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Pupil Premium

This is the Maths Made Easy pupil premium page, where you will find all the information about how your school can help students via effective allocation of the pupil premium spend. At Maths Made Easy we help schools to effectively allocate pupil premium spend to private tuition. We have a team of dedicated maths tutors in each local area of the country, who can either travel into your school or deliver the tuition on a 1-2-1 basis at the home of the student. All our maths tutors are qualified, experienced and DBS checked. We have worked with many schools around the country to implement the tuition successfully.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The typical cost of private tuition is around £30-£35 for qualified and experienced tutors.

    We usually send an invoice at the end of each calendar month to fit in with each schools billing system. The invoice will be on letter headed paper, signed by a company director and use the purchase order number given by the school. Payments are usually made by BACS.

    This is a good question. The whole premise of pupil premium is to maximise the benefit to disadvantaged students and schools must justify the spend by demonstrating tangible improvements. Schools need to show they have assessed the needs of each individual student and determined how to effectively meet their needs and what resource is required to do this. All decisions taken by school leaders must be evidenced to justify the associated spend. Therefore, we advise schools to carry out a ‘weighted assessment’ which involves processing each spending suggestion, ranking it in all the relevant categories, giving each one a weight to determine a final score. An example of 5 important categories are:
    1. How many pupils it impacts
    2. How disadvantaged is this student/ group of students.
    3. Cost
    4. Perceived benefit
    5. Tangible benefit

    We have two different examples of effective spending of pupil premium that qualified using the criteria above:

    Example 1: Private Tuition
    From experience we have found that spending on private tuition services can be extremely effective. The average student who receives private tuition from one of our expert tutors improves by 1.5 grades from their predicted grade over a course of 10 lessons.

    This example shows a huge benefit to few students for a relatively low cost. It is tangible and can be targeted at the most disadvantaged.

    It can become expensive if you try to impact on a larger group of students.

    Example 2: Teaching Assistants
    This is a bigger commitment but can help several underperforming classes make consistent improvements over a longer period. It has a large cost for a full time TA but it benefits many students.

    Impacts on many students across multiple classes

    Less tangible benefit for the most disadvantaged children.

    Pupil premium funding to local authorities is in quarterly instalments. Local authorities pass the funding on to schools.

    In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, local authorities will receive the money on the following dates

    • 28 June 2019
    • 30 September 2019
    • 30 December 2019
    • 31 March 2020

    In order to find out when your school will receive the allocated funds, you will need to contact your local authority directly.

    For academies and free schools, funding is allocated directly to you, on the following dates:
    • 09 July 2019 - for academies open at 1 April 2019
    • 08 October 2019 - for academies open at 1 April 2019
    • 09 January 2020 - for academies open at 1 September 2019
    • 08 April 2020 - for academies open at 1 January 2020

    Schools are held accountable for the effectiveness of their pupil premium via the following means:

    • by publishing a pupil premium statement online
    • through inspections
    • through published performance tables