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Pupil Premium

Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money?

Register now to make sure we don’t miss out

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.

We use this additional money in a variety of ways to directly benefit your child. It is very important that you get registered; doing so may also get you help with travel costs for your child.

Any additional income we receive will directly benefit your child’s time with us. Although we are unable to provide a hot meal at lunch time we can provide breakfast, from 8.30am-8.45am, and a packed lunch, in addition we do provide other food and drinks during the day free of charge.   

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Do you qualify?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

 

Registering is quick & easy – phone Herts‘How Can We Help Team on 0300 123 4048’

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2016/2017

The Government introduced Pupil Premium funding in April 2011 with the aim of narrowing the gap between the disadvantaged pupils and their peers. They believe that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school’s funding will address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers.

Links Academy were awarded £4,675 (estimated) in Pupil Premium for 2016/17 based students eligible for free school meals.

Each element of expenditure of the Pupil Premium is designed to enhance one of the following areas of focus:

1. Learning within the Curriculum, i.e. actions that are intended to affect directly the performance in the classroom

2. Social, emotional and behavioural, i.e. actions that are intended to break down specific barriers to learning

3. Enrichment beyond the classroom, i.e. actions that are intended to extend the learning offer beyond the curriculum and/or provide a safe place between school and home

4. Families and communities, i.e. these actions are intended to help parents provide better support to their children by engaging them in their child’s learning and/or providing them with the knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

5. Alternative learning pathways, i.e. actions which provide alternatives for pupils who are having difficulties with the traditional learning pathways.

6. At Links Academy to support our disadvantaged most abled students Pupil Premium funding is set aside to provide opportunities for reinforcement and challenge to enable academic and examination achievement, across the full range of subjects. Strategies include exam preparation, one-one support, small classes and specific strategies’ to support emotional difficulties especially anxiety.

We propose to use the funding as follows:

Intervention

Cost

School Uniform

£600

Student Meals (including breakfast and lunch)

£7,700

Transportation

£300

Challenger Troop

Residential Trip

£1,600

Youth Connexions

£3,500

 (The total proposed spending is £13,700 – actual estimated funding is £4,475, leaving a shortfall of £9,025).

Pupil Premium 2015/2016

The Government introduced Pupil Premium funding in April 2011 with the aim of narrowing the gap between the disadvantaged pupils and their peers. They believe that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school’s funding will address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers.

Links Academy were awarded £4,675 in Pupil Premium for 2015/16 based on students eligible for free school meals. There were no children looked after. The total amount spent on Pupil Premium is £18,581.38.

Each element of expenditure of the Pupil Premium is designed to enhance one of the following areas of focus:

1. Learning within the Curriculum, i.e. actions that are intended to affect directly the performance in the classroom

2. Social, emotional and behavioural, i.e. actions that are intended to break down specific barriers to learning

3. Enrichment beyond the classroom, i.e. actions that are intended to extend the learning offer beyond the curriculum and/or provide a safe place between school and home

4. Families and communities, i.e. these actions are intended to help parents provide better support to their children by engaging them in their child’s learning and/or providing them with the knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

5. Alternative learning pathways, i.e. actions which provide alternatives for pupils who are having difficulties with the traditional learning pathways

6. At Links Academy for our disadvantaged most abled students Pupil Premium is used to focus on personalised acceleration for intensive revision materials, one-one support and other relevant strategies.

The funding received has been used as follows:

 

Intervention

 

Cost

Impact

Schools Uniform

£1,084.34

Successful Integration

Improved Self Esteem

School Uniform for students for other schools

£67.47

Successful Integration

Improved Self Esteem

Student Meals (including breakfast and lunch)

 

£8,269.57

Allows students to concentrate and help prepare them for afternoon sessions. Helps to develop communication and peer interaction.

Transportation

 

£50.00

Helped to engage and support students with difficulties by providing them with a safe and secure way to work within boundaries and following rules. Developed self-esteem and confidence and to help them overcome barriers of actually attending school and building up the habit of learning and participating.

PGL Residential Trip

 

 

£2,016

Allowed students to develop communication and team building skills. Helped to break down barriers to learning by developing positive relationships with staff and other students.

Youth Connexions

£5,400

Youth Connexions have worked closely with individual students to ensure they are prepared for their next steps. The students build appropriate work and interactive skills to be able to cope with interviews. They have developed profiles that lead to C.V.’s, and quality applications and the confidence that goes with this. Every student achieved their planned next steps.

Music Therapy

£1,694

Music Therapy sessions used to promote mental and emotional health, allowing students to express themselves, in an alternative way.

 

Pupil Premium 2014/2015

Links Academy were awarded £17,492 in  Pupil Premium for 2014/15 based on 14 students eligible for free school meals and two children looked after.

The funding received has been used as follows:

Intervention

Cost

Impact

Personal Tutor

£2,641.04

To accelerate the learning of 2 CLA who had a lag in their learning due to very personal circumstances

Schools Uniform

£1,022.68

Successful Integration

Improved Self Esteem

Student Meals

 

£5,882.50

Allows students to concentrate and help prepare them for afternoon sessions. Helps to develop communication and peer interaction.

Transportation

 

£1,394.70

Helped to engage and support students with difficulties by providing them with a safe and secure way to work within boundaries and following rules. Developed self-esteem and confidence and to help them overcome barriers of actually attending school and building up the habit of learning and participating.

Chessbrook Education Centre Residential Trip

 

 

£466.00

Allowed students to develop communication and team building skills. Helped to break down barriers to learning by developing positive relationships with staff and other students.

Youth Connexions

£5,400

Youth Connexions have worked closely with individual students to ensure they are prepared for their next steps. The students build appropriate work and interactive skills to be able to cope with interviews. They have developed profiles that lead to C.V.’s, and quality applications and the confidence that goes with this. Every student achieved their planned next steps.

Work Experience/City &Guilds Entry level 2

£685.00

Students gained Diplomas and Certificate. Modules developed communication, organisational skills and confidence.

 

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