The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of students classified as disadvantaged and to close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is provided for children in Year 7 to Year 11 from low-income families who have been eligible for free school meals, looked-after or previously looked after children and children from families with parents in the Armed Forces. Funding is also available for students who reach the end of Key Stage 2 without having made the expected level of academic progress.
Comprehensive information about how Gordon’s school engages with the Pupil Premium initiative can be found in our annually published Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.
PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY STATEMENT 2017
Please click here for details of the 2017 Pupil Premium exam performance as well as additional information on Gordon's School's Pupil Premium strategy.
PUPIL PREMIUM INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:
New trial initiative – how to get more Pupil Premium funding!
Gordon’s School is launching a trial initiative to allow parents who have already spent their Pupil Premium funding to apply for more money in a ‘top-up’ scheme.
Why is there extra money available?
Part of this funding is individually allocated to supporting students academically and when this money has not been spent in the year, the school retains the right to reallocate it. In the past, we have used all of the ‘left over’ money on wider school led initiatives to support students. This year, however, we would like to offer some of it back to those parents who have used up their initial allocation of funding yet would like to continue with tuition for their child.
If you have already spent your initial allocation of Pupil Premium funding and would like to continue tuition sessions, you may apply for additional funding to an amount of your choosing*.
*Please note that there is a finite amount of funding available and decisions on the final amount of money allocated to each parent will depend on the popularity of the scheme and rest with the Finance Department.
How can I claim additional ‘top-up’ funding?
If you would like to apply for additional funding under this trial scheme, please email the Finance Department at email@example.com, with the following information:
- Your name and the name, Year Group, and House of your child.
- How much money you were initially allocated and what you have spent it on. E.g. £200 all spent on private tuition with Tutor Doctor.
- How much additional funding you would like in total. E.g., I would like a total of £240 please.
- What you intend to spend your additional funding on. E.g. I intend to continue tuition sessions for a further 6 weeks during the summer term / I intend to pay for an Easter Revision course.
When should I apply?
In order to make this funding available to parents in time for the Easter Holiday period, the closing date to apply for top-up funding in this initial trial period is Friday 17th March. Parents will then be notified of the amount they have been allocated by Friday 24th March to enable bookings to be made for the Easter holiday.
What can I spend my top-up funding on?
Just like the normal allocation of Pupil Premium funding, this money is designed to ‘close the gap’ between the academic attainment of Pupil Premium students and their peers. Therefore, we require that the additional funding be spent on academically supporting students in the same way as the original funding was. This means that your top-up funding may be used for any of the following:
- Personal tuition with one of our recommended companies or a privately hired tutor
- Academic text books or wider reading books
- Computer software to support learning
- Easter revision courses
- Specialised learning support e.g. from a dyslexia support centre.
What if I haven’t spent my initial allocation of Pupil Premium funding, but would like to top it up?
Should this trial run prove successful, it is likely that the top-up initiative will continue beyond the current period and parents who do not currently qualify will be able to apply once they have spent their initial allocation.
Please watch the website for updates.
Should you have any additional questions about this trial initiative, please contact Miss J Pierce, Assistant Head Curriculum on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is provided for children in Year 7 to Year 11 from low-income families who have been eligible for free school meals, looked-after children and children from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
In the 2016-2017 financial year, Gordon’s will allocate the following funding:
- £935 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM)
- £300 for children with parents in the Armed Forces within the last 5 years (Ever 5 Service Child) or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
- £1,900 for looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority*
- £1,900 for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order (PLAC)
*The funding for Children who have been in 'Local Authority Care' for one day or more (LAC) does not go to their school; it goes to the Virtual School Head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing Pupil Premium funding for looked-after children.
If a student has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,266 rate rather than receive both awards.
How is funding allocated?
In July 2016, the government published the final Pupil Premium allocations for the 2016-2017 financial year based on the January 2016 school census data. If you believe your child is eligible for Pupil Premium funding and you have not been contacted by the school, please contact Miss J Pierce, Assistant Head Curriculum at email@example.com.
Ofsted’s school inspections report on the attainment and progress of disadvantaged students who attract the Pupil Premium. The Ofsted inspection framework and handbook effective from September 2016 are available online.
Gordon’s is also obliged to publish details of how the school spends its Pupil Premium and the effect this has had on the attainment of the students who attract the funding. Please click here for the information.
School and college performance tables also report on the performance of disadvantaged students compared with their peers.
How does Gordon’s School use Pupil Premium Funding?
Gordon’s uses and allocates the Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:
Firstly, we use one third of the funding allocated to each student to provide a number of services and opportunities within school. We refer to this money as the ‘top slice’ funding. This money is put towards costs such as: counselling services, LAMDA lessons, music lessons, and some administrative costs. Additional information about this can be found in the FAQ section - please click here.
The remaining two thirds of the money allocated to students is offered directly to parents to fund the provision of private, academic tuition to ensure that Gordon’s students receive maximum benefit from the funding provided. The primary focus of this private tuition will be the provision of additional support and guidance in numeracy and literacy, with a view to fulfil the original government objective of closing the attainment gap between those students eligible for Pupil Premium funding and their peers. Where no gap exists, we would encourage the funding to be used to extend students’ abilities in these areas beyond their current attainment.
Personal tutoring offers students the opportunity to focus on specific areas of the curriculum free from the conventional constraints of the classroom.
All students can benefit from personal tutoring. This is as relevant for students aiming for the highest grades as it is for those who require more assistance academically.
There is a strong link between students achieving at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics & English Language and the achievement of at least five or more higher GCSE grades. Furthermore, the GCSE grade that a student receives in these two subjects is often a strong indicator of the grades that will be achieved across the Curriculum. Students should use their next steps advice from Key Assessments or Tri-weekly feedback to ensure that any numeracy or literacy tutoring undertaken is targeted and focused. If students are not clear about their next steps, they should speak with their respective subject teachers.
