The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.
From September 2014, the premium will be worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
our values and ethos
Closing the gap is central to everything we do at The City of Leicester College and has been for many years. We have a moral commitment to ensure that our students from disadvantaged backgrounds have the support to accelerate their progress to achieve their full potential.
In addition to those whole school strategies mentioned, we have countless strategies/initiatives in place to ensure each of our students get what ‘they’ need to succeed. Our strategies can be split into three areas:
- raising aspirations
- improving confidence/self-esteem
- academic strategies.
These initiatives, whilst being aimed at our Pupil Premium cohort, also have a direct impact on all of our students with the aim of raising the outcomes for all students.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school:
- Low language/Literature & numeracy levels – 58% of our pupils do not have English as a first language. This leads to social communication difficulties, and issues with reading and writing
- Broken family structures – family stress and low resilience
- Low parental engagement/parenting skills
- Safeguarding and welfare issues which may lead to Social Services involvement
- Loss and bereavement
- Trauma and other mental health issues in the family and/or child
- Frequent moves of country and school – some have no recourse to public funds
- Socio-economic disadvantage i.e. poverty
- Housing issues i.e. massive overcrowding, temporary poor quality accommodation and friction with neighbours and other members of the community
- Poor health and diet, high level of medical needs, and low attendance
- Special educational needs and disabilities.
Details of how much funding the school receives each year and how it is spent can be found within the school’s Disadvantaged Student Strategy document below:
Click HERE to view our Disadvantaged Students (Pupil Premium) Strategy for 2017-18