Pupil Premium has been extended to include children in families with NRPF (No Resource to Public Funds). Eligibility includes:

  • Zambrano carers
  • families who have no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction
  • a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Chen carers
  • families holding aBN(O) passport
  • spousal visa holders
  • work visa holders
  • student visa holders
  • those with no immigration status

Pupil Premium 2023-2024

Alvechurch CofE Middle School PP and Recovery 2324

Pupil Premium

Department for Education data from 2012 shows that nationally only 38% of pupils eligible for the pupil premium achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths in GCSE exams, compared with 66% of all other pupils

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.  These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM) or have been at any point in the last 6 years, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel.  The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.  

This was, and continues to be, used as follows in order to maximise the progress of pupil premium pupils.

  • To focus every penny of the money received on the pupils it is intended for and to support the engagement of parents in their child’s development and schooling.
  • To ensure attendance of children eligible for FSM is consistent with whole school targets.
  • To ensure that the children who qualify for free school meals have their needs clearly identified and their progress closely monitored through school.
  • To support the cost of employing an Inclusion Team: Inclusion Manager, Pupil Premium Mentor and HLTAs to support pupils in overcoming barriers to learning.
  • To provide high quality staff training to ensure quality first teaching.
  • To provide intervention programmes for underachieving pupils and those with SEN (Special Educational Needs) who need a boost to their learning in order to reach their potential; for example small group reading, writing or maths tuition.
  • To use additional teaching hours to provide a targeted level of support to some of our most vulnerable children so as they can make the progress expected of them.
  • To provide additional teaching hours across the school in  Mathematics and English to enable pupils to be taught in smaller groups.
  • Ensure pupil premium pupils have equal access to extra-curricular activities.
  • Ensure that Pupil Premium students can access residential visits

The impact of this work was evident in the attainment of pupil premium pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 from their starting points at Alvechurch in Year 5.  There is also evidence within pupil specific interventions that pupils made good levels of progress.  The school has highlighted Pupil Premium as an area for continued development in 2017-18.  This is specifically referenced in our School Improvement Plan in terms of meeting the needs of our vulnerable learners.

A Pupil Premium Action Plan is in place to further improve the ways in which this money is spent to ensure greater impact.