Governors, the Senior Leadership Team and staff at The Spires College accept responsibility for disadvantaged students and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘disadvantaged’ is equally valued, respected and entitled to develop his or her potential, irrespective of need.
Objectives for Pupil Premium spending
- To eradicate any gap in attainment for students in receipt of FSM, students who are in care and those in forces families, when compared to the rest of the cohort.
- To provide support for Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) eligible learners, who have a barrier to learning so that the barrier can be removed through intervention, funded using the PPG.
- To improve the provision and opportunities for students in receipt of the PPG in every lesson as part of an inclusive college where every child can and will succeed.
- To raise the aspirations and confidence of young people who are targeted through the spending of the PPG leading to more successful learners.
- Improve whole staff awareness and accountability of the needs of young people, along with the interventions provided within each of the categories funded through the PPG and also provide strategies for all staff to support these students in each and every lesson.
The ‘Pupil Premium Grant’ (PPG) is additional funding allocated to schools to help support disadvantaged students, closing the attainment and progress gaps between them and their peers. At The Spires College pupil premium funding in 2016/17 is allocated to support students who are currently looked after (LAC), eligible for free school meals (FSM), service children and those who have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years (Ever 6). This equates to 42% of our college population in Years 7 to 11. The funding contributes to a wide range of resources designed to maximise student potential in all ways possible. For example, additional staffing within English and Mathematics, an enhanced pastoral support team and greater opportunities to participate in extended school activities, such as outdoor education experiences and our curriculum enrichment week.