Pupil Premium Information
Each year the school receives an additional sum of money, above its base budget related to student numbers, to support the learning of students who face barriers to their learning. This additional money is based on the number of students entitled to receive free school meals at any point in the past six years and is known as the Pupil Premium.
The Pupil Premium sum allocated to Cressex in the most recent full academic year (2017-18) was £257,125. In the current academic year (2018-19) it is £235,620.
Barriers to learning for students for whom the school is in receipt of the Pupil Premium are regularly monitored and evaluated. They include such issues as young people living in crowded homes where it is difficult for them to study in a peaceful environment. Some young people live very turbulent lives and require significant additional support to settle into the routines of school, including attending regularly. Many pupils lack confidence in spoken and written English. A number require additional support because of safeguarding or medical concerns.
At Cressex, the Pupil Premium funding is used to contribute to the salaries of Student Support Officers, Intervention Support Officers, Teachers and Teaching Assistants to enable additional support to be provided to students who need it. This can take the form of targeted support and mentoring, and the provision of additional lessons after school and during the holidays. Pupil Premium funding is also used to pay for activities to boost students’ self-esteem and motivation, as well as for activities to support students’ participation in extra-curricular learning opportunities, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Students with low literacy skills are given additional teaching, either one-to-one or in small groups.
The assessment of impact relates to: student progress and attainment; attendance; students’ behaviour, attitudes and personal development.
In the current year it is intended to spend the allocation in a similar way to that indicated in the “background” section above and in the summary below, as the needs of students remain broadly similar from year to year. Impact measures will also remain the same. The strategy for spending the pupil premium will be reviewed within the budget setting round for 2019-20.
Below is a summary of the areas of expenditure of pupil premium funds and a statement on the impact of the expenditure of pupil premium funds in the most recent full academic year, 2017-18.