The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium is funding the school receives for each student who is currently or has previously been in receipt of Free School Meals, or who has been a ‘looked-after child’ (LAC). Our disadvantaged students currently make up 35% of the student population.
At Castle View School, we aim to raise the aspirations of all of our disadvantaged students and build lives for the future. We achieve this through addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of all students, including the disadvantaged. Progress of all disadvantaged students is reviewed by the leadership team, directors of learning and other middle leaders. Personalized intervention to support the progress and wellbeing of disadvantaged students is carefully planned to ensure that it has a positive impact.
In our drive to achieve equality for all, we use five overarching principles to plan provision for disadvantaged students. These are as follows:
- We encourage participation in creativity, such as learning a musical instrument.
- We support revision, making it available to all.
- We identify one key motivator, inside or outside school.
- We strongly encourage students to take part in an outside learning opportunity.
- We provide aspirational mentoring, from peers, alumni or academic mentors.
COVID-19 Catch-up premium
The COVID-19 Catch-up premium has been provided to assist schools in providing additional support and intervention for students in years 7-11 to help combat the negative impacts of the unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the Covid-19 catch-up premium is provided in response to the scale of the significant challenge.