At AGSB, we are committed to welcoming, nurturing and empowering all students to succeed. We use our Pupil Premium funding to ensure that students from less advantaged backgrounds are supported to achieve their very best and to remove any barriers to learning that they may face. We are also committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate in the rich extra-curricular life of the school, so that they develop the right values and character to aid their long-term success. For more information on how we use our Pupil Premium funding, please see below plus also view our Pupil Premium Promise and Pupil Premium Strategy which can be found in the left hand column.
What is Pupil Premium funding?
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. At AGSB, we are committed to helping our students achieve results in line with all students nationally and to close the in-school attainment gap. We are also committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate in the rich extra-curricular life of the school so that they develop the right values and character to aid their long-term success. Pupil Premium funding is used to further these aims.
How do we use Pupil Premium funds?
The Pupil Premium is used to provide a wide range of academic, co-curricular and pastoral support at AGSB. If a boy is Pupil Premium, his funding can be used both on an individual basis and also to fund activities that will benefit disadvantaged boys as a whole. The school’s strategy for the 2019/2020 year aims to address the following barriers to educational achievement among pupils eligible for pupil premium:
- PP students may perform less well than non-PP students in the core subjects of English and Maths in KS3, giving them a less secure base from which to be successful across all subjects in the curriculum at GCSE
- Some PP students require additional support in understanding study and revision techniques. This can become notable at GCSE
- Some PP students may come from families with limited experience of post-16 education, A Level choices or how to access the university courses and careers they aspire to
- PP students may have limited access to equipment essential for learning such as calculators, revision materials or sports kits
- Due to financial constraints, PP students may have fewer opportunities to engage with the variety of extra-curricular activities and trips offered. This can have a knock-on effect in terms of engagement, self-confidence and cultural capital
- Some PP students may experience physical or social inequalities in their home environments. Additional social and emotional well-being support may be required to help them fulfil their academic potential and be happy in school
In 2019/20, the school plan to use Pupil Premium Funds in the following ways:
- To continue to fund the post of English teacher to support pupils’ progress in English through literacy programmes, including English setting by ability bands
- To continue to offer Parents’ Information evenings to boys in year 7 and 10 to engage with all parents on how to support their sons with general study skills (Year 7) and GCSE revision skills (Year 10)
- Funding of public exam revision talks and seminars run by Elevate Education
- Support for programmes aimed at improving literacy and numeracy
- Provision of resources to support learning, such as revision guides, calculators and stationery
- One-to-one appointments and advice from the AGSB careers department
- Support in buying uniform and PE kit
- Encouragement to participate in school trips and activities
- Support in paying for music lessons
Spending will be reviewed regularly each term by the Head of Outreach and HOYs to ensure that it is in line with the key objectives. For further information, please refer to the PP strategy.