The Pupil Premium allocations for the last five years were as follows:
- In 13/14 we received £ 9,000
- In 14/15 we received £19,330
- In 15/16 we received £26,775
- In 16/17 we received £42, 577
- In 17/18 we received £43, 040
- In 18/19 we received £35,530
- In 19/20 we expect to receive £30,855
The main barriers we have identified with regard to Pupil Premium students.
Pupil Premium students can have lower aspirations, and have the perception of themselves as less able within a selective setting. This can manifest itself in lower attainment throughout the School, and ultimately in their GCSE examinations. They can suffer from lower self-confidence and less academic and pastoral resilience, and some have less ambitious future study choices than their peers. Their personal organisation and study skills can be less secure. Their ability to stretch and challenge themselves can be restricted, as sometimes they are not in a position to access extra resources for use both in and outside of the classroom. They can have less experience of travel and less extra-curricular participation than other students, which can impact on their enjoyment of School, their engagement and, ultimately, their attainment in lessons. There can be lower attendance rates for disadvantaged students.
We aim for Pupil Premium students to feel exactly the same as any other student, and our approach is always to support them in a way which does not draw attention to the fact that they have this additional financial help. We aim for them to be well supported in their learning, both in lessons and outside. We would aspire to a situation where all parents and students make ambitious decisions about their post-16 or post-18 study routes. Pupil Premium students’ progress and attainment should be in line with other groups, and we aim to close any gaps in terms of achievement, supporting them with the demands of class-work, homework, non-examined assessment and examination components of their chosen courses. We aim for a positive Progress 8 score in 2019 for Pupil Premium students, and for this group to meet all of our main floor standards in line with other students. We expect Pupil Premium destinations data to be in line with that for others at the end of KS4, and we would like to see our Pupil Premium students applying for higher education courses at the end of KS5, which makes them indistinct from other students as a group. We aim for attendance of disadvantaged students to be in line with other students.
Our planned actions
We aim to continue our programme of work from previous years, to allow Pupil Premium students to achieve results and to make progress in line with other students- a key success criteria for us to monitor. In particular, we aim to prioritise the effectiveness of our interventions and academic mentoring with Pupil Premium students where this is needed especially, but not exclusively, at Key Stage 4. The School uses our allocation to support a range of programmes, systems and processes to this end. A key specific example of such expenditure includes the funding of the appointment of a Learning Support Adviser for targeted academic and pastoral support, and who can liaise with parents as appropriate. In particular, we use our Learning Support Adviser in conjunction with the Director of Studies to monitor students’ Assessments and Reports and intervene where necessary in terms of study skills, academic support, and organisation.
We also use the grant to support our provision of an independent counsellor which Pupil Premium students have priority access to. The money also allows us to give uniform and equipment grants to Pupil Premium students, distribute revision guides where needed and fund or part-fund extra-curricular activities such as Duke of Edinburgh or music lessons. We also fund or part fund curriculum day trips and visits with the grant to prevent social exclusion. Participation which promotes subject knowledge and interest and broadens interests and life experiences is proven to lead to more aspirational life choices in the future. Making sure that Pupil Premium students successfully participate in these ways is a key success criteria which we will also monitor.
In terms of tracking, we are developing our systems to clearly identify whether Pupil Premium students have made progress in line with other students, so that monitoring can be more effective and interventions more swift. This is a third key success criteria.
We are also sharing good practice with regard to Pupil Premium students as a staff at a range of meetings, and looking at the best ways to support them in lessons as well as outside the classroom. Research into effective CPD suggests that raising awareness of Pupil Premium students and ensuring that staff work together over a period of time to examine effective classroom strategies is the most effective form of staff development. Our success criteria is that this sharing of good practice happens and is effective.
We use sixth-form mentors, where appropriate, who offer 1:1 and small group work throughout the year. Our past evidence at GCSE suggests that this kind of support for those whose progress dips below that expected is effective and useful. Disadvantaged students have priority access to impartial careers advice which we also support financially with the grant. We are also developing our communication with parents about the opportunities available to all disadvantaged students. We will monitor all of our interventions to explore the impact they have had. We also aim to continue monitoring the attendance of Pupil Premium students, with a view that none will dip below our threshold for concern, and that appropriate support is provided where this happens. This is our final success criteria for the year.
Did our strategy work last year?
Last year, we were already improving the process of tracking the students more closely to identify underachievement in Year 11 especially. The support received from the Learning Support Adviser proved very useful for students, as did our use of sixth-form mentors. We are planning on embedding this more fully in the next academic year across all years, but the GCSE results confirmed that our Pupil Premium students were well supported. In 2018, their progress 8 score was positive, and the results were very strong in comparison to national progress figures for disadvantaged children. We anticipate this being true in the 2019 figures too. They also achieved well in terms of the percentage achieving grade 4+ in English and Maths (100%), and in terms of Attainment 8. The profile of Pupil Premium students was further raised with staff, at a variety of meetings, and staff were made more aware of our expectations in terms of Pupil Premium students at the start of the year. We feel that this was useful in making the progress of Pupil Premium students a priority for all staff. We supported students with a range of extra-curricular activities, as well as with equipment and support for their normal lessons as appropriate. Several have taken part in concerts, plays and a range of clubs, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh programme. We are confident that this support has made the students feel more included and more resilient in School, and has helped to ensure that they do not lose out to others in terms of resources or opportunities for personal development. We are confident that this strategy has had a qualitative impact on pupil premium students’ attitude to School and take up for extracurricular day trips and visits by Pupil Premium students is in line with take up from other students. Of our 7 Pupil Premium students in Year 11 in 2017/18, 5 stayed with us to pursue academic A-levels, and are making good progress so far; the other two went on to pursue similar courses elsewhere.
Service Premium Students.
Service Premium funding is designed primarily to provide pastoral support for students from service families, to mitigate the negative impact of family mobility or parental deployment. We received £2400 in the academic year 2017-18, £2100 in the year 2018-19, and we anticipate receiving £1800 in the year 2019/20. Our money is used to support our counselling service, to which Service Premium students have priority, and also our Learning support advisor who has a responsibility for helping to smooth the transition of Service Premium students into the School when they arrive. We also use the Service Premium grant to support some of our pastoral programme that is designed to improve the resilience of service students- we have outside speakers to do some of this at Key Stage 3 in particular. As part of our support for Service Premium students, they are given priority to attend our time management course in Year 10, and we would also consider spending the money on supporting students to build their confidence through participation in extra-curricular activities to raise their self-esteem.
Where service Premium students are falling significantly behind their expected progress, or are falling short in terms of their commitment to learning, we would also use some of the money to give them time with our Learning Support Advisor to help get them back on track. Appreciating the disruption to the home life of some Service Premium students, we would also be able to provide revision guides and other support material for them to use at home should this be necessary. As with Pupil Premium students, Service Premium students are informed about our policy at the beginning of each academic year.
Pupil premium strategy is discussed at the Curriculum and Pupil Welfare Committee Meetings, and this strategy will next be reviewed by the Director of Studies in October 2019.