Pupil Premium

About Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Years R to 11, who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6). Pupil Premium is also allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority.

More information about the Pupil Premium is available on the Department for Education website:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings

Our School

Hamilton Lodge School and College educates children and young people between the ages of 5 and 19. All children and young people who attend HLSC have a hearing impairment and many have an additional educational need.

How we use the pupil premium

Children and Young People for whom the school receives PP are rigorously assessed to determine the areas of difficulty they are experiencing. These difficulties may not simply be educational but also social and emotional. We use the PP to fund additional support which addresses these needs and can demonstrate a positive impact on their educational and emotional development. These are some of the ways we have been using Pupil Premium:

  • Delivered additional wellbeing support to pupils who have emotional
  • Arranged specific activities to support social integration and emotional wellbeing during out of school hours.
  • Provided additional literacy support via the Speech & Language Therapy Assistant
  • Provided dedicated interpreters to ensure young people can access external activities e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Ensured pupils in hardship can access enjoyable and enriching activities e.g. Ice skating.
  • Provided additional staffing and interpreters to ensure young people can access local mental/emotional health services.
  • Through the provision of Sign therapy to support the child’s development of communication through sign.
  • Provided mobility training for pupils with multi-sensory impairment.
  • Provided physiotherapy for pupils with physical difficulties.

These strategies and interventions are implemented to support the pupils in closing the gap with their peers in terms of their communication and curriculum access and achievement. The strategies were generated through analysis of assessment data and the identification of barriers to learning determined through annual reviews and pupil progress meetings.
We anticipate that as a consequence of these strategies and interventions, pupils for whom the Pupil Premium applies will make at least expected progress and preferably above expected progress relative to their peers.

How we measure effectiveness

The effectiveness of the interventions funded through the Pupil Premium are measured primarily through performance in specific areas of the curriculum (Maths, English, History etc.). Some of the ways we measure improvement are:

  • Improved interaction with other children.
  • Improved achievements (from previous measures) in curriculum subjects.
  • Improved literacy skills and reading ability both in terms of accuracy and
  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved emotional well-being and resilience

Funding for the year 2017-18

The total student population of the school in 2017-18 was 59. Of these pupils:

3 are eligible for free school meals

1 has parents who are in the armed forces

1  is a Looked after Child

The number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium was 5, in comparison to 7 the year before. The funding for Pupil Premium for children eligible for free school meals is £950; funding for pupils where the parent is a member of the Armed Forces remains the same at £300. Funding for Looked After Children (LAC) remains £1,900. The total money allocated to the school during this academic year in Pupil Premium is £5,050.

We will continue to apply the same rigorous scrutiny of the progress of our pupils who attract Pupil Premium. We will apply focused interventions to support accelerated progress to ensure these pupils reach their full potential.

Funding for the year 2016-17

The total student population of the school in 2016-17 was 63; this number rose towards the end of the academic year. Of these pupils:

5 (7.9%) are eligible for free school meals
1 (1.6%) have parents who are in the armed forces
1 (1.6%) are Looked after Children

The number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium fell from 10 to 7. The funding for Pupil Premium in 2016-17 remains fixed at £935 per pupil receiving Free School Meals (FSM); funding for pupils where the parent is a member of the Armed Forces also remains the same at £300. Funding for Looked After Children (LAC) has risen this year from £1,200 to £1,900. This means the total amount of money allocated to the school this year has fallen to £6,875. This may rise if new intake pupils reach the threshold for Pupil Premium.

We will continue to apply the same rigorous scrutiny of the progress of our pupils who attract Pupil Premium. We will apply focused interventions to support accelerated progress to ensure these pupils reach their full potential.