Pupil Premium

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 – which totals £161,953 – 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, or those who are / have been LACs, or those who are in military service families.

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. Indeed, it is acceptable for this funding to be also applied to schools who do not formally quality as PP students.

Key Changes from September 2019 to August 2020:

Our overall Progress scores for Pupil Premium / Disadvantaged students remain positive at +0.02 (2019) and +0.37 (2020) but there remains areas to improve on in our provision.

Our previous emphasis was on deploying a range of interventions from an extensive menu to address progress on a subject-by-subject basis amidst an oversight role by our Key Stage Four Lead. However, though this programme has brought successes, they have not been wholly across the curriculum and there remains a gap between Disadvantaged and non-Disadvantaged students which we seek to close. We are not a school that sits still, or rests on any laurels, and this is a case in point where we need to look again as good is not good enough.

Consequently, we have adapted out approach for 2020-2021 to drive our interventions far lower down the school so that good progress is captured in Year 7 and is systematically pursued in order that it be maintained. Equally, with a recognition that reduced progress is not due to aptitude, but is rather contextual and attitudal, we intend to address this head on with families and subject teachers from the off. If there is a medical risk to a child then our assumption is that a parent would like to know about it so they can make changes to remedy it as soon as possible; we intend to apply this maxim to Pupil Premium / Disadvantaged students.

Overview

Our Pupil Premium programme will be based around two lead post-holders and further support roles around the school:

Lottie Hearn                – Assistant Headteacher and Key Stage Three (11-14) Lead

Sam Sullivan                – Assistant Headteacher and Key Stage Four (15-16) Lead

Lucy Eagland               – SEND Support

Baseline Analysis, Data & Tracking

The performance and progress of all PP students will be systematically monitored by SLT (Ie – LHN & SSN) at every Data Check point from Year 7 to Year 11.

All PP students from the start of Year 7 will be reviewed in terms of their ability and aptitude using the following measures:

  • Review of KS2 scores; Ie – how well they performed in their SATs
  • Review of CAT data; Ie – how well they performed in their CATs
  • Review of target data; Ie – what is ‘expected progress’ for the end fo Key Stage Four
  • Reviewed of SEND data; Ie – what formal support do they need in lessons
  • Review of ‘Ability Check’ data; Ie – what low-level support do they need in lessons
  • Review of other data; Ie – summer-born, English / Maths bias, etc
  • Review of attendance data; Ie – what was their absence rate in primary school
  • Review of parent engagement with graduate-level qualifications; Eg – obtaining of a university degree or equivalent qualification / training

All PP students will be checked for the following at the start of Year 7:

  • Review of personal experience of settling in; Ie – how well have they settled in during the first half-term
  • Review of personal equipment; Ie – pencil case, calculator, IT access, etc
  • Review of resources and support at home; Eg – transport to school, revision guides and materials, reading books, IT access, etc

Following these initial meetings, all PP students (Year 7-13) will be met with following Data Checks and at appropriate points in time:

  • Review of progress and objectives; Ie – outcomes, attendance, behaviour, SMHW, E-Bacc, etc
  • Review of personal equipment and organisation; Eg – stationary, uniform, transport, etc
  • Review of resources and support at home; Eg – revision guides, reading books, IT access, etc
  • Review of access to events and opportunities; Eg – Saturday Schools, field trips, etc
  • Review of career / aspiration goals; Ie – appropriateness of aspirations in relation to performance

All PP parents / carers will be met with during the school year where appropriate:

  • Y7 Tutor Evenings; Ie – review in September of Year 7 to discuss ‘settling in’ with parents
  • Parents Evenings
  • ACE Meetings
  • Y9 Pathways Evening
  • Sixth Form Open Evening

NB – PP parents attendance at such events will be tracked and directed meetings will be staged where there is a deficit in progress in key areas and parents are not engaging in scheduled events; Eg – outcomes, attendance, behaviour, projected destinations, etc.

Specific Whole-School Interventions

The following on-going whole-school strategies will be utilised to support PP students’ progress (where appropriate):

Accelerated Reading / Reading Rewards Programme (CHN):

A team of staff dedicated to providing reading support and challenges across Key Stage Three. This includes a dedicated PP focus, support, parental liaison, drop-ins, etc.

