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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium (PP) is a grant which is given to every school by the Government. It is an additional sum to the main school funding and it is to help address national inequalities between the achievements of children eligible for free school meals, or children in care and others. The amount granted to each school is based on the number of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible in the last six years. Each school makes its own decisions on how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. Schools must publish online information on how they have used the funding as one of the requirements. At Forest Pathway College we are relentless in our determination to ensure that every child makes progress and has high aspirations, regardless of their baselines and whether they are pupil premium or not.

The majority of our students do not qualify for Pupil Premium as they are new arrivals to the country. However, we do have a number of students who are in local authority care and as such are eligible for PP. Below is a breakdown of how we applied the funding last academic year and also how we plan to apply the funding for this academic year.

Please note: That for students in local authority care the decision on how money is spent has to be agreed by all the professionals involved in the child’s life and is not only the decision of the school. Some of the money will be retained by the Virtual School and spent on other aspects of the child’s life in order to improve their overall outcomes.

 

Academic Year

Number of Pupil Premium students

Amount allocated per child per year

Total amount for the academic year passed to the school

2017 - 2018

5

£1,900

£3,000

2018 - 2019

5

£1,900

£3,000

 

How is the Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant Funding Measured?

  • Regular formative and summative assessments
  • All pupils are tracked on a half termly basis for progress and as part of their PEP.

What is the targeted impact for Forest Pathway Students?

  • To ensure the support given to students meets their individual needs and provides a tailored approach to each pupils learning.
  • Consultant Educational Psychologist weekly: this enables us to support students with high level learning needs much quicker, and has resulted in an increase in the number of students we are able to support. 

Support IMPACT 

  • Pupils speak confidently and politely in front of their peers, staff and visitors observed on a daily basis
  • Pupils make expected and accelerated progress and are motivated to learn and become confident learners
  • Students communicate effectively instead of making negative behaviour choices to express how they are feeling, observed daily
  • Student’s social skills have developed and they are less likely to speak aggressively to staff, observed daily
  • All PP students have an allocated mentor who they meet with regularly to review their targets and progress.

Enrichment

  • We understand that enrichment is many things that students can choose to do beyond their academic pursuits and the normal requirements of their lives. We ensure that we are continuously Developing pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural strengths to allow them to succeed in education, work and society.

Enrichment IMPACT

  • Development of an excellent pupil centred holistic curriculum which celebrates the rich diversity of our school community, and to ensure engagement in learning by all students.
  • Subsidised partnerships with high quality programmes to enhance the curriculum and learning experiences of our students.

How the improvements will be sustainable in the future?

The key indicators to see improvement across are:

  • The engagement and active participation of all pupils in daily lessons
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in supporting learning
  • Attendance remains consistently high
  • Expected and accelerated progress for all pupils against their baseline
  • Pupils have aspirations and ambition and talk about what they want to aspire to beyond school years. 

Plans for next academic year

  • Incorporating Mindfulness by embedding a growth mindset across the curriculum to enable each child to have a holistic development of their emotional, social and academic wellbeing.