What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is an amount of money received by schools based upon the number of children at the school, eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and Children who are looked after or children who have a parent in the Armed Forces. The Pupil Premium has a number of aims:
• to increase social mobility;
• to enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top Universities;
• to reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving nationally.
• to improve the achievement of pupils eligible for PP by closing the gap with their peers.
Every child who leaves school without the right qualifications faces a far more difficult path to fulfilling their potential and finding employment. We owe it to all our young people to ensure they are given every chance to succeed. Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools, 2012.
Hillsview Academy operates within Redcar and Cleveland, in a catchment area with high levels of disadvantage. More information about the neighbourhood in which the school is located (and in which a proportion of our pupils reside) can be found here: www.redcar-cleveland.gov/healthandpoverty
How does it work?
Simply spending more money on children does not necessarily improve their learning or their aspirations. There is no direct link between spending money and outcomes for students. If the Pupil Premium is to succeed in achieving its ambitious goals, the choices that the Academy makes in allocating the money are vital so that the funding can help raise student attainment and aspirations. The money needs to be allocated as part of a strategic approach to raising standards across the academy, providing better opportunities for our students academically, as well as developing life, work and personal skills to give them the best chance of a successful future. At Hillsview Academy we use the Pupil Premium to enable us to provide a number of different interventions and strategies. The Pupil Premium enables us to, both directly and indirectly, provide additional support and interventions for those students highlighted by the government, as needing it most.