Pupil Premium and Catch-up Premium
What are our aims for the Pupil Premium Grant?
The aim of the Pupil Premium is to identify and implement strategies that help to increase social mobility and reduce the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged pupils nationally. We have placed a strong emphasis on securing foundations in literacy and in supporting the family as a whole, in order to secure good attendance.
Who benefits from the Pupil Premium Grant?
At Newland School for Girls, we ensure that the Pupil Premium Grant has the most benefit for those with the greatest disadvantage. Our intention is to build capacity and maximise our impact. Being a small school with a large proportion of disadvantaged children means that some of the interventions put in place are shared by children who are not in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. We do this in order to promote good progress for all children.
The table below details the proportion of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding over the last 4 years
What barriers do pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant face?
The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face are complex and varied- there is no single difficulty faced by all. However, we have identified several barriers that we believe are particularly relevant to our disadvantaged children in our context.
These are the key barriers we have identified:
- Difficulty in developing a Growth mind set and maintaining resilience
- Attendance, as a results of factors affecting physical health or wellbeing
- Reduced access to revision materials and a dedicated home learning environment
- Additional input required to support parental engagement
We allocate our Pupil Premium Grant to resources that aim to close the gaps in these areas.
How do we decide how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant?
In deciding how to use our Pupil Premium Grant, we draw upon the following sources:
- Sutton Trust report: “The Pupil Premium: Next Steps”
- Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit
- Research on disadvantaged pupils and the vocabulary gap,
- Our combined professional experience of what works best
From these sources we have identified the following priority areas for spending:
- Teaching and support staff
- Small group and/or individual intervention groups
- Robust vocabulary interventions
- Resources and transport to support revision
Impact of Catch-up Premium 2019-20
Funding was £7,351. Prior to lockdown we had signed up to and allocated Lexia licences to identified students. This was not able to be maintained for the whole of the targeted population during lockdown, due to the lack of access to computers for the majority of the targeted students.
Not all allocated monies were spent at this time on Maths Mastery and so was re-allocated to provide CGP workbooks for those students in KS3 (Y7 & Y8) who did not have access to computers. This was a revision book and workbook for English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and RE. Weekly, lesson by lesson, activities were then timetabled and this was sent home to pupils for them to complete.
Impact of Year 7 Catch-up Premium 2018-19
Funding was £7,351. 38% of year 7 have a reading score of 6 months to 2+ years below their actual age, and received targeted reading intervention. In comparison 22% of year 8 students, half the number from when they were in year 7, have a reading age of 6 months to 2+ years below, indicating that the reading interventions last year had a positive impact on their reading and comprehension skills.
Mastery shows improvement from pre assessment to post assessment of on average 15%, with some topics over 30% improvement.