings is collated centrally, and regularly shared with staff.
For more information on Pupil Premium please contact Mrs Cundle, Deputy Headteacher.
Prior to the 2020/21 Academic Year, Dean Trust Rose Bridge was in receipt of the Year 7 Catch Up Premium from the Government. This provided additional funding to support the accelerated progress of those pupils that have not met the expected standard in reading or maths, by the end of Key-Stage 2. This standard is measured by the SAT assessments that pupils complete in Year 6. This money is given to schools via their Local Authority, who distribute it on a proportionate basis to the school’s Year 7 roll number.
Monitoring for Impact
Our Year 7 Catch-Up strategy was reviewed each year to assess the impact of the funded interventions. We use teacher generated data, feedback from pupils and parents, as well as triangulation of CAT assessments and reading scores to ensure that the interventions in place are effective in raising the attainment of our most vulnerable pupils. Interventions are led within both the English and Math departments as well as a keen focus on the soft-skill development of these pupils. Key leaders across the school meet regularly to discuss our database of bespoke provision, responding rapidly to make adjustments if particular strategies are not working as well as expected.
For more information on the allocation of Year 7 Catch Up Funding, please contact Mr Walsh, Assistant Headteacher.