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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to a school to support the education of children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children in Local Authority care. It was introduced in April 2011 for children in Reception to Year 11. The government extended eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years and to children of service families.

National Aims

The aims of this grant are to:

  • Address inequalities
  • Tackle disadvantage
  • Reach those pupils who need it most
  • Reduce the attainment gap and enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to top Universities

Level of Government Funding

The Pupil Premium in 2015-16 is £935 per pupil eligible for FSM and £300 for each service child. £1900 is paid towards any child who is Looked After or Post-Looked After.  Looked After Children are children in the care of the Council, through a Care Order made by a court or voluntary agreement with their parent(s) to accommodate them. They may be looked after in a children’s home, by foster carers, or other family members. All unaccompanied asylum seeking children are also Looked After Children.

The number of students in the school qualifying is 63 and has resulted in a grant of £57300. 

Year 11 Pupil Premium Achievement: GCSEs in 2013 - 2015 – the gaps

Over these three years 30 Year 11 students qualified for Pupil Premium.

 

 

2013

2014

2015

%5 A*-C including mathematics and English

Disadvantaged

92%

100%

100%

Other Students

94%

98%

97%

Gap

-2%

2%

3%

English

A*-C

Disadvantaged

92%

100%

100%

Other Students

94%

99%

97%

Gap

-2%

1%

3%

Mathematics

A*-C

Disadvantaged

100%

100%

100%

Other Students

99%

100%

100%

Gap

1%

0%

0%

Capped Average Point Score

Disadvantaged

389.0

406.7

409.3

Other Students

415.3

404.8

411.5

Gap

-26.3

1.9

-2.2

English 3 levels of progress

Disadvantaged

90%

100%

100%

Other Students

95%

95%

89%

Gap

-5%

5%

11%

Mathematics 3 levels of progress

Disadvantaged

90%

100%

100%

Other Students

99%

96%

94%

Gap

-9%

4%

6%

  • Taking these three years as a whole there is no longer a significant achievement gap between disadvantaged students and the rest of the school population.  The Pupil Premium is continuing to have a positive impact on our students.
  • Focus will continue now to maintain our current trend but improve our Capped Average Points for disadvantaged students.

 How was funding spent last year?

Last year we spent a large proportion of the funding on ensuring participation in extra-curricular activities, curricular trips and visits and peripatetic music lessons.  Students’ participation in the wider life of the school is essential, and they should not be limited by financial means. 

Additionally, we continued to provide students with a range of revision resources, and text books that they could use to enhance their learning.  This had a positive impact on the results attained.

One-to-one, and small group tuition was also provided for some students to support them in the run-up to GCSE.  Equally, weekly mentoring was provided to support students with their academic endeavours.

Some funding was spent on keeping students healthy and encouraging students to stay active.  Additionally some students were able to study for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Finally, funding was also used for bespoke interventions, such as providing work experience prior to Year 12, uniform, and breakfast.

Our Key Priorities for 2015-2016

On a continuous basis we look to address inequalities and tackle disadvantage by focusing on targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
  • Have full access to our curriculum
  • Access our extra-curricular provision

The school regularly monitors and evaluates the impact on each student.

Evaluation does not only focus on academic gains but also on how students’ self-confidence and engagement with the school has developed as a consequence.

Nature of the Support in 2015/2016

An ongoing, careful analysis of the progress of individual students who attract Pupil Premium funding informs our spending decisions. Interventions and support have been targeted towards individual needs – to close specific learning gaps or to support improvements in attendance, capacity to do homework or behaviour improvements.  The list below is not exhaustive, and personalised approaches will be used for each individual.

Attendance issues support mechanisms

  • Mentoring
  • Counselling
  • Other

Support for homework issues

  • ICT intervention – Laptop loan (Subject to contract)
  • Organisational mentoring
  • ICT Intervention – Printer loan (subject to contract)
  • ICT Intervention - Broadband
  • Travel costs from Prep

Response to behaviour concerns

  • Anger management
  • Counselling
  • Personalised reward system

Closing academic achievement gaps

  • Academic Mentoring to cover topics such as exam technique, revision skills and organisation.
  • Cover for teacher to coach in one on one or small group situation
  • Extra tuition for PP student or small group during school lessons
  • Private tuition outside of school lessons
  • Increased supply of writing/drawing equipment
  • Purchasing revision or other texts needed for courses.
  • Providing funding for revision conferences or individual courses
  • Purchasing of kit (Possibly spare kit) and laundering in school
  • Purchase of resources for in-school projects (such as supplies for Food Science)
  • Peer Support

Participation

  • Funding for students to return home after a school fixture
  • Funding for extra-curricular trips
  • Funding for instrumental tuition and instruments within school – subject to contract 

Aspirations

  • Careers Education / Testing
  • Leadership Opportunities

In our planning we are endeavouring to adopt a very flexible approach that enable us to respond to the individual needs of each of the students who have attracted extra funding.