Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2016/2017
St Thomas More R C Academy recognises that all students regardless of their background and socio-economic status should have equal access to a curriculum that will enable them to make rapid and sustained progress. The academy has a systematic approach to narrowing the gap of disadvantaged students (DA) which is in line with its ethos of focusing on the needs of the individual child.
What is the pupil premium?
The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. From September 2014, the premium is 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.
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Pupil Premium Income 2016/17
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At St Thomas More, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s is carried out on a regular basis.
On Tuesday 4th April, some of our Year 10 Pupil Premium students attended a seminar presented by visiting students from Cambridge university on ‘University Explained’, which included information on finance.