What Impact has pupil premium and Catch Up spending had?
There are currently 205 students for whom we receive this additional funding, which is 20.5% of the total number of students in our school. Due to the number of these students in our school we have been allocated the following amount of Pupil Premium:
Financial Year 2016-17: £170,637 (PP) + £21,000 (catch-up)
How we use the Pupil Premium
In line with our School Improvement Plan, we have allocated funding for September 2016-August 2017 to the following areas:
1. Mentoring – We employ 5 Learning Mentors for Key Stages 3 and 4 who work with targeted students both within lessons and outside lessons. The Learning Mentors work very closely with the Director of Learning for each Year Group, and with individual teachers, to implement Rapid Improvement Plans and strategies to raise attainment for the students. Data is collected to assess the impact of these interventions and support structures.
2. Student Support Officer – Sixth Form We employ a Student Support Officer to deliver dedicated support to students in our Sixth Form. Whilst this work is not
exclusively focussed on those students eligible for Pupil Premium funding, some of her work is specifically planned to meet the needs of these students. The Student Support Officer offers specialist IAG, intervention and attendance support, advice regarding study skills, organisation and independent learning.
Cost £3,250 10% of total annual cost
3. Attendance Officer – This is a role with the accountability for improving attendance across the school. Most of the work is focussed on those students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. The focus of this role is to reduce the number of persistent absentees; to reduce the number of unauthorised absences; to identify students who need additional support and to deliver intervention and support plans to increase levels of attendance. This includes working very closely with parents and families, including home visits. Attendance figures indicate that attendance for disadvantaged students has improved and that persistent absenteeism has decreased. See attached document for yearly figures. This is a significant improvement and exceeds the national averages.
4. SRA – Reading Intervention Scheme We employ 1 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to deliver a targeted programme of Reading Intervention for identified students in partnership with a specialist literacy teacher. Other STAs deliver small group work as part of this programme. There is extensive data to demonstrate rapid progress of students participating in this programme, with accelerated progression in their reading ages. We are now assessing the impact of improved reading ages across the curriculum.
For 2014 there were 41 students participating in this scheme: 12% improved their reading age by 6 months; 10% improved by 13-18 months; 28% improved by 7-12 months; 20% improved by 19-23 months and 30% improved by 24+ months.
For 2015 there were 46 students participating in this scheme: 18% improved their reading age by 6 months; 17% improved by 13-18 months; 11% improved by 7-12 months; 15% improved by 19-23 months and 39% improved by 24+ months.
5. Numeracy Support – We employ 1 HLTA to deliver support for numeracy. Most of the work is focussed on those students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. It is targeted towards pupils who show a significant gap between their chronological age and their maths age (3+ years) or those pupils who show a maths age of below 8 years. (As indicated on their Numeracy Learner Profile Assessment). For 2014, we have had 32 pupils participate in the scheme.97% have shown an overall improvement while on the programme. 89% improved by 6 months, 63% improved by 12 months, 47% showed that they have improved their maths age of between 12 and 24 months with 19% improving their maths age by 24+ months.
6. Health and Counselling Support – This is provided by external agencies, following an agreed referral system.
Total cost of provision for PP £ 197,475
£5,838 spent in addition to the allocation for Pupil Premium.
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Pupil Premium Report 2016-2017