Pupil Premium

The government provides academies and schools with additional funding to help reduce the inequalities and gaps in attainment between those students who are on free school meals (or have been in in the last 6 years) and their peers. This funding is called the Pupil Premium.

Every academy and school can select how they chose to use their Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for students. Pupil premium funding was first introduced in April 2011. It is allocated to pupils who are currently known to be eligible for free school meal or have received free school meals in the last six year and pupils who are looked after, from the first day of the care episode.

Pupil Premium

Rationale: 

Our core aim is to raise the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding so that their performance compares favourably with both their non-pupil premium peers and other students nationally.

We also will endeavour to address inequalities in education of pupils from low-income families and raise attainment of these pupils.

Expected Outcomes:

Nothing is more important than outstanding teaching and learning in the classroom and this remains central to our core ethos and drive to raise standards for both disadvantaged students and those not considered to be disadvantaged.

In addition to this, targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed in order to:

  • Drive up levels of attainment and progress;
  • Close attainment gaps relative to national averages;
  • Enhance reading, writing, mathematics and communication skills;
  • Engage and develop learning through engaging and exciting extra-curricular provision;
  • Enrich students’ lives through subsidised experiences that disadvantaged pupils might otherwise not have access to;
  • Provide opportunities and educational settings that best meet the needs of our disadvantaged students;
  • Develop students into aspirational learners who truly believe they have every right to go on to further education and follow highly academic career paths.

 Expenditure Aimed at Achieving these Outcomes for 2016/2017:  

Pupil Premium 2016 - 2017 (£175,780)

Strategy

Actions

Cost

Improve Literacy and Numeracy

Accelerated Reader   Programme, Additional Electronic Resources, Form Time Activities

£9,246

Teaching and Learning Programmes

Whole school CPD, Targeted Courses   for Individuals, Additional Classroom Resources

£25,888

Support for Learning

After School Programmes, Small Group   Tuition, Teaching Assistants, Weekend and Holiday Tuition

£31,000

Interventions and additional support

Specialist Behaviour Interventions,   Mentoring for Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning, Alternative   Provision, Weekend and Holiday Tuition

£74,320

Improve Motivation and Aspirations

Mentoring Programmes, Motivational   Workshops, Parental Outreach Work, Attendance Focus

£23,767

Provide enriching experiences

Educational Visits, Transition   Programmes, Extra-curricular Programmes

£15,246

Ensure students are not limited through lack of resources or equipment

Revision Guides, Dictionaries,   Calculators, Art Supplies, PE Kit, School Uniform

£1,545

Total

Managed overspend, necessary to   enrich the life chances of pupil premium students.

£181,012 

 

  Outcomes 2016 / 2017: 

 

Pupil Premium Outcomes 2016 / 2017:

Measure

PP

Non PP

Gap

Standard Pass in English and Maths

29%

57%

-28%

Strong Pass in English and Maths

13%

38%

-25%

Progress 8 Score

-0.75

0.15

-0.9

Progress 8 Score with students on alternative provision removed

-0.4

0.15

-0.55

Outcomes Evaluation:

Outcomes were extremely disappointing and necessitate a radical rethink in how we approach closing the gap.

The inclusion of the Progress 8 figure without the pupil premium students who were at an alternative provision is a clear indication that students who are at the school perform much better than those who, for a range of legitimate reasons, are educated at an alternative location.

Among many changes for the coming academic year, one of the most ground-breaking is the extensive investment in an inclusive learning zone within the school. The express purpose of which is to support pupil premium students effectively so that they remain at school and better outcomes are achieved for disadvantaged students.

Specific Actions for 2017 / 2018:

We remain committed to the majority of the strategies used last year and still believe in the importance of improving literacy rates, parental engagement and enriching opportunities.

However, outcomes last year necessitate that this year in tandem with those actions, there are a number of additional strategies we must implement in order to ensure we provide our pupil premium students with the best possible life chances. They include:

  • Investing in our inclusive learning zone to ensure the school environment is supportive and inclusive; obviating the need for alternative provision;
  • Employ a member of the senior leadership team to expressly focus on the teaching and learning strategies that maximise outcomes for disadvantaged students;
  • Provide staff with additional training that develops their expertise and helps maximise the achievement of disadvantaged students;
  • Increase the resources available to the attendance team to break down the barriers that mean pupil premium students are not attending school;
  • Investing in the house system and appointment of head of house with the express focus on improving both the pastoral and academic progress of pupil premium students in their houses;
  • Have senior leaders responsible for the mentoring of underperforming disadvantaged students;
  • Invest in careers advice for every pupil premium student in years 10 and 11 to increase their aspirations;
  • Increase the amount of money available to provide disadvantaged students with the revision materials they need in order to properly prepare for their examinations.