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Pupil Premium

Use of the Pupil Premium in 2018-2019 and plans for 2019-2020

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers (DfE 2019).

Secondary schools receive £935 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 £2,300 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 £300 for each eligible student.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding in 2018-2019

Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding

61

Total amount of Pupil Premium funding

£57,035

During the academic year 2018-19, 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 Pupil Premium funding:

  • 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.
 
 

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

75.99

70.18

75.6


Figures from 2019 GCSE examination results are shown above. 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 demonstrates 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.
 

Funding for 2019-2020

Number of students eligible for PPG

68

Total amount of PPG

£63,580

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.

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
  • Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
  • Providing targeted academic support for pupils who are not making the expected progress
  • Ensuring that all students have full access to extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities
  • Addressing non-academic barriers to attainment such as attendance
  • Ensuring that the PPG reaches the pupils 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, personal 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.

The next Pupil Premium strategy review will take place in January 2020. Impact will be measured in a number of ways including analysis of examination results and progress data, participation in extra-curricular opportunities and discussions with individual students to gain insight into their experiences.

As part of the review we will develop a 3-year Pupil Premium Strategy to ensure a 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.