The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is targeted at addressing the needs of specific groups of students in school. The school receives an additional £935 in 2015-16 for every child eligible for pupil premium funding. Children entitled to free school meals (FSM), Looked After Children and children with a family member in the services are eligible for this additional funding. More than 50% of the pupils at Gloucester Academy receive pupil premium funding. We will target support specifically to raise academic attainment of these pupils while also providing them with pastoral care needed to achieve their potential. The benefit of Pupil Premium funding enables us to increase the staffing and resources to raise standards of literacy and numeracy.
With our spending we aim to:
Address low reading ages on entry (Two thirds of children arrives arrive with reading ages below chronological age) by improving reading skills.
Secure rapid progress for students in Year 7 so that they are well positioned to fully access the curriculum.
Provide academic support for PPI pupils to accelerate progress in all years.
To provide personalised, emotional support to PPI pupils and their families
To improve access to a range of curriculum opportunities such as A levels so that more of our PPI children go to university.