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 2017/2018:  

Pupil Premium 2017 - 2018 (£190,738)

Strategy

Actions

Cost

Improve Literacy and Numeracy

Accelerated Reader Programme, Additional Electronic Resources, Form Time Activities

£16,400

Teaching and Learning Programmes

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

£19,100

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, EWO, Weekend and Holiday Tuition

£83,000

Improve Motivation and Aspirations

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

£22,000

Provide enriching experiences

Educational Visits, Transition Programmes, Extra-curricular Programmes

£15,000

Ensure students are not limited through lack of resources or equipment

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

£5,200

Total

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

£191,700

 

  Outcomes 2017 / 2018: 

 

 

PP

Non PP

Gap

KS2 Average Point Score

(national 28.5)

25.23%

27.83%

-2.6%

Strong Pass in English and Maths

4%

37%

-33%

Progress 8 Score

-0.32

0.03

-0.29

Outcomes Evaluation:

Outcomes were disappointing in terms of attainment, even though the cohort of PP students was much less able than their non-PP peers and as such were less likely to meet the 9 – 5 in English and Maths measure.

The Progress 8 figure is far more representative, and pleasing, as it represents an improvement of 0.56 on the -0.85 gap seen in 2017 and is likely to be narrower than the Progress 8 gap nationally.

We must continue to work to improve both the progress PP students make and their attainment so that they meet the key benchmarks that allow them to access the next stage of their learning journey.

Specific Actions for 2018 / 2019:

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, 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;
  • Ensure a member of the senior leadership team strategically leads 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.