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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of:

  • Students in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6 FSM)
  • Children in Care (CIC), adopted or special guardianship
  • Service children

We have a wide range of interventions that contribute to closing this attainment gap.

The funding allows us to:

  • Employ additional teachers allowing for smaller group sizes in English and Maths
  • Embed a data tracking system that allows for targeted intervention in English, Maths and Science and ensures that all teachers know who their Pupil Premium students are
  • Produce a ‘War Room’ that closely monitors, tracks and analyses the attainment of all students
  • Deliver training strategies for use in the classroom with SEN students and introduction of class profiles to ensure that all teaching staff know Ever6 FSM students and can effectively plan strategies for their attainment. This strategic approach ensures that the needs of each learner are being met within the classroom rather than relying solely on additional interventions
  • Appoint Learning Leaders to enable every student access to an academic mentor. Alongside this intervention the introduction of learning conversations which track and discuss progress and are shared with parents/carers
  • Improve and encourage good attendance through rewards
  • Provide key stationary items to support student’s learning in school and at home
  • Purchase individual workbooks to support additional sessions in English and Maths
  • Provide GCSE text books and additional resources to individual KS4 students
  • Supply revision materials and study skills sessions for GCSE students
  • Offer music lessons
  • Provide digital technologies to support learning
  • Deliver small group work and 1:1 sessions in English and Maths
  • Provide early interventions by providing a summer school for students making the transfer from KS2 to KS3
  • Create a family room for parents to meet in a more relaxed environment
  • Provide funding for school trips
  • Promote home/school liaison by offering informal ‘drop in’ sessions for parent/carers
  • Run University trips to encourage and support student aspirations.

Are you claiming your entitlement to free school meals?

As parents, you need to know that registering for free school meals is important for two reasons. You will be reassured that your child has access to a healthy lunchtime meal as well as additional funding to support interventions targeted to raise your child’s achievement and aspirations.

To apply free school meals, parents must have one or more children aged four or over attending a local authority maintained school in Kent and be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If you think you are eligible please register on the KCC website at: www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals. If you need help completing the form, don’t have access to the internet or you would like to know more, please contact Mrs Murphy email: lisa.murphy@swale.at

Disadvantaged Expenditure Plan 2017 - 2018

Catchup Premium

Pupil Premium 2019-2020