Our Ofsted report published after the Ofsted inspection in December 2013 states:
‘Students who are supported by the pupil premium do well in the school as a result of the targeted support they are given. By the end of Year 11, their attainment and progress is better than similar pupils nationally and the gaps with other pupils in the school are closing.’
The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
in care for 6 months or longer (Looked-after children)
Rationale of Our Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17
Our key focus is to ensure that the disadvantaged students achieve the best possible maths and English grades as those outcomes will ensure that those students can move onto the next stage in their careers and ultimately to become socially mobile and to have the confidence to move to wherever their career will take them. The impact of this will be measured in the progress 8 scores of disadvantaged students in English and maths and those disadvantaged students who have achieved an A*-C in English and maths. In addition, we aim that none of our disadvantaged students are not in education, employment or training (NEET) after they leave us in year 11. We will measure the impact of our strategy in October 2017.
Our continual focus on teaching and learning and the effective feedback element of this is also key to our pupil premium students’ achievement. To augment our assessment for learning strategies we have introduced ‘I can’ statements and talking about progress sessions throughout the school and include them in our home progress reports to parents; ensuring that students know what they can do and what they need to do to improve as the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EFF) research shows that effective feedback has very high impact.
We are using this financial year’s pupil premium money as we did in the 2015/16 expenditure with the addition of using it to provide out of school revision and learning opportunities through the purchase of GCSEpod. We have moderated last year’s action plan by scaling back on some Saturday sessions that were not value for money and we are using it for the purchase of MACK sessions for our ‘hard to reach students’. MACK Inspire is a creative and innovative resiliency building programme for children and young people. MACK motivates and inspires young people to be the best they can be. Learners work either 1:1 or in small group work situations to explore their beliefs and their behaviours. MACK uses a process called VAR (Validation, Acceptance and Re-education) to help the young person to grow in emotional intelligence and resiliency. It challenges limiting beliefs and changes behaviour patterns. This links directly with our focus on positive adult-student relationships. These are also key to our PIVOTAL behaviour ethos and our use of non-teaching staff as senior tutors. EFF’s research shows that adult-student interaction is so important when it comes to progress and achievement.
We continue to set higher targets for some pupil premium students where we think that they have not performed as well as they could have done in KS2 due to possible disadvantage. This is to increase challenge for our disadvantaged students and not to have a large gap in expectations from the beginning due to poor performance earlier in their education.
2016/17 Premium Funding
The 2016/17 premium funding will be used in the following ways in addition to the two new elements above:
- One English pupil premium tutor is employed to work either with one or two students, with small groups or as in-class specialist support.
- Two maths pupil premium tutors are employed to work either with one or two students, with small groups or as in-class specialist support.
- 45% of the salaries of the following of education support staff whose work as senior tutors, assistant senior tutors, child protection officers and emotional support co-ordinator is funded through pupil premium and as such have a significant impact on our students especially those who are disadvantaged.
- Funding will be used to enable all staff to access disadvantaged students’ progress data analysis more quickly through the use of 4Matrix and the work of data analyst.
- Funding is used to pay staff and pay for refreshments for 'secure and boost' classes in the holidays and on Saturdays for both core and foundation subjects. English and maths having the first priority slots.
- All subjects are able to bid for pupil premium funding to obtain additional resources, run trips and provide external support for their students through bespoke revision sessions.
- Funding is used to ensure pupil premium students are able to participate in trips and music lessons.
- Funding is used to provide focussed independent advice and guidance as regards careers and pathways.
- Funding is used to increase the portion size for out hot lunches and to provide a free breakfast club.
Please look at the documents below to see details of the use of pupil premium funding at Lea Manor and examples of the impact of our strategies.