We believe that every school has a duty to ensure that each individual child is entitled to the best possible chance of achieving their potential

Consequently, we have a full plan to ensure that we use our Pupil Premium funding to address national inequalities between the achievement of those children who are eligible for free school meals or are children in care when compared to their peers.

The Pupil Premium money is granted to schools based on the number of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or those children who have been continuously looked after for more than six months.

It is our responsibility to allocate this funding in the best possible way to break-down barriers to learning and to secure the best possible progress for each child.

Key Changes from September 2016 to August 2017:

After seeing marked improvements in overall Pupil Premium outcomes in Summer 2017 we recognised that our most effective strategies were dedicated teacher time to support and bolster Pupil Premium students’ studies and the use of alternative courses and assertive withdrawal sessions – often utilising the Learning Hub facilities.

Consequently, we have prioritised Pupil Premium students by increasing staffing capacity in key subject areas – including Maths, Science, History and Geography – so the students can now be assertively mentored and be set extra catch up and intervention work – either via after-school boosters or targeted homework – in order to make sure they are stretched and focused on closing gaps in their subject knowledge and understanding. This approach was highly effective in English and Pot 3 subjects but there was a significant gap in capacity in the named subject areas for 2016-2017 which has now been addressed by new and additional appointments from September 2017.

Furthermore, we continue to adopt new courses where appropriate – such as the BTEC in Creative Technology and Digital Media and the TLM ICT (after the late withdrawal of approval for ECDL ICT) so that students are able to meet the thresholds required to take them onto apprenticeship and Level 3 pathways.

September 2017 to August 2018:

The Friary School received £220,590 of Pupil Premium funding from the Education Funding Agency in the current financial year and are directing that funding to support learning from that point up until the final transition into post-16 or post -18 education in Summer 2017.

The Pupil Premium allocation has changed radically since the arrival of the new Headteacher in September 2016 and this has seen resources re-allocated in a very different way to the previous approach:

Effectively, we are using the Pupil Premium funding for three types of support and these combine new approaches alongside the more successful tried-and-trusted methods from 2015-2016. The interventions and approximate costings are laid out below:

Academic Interventions:

Learning Hub: £15,000

This KS4 facility designed to provide withdrawal support for students on a reduced / re-designed curriculum in order to maximise their grades in key subjects. This costing includes alternative KS4 accredited courses, resources, ICT facilities, extended opening hours, lunch-time withdrawal and AM registration support.

SLT Outcomes Lead £15,000

This SLT post-holder has a sole focus on improving KS3 and KS4 outcomes and includes responsibility for PP. This costing includes dedicated tracking, PP-specific interventions, targeting of PP students in subject areas, parental liaison via ACE Meetings, etc.

Student Support Mentors: £20,000

A team of staff dedicated to proving assertive mentoring and support academic and pastoral challenges from KS3 and into the Sixth Form. This costing included dedicated PP time, counselling and support, parental liasion, lesson drop-ins, etc.

Raising Aspirations Programme: £16,000

An internal Aspirations Mentor and an External Careers Advisor are responsible for informing aspirations so that career routes, entry requirements and world of work options are clarified and specifically targeted through mentoring, guidance, field visits and guest speakers. This coasting includes dedicated PP time, targeted interventions, aspiration support group, aspiration visits and parental liaison.

Breakfast & After-School Boosters: £5,000

Pre-school and after-school booster classes in a wide range of subjects which are targeted to support students in meeting / beating their target grades.

Saturday School: £12,000

A Saturday provision (10.00am-1.00pm) running from February to June 2018 mixing voluntary and compulsory attendance for masterclasses, boosters and catch-up activities, as well as general research and homework support.

Easter School: £8,000

A KS4 and Sixth Form provision for revision and support that is specifically run to support students in the Summer exams. This costing includes exam revision resources, specialist revision guides and packs, tuition costs, refreshments, etc.

Half-Term Holiday School: £5,000

These programmes take place in every half-term holiday and focus on specific projects designed to boost academic performance and to support catch-up for students. This costing includes exam revision resources, specialist revision guides and packs, tuition costs, refreshments, etc.

English Department – Pupil Premium Interventions £10,000

This provision includes a designated lead for Pupil Premium in English who tracks performance, produces support materials, liaises with parents and delivers targeted booster session to students. Additionally, there is 2hrs per week planned out for Head of Faculty interventions with students from across KS3 and KS4.

