St Luke’s Academy receives the pupil premium and catch-up funding from the government. This funding is granted to the school in order to support those children who are entitled to free school meals or who in the last six years have had entitlement to free school meals. Here is the outlay of the pupil and sport premium spending for our school, together with the impact we feel it will have on the children.
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2)
The government advises schools on how to invest this funding:
"You should identify pupils who need extra support from the year 7 catch-up premium, so you can decide the best way to use the funding. You should only select programmes and approaches that you know are effective.
For example, you could use the funding to pay for:
- Individual tuition.
- Intensive small group tuition.
- External services and materials.
- Academically focused summer schools that help students catch up over a short period of time through intensive expert tuition.”
St Luke's Investment 2016-17
- Early morning literacy tasks (focused on handwriting and spelling).
- Increased literacy and maths curriculum time for students.
- Use of fresh start/SRA/Toe-by-Toe programme delivered by skilled and trained staff.
- Cross-curricular literacy schemes of work — tracked and monitored by the SENCO.
- Benchmark testing using New Group Reading Test.
- Regular meetings to track, monitor, and review progress.
- Increased transition opportunities for year 6 students with year 7s as mentors.
In addition to these interventions, the school plans to commission a bespoke training package devised by two senior speech and language therapists to train existing St Luke's staff. Skilled staff will be able to lead additional interventions to address identified areas of need regarding comprehension, communication, and vocabulary.
- Evidenced progress in reading comprehension/decoding through formal and informal assessment.
- Evidenced progress in maths using assessment data.