The Government provides funding to schools based on the numbers of students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years, or who have been within the ‘looked after’ system or if they are the children of service personnel.
These student groups have been selected as they have been found to generally have poorer academic results and/or social and emotional issues. The funding enables schools to direct additional help and support to allow these students to raise their attainment and to close the gap between them and their peers.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, we will receive the following funding:
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 9 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- £1,900 for looked after children
- £300 for Service children
The Aconbury Centre will only receive the Pupil Premium for students who are registered mainly at the Centre, for instance if they came to us via a permanent exclusion or if they have been with us for over two terms.
The Aconbury Centre will use the allocated funds for a variety of activities and projects to ensure our students reach their full potential whether academically, socially, emotionally or behaviourally.
Examples of how The Aconbury Centre has allocated Student Premium funding include the following activities:
- Targeted support to improve students’ reading, writing and numeracy skills;
- Access to enrichment activities to build a team ethos within a student group, develop confidence, self-esteem and learn outdoor skills;
- Cultural experiences such as African drumming, creating and performing raps with experienced rap artists and theatre visits;
- Access to counselling services;
- To provide alternative learning experiences for example at a local farm;
- To fund after school activities and reward trips;
- To purchase resources such as assessment tools and reading materials.
If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the Centre, in confidence, to register their entitlement.
Even if you do not wish your child to have the meals, the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.
The Aconbury Centre Provision Mapping