Maths Department – Pupil Premium Interventions £20,000

This provision includes a designated lead for Pupil Premium in Maths who tracks performance, produces support materials, liaises with parents and delivers targeted booster session to students. Additionally, there is 5hrs per week planned out for Head of Faculty interventions with students from across KS3 and KS4

Science Department – Pupil Premium Interventions £15,000

This provision includes a designated lead for Pupil Premium in Science who tracks performance, produces support materials, liaises with parents and delivers targeted booster session to students. Additionally, there is 2hrs per week planned out for Head of Faculty interventions and 3 hrs per week of subject teacher intervention support and extra classes with students from across KS3 and KS4.

Humanities Department – Pupil Premium Interventions £20,000

This provision includes 9hrs per week planned out for Head of Faculty and subject teacher interventions with students from across KS3 and KS4. Their roles includes

Departmental ‘Monitoring & Development’ (MAD) Time £7,000

All Faculty areas have set hours which is planned for and review by SLT to conduct monitoring and development work to focus on key areas for improvement across the school. Pupil Premium is a key focus for the school and this time is utilised for set departmental and classroom approaches to be developed, honed, shared and reviewed.

Accelerated Reading: £3,000

A reading support programme designed to cultivate, track and improve student reading. This costing includes targeted reviewing of Pupil Premium students and set booster work on reading where required through library support and internal mentoring.

Literacy Withdrawal: £4,000

A heavily supported literacy intervention programme designed to support those students who are lagging behind in reading and writing on entry throughout Key KS3. The programme includes direct withdrawal, extended Accelerated Reading, TA Support and a Co-Ordinator role.

CAT Testing: £1,000

A cognitive abilities testing package designed to analyse student capacity on entry and to help inform future interventions. This package is co-ordinated by the SLT Outcomes Lead and form the basis for subsequent interventions and support.

Pastoral Interventions:

Attendance:                £3,000

A targeted intervention and reward programme designed to track, support and intervene with poor attenders in the cohort and to improve the overall and persistent attendance to be at least in line with national.

Uniform: £1,000

Financial support for those families needing assistance with school uniform.

Transport £1,000

Financial support for those families needing assistance with school transport costs.

Student Support: £20,000

A re-design to the full-time base for all student problems and difficulties and a focused mentoring facility for targeted students.

External Providers: £3,000

The use of external providers to support those children unable to attend school in the normal way; Eg – external counselling, mentoring, aspiration support

External Mentoring: £3,000

The involvement and interaction with external agencies that provide mentoring and support for students.

Rewards: £5,000

A targeted rewards plan which sets thresholds for attendance and behaviour in order to qualify for awards.

Enrichment Interventions:

Music Tuition Fees: £5,000

A support programme designed to subsidise musical tuition fees for students.

Field Trips Support: £3,000

A provision to support those students unable to fully pay for field trips, visits, external clubs or other organisations.

External Extra-Curricular Fees: £1,000

A provision to support those students unable to fully pay for the external extra-curricular provision at the school.

Outcomes – Summer 2017:

The KS4 outcomes for Sumer 2-17 saw Pupil Premium students achieve good outcomes overall with significant improvements in English and Pot 3 subjects. However, there remains work to do in closing gaps and particularly in Maths and some Pot 2 subject areas:

Focus P8 (All) P8 English P8 Maths P8 EBacc P8 Open
All – 2015 -0.04 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Disadvantaged – 2015 -0.51 N/A N/A N/A N/A
All – 2016 -0.08 +0.1 -0.2 +0.1 -0.2
Disadvantaged – 2016 -0.53 -0.4 -0.5 -0.3 -0.8
All – 2017 +0.36 +0.35 +0.01 -0.07 +1.04
Disadvantaged – 2017 +0.01 -0.13 -0.46 -0.47 +0.89

Attendance 2016-2017:

The following school figures are from 2016-2017 and the national figures come from RAISE 2016. They relate to the Free School Meals (FSM) / Non-Free School Meals (Non-FSM) cohorts of the Pupil Premium group:

  Overall Absence (%) Persistent Absence (85%) (%)
School National School National
All 4.7% 5.0% 11.7% 12.4%
FSM 6.6% 7.2% 21.3% 21.6%
Non-FSM 4.1% 4.1% 8.5% 8.3%

Exclusions 2016-2017:

The following school figures are from 2016-2017 and the national figures come from RAISE 2016. They relate to the Free School Meals (FSM) / Non-Free School Meals (Non-FSM) cohorts of the Pupil Premium group:

  FEX as a % of the student group PEX as a % of the student group
School National School National
All 3.74% 6.71% 0.43% 0.15%
FSM 13.43% 18.77% 1.49% 0.39%
Non-FSM 1.68% 4.58% 0.21% 0.07%