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What is the pupil premium?

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 2015, the premium will be worth £935 and is provided to support students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or are in care (or at least looked after for one day) 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 is provided to support students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD

How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Coppice Performing Arts School we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students' achievements.

Why is there a pupil premium?

Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.

How many pupils at Coppice are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

Currently 26.1% of students at Coppice Performing Arts School are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?

Coppice Performing Arts School has one of the lowest percentages of Pupil Premium students compared to other local schools, this is due to families that are entitled to free school meals are unware that they can claim or not currently making a claim. This is resulting in their children missing out on extra support and resources not being made available for them.

You are eligible to claim for free school meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:

  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit only (with a family income of less than £16,190 as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs)
  • National Asylum Seekers Support
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance - income related only

You may apply online or download an application from the Wolverhampton City Council website here.

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How is it spent?

We always talk to staff, students, parents and carers of children, as part of our regular questionnaires and discussions, to ask for their ideas on what will most help. Some children will already be doing well in English, maths or other subjects. But there may be things we can do to stretch them further, to help them aim high, or to build their confidence -like having a mentor, visits to universities, taking part in activities to develop social or language skills.

Some children may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities. If children are behind in English, maths or other subjects, we may arrange for them to have special small group or one-to-one teaching. We call these 'intervention programmes'. We choose the classroom approaches and intervention programmes that research shows work.

We spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children/young people. How much parents and carers get involved with their child's learning makes a very big difference to how well they do at school. So we also spend money on activities that help keep you informed about their targets, and confident in knowing how to support their learning.

How will the impact of Pupil Premium spending be measured?

To monitor progress and attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Coppice Performing Arts School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort's attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.