Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is deployed by schools to narrow the attainment gap between students from lower income families and their peers.

Introduced by the Government in 2011 in addition to main school funding, schools have the freedom to spend PP funding as they see fit, based on their knowledge of students' needs.

What is the Pupil Premium (PP) funding?

The Government has allocated funding to support:

  • students in receipt of free school meals or who have claimed FSM in the last six years
  • students who are looked after by the Local Authority, and
  • the children of Armed Service families

The level of premium for secondary age pupils in 2018-19 is £935 per pupil.

Children who are looked after will attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families - the ‘Pupil Premium Plus’, which is £2,300 per pupil for 2018-19. This is to reflect the unique challenges they face at school where they often struggle to keep up with their peers.

Children who have parents in the armed forces are supported through the service child premium which for 2018-19 will be set at £300 per pupil.

 2017-18 Pupil Premium Plan

Our core purpose is to ensure that students of all abilities and backgrounds have high aspirations and achieve their potential. By continuing our relentless drive to maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning we expect to further improve the outcomes of all the students at New Mills and this will be demonstrated through our headline figures.

Summary information:  New Mills School

Academic Year  18/19     Total PP budget: £108445           Date of most recent PP Review: Oct 18

Total number of pupils: 520         Number of pupils eligible for PP: 127  Date for next internal review of this strategy: Feb 19

 The strategic aims of the pupil premium plan are to overcome barriers to learning and progress. We have identified our barriers as:

Academic barriers

A. Aspirations of Disadvantaged students’ affect their progress negatively.

B. Disciplinary literacy concerns, which is a particular concern with the new exam specification in a range of subjects with higher literacy demands and more complex questions.

External barriers

C. Attendance of Disadvantaged students’ needs to continue to improve

D. Parental engagement at parents’ evening

E. Mental Resilience 

Intended outcomes

A. Improved aspirations of Disadvantaged students. This will improve the progress made by the majority of Disadvantaged students so that the gap between Disadvantaged students and other students nationally is reduced.            

B. Teaching staff will be appropriately skilled and planning in place to support disadvantaged students in expressing their knowledge independently and coherently in writing.

C. Improved attendance.  Absence rates and persistent absence rates for Disadvantaged students is at least in line with national. 

D. Improved parental engagement. Attendance at parents’ evenings by parents of Disadvantaged students are within 10% of those of parents of None Disadvantaged students 

E. Improved Mental Resilience. Disadvantaged students with mental health needs have an absence rate that does not fall into PA and keeps with 2% of the school absence total (attendance data). Disadvantaged students with mental health needs do not regress in their progress during a school year. (Snapshot data measures) 

The detailed pupil premium plan for 18/19 and review of 17/18 is available to download here.