Pupil Premium

PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY REPORT SEPTEMBER 2016

What is the pupil premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding to a school. It is calculated on the number of students who are currently eligible for free school meals or have been eligible in the last six years and is provided to ensure that they benefit from the same opportunities as students from better off families.

It is also allocated for students who are looked after by the local authority (CLA) for at least six months. In East Sussex Pupil Premium for CLA is managed by the Virtual School for Children in Care. A premium is also paid for children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces.

The government allows schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent each year since it is schools who are best placed to decide on additional provision and support for individual students. Annual performance tables map the achievement of students who attract Pupil Premium Grant funding.

Funding is allocated on a financial year basis, not an academic year basis and has increased annually. It is currently at £900 per eligible student.

Summary Information

Academic Year

2016/17
2015/16

Total PP budget

£227, 500
£218,000

 

 

Total Number of students

865

Number of students eligible for PP

230

Date of next review

September 2017

Pupil Premium Expenditure 2015/2016 – how PCS spent the pupil premium grant last academic year

Key Expenditure

Literacy and numeracy remain a key focus for all students at PCS.  Students in receipt of Pupil Premium are over represented within the group of students arrive at the school at levels 3 and below so interventions focus at this particular group as well as students in middle and higher ability groups.

All staff have an increased awareness of the barriers experienced by students in receipt of pupil premium and are using the impact tool developed last year to plan faculty interventions which include resources and access to enrichment activities.

Pupil Premium money is being used to fund additional staffing to track progress and to plan and deliver academic and pastoral interventions.

Funding has also been used to further improve overall attendance and reduce Persistent absence for students in receipt of PPI and to support their social, emotional and mental health.

Teaching and Learning and progress

Staffing for small teaching groups in Key Stages 3.  These groups support the learning of students who require additional support in English, Humanities and Maths.

£37, 800 teacher
£15,900 learning assistant

Staffing for small groups in Key Stage 4. These groups support the learning of students who require additional support in English and Maths.

£8,400 teacher
£3,400 learning assistant

Staffing for Life Skills programme extended into year 9.

£10, 500 teacher
£ 4,000 learning assistant

Increased delivery of language and communication support by specialist language teacher.

£22, 000

Targeted support re post 16 provision (AA)

£2,000

One to one or small group intervention in English and Maths

£20,000

GCSE pod

£2,340

Additional Achievement Co-ordinators will focus specifically on students in receipt of PP. Co-ordinators will analyse data for students on PP and identify appropriate intervention. This includes individual mentoring session and the involvement of parents and carers.

£15,000

Academic mentoring with year 11 students – FSM focus

£5,000

Whole school staff training on teaching and learning

£3,000

Engagement and enrichment

Engagement and Enrichment activities, subsidized school trips and resources

£15,000

Breakfast club – providing free refreshments to students on FSM or CLA

£500

Social, emotional and mental health

SEMD – key worker

£17,000

Social worker – contribution to salary

£20,000

Counselling Service- contribution to salary- increase in hours

£5,265

COPES family work

£2, 400

Attendance

ESBAS worker Attendance and behaviour focus on PPI students with Persistent Absence

£7,500

Attendance Matters magazine

£214

Attendance rewards

£1000

 

Total

£218,219

The impact of pupil premium spending Current Attainment Summer 2016

 

 

Whole Cohort

National Gaps 2014

% A -C including English and Maths

Cohort

25%

 

Disadvantaged pupils

22.7%

 

Other pupils

57.7%

 

Gap

35% 

26.9% 

English - pupils achieving expected progress

Cohort

 

 

Disadvantaged pupils

88%

 

Other pupils

88.9%

 

Gap

0.8% 

18.9% 

Maths - pupils achieving expected progress

Cohort

25%

 

Disadvantaged pupils

45.5%

 

Other pupils

74.2%

 

Gap

28.8% 

22.7% 

Progress 8 score average (2016/17)

Cohort

   

Disadvantaged pupils

-0.24

 

Other Pupils

+0.22

 

Gap

-0.46

 

Attainment 8 score average (2016/17)

Cohort

   
 

Disadvantaged pupils

3.79 (D minus)

 
 

Other pupils

4.85 ( C plus)

 
 

Gap

1.06

 

Narrowing the gap – what does this mean for students?

The provision put in place for students in receipt of pupil premium 2015- 2016 has led to positive outcomes for these students.

The percentage of students attaining 5 or more A* - C GCSEs including English and Maths has increased from 21% to 23%.

The percentage of PP students making expected progress in English has increased from 41% to 88% and in Maths from 38% to 45.5%.

The value added score for Pupil Premium students has increased from 927.87 to 990.08

The within school gap for the percentage of students achieving expected progress in English at KS4 has decreased from minus 17% to minus 0.09%. The within school gap for the percentage of students achieving expected progress in Maths at KS4 has decreased slightly from increased from minus 29% to minus 28.8%

Attendance and Behaviour

The gap in overall attendance between students in receipt of PPI and non PPI students has reduced from 3.76% to 2.85%

The percentage of students with 1 or more fixed term exclusions as a percentage of the pupil group for PPI students is higher than the non FSM group (12% gap).

