Context: 49% of Newland students are eligible for free school meals (ever6) with Pupil Premium funding expected to be £320,975 in 2016-17 with the majority sitting in HU3, HU5, then HU7 postcodes.
On profiling the PP students, we learned they are on average the ones with lower reading ages compared to non-PP. In addition issues encountered by PP students include: worklessness, poor health, disability, mental health problems within families, and low expectations of themselves from lack of aspirations.
Barriers: Barriers to learning that have arisen from our PP students are: lack of self-regard and aspiration; lack of parental engagement; poor attendance to school; poor health, fitness and diet; difficulties with completion of homework (due to lack of personal space and ICT resources); and mental health issues.
Approach: This directed the school’s focus and approach on ensuring Quality First Teaching, raising literacy skills and reading ages, and using the ‘Pride, Aspire, Excellence’ ethos to raise self-esteem through extra curricular and enrichment activities linked to their future. We are very self-evaluative utilising external agencies/expertise to ensure a dedicated response to raising achievement for our PP students and have undergone two external PP reviews: 23rd February 2015 and 20th April 2016.
Purpose: Pupil Premium (PP) was introduced in April 2011 and is where the Government provides schools additional funding to support students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. All funding is used to ensure our girls have the best chance of being successful and is used to maximise their achievement. Students who are eligible are those who have been registered for free school meals any point in the last 6 years regardless of whether they are currently on the list or not. In addition, Looked After Children (LAC) and Service children are also eligible for this funding.
The funding is used the best way the school sees fit to address areas of support required to close the gap for students from a disadvantaged background. This may include further support such as intervention, additional staffing, 121 tutoring, mentoring, contributions towards funding curriculum trips, revision materials and resources for subjects.
- The progress and achievement of all students is rigorously monitored and evaluated throughout key points in the academic year. Any of our girls (whether PP, LAC or Service Children) who are identified as requiring support will receive the necessary help to achieve. This is coordinated by our Senior and Wider Leadership Team, Heads of Houses, and Pastoral Mentors through regular meetings and academic reviews.
- We will ensure that our designated senior leader (Mrs Fitzgerald) has a clear overview of how the funding is being allocated and will measure the impact to ensure a difference is made to students’ outcomes and achievement.
- We have ring fenced the funding so that it is always spent on supporting the targeted students. We provide a tailored and personal approach to Pupil Premium for our girls.
- We have two school Governors dedicated to scrutinising and challenging the way in which the school spends the Pupil Premium.
|2014-2015||2015-2016||2016 – 2017
|Percentage of PP pupils||49%||49%||50%||49%|
|Number of PP pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium||355 @£900 = £319,500||344@935 = £321,640||343@ 935 = £320,705||325@935= £303,875|
|Number of Looked After pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium||6 @£900 = £5,400||10@1900 = £19,000||8@1900 = £15,200||9@1900 = £17,100|
|Number of service children eligible for the Pupil Premium||1@£300 = 300||2@300 = 600||0@300||0@300|
|Total of grant allocation||£325,200||£341,240||£335, 905||£320,975|
Impact: As a result of the PP funding and the approach we have taken, trends over time show consistent improvement and impact on Progress 8 has increased for PP students in the last three years similarly Attainment 8 has also improved. A wide range of subjects show PP are making progress from including: ICT, Media, BACS, Music and Textiles where PP are in line with or above for national other in progress. However gaps remain wide in other subjects and therefore are a focus through Teaching & Learning strategies across the school in all year groups. This is done through half termly rigorously monitoring, consistently by the PP AHT; Donna Fitzgerald and through Governance from the IEB.
For further details regarding Pupil Premium, please contact our coordinator of Pupil Premium; Mrs Fitzgerald, Assistant Headteacher, on 01482 343098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org