The Pupil Premium is a sum of money the school receives for each student who is either in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who has been in receipt of them in the past. The aim of this money is to address the attainment gap between children eligible for free school meals and their peers.
At Severn Vale School we aim to use our Pupil Premium funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with their peers. We use the funding to ensure eligible students benefit from the same educational opportunities as pupils from wealthier families. We also use the funding to support children and young people who have parents in the regular armed forces.
The Pupil Premium has been used in both an integrated and targeted way, to ensure that eligible students receive increased opportunity and additional support in the following ways:
- Providing additional members of staff to support smaller class sizes and 1:1 tuition
- Providing Lead Practitioners in Maths and Science who monitor the needs and progress of PP pupils
- Strategies to develop the literacy of PP pupils, including ‘Sound Training’, reading programmes, and whole school literacy initiatives
- Assemblies and small group seminars led by external professionals at key points in the year to support aspiration and well being
- Careers guidance and advice targeted at PP pupils including experiences such as University visits, post-16 provider visits, careers fair and business mentor interviews.
- Support for music tuition
- Increased provision of pastoral support on a daily basis for all our PP pupils
- Provision of Breakfast Club and Homework Club
- Financial support for uniform, curriculum trips and curriculum support materials such as GCSE texts and revision materials
- Support when attendance is in need of improvement
- School counselling if as appropriate
- A Duke of Edinburgh programme that supports PP pupils in getting involved and with kit for the expedition element