Students may wish to focus on alternative subjects. Whilst this is perfectly reasonable, students and parents should be aware of the significant link between strong numeracy and literacy skills and GCSE results across subjects.
Service Pupil Premium
The premium available to Forces families is usually allocated in the same way as Pupil Premium. However, as it is designed to assist the school to provide mainly non-educational support, families are encouraged to look beyond traditional English and mathematics tuition.
How can you spend your tuition money?
In order to provide this personal tuition, Gordon’s has ‘approved’ the use of two specific tuition companies in the local area. Parents can contact these companies and organise tuition without any additional checks or references being required by the school. The two companies are as follows:
Tutor Doctor is a nationwide company with branches across the UK. Our agreement, however, is with the West Surrey branch only, serving Farnham, Camberley, Woking and Guildford. Should you wish to use another branch, you will need to follow the advice given in the document Engagement of Private Tutors included with this pack.
Tutor Doctor West Surrey has over 240 tutors on its books drawn from qualified teachers, postgraduates and industry specialists. Lynn Barker is our contact at Tutor Doctor and will be happy to discuss your personal requirements. Tutor Doctor West Surrey has agreed a special rate of £40 per hour for Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Premium students from Gordon’s School. They also fully investigate each pupil’s individual needs before tuition begins and monitor progress to ensure goals are attained. Parents are also kept up-to-date with progress via email reports on each tuition session.
Winchmore Tutors has five offices in the South East, the nearest to Gordon's School is based in Epsom. Again, our agreement is with the Epsom branch only and should you wish to use another branch, you will need to follow the advice given in the document Engagement of Private Tutors included with this pack. Sam Elder is our account manager and will be happy to discuss any questions you may have about tuition. Winchmore charges £35 per hour and specialises in Maths, English and Science, although other subjects are available. Feedback summaries of each lesson are available on their website and observations of tuition sessions are carried out to ensure quality.
Sam Elder – 01628 617000 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This information should be read in conjunction with the companies’ individual Terms of Service, which parents will be bound by should they choose to engage these companies.
- Please click here to read the Tutor Doctor terms of service.
- Please click here to read the Winchmore Tutors terms of service.
If you have any questions about these individual companies that are not covered in the FAQ section, in the first instance please speak with the named company contact. If they are unable to assist you, please contact Miss J Pierce, Assistant Head Curriculum, at email@example.com
Out of area tuition:
If you are unable to make use of the two tuition companies local to the school, you may use your Pupil Premium funding to pay for the services of a private tutor or tuition company of your choice. However, to conform to Child Protection and Safeguarding protocols in order to ensure the safety of your child, there are certain requirements that must be met before such tuition can begin.
- All tutors engaged under this scheme and paid for out of Pupil Premium funds must hold a current DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate. This must be sent to Gordon’s, before tuition begins, so we can retain a copy for our records. We must receive the original document – please do not send in a copy. Please use the DBS Cover Sheet included with your information pack or available here when sending in a DBS certificate.
- All tutors must also read the Gordon’s School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and then sign the Declaration page to confirm they have understood it and agree to be bound by its conditions. This policy is enclosed in your information pack and can also be downloaded here, the declaration page was also in your pack and is available here. The signed page must then be returned to the school to be retained for our records.
- All tutors must use the Invoice Pro-forma, provided in the information pack you received in the post, every time they submit an invoice and must submit their invoices monthly in arrears to the Gordon’s Finance Office either by email or post. Emailed invoices should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- All invoices for the school year must be submitted by the end of July at the latest, no payments will be made retrospectively in the new school year. Please also note that the Finance Office will not be able to remind you when your funding is about to run out, so please ensure you are aware of how many sessions you have had and how much funding remains after each invoice has been paid. Parents will be responsible for covering the cost of any tuition undertaken that results in an ‘overspend’ on your allocated funding amount.
For the vast majority of pupils, tutoring will typically take place at weekends, during school holidays or on midweek evenings. However, for those students who are full or international residential boarders, we offer on-site tuition sessions.
These sessions will take place in Chapel House with a tutor from one of our approved companies and will be supervised by a member of Gordon’s staff.
The process to organise on-site tuition is as follows:
- Please contact the relevant House Parents and request the subject you require and how many sessions you would like – please make sure your Pupil Premium allocation is sufficient to cover the number of sessions you request.
- If you have a preference for a specific company, please make this known. However, please note, Tutor Doctor are unable to offer single hour tuition in any subject and both companies (as well as Gordon’s School) strongly recommend that, where your Pupil Premium allocation is only sufficient to cover five or six sessions, you focus on one subject, preferably English or Mathematics.
- The House Parent will then inform Mrs Hannah Heavens (PA to Mr Pavis, Deputy Head Pastoral) who will liaise with the tuition companies to organise the sessions.
- Mrs Heavens will then inform the House Parents when the sessions are booked for, who the tutor is, and what time the sessions will begin and end.
- The House Parents will then pass this information on to the student in question who is expected to attend all sessions (please read the individual terms of service for each company regarding cancellation of appointments or a failure to attend).
- Should you wish to amend the time of your child’s session, or make any other changes such as individual tutor or company, please liaise directly with Mrs Heavens who can be contacted at Hheavens@gordons.surrey.sch.uk
Please note, there are a limited number of places available for on-site tuition sessions, they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority going to GCSE pupils.
In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to use the Pupil Premium funding allocated to your child for something other than direct academic tuition. This may include, but is not limited to, musical instruction for GCSE music, wider reading books or subject specific text books, revision material, and computer software designed to support learning or revision.
These decisions will be taken on an individual basis but are likely to be considered only in exceptional circumstances.