Queen Elizabeth School

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to schools for supporting disadvantaged pupils aged 11-16 to ensure that they reach their full potential and educational inequality is reduced. Schools should use this money to boost results for the most disadvantaged pupils, as well as showing the impact of any intervention.

Pupil Premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools do not have to spend pupil premium so that it solely benefits pupils who meet the funding criteria. Pupil Premium can be used to support other pupils with identified needs, or used for whole class interventions that will benefit all pupils. 

There are four categories of children that qualify for pupil premium:

  • Children eligible for free school meals or have been at any point in the last 6 years (PP6)
  • Looked after children (PPC)
  • Services children (PPS)
  • Children adopted from care in England (where parents have informed the school) (PPA)

Grant Expediture

To be eligible for Pupil Premium funding the pupil must satisfy one of the following criteria: be currently in receipt of free school meals (FSM), have been in receipt of free school meals with in the last 6 years (PP6), be a service child (PPS) have been adopted from care (PPA), and finally children who are currently looked after (PPC). There is also a service child premium for children with parents who are currently serving in the military (PPS).  A summary of the planned expenditure for the academic year ahead along with the total amount received from the government to support the strategy can be seen in the Pupil Premium Strategy Document. 

Pupil Premium Strategy

The Pupil Premium strategy document outlines a comprehensive overview of how the Trust is using the Education Endowment Fund’s (EEF) guidance to implement a tiered approach in supporting Pupil Premium students:

  1. Teaching:
    Spending time on improving teaching might include professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. Ensuring an effective teacher is in front of every class, and that every teacher is supported to keep improving, is the key ingredient of a successful school and should rightly be the top priority for Pupil Premium spending.
  2. Targeted academic support:
    Evidence consistently shows the positive impact that targeted academic support can have, including on those who are not making good progress across the spectrum of achievement. Considering how classroom teachers and teaching assistants can provide targeted academic support, including how to link structured one-to-one or small group intervention to classroom teaching, is likely to be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy.
  3. Wider strategies:
    Wider strategies relate to the most significant non-academic barriers to success in school, including attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support. While many barriers may be common between schools, it is also likely that the specific features of the community each school serves will affect spending in this category.’ (EEF, Pupil Premium Guide, June 2019)

Catch Up Funding

Lunesdale Learning Trust’s priority is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum with quality first teaching at the centre of our recovery strategy.

The overall aims of our catch-up premium strategy are:

  1. To support the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.
  2. To reduce the attainment gap between your disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
  3. To raise the attainment of all pupils to close the gap created by COVID-19 school closures.

QES 16-19 Tuition Fund Statement 

The ESFA has made funding available to post-16 educational providers to support students who have had their learning affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Tuition Fund is ring-fenced for schools, colleges and all other16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus. 

The funding can be used to provide small group tuition for 16-19-year olds on a study programme where their learning has been disrupted and they have a GCSE maths and / or English grade of 4 or below at age 16.Although the support is targeted based on prior attainment in maths/English, the funding is not limited to support in these subjects and will be provided according to need across a variety of subjects. In line with DfE guidance, the funding for QES Sixth Form will be used to support pupils with a grade 4 in English and Maths who we identify as in need additional catch up support.

QES Sixth Form is eligible to receive £3272. This additional funding has enabled us to focus support for students who have been adversely affected by lockdown. We will be prioritising those students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), including those with specific mental health needs, and tuition will be in place to ensure students do not disengage due to contextual concerns beyond their control. This support will be in addition to students’ normal timetabled lessons and will be focussed on one to one support.