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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers.

 “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.” 

Source - DfE website

Pupil Premium at The Henry Cort Community College

We have high aspirations and ambitions for our students and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.

We are determined to ensure that Henry Cort students are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil Premium (PP) funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.

Pupil Premium Spending

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our students and these interventions, along with Quality First Teaching (QFT) have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.

What do we do with the extra money at The Henry Cort Community College?

We use the money in a variety of different ways to ensure that every student makes at least their expected level of progress, if not more, including:

  • Additional staff to recognise when a student has an issue and to provide the help and guidance needed to overcome the issue such as small group work and 1:1 support.  This may also include additional teachers in Maths and English and the purchasing of additional intervention schemes.
  • The provision of essential equipment to ensure full access to the curriculum.
  • Training of staff to identify and meet the needs of all students.
  • Additional staff to enhance their physical well-being.
  • Financial assistance with curriculum trips and extra-curricular activities such as music lessons and Rock Challenge.
  • Ensuring that ALL students can attend extra sessions by providing transport and refreshments.
  • Bringing in external organisations to help with raising aspirations.
  • Providing alternative courses for those students who are struggling with our standard curriculum.
  • A greater focus on communications between the college and parents/carers to help parents work with us and to increase attendance.
  • Summer school and additional events to improve the transition process from Primary to Secondary school.

Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the college’s aims is to ensure that ALL groups of students make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the college.

Increasing parental engagement has also been a focus at the college.  A range of learning opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their own skills in English and Maths - to make them better equipped at supporting their children at home.  This includes Maths workshops for Year 10 students enabling parents to learn alongside their children.

Information to be published

In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their 'PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY.  This should include:

1. In the previous academic year (2015-2016):

  • how the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other students           

2. The current academic year (2016-2017):

  • the amount of the school's allocation of pupil premium grant
  • details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
  • how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

How will the school measure the impact of the Pupil Premium?

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium.  At Henry Cort, our new Assessment without Levels model will allow all students who are not secure in the age related knowledge to be easily identified and an intervention to take place.   

Progress review meetings with will take place at each data collection point (approximately every 9 weeks) and will include the Raising Standards Leader, the Faculty lead, SENDCo and Pupil Premium Co-ordinator.  At these meetings, the college will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase.  When selecting students for Pupil Premium target groups, we will look at all students across the college.  There are some students who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is monitored regularly by a nominated governor

  • Pupil Premium Champion: Mrs S Connochie
  • Senior Leader assigned to oversee: Mr M Hartnell
  • Nominated governor: June Powell

Eligibility for Free School Meals

A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) and HC3S has an online system for this.

You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number.  In addition, you will need to provide your child's name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.

Eligibility Criteria

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

For more information about free meals in Hampshire, please contact HC3S on 023 8062 9388

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the Pupil Premium Champion.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the college. 

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