The Pupil Premium grant is used to enhance the learning of students whose families who have qualified for free school
meals (FSM) at any point in the past six years, of students who are looked after by the local authority (LAC), and to assist financially in certain circumstances.
During 2014/2015, Harris Academy Merton received a total of £366,653 in Pupil Premium direct grant.
For 2015/2016 the sum of £360,562 is expected to support the learning of HAM Pupil Premium students.
Pupil Premium money part-funds the initiatives below. Precise amounts of Pupil Premium funding vary according to the numbers of Pupil Premium students targeted per initiative:
- Pupil Premium students who are not making expected progress in English and Maths, those who have below average grades on joining the Academy, and those with English as an additional language (EAL) needs are given targeted support on a regular basis through in-class assistance and withdrawal group teaching. We also run a literacy breakfast club, where breakfast is provided along with the targeted support. All of these initiatives have proved to be extremely successful in raising students’ achievements and attainment.
- In Years 7 and 8 we put in place an additional English group for selected students in each half of the year, many of whom are Pupil Premium students.
- The attendance of our Pupil Premium students is excellent, partly because of the excellent work carried out by our attendance team.
- All parents who are entitled to FSM for their child(ren) are given an annual £70 uniform grant for each child attending the Academy.
- We offer a very full and wide-ranging Enrichment Programme, of which every student is expected to attend at least one session per week. Many students attend multiple sessions each week as it has proved to be extremely popular.
- The Academy runs many day and residential trips and financial help is given to Pupil Premium students who have been targeted to attend the trips. Most trips are curriculum- related and those which take place in KS4 are a necessary part of the courses the students are studying. We also use some Pupil Premium money to part-fund a termly rewards trips for the best-performing students in relation to attendance, punctuality and credits received.
- Students are rewarded with a payment of £10 directly into their own bank accounts for achieving a Principal’s Commendation.
- Student jobs are advertised, interviews undertaken and the successful applicants are rewarded with additional payments onto their cashless catering accounts.
- We offer bespoke careers advice and guidance for students. Pupil Premium students often require support in this area in order to raise aspirations.
- Student Referral Centre: this provision offers guidance and counselling for students who need additional support to modify their behaviour
- Peer mentors: we run a programme of students supporting each other to improve aspiration, achievement and behaviour.
- External mentoring and tuition: HAM is working for the first time with TeamUp, an organization which links university under-graduates with Year 11 to provide mentoring and tailored small-group tuition in English and Maths.
- Aim Higher: many of the students targeted to raise their aspirations by encouraging them to consider applying to university are Pupil Premium students.
Impact of Pupil Premium
45% of children at the Academy receive the pupil premium which is significantly higher the national average (29%). In 2015, 91% of our disadvantaged students continued into further education or training; again this is higher than the national average (85%) and the vast Majority of these students continue into our academy Sixth Form.
5A*-C including English and math: 45% of students that receive the Pupil Premium gained 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and math in 2015, compared to a national average of 35%. The gap between our Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students for the same measure is 8% less than the national gap.
Best 8: The national average Best 8 Average Point Score for pupil premium students in 2015 is 255; ours is 275.
English Baccalaureate: The gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students at Harris Academy Merton is only 7% in 2015; nationally it is far wider at 17%.
English and math: Our pupil premium students outperform national expected progress figures by 8% in English and 7% in math. Our combined English and math A*-C figure outperforms the national average by 7%.