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Pupil Premium

Use of the Pupil Premium Grant in 2019-2020 and plans for 2020-2021

The pupil premium grant (PPG) provides funding for ‘raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential and supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces’ (DfE 2020).

Secondary schools receive £955 for pupils for each student in Year 7 to Year 11 registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Schools also receive £2,345 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as being looked after or previously looked after. The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces. Schools will receive £310 for each eligible student.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding in 2019-2020

Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding

72

Total amount of Pupil Premium funding

£66,780

During the academic year 2019-20, the PPG was used in a variety of ways to support students to close the gap in curriculum and extracurricular opportunities. As a result, it reinforced aspects of our School Development Plan: providing excellent teaching and learning, character development and wellbeing for all students.

The following support was provided as a result of the PPG:

  • Eligible students received a bursary towards their school uniform and travel by public transport.
  • Eligible students received a stationery pack.
  • All eligible Year 11 students received a revision tools pack.
  • Subsidies to provide access to the full range of curriculum opportunities available such as revision guides, workbooks, subject based journals and materials for practical subjects like Art and Technology.
  • Subsidies to provide access to the full range of extracurricular opportunities available such as Music tuition, trips and residential visits.
  • Funding for resources such as dictionaries in departments, grammar books and staffing to enhance provision for those students who speak English as an additional language.
  • Learning mentors provided one to one support and small group work sessions for students.
  • Homework club available for all students.
  • Additional support from outside agencies including careers interviews and mentoring programmes.
  • Laptops for students who had difficulty accessing the remote learning provision form March onwards. 

The Impact of PPG

Due to coronavirus and school closures, it is not possible to evaluate the impact of our Pupil Premium Grant for all of the 2019/20 academic year.

Figures from the 2020 GCSE results are shown below, the grades awarded were the higher of the Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs) submitted to examination boards by the School and the grades generated by the Ofqual Algorithm (calculated grades).

 

 

Non-Pupil Premium

Students

Pupil Premium

Students

Overall School figure

 % who achieved 5 or more GCSE grades 4-9 including English and Maths.

100

100

100

Attainment 8

77.13

77.76

77.19


The Attainment 8 figures show that on average both pupil premium and non-pupil premium students achieve at least eight grade 7’s in their GCSEs. This indicates that the strategies used to raise the achievement of all students and narrow the gap between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students were successful for this cohort. We continue to evaluate the impact of the strategies used and outline our plans for this academic year in the following section.

Plans for 2020-21
 

Funding for 2019-2020

Number of students eligible for PPG

80

Total amount of PPG

£74,465

The school will build on its use of the PPG by continuing to provide targeted strategies to promote achievement. The school's approach is informed by the 'Teaching and Learning Toolkit' from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), an independent resource which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students.

Barriers to future attainment

Overcoming barriers to learning is at the heart of our PPG use. We understand that needs and costs will differ depending on the barriers to learning being addressed. As such, we do not automatically allocate personal budgets per pupil in receipt of the PPG. Instead, we identify the barrier to be addressed and the interventions required, whether in small groups, large groups, the whole school or as individuals, and allocate a budget accordingly.

The main barriers to educational achievement that disadvantaged students in the school face include costs associated with: travel to school, additional revision materials, school trips and residential visits. Since the school closure in March 2020 as part of the government response to coronavirus, we identified restricted access to IT resources as barriers to students’ progress. Through monitoring engagement with remote learning tasks, responses to student and parent/carer surveys and phone calls with individual students, we identified those in need of additional technology.   This technology was then provided by a combination of the government laptop scheme and loaning school devices.

Throughout this academic year, we are prepared for a blended learning approach, as some students may need to self-isolate for a period of time or in the event of a local or national lockdown.  We will continue to monitor the access that students have to digital technology at home and supplement their provision by loaning out school devices and the government laptop scheme. We will also ensure that identified students are provided with non-digital resources such as stationary when they are required to learn remotely.

Our priorities

Setting priorities is key to maximising the use of the PPG. Our priorities are as follows:

  • Ensuring the highest quality of education is delivered to all students.
  • Ensuring that all students have full access to remote learning if/when required.
  • Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their peers.
  • Providing targeted academic support for students who are not making the expected progress.
  • Ensuring that all students have full access to extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities as soon as these are possible within the current coronavirus restrictions.
  • Addressing non-academic barriers to attainment such as attendance.
  • Ensuring that the PPG reaches the students who need it most.

 

Our implementation and review process

We believe that all students will benefit from a continued whole school focus on excellent teaching and learning, character development and wellbeing. In addition to the whole school approaches, we will identify a number of specific interventions to focus on. These will be monitored and reviewed during the academic year to ensure our approach is effective, we will cease or amend interventions that are not having the intended impact.

Given the period of school closures during last academic year, we will monitor and report on the impact of the PPG at the end of the 2020/21 financial year. This report will cover the whole period between September 2019 and March 2021, it will include any changes made to our pupil premium spending due to coronavirus and provide detail about the grant’s use and impact for the period between September 2020 and March 2021. This review will inform our long-term approach to the effective use of the PPG.

 

If your daughter does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible because of your family's income, please contact the main school office for more details (telephone: 0121 354 1479). As well as having a Free School Meal, it will mean that the school can claim additional Pupil Premium funding in order to promote your daughter's learning.