Raising Aspirations Programme (CCN):

 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 PP students are specifically targeted through mentoring, guidance, field visits and guest speakers. This includes dedicated PP time, targeted interventions, aspiration support group, aspiration visits and parental liaison.

 Internal / External Mentoring:

 The use of internal mentors and external providers to support PP students in making progress by addressing barriers related to engagement, attendance, behaviour, etc. This includes dedicated PP time, targeted interventions, mentoring support groups and parental liaison.

Music Tuition Fees:

 A support programme designed to subsidise musical tuition fees for PP students. This includes full and partial funding and continues into the Sixth Form.

Learning Hub:

 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 includes alternative KS4 accredited courses, resources, ICT facilities, extended opening hours, lunch-time withdrawal and AM registration support.

The following specific arrangements will take place to ensure PP students remain on track:

Attendance (IRE):

  • PP students will be review at set points as part of our Attendance Action Plan and high-level of absence will be picked up and dealt with via formal processes
  • Overall attendance – so not reaching formal responses but still eliciting concern – will be picked up via CHN monitoring; Ie – targets set, parental contact, etc
  • Incentives will include attendance awards in relation to IRE interventions; Eg – magician shows, fairs, etc

Governor Student Panels (LBR/CHN/SSN):

  • PP students will be reviewed at Governor Student Panels if they are eliciting behavioural concerns and their PP status will be considered by governors
  • These panels also praise students doing well and PP students will be a sustained focus in these sessions
  • Incentives will be a verbal praise and letter from the Governing Body relating to positive progress (arranged by CHN / SSN via LBR) depending on the student’s Key Stage

KS3 Awards / Prizes (CHN):

  • These awards / prizes will be for targeted PP students who need the incentive or deserve the reward.
  • CHN will identify appropriate rewards for targeted PP students which are age-specific, attractive, creative and within budget
  • Incentives will include family meals at take-away / restaurant, reading books, DVDs, vouchers, revision guides, event tickets, ice-cream rewards, etc

Year 7 Warwick Castle (History) Trip:

  • PP students’ attendance on this trip will be reviewed to identify potential / any absences
  • Incentives will include subsidised trip, spending money, etc
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

Year 8 Peak District (Geography) Trip:

  • PP students’ attendance on this trip will be reviewed to identify potential / any absences
  • Incentives will include subsidised trip, spending money, etc
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

Year 9 Normandy (French) Trip:

  • PP students’ attendance on this trip will be reviewed to identify potential / any absences
  • Those PP students due to take the E-Bacc route will be reviewed prior to the letters for the French Trip to Normandy to offer a part-subsided trip in relation to academic, attendance and behavioural targets through the Autumn and Spring Term of Year 9
  • Incentives will include subsidised trip, spending money, etc
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

KS3 Maths GCSE ‘Experience’ Papers (CHN):

  • Those PP students involved in the Year 7-9 GCSE Maths ‘Experience’ Papers will be approached in advance by CHN to support target-setting, revision and preparation
  • Incentives will correlate with the Key Stage Three Awards / Prizes

Pre-Pathways Careers Advice (CHN):

  • PP students will have a careers interview in the Autumn of Year 9 which will focus on their aspirational preference (Ie – post-questionnaire)
  • There will also be a focus on English & Maths, Science (as a priority subject), attendance records, behaviour records and general approach
  • There will be a provisional look at pathways’ routes and choices – though the emphasis will be that columns are provisional (until the March of Year 9)
  • There will be a formal careers / aspirations letter covering all of these factors sent to parents – including categorical information on the route that are / are not open to the students on their current trajectory
  • PP parents will be offered the opportunity to meet with a careers advisor before the Year 9 Pathways Evening in March; Ie – between January and mid-March

Year 9 Pathways (CHN):

  • PP students will be guided onto the appropriate pathway and their choice will be scrutinised as part of the standard review process
  • PP students with choices that raise questions will be met with and mentored over the implications of their decisions
  • Incentives will include support in obtaining appropriate revision guides and materials for respective Key Stage Four choices
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

Year 10 Awards / Prizes (SSN):

