Pupil Premium

Rationale

The Pupil Premium Grant provides additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of pupil premium students and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.  Schools have the autonomy to spend the money as they see fit and a responsibility to ensure that the funding impacts  the progress of students of all abilities who need support.

Students who qualify for pupil premium funding are supplied with appropriate text books and equipment of their own to help them with their studies.  The school has also been able to pay for or supplement the following: music lessons; gym equipment and activities; financial support for curriculum visits and various courses outside school; English and maths tutoring; meals and counselling.  Pupil premium funding has also been used to pay for small group and one to one tutoring in literacy and numeracy.

In addition, we have appointed teachers and administrative staff to work alongside the Head of Progress at KS3, KS4 and KS5. Their brief is to monitor the progress of students, who they will work with throughout their time at St. Peters, and to communicate with tutors, teachers and heads of department as necessary.  They liaise with heads of year where the progress of pupil premium students is always the first item on the agenda providing continuity as they monitor their students through each of the key stages, mindful of their attainment ‘flight path’ and working with the student to help them consider aspirational pathways. The Head of Progress regularly briefs Heads of Department on progress concerns and case studies carried out by the progress team help identify need and evaluate interventions reflecting the findings of the Sutton Trust toolkit of strategies to improve learning. (Sutton Trust and EEF July 2015). Our main focus is on teaching and learning in the classroom.

Attainment

In 2013 50% of pupil premium students achieved expected progress in English.  46% of pupil premium students achieved expected progress in mathematics.

In 2014 64% of pupil premium students achieved expected progress in English.  In mathematics 55% of pupil premium pupils made expected progress. 

In 2015 58% of pupil premium students achieved 5 A -C including English and maths.  74% of pupil premium students made expected progress in English; 62% of pupil premium students made expected progress in mathematics with a 6% gap between the attainment of non-pupil premium and their pupil premium peers overall.

In 2016 64% of pupil premium students achieved 5 A - C including English and maths.  Over two thirds of our PP students made expected progress in English and Maths and two fifths made four levels of progress.

Although there has been an improvement in the progress of pupil premium students, there is still a gap between PP and non PP students and we are committed to taking further measures in order to close the gap.

Impact

Higher ability students from disadvantaged backgrounds benefitted from enhanced cultural experiences such as the Science trip to CERN which has resulted in aspirational choices for members of this group at A Level. St. Peter’s is committed to ensuring that all students have access to science and cultural capital. Meta-cognitive work has had an impact on many learners too.

Review

In September 2017 we plan to review the allocation of the spend on extra literacy and numeracy provision for all learners. We plan to evaluate the aspirational pathway opportunities for students who show an aptitude for STEM subjects and future careers, as well as other CEIAG programmes designed to engage learners who may not see higher education as being for them. The progress team will continue to monitor the impact of  interventions on individuals as well as groups.

Strategies

In 2014, we began a tailored course for pupils who have joined the school with level 3 or below in both English and mathematics.  In order for them to 'catch up' as quickly as possible, they are taught in small groups by specialist staff in English, maths and science.  In other subjects they will join their form groups as normal.  The style of teaching and learning in this 'catch-up' group tries to echo the styles familiar in primary schools and it is hoped that by spending money on this expert teaching these pupils will feel valued and happy as well as making good progress in key subject areas.

The school has continued to provide ‘reading workshops’ for pupils - and their families - where we need to address some weaknesses in literacy skills in key stage 3.

The school provides a tutored close monitoring scheme to work with students in key stage 3 and 4 whose achievements suggest they are working below their potential.

The progress of students who qualify for pupil premium funding is monitored by classroom teachers who evaluate how well students are working towards ambitious targets based on prior achievement.  Heads of department monitor MTRs (which are colour coded to flag up under performance) and conduct learning walks and work scrutinies.  Whole school work scrutinies always include the work of pupil premium students.  A year 8 pilot scheme in 2014 included one hour a week lunchtime tuition in the summer term. In both 2015 and 2016, PP GCSE students had a tailor-made revision timetable during ‘study leave’ and timetabled sessions with teachers for each GCSE course.

 

The current year's 'pupil premium' funding is £225,335.  Last year we received £233,406. 

Detailed figures for pupil premium spending 2015 - 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Group

Year Group

7

8

9

10

11

Total

Pupil Nos.

241

239

242

238

238

1198

PP Pupil Nos.

61

64

61

49

39

274

PP/Total%

25.3%

26.8%

25.2%

20.6%

16.4%

22.9%

Attendance Officer

819

859

819

658

524

3,679

Pupil Premium Pastoral Lead

1,299

1,363

1,299

1,044

831

5,835

Pupil Premium Support Officer

118

124

118

95

76

531

Pupil Premium Administrative Support

144

151

144

116

92

647

Additional timetabled classes in English

-

-

-

21,000

21,000

42,000

Literacy intervention

5,000

5,000

5,000

5,000

5,000

25,000

Additional timetabled classes in Maths

-

-

-

21,000

21,000

42,000

Numeracy intervention

5,000

5,000

5,000

5,000

5,000

25,000

Other intervention

-

8,333

-

8,333

8,333

25,000

Curriculum resources/trips/uniform/music

7,929

8,319

7,929

6,369

5,069

35,614

Class charts

623

654

623

501

399

2,800

Senior Leadership Strategy Time

1,558

1,635

1,558

1,252

996

7,000

Heads of Year and Heads of Faculty Time

4,074

4,274

4,074

3,273

2,605

18,300

Total Costs for 2015/16

26,565

35,713

26,565

73,639

70,924

233,406

 

 

Note that more pupil premium money has been spent at KS4 as we are working hard to close the gap between non pupil premium and pupil premium students.

Note that at KS5 pupil premium students qualify for bursaries which are funded through pupil premium money as shown on the above chart.