Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium for the 2014-15 academic year


Background

The school received Pupil Premium of £700,491 for the academic year 2014-2015. Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and to close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
Total spend £466,424

Nurture Provision
Total spend £53,951

Enrichment
Total spend £36,077

Alternative Learning Pathways and Curricula
Total spend £114,258

Support for individuals and families
Total spend £4,970

Improving attendance to maximise achievement and increase safety of students
Total spend £97,188

The effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils in respect of whom this funding was granted:-
• Over the last four years we have narrowed the gap between pupil premium students and the rest of the cohort in all subjects except English in 2013 and Maths in 2014. In 2015 9 subjects continued to narrow this gap.
Plan for 2015-16
Following several years of “narrowing the gap” between pupil premium students and the full cohort, both in school and nationally, 2014-15 saw this trend change. We are therefore using 2015-16 to fully review all our strategies for use of Pupil Premium to ensure that we use this funding to maximum possible effect in the future. It should be noted that we have not yet had a cohort reach year 11 which had this level of additional support in key stage 3.
There were some significant differences in the Pupil Premium cohort in Y11 in 2015 compared with 2014. Students most affected by the change in grade boundaries to the C/D borderline in maths and English were those with prior attainment on entry of 3a to 4a.

                                                   2014                                           2015
% 3a                                           9%                                              3%
% 3a  Disadvantaged                   69%                                            67%
% 4a                                           16%                                            8%
% 4a Disadvantaged                    48%                                            56%
% 4b                                           16%                                            30%
% 4b Disadvantaged                    49%                                            60%
In 2014, from this range 9% were 3a and 16% were 4a on entry. In 2015, 3% were 3a and 8% were 4a.
From this range there was a significant increase in English of 4b students from 16% of the whole cohort in 2014 to 30% in 2015
In 2014, 49% of these were pupil premium students whereas in 2015, 60% were pupil premium students.
To address this we have ensured that Disadvantaged (pupil premium) students make up at least 75% of all mentoring groups
We have set targets that deliver gaps that are at least in line with national gaps for Disadvantaged students
We have identified ‘pledge students’ who staff target for intervention and support so that they know exactly which disadvantaged students are to be a focus.


 Pupil Premium for the 2013-14 academic year

Background

The school received Pupil Premium of £710,629.33 for the academic year 2013-2014.

The school’s funding for Pupil Premium in the 2013-14 financial year was based on a count in October 2012, which showed that 757 students in years 7-11 were entitled to free school meals or had been in the last 6 years at some point. This is known as the Ever6 measure and equates to 56.36% of the students on roll in years 7 to 11. In addition, we had two students from service families.

We are investing the funding to meet the needs of all affected learners but are making significant interventions in years 7, 8 and 9 to enable them to fully access the curriculum in their later years at the school. This includes some small nurture classes with a very high staffing ratio and an intensive accelerated reading programme.

The school has added further monies to this funding to be able to invest in the following:-

Learning in the classroom

·       Reading and literacy development staff

·       The introduction of the “Success for All” literacy programme across the school to improve literacy levels

·       Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) for small group work to maximise achievement especially in English, Maths and Science

·       Bi-lingual staff and resources to support those new to English

·       The introduction of an accelerated reading scheme for years 7 and 8. This began with a catch up programme for all year 7 pupils as we recognise they arrive from primary school with a reading age well below their chronological age in many cases. This programme has now been extended to years 8 and 9 and is delivered through English lessons and tutorial. Pupils are assigned a book appropriate to their reading age. Pupils are assessed online and then move on to the next level. This programme also benefits more able readers as it moves them on quickly to higher level texts.

·       Equipment/lesson resources for disadvantaged students

·       Books and revision guides

·       Intensive supported revision sessions after school for examination groups

·       Intervention tutoring during the school day to maximise achievement

Total spend    £314,505

Nurture Provision

·       Specialist small class provision for students with very low attainment or other such classes for students with significant behavioural issues. These have a very high staff to student ratio

Total spend          £315,191

Social Emotional and Behavioural Support

·       Increase in opening hours of the school’s Teenage Information Centre

·       Funding of a School Counsellor employed by the school

·       Work to develop leadership and promote self esteem

Total spend    £32,672

Enrichment

·       Musical tuition

·       External Performing Arts activities

·       Minibuses to permit out of school activities

·       Weekend and holiday revision sessions

·       Residential revision/study experiences

·       Curriculum related trips

Total spend    £28,437

Alternative Learning Pathways and Curricula

·       Specialised staff teaching only those unable to access mainstream school provision/non attenders

·       Transport for alternative provision, out of hours learning

·       Alternative provision off-site

Total spend    £116,786

Support for individuals and families

·       Toiletries/clothing/shoes etc for those in immediate and pressing need where this presents barriers to learning.

·       Costs of transport to school for such families

·       Support for pupil premium students who are gifted and talented to attend specialist external provision, eg England cricket camps

Total spend    £3,068

Improving attendance to maximise achievement and increase safety of students

·       Additional support from the Education Social Work Service

·       Specialist and dedicated attendance staff

·       Attendance rewards scheme

Total spend    £98,483

The effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils in respect of whom this funding was granted:-

·       Over the last three years we have narrowed the gap between pupil premium students and the rest of the cohort in all subjects except English in 2013 and Maths in 2014.

·       In 2014, some groups of pupil premium students exceeded the national average for achieving 3 levels of progress in English.

·       We have narrowed the gap between pupil premium students and the rest of the cohort with the national figure for English by 8% this year and the in-school gap by 6%.

·       The gap between pupil premium students and the rest of the cohort for Maths widened this year with the national figure though the in-school gap has narrowed by 5%

·       In 10 of 23 subjects pupil premium students perform equal to or better than non pupil premium students with respect to % A*-C

·       In 11 of 23 subjects pupil premium students perform equal to or better than non pupil premium students with respect to % 3 levels of progress

·       In 10 of 23 subjects pupil premium students perform better than non pupil premium students with respect to % 4 levels of progress

·       In 19 of 23 subjects the gap between pupil premium students and the rest of the cohort is less than the national gap in English at 3LOP

·       Nurture students are making more rapid progress than other groups which is testament to our nurture provision.

·       Students at key stage 3 are on track to achieve expected and more than expected progress in line with national benchmarks

·       Attendance has improved significantly from 91.2% in 2012 to 93.57%, where the national average is 94.1%.

·       The gap between attendance of pupil premium students and non pupil premium students has reduced from 3.14% in 2011-2012 to 1.87% in 2013-2014.

·       Persistent absence has reduced significantly to 5.89%.

·       The number of students who leave us and are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) has also reduced significantly to 2.3%.

Plan for 2014-15

Our plans for 2014-15 are to continue with all the above as there is evidence that our strategies are positively impacting on those students for whom the school receives pupil premium.

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