  • These awards / prizes will be for targeted PP students who need the incentive or deserve the reward
  • CHN will identify appropriate rewards for targeted PP students which are age-specific, attractive, creative and within budget
  • Incentives will include family meals at take-away / restaurant, reading books, DVDs, vouchers, revision guides, event tickets, ice-cream rewards, etc

Post-16 Careers Advice (CCN):

  • PP students will have a careers interview in the first-half of the Autumn of Year 11 which will focus on their aspirational preference; Ie – post-questionnaire
  • There will also be a focus on English, Maths and Science (as priority subjects), attendance records, behaviour records, readiness for the November Mocks, and general approach
  • There will be a provisional look at Sixth Form entry – prior to the Sixth Form Open Evening – though the emphasis will be that columns are provisional (until the November March of Year 11) – as well as alternative routes with a similar or different qualification routes and choices
  • There will be a formal careers / aspirations letter covering all of these factors sent to parents – including categorical information on the route that are / are not open to the students on their current trajectory
  • PP parents (where appropriate) will be offered the opportunity to meet with a careers advisor before the end of the Autumn Term; Ie – between November and December

KS4 Mentoring (SSN):

  • PP students will be targeted to receive small group / individual mentoring sessions designed to address key areas, address misconceptions, inspire motivation and plan to improve performance
  • PP parents will be notified of this provision and the context of it in terms of improving outcomes and destinations will be explained
  • Incentives will correlate with the Key Stage Four Awards / Prizes

KS4 Vocational Exams (SSN):

  • PP students will each receive a qualification map through Key Stage Four where vocational and academic exams are plotted out for the student and parents
  • These exams will be subject to advance meetings to secure preparation and links will be made with appropriate revision resources and activities
  • PP parents will be called regarding mid-Key Stage Four exam results and their implications will be clearly mapped out
  • Incentives will correlate with the Key Stage Four Awards / Prizes

Year 10 Mock Exams (SSN):

  • Those PP students involved in the Year 10 Mock Exams will be approached in advance by SSN to support target-setting, revision and preparation
  • PP parents will be contacted in advance of the mock exams and the dates, foci, revision materials and implications of the results will be explained to them
  • Subject PP Leads will provide specific guidance and support in readiness for the assessment
  • Incentives will correlate with the Key Stage Four Awards / Prizes

Sixth Form Open Evening (CCN):

  • All PP students will be individually reviewed for their suitability for Sixth Form places and those will the entry grades / potential to access the offer will be met with individually to talk through their application
  • All PP students will be tracked in relation to their Sixth Form offer and be subject to ‘reminder’ meetings to emphasise grade requirements and steered towards bridging units, etc, as appropriate
  • PP students with choices that raise questions will be met with and mentored over the implications of their decisions
  • Incentives will include support in obtaining appropriate revision guides and materials for respective Sixth Form choices
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

Year 11 Saturday / Holiday Schools Attendance (SSN):

  • All PP students will be reviewed as a specific cohort in terms of attending Saturday and Holiday School sessions – with praise / challenge depending on their level of engagement
  • Incentives will include praise postcards, verbal praise in mentoring meetings, as well as provision via the Key Stage Four Awards / Prizes

Year 11 Prom (SSN):

  • All PP students will be met with in relation to the Y11 Prom and advised to attend
  • Incentives will include subsidised tickets, spending money, nail bar discounts, hair / tanning discounts, limo discounts, etc
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

Year 11 Mock Exams (SSN):

  • Those PP students involved in the Year 11 Mock Exams will be approached in advance by SSN to support target-setting, revision and preparation
  • PP parents will be contacted in advance of the mock exams and the dates, foci, revision materials and implications of the results will be explained to them
  • Subject PP Leads will provide specific guidance and support in readiness for the assessment
  • Incentives will correlate with the Key Stage Four Awards / Prizes
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

Year 11 PPE Exams (SSN):

  • Those PP students involved in the Year 11 PPE Exams will be approached in advance by SSN to support target-setting, revision and preparation
  • PP parents will be contacted in advance of the mock exams and the dates, foci, revision materials and implications of the results will be explained to them
  • Subject PP Leads will provide specific guidance and support in readiness for the assessment
  • Incentives will correlate with the Key Stage Four Awards / Prizes
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

