Pupil Premium Funding
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 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 36% 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.
16-19 Tuition Fund 2020-21 Review and 2021-22 Plan
The Spires College Sixth Form has committed the 16-19 Tuition Fund made available by the ESFA to employ a learning support mentor (LSM) used exclusively amongst our 16-19 cohort.
Target students have been identified and have regular support sessions with the LSM. Liaising with the Sixth Form team, Heads of Department and teaching staff, the LSM provides both one-to-one support for these target students as well as small group sessions. These sessions are timetabled sessions in addition to the normal timetabled lessons with ‘drop-in’ sessions also available. Sessions focus on the specific needs of each student, however, we have identified that the need is largely based around developing study skills, organisation and support with structure of work so that the students are able to engage fully with their lessons.
More specific examples of the support that the college will be offering via the LSM:
- GCSE resit preparation
- Support for SEND and High Needs Students
- Applied course catch-up sessions for knowledge and practical skills development
- Academic catch-up sessions for students who have experienced disruption to their learning, so they can reach their full potential
The College intends to continue this successful programme of support in 2021-22, but will also keep the programme under review to identify new strands of activity to the benefit of learners.
The College provides financial data to the DFE benchmarking website where you can view the College data and compare to other schools
The College is also required to publish the number of employees (if any) who have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more.
Gross Annual Salary
Number of employees
£100,000 to £110,000