Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Government for students who fit into any of the following categories:

  • students who are looked after (this now includes those previously adopted)
  • students entitled to free school meals
  • children of armed forces personnel

Each year Nottingham Free School will be allocated a set amount of pupil premium funding based on the numbers of students who fit into the above categories. This is not part of the general budget and we are directed to use this funding on resources/activities which raise the achievement of the identified students.

Our cohorts have the following proportion of pupil premium students:

Cohort Percentage of pupil premium students
Year 7 22%
Year 8 26%
Year 9 22%
Year 10 23%
Whole school 23%

Students who are not part of the identified pupil premium group are not excluded from any of the activities below, if their participation is deemed appropriate and necessary. However, the funding for their participation will not be from the pupil premium budget. All pupil premium monies are tracked on an individual intervention basis.

Intervention

All intervention strategies will be tracked, analysed for their impact, reported on and posted onto this website page. Intervention is planned for those students who are not making the required rates of progress and need some extra support and is determined by the area of need. All students undergo an initial dyslexia screening test and a reading level test which help to identify areas of need.

Our current intervention strategies include:

  1. Literacy support
    Some students with dyslexia or literacy issues are withdrawn for short periods of time to receive extra literacy and reading support.
  2. Maths support
    The power of 2 programme is used to support students who need some further numeracy support beyond that which they receive in the classroom.
  3. Reading support
    All students in years 7 and 8 have one reading lesson per week based on the Accelerated Reader programme. Low level readers also participate in a Read, Write, Inc programme in two English lesson per week.
  4. Reduced payments for equipment and school trips and visits
    All students who receive pupil premium money are asked to contribute a significantly reduced payment for a scientific calculator worth approximately £6. This lasts them throughout their time at Nottingham Free School and is required for Maths and Science exams. Trips, visits, private music tuition and other equipment requests are offered at a reduced cost to enable access to all of the wider experiences at school.
  5. Free revision resources
    All departments offer students (who receive pupil premium money) free revision resources. This may be a revision guide or CD and will apply to all year groups.
  6. Homework support
    'Study buddies' provide some mentoring during our study periods for those who need some extra support in the organisation and completion of homework tasks.
  7. Compulsory Enrichment
    All students participate in our extra-curricular activities twice a week in order to develop their wider skills such as teamwork and leadership. Through these activities, students experience a broader curriculum and are also able to develop wider hobbies and interests.

Funding

In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for primary-aged pupils
  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils

Schools will continue to receive £1,900 for any child who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • has been adopted from care
  • has left care under:
    • a special guardianship order
    • a residence order
    • a child arrangement order

Schools will also recieve £300 for any child who:

  • is either Ever 6 service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

Funding is allocated for a financial year rather than a school year. Our funding is £60,775.

Literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve standard (100) in either reading or Maths. An additional £500 per relevant pupil is received by the school. Our funding in 2016-17 was £5624. Please download our catch-up impact report.

Impact

Please see our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2017/18

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