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New Pupil Premium System Launched to Enable Schools to Track, Monitor and Publish Spend and Impact.
From September 2012 all schools in the UK are required to publish how they have spent their Pupil Premium and what impact it has had on their pupils. In response to this, specialist educational systems company EX Solutions have released 'TIMEextra'
In line with Department for Education (DfE) these reports can be published to the school website and allow more detailed reporting on the impact the Pupil Premium spend has made upon eligible pupils' attainment, attendance and behaviour.
The monitoring capabilities also allow schools to ensure they are meeting Improvement Plans for school development, for example in narrowing the attainment gap between boys and girls, or between Free School Meal children and other pupils.
The Department for Education website states that 'From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.'
TIMEextra enables schools to achieve this with a minimum amount of administration.
Finance Director at EX Solutions, Sarah Dutton said "It was clear when the DfE announced the implementation of the Pupil Premium that they and Ofsted inspectors would be specifically looking to see that the funding had been spent appropriately on those pupils who were eligible. We also knew that the impact this funding makes on attainment, attendance and behaviour would be closely monitored. TIMEextra not only allows schools to monitor exactly what they are spending ensuring they can be confident about its use, it also allows the school to publish how they have spent the money to their website and demonstrate the impact it is making through a comprehensive reporting system".
Director of Sales, Laura Wright added “With the DfE requirement for schools to publish details of their spend to date this September (2012) it is essential that schools start to record their pupil data now".
The system is easy to use yet provides powerful reporting information ensuring schools can monitor which interventions are providing the best 'return on investment' and track which activities and which providers are making the biggest difference.
By delivering the system over the Internet, schools can choose to have as many users as they require. This ensures that the administration can be shared across the school or centralised. Headteachers and Senior Leaders can also have a login allowing them to monitor progress and produce reports at the push of a button.
There is no complicated setup and schools can be 'live' literally within a couple of hours.
Mark Scarborough, a Senior Consultant for Extended Services and Inclusion said "This system allowed us, for the first time, to gather clear quantitative and qualitative data around the true impact of our extracurricular and study support initiatives. It also enabled us to collect and interrogate data across a partnership of schools and give back the data at an individual school level."
To meet the DfE requirements to establish Summer School Programmes, the system is also configured to record this additional data.
Schools wishing to use the system should contact julian.wright@
•The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
•From September 2012, the Department for Education will require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium
•Total funding through the Premium will increase from £625m in 2011-12 to £1.25bn in 2012-13
•The level of the premium in 2011-12 is £488 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. It will increase to £600 per pupil in 2012-13
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TIMEextra allows schools can monitor the impact and spend of Pupil Premiun
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