Barriers to future attainment:

Literacy skills: students entering year 7 eligible for PP have lower reading ages and general literacy than other students 34% of PP students have a reading age above 10.6 years compared to 62.2% of non PP students

Numeracy skills: students entering year 7 eligible for PP have lower numeracy scores than other students. 53% of PP students have a Maths scale score of below 100 compared to 19.1% of non PP students

Social, emotional and mental health issues for a small group of students is having a negative impact on their academic progress and emotional well-being and in some cases on the progress made by others.

Attendance issues for a small group of Pupil premium students in  years 9 , 10 and 11 students are having a detrimental effect on academic progress.

Progress across the curriculum for middle and low ability students. Progress 8 for PP students of middle ability is -0.39 compared to 0.09 for non PP students of middle ability and compared to -0.04 for low ability students and +0.3 for high ability students eligible for Pupil Premium. 

A knowledge and understanding of opportunities beyond school.

How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

At PCS, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring of attainment for all students will be used to measure the impact of interventions in relation to identified barriers for students eligible for Pupil Premium. A cycle of Assess – Plan – Do - Review will be used to ensure that appropriate support and intervention is in place.

External evaluation of performance at PCS includes information on the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium.

How are we spending the Pupil Premium at PCS?

The Ofsted report on the use of the premium (Pupil Premium: Reference 120197: September 2012) outlined how the premium had been used in 262 schools. This report showed how difficult it often is to disaggregate pupil premium funding from general school funding.

At PCS, the focus has been on providing additional support both academic and pastoral with a particular focus on increasing language and literacy levels. 43% of students eligible for PPG are of low ability and 52% of middle ability and as such expenditure focuses mainly on these groups. The money has also been used to support the social and emotional being of our students, to ensure the provision of an appropriate curriculum in Key Stage 4 and support students in the transition into post 16 education.

 Planned Expenditure Pupil Premium 2016/2017

 Key Expenditure

 

  Barrier

Desired Outcome

Action / Approach

Cost

Teaching and Learning and progress

1,2

Improved progress in literacy and numeracy in Years 7, 8 and 9

Staffing for small teaching groups in Key Stages 3.  These groups support the learning of students who require additional support in English and Maths.
The small group allows more personalised differentiation and  a high level of support
Approximately 25% of students in small groups are in receipt of Pupil Premium

£25, 000 teacher
£15,900 learning assistant

1,2

Improved progress in literacy and numeracy in Years 10 and 11

Staffing for small groups in Key Stage 4. These groups support the learning of students who require additional support in English and Maths.

£8,400 teacher
£3,400 learning assistant

5

Improved life skills and preparation for post 16 education

Staffing for Life Skills programme extended into year 9.

£10, 500 teacher

1,2,5

Improved progress across the curriculum

Increased delivery of language and communication support by specialist language teacher.
Includes memory training,  vocabulary work, understanding the language of exams  and social skills 

£22, 000

1,2

Improved progress in literacy and numeracy in Years 10 and 11

One to one or small group intervention in English and Maths for students requiring targeted support to catch up.

£12,000

5

Improved progress across the curriculum

Reading pen pilot project
Students with weak literacy skills ( but do not meet criteria for readers under exam concession arrangements policy)  have training and access to reading pens for use in class and in exams

£2,000

1,2,5

Improved progress for high and middle attaining students

Academic mentoring with year 11 students

£5,000

1,5

Improved progress across the curriculum

Whole school staff training on literacy to ensure that all staff are promoting literacy across the curriculum and ensuring that resources are accessible and engaging for students with lower literacy levels.

£3,000

Engagement and enrichment

1,2,3,4,5,6

Improved progress across the curriculum, raising of aspirations and widening of opportunities

Engagement and Enrichment activities, subsidized school trips and resources e.g. school shoes, revision guides and subsidized French residential

£20,000

4

Improved attendance and engagement

Breakfast club

£1, 500 

 

3,4,6

Improved attendance, engagement and reduction in negative behaviour

Alternative provision with a focus on development of functional skills and future planning

£5000

 

3,4

Improved attendance, engagement and reduction in negative behaviour

Forest skills project for all year 7 PP students and identified students in years 8 and 9

£3,000

 

6

Improved IAG and improved engagement

Targeted support re post 16 provision

£2,000

Social, emotional and mental health

3,4

Improved attendance, engagement and reduction in negative behaviour 

Development of pastoral structure to 5.6 Heads of Year and 3 Assistant Heads of Year to enable greater focus on students in receipt of PP.

£15,000

3

Improved progress, increase in attendance, increase in achievement and reduction in negative behaviour of students.

Nurture – key worker

£20,000

3

Effective safeguarding

Social worker – contribution to salary

£20,000

3

Improved progress, increase in attendance, and increase in achievement and reduction in negative behaviour of students.

Counselling Service- contribution to salary- increase in hours

£5,265

3

 

Short stay school staff

£10,000

Attendance

4

Improved attendance rates and reduction in persistent absence

ESBAS worker Attendance and behaviour focus on PPI students with Persistent Absence

£7,500

4

Improved attendance rates and reduction in persistent absence

Behaviour and Attendance rewards

£1000

 

 

 

Total

£227,500

Notices

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