Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch Up
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is funded separately 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.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who are looked after continuously for more than six months, and for children who have been adopted as well as children of service personnel.
At MHCHS 24% of students in years 7-11 are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
The funding is being spent in the following ways:
Raising Achievement and Attainment
- Investment in Quality Teaching First strategies to ensure maximum learning in the classroom.
- Investment in high quality intervention.
- Use of literacy, reading and comprehension programmes in Inclusion to tackle the students with identified reading age lower than their actual age or other speech and language difficulties.
- Providing high quality support through subject specific Teaching Assistants
- Provision of homework club
- Exam fees for FSM students who have needed to retake are paid.
- Various initiatives to raise engagement and improve Behaviour for Learning.
- Amendments and alterations to the curriculum
Building Social and Cultural Capital
- A wide range of school trips are funded.
- Students on FSM are funded for music lessons as well as having the Musical instrument supplied.
- A specialist unit has been set up to ensure that students are able to modify their behaviour and therefore achieve more successful outcomes both academically and in a wider social context.