The Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011. It is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income families and other disadvantaged families and their peers. The Pupil Premium is primarily aimed at pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals. This category now includes any child who has been registered for free school meals (or have been at any time in the last six years FSM+6), looked after children (CIC) and those from families with parents in the armed forces. Nationally, these students achieve at a level significantly below those not entitled to the premium on all key indicators. Isca Academy aims to provide eligible students with additional support they may require in order to achieve success and the best possible life chances.
Details about how we spend our Pupil Premium allocation and the benefits this has brought to our students are contained in the documents downloadable below.
Is your child eligible for Free School Meals?
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any 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 after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Apply for free school meals by clicking the link: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Catch Up Premium
The Year 7 Catch-Up premium provides an additional £500 from the Government for every Year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable Isca Academy to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it.
A report is available to show how that funding was spent and the impact that it has:
Isca Academy Catch Up Premium
Covid – 19 Catch Up Premium
The Government has provided funding to support children and young people to catch up following the unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Covid19 Catch Up Funding Expenditure
Summer School Funding 2021
The Government allocated funding to school to provide a Summer School to support the transition of Year 6 students to secondary school, following significant disruption due to Covid. Our summer school ran for 5 days week commencing 23rd August 2021.
The Big Step, with support from Isca Academy staff, delivered a variety of activities including crafts, sports, cooking and healthy eating and specialist music to support each child. Read our report of activities: Isca Academy Summer School 2021
Video of 2021 Summer School