Year 11 Final Exams (SSN):

  • Those PP students involved in the Year 11 Final Exams will be approached in advance by SSN to support target-setting, revision and preparation
  • PP parents will be contacted in advance of the mock exams and the dates, foci, revision materials and implications of the results will be explained to them
  • Subject PP Leads will provide specific guidance and support in readiness for the assessment
  • Incentives will correlate with the Key Stage Four Awards / Prizes
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

Year 11-12 Transition Support:

  • Those PP students progressing into the Sixth Form will be contacted after their ‘leaving date’ to monitor their engagement with Bridging Units in readiness for their Sixth Form start date
  • Those PP students progressing into the Sixth Form will be contacted relating to their purchasing of ‘office-wear’ clothing for the Sixth Form
  • Incentives will include subsidised clothing, discounts, study resources and equipment, etc
  • NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students

CPD Interventions

The Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four Leads will provide training and guidance to subject teachers on specific teaching and support strategies appropriate to PP students. These sessions will be built into whole-school training and meeting schedules.

Each subject area has their own MAD (Monitoring and Development) schedule for meetings and interventions and PP provision is expected to be a high-profile component of this programme. Key Stage Leads will be proactive in dropping into the PP intervention and planning sessions.

Each subject area in ‘optional’ Key Stage Four subjects will receive an overview of PP student progress data so they can focus on strategically raising overall standards; both in terms of addressing under-achievement, but also in stretching high-fliers operating above expected progress.

Curriculum Cost Analysis

All Key Stage Four courses will be reviewed for costs of equipment and activities so that this is spelt out to all students / parents at Pathways Evening and appropriate support is put in place to facilitate access for all.

All Key Stage Four courses will have links provided for purchases that are cheapest available options for purchases; Eg – art sketchbook, CGP guidance, novels, ingredients, etc. The provision of such items for PP students will be linked into the Key Stage Four Awards / Prizes.

 More generally, there will be set points in the school year when all PP students receive stationary and other resources to support learning (where appropriate); Eg – pens, highlighters, note-pads, revision cards, etc.

NB – This is not a funding guarantee for all PP students.

Specific Subject Interventions

 The following subjects will be prioritised as key academic drivers for every PP student throughout Years 7-11:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Each of these subject areas will have a Pupil Premium Lead who is responsible for delivering subject interventions and support throughout Years 7-11, as well as contributing to whole-school initiatives under the direction of the Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four Leads. These roles will be TLR3 Development Posts valid for two years only.

The following interventions will be deployed (as appropriate):

Breakfast & After-School Boosters:

  • The staging of targeted pre-school and after-school booster classes and other activities in a English, Maths and Science which are targeted to support PP students in meeting / beating their target grades

Revision Materials & Guidance:

  • The provision of revision and study resources and guidance to ensure that PP students are meeting / beating their target grades
  • This also include engagement with online provision; Eg – MathsWatch, Dr Frost, etc

Academic Mentoring:

  • The staging of subject-based mentoring sessions to address both under-achievement and the extension of high-fliers in order to strategically maximise PP students’ progress
  • This also includes parental and careers / aspiration interventions

 Teaching Provision:

  • The monitoring of classroom and homework / online provision and engagement to ensure that PP students are receiving appropriate support and interventions which in turn brings strong progress
  • This includes focus on PP students in MAD meetings, departmental training and guidance, and subject-level interventions

Subject Area Tracking:

  • The tracking and analysis of student progress data in Maths, English and Science – in conjunction with the Key Stage Lead – in order to ensure that overall PP progress levels remaining better than national averages

School & National Data

 The following data outlines the quintiles (FSM – Free School Meals) based on the Key Stage Four results from Summer 2019 and shows where our school’s PP students compare against the national picture:

 

The Summer 2020 data illustrates progress although the national picture is vastly different due to the use of CAGs (Centre Assessed Grades) as the formal exams were cancelled due to the COVID outbreak:

Accountability

The accountability for PP outcomes sits with the Key Stage Leads and the Subject Leads and the key accountability measures will be the end of year outcomes of the respective cohorts.

References

This Pupil Premium strategy is primarily based on the experience of senior staff, but also takes on board the following external guidance: