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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The pastoral manager will offer mentoring and the behaviour support to pupils.

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium (PP) is additional funding allocated to schools to help address the underachievement of pupils from low income families.

The Department for Education classifies a pupil as ‘disadvantaged’ if they meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Pupils in any year group from reception to year 11 that have been entitled to free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • Looked-after children as defined in the Children Act 1989
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Children in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence

Our Vision

Our school vision is to provide an exceptional education for all pupils, whether disadvantaged or not.

We have a moral imperative to ensure that all pupils have the best possible start in life and so seek provide all pupils with equal opportunities to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially.

To this end, we aim to ensure that:

  • every young person classified as ‘disadvantaged’ by the DfE benefits directly from the Pupil Premium funding that the school receives
  • any differences in outcomes between disadvantaged pupils and their peers are closely monitored using in-school reporting mechanisms
  • we recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Therefore we reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged
  • parents of disadvantaged children understand they can make a positive contribution to their children's achievement in school by engaging in school processes and recognising that parent involvement can make a difference

Barriers to achievement

National and in-school data shows that, as a group, pupils eligible for the pupil premium face barriers to educational attainment.

Common barriers to underachievement include poor numeracy and/or literacy skills, below average attendance and low aspirations or emotional wellbeing.  

Addressing barriers

We recognise that every child is an individual and so we do not label pupils.

We seek to tackle under performance wherever and whenever it occurs by working to understand pupils’ individual barriers to learning and then addressing these in lesson where possible.

Date of the next Pupil Premium Strategy Meeting

The date of our next Pupil Premium strategy will be in October 2019. 

Amount of pupil premium allocation for the current year

 

Pupils on roll

Pupils eligible for grant

% of pupil cohort

Funding received

Primary

330

130

39.4%

£171,600

Secondary

910

450

49.5%

£420,750

The total amount of funding  to be received in 2018/2019 was £592,350.00

Pupil Premium in the Primary Phase

Our pupil premium is used to support a range of activities and resources, which support pupils, whose achievement or whose progress is lower than it should be.

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After), the school receives an amount per head within their budget.

Our funding formula is aimed at the whole child. The activities and resources provided for these pupils target:

  • Academic achievement, through catch-up interventions, stretch and challenge interventions, boosters to target key skills, and essential revision books to support these pupils at home;
  • Specific learning needs that cannot be addressed through quality-first teaching, such as SALT and a Dyslexia professional, and pupils’ social and emotional well-being and their cultural enhancement through the subsidy of school trips and the year 6 residential.

Of the numerous interventions provided to pupils, some of the interventions include:

  • Deployment of HLTA resources for intensive catch up work for Maths and English in Years 3 - 6 including the deployment of specialist teaching to targeted pupils where barriers relating to special educational needs prevents sufficient progress being made. 
  • ​Subsidies all school trips so that all pupil premium children will have at least six day trips or enrichment experiences a year to extend their curriculum
  • Subsidy for the Year 6 residential trip
  • After school booster class after school for improvement in key skills in maths and spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Phonics and reading workshops with parents to enable strong home school learning and free resources for them to use at home
  • Phonics booster sessions
  • Additional SEN practitioners and behaviour support specialist
  • Subsidy of Breakfast Club
  • Subsidy of school uniform
  • After school reading club for targeted children with a book given to each child;
  • Subsidies Year 6 pupils revision book tailored to their levels;
  • Targeted workshops with parents of pupils in all year groups;
  • ELS programme in years 1 and 2.
  • Part of funding to finance the HLTAs and Transition Support Assistants across the school, by providing additional support within the daily English and Maths lessons
  • Weekly Counselling Support
  • Weekly Social Work Support
  • Year 6 booster groups
  • Targeted support for LAC children to enable them to access the curriculum at their level.
  • Additional SEN practitioners and behaviour support specialist including offsite intervention and referrals with New Woodlands School
  • Independent education and welfare service to work with and support families where attendance is hindered due to disadvantaged or welfare status or concerns
  • Dedicated Pastoral Support for primary phase

Area

Reason for Spend

Cost

Intended Impact

Provisions for most vulnerable Pupil Premium pupils in small groups

The most vulnerable pupils find a large class environment difficult to cope with and often benefit from smaller, more specialist provision on a temporary basis; this will be prior to the teaching to consolidate learning. Alternative provision provides high-quality access to the national curriculum and a range of other subjects.

£16,000 

The gap between disadvantage pupils against all other should be diminished.

Phonics groups – training of TSAs and additional intervention sessions

To maximise learning of English through improving reading skills

£5,000

Improved attainment and progress in English at KS1.

Math and English

end of Key Stage

booster

Deployment of HLTA resources for intensive catch up work for Math and English in Year 2 and 6

 

£10,000

Lower ability groups to make expected level in core subject areas and make expected (and more) progress with particular attention in reading

KS2 Booster classes –

four Teachers

teaching after

school

Booster class after school for improvement in key skills in Maths, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and Reading

£6,000

Accelerating learning & progress in Y6 Raise self-esteem, promoting confidence, social skills and increasing motivation.

Swimming for whole year for particular year groups

To provide the opportunity for all year 3 pupils to acquire an important life skill

£3,500

Children leave school able to swim.

Reduced price for

core text books

Subsidies Year 2 and 6 pupils revision book – 5 books for each pupil

£2,000

Support pupil learning in preparation for their end of key stage SATs.

Reduced

breakfast fee

Offer subsidised breakfast to pupils in the school. The school’s Breakfast Club has shown that it is a vital service for some of our most disadvantaged pupils.

£5,000

Pupils come to school fed and have the energy to carry out the school day and remain focused until their lunch period. Ensure attendance of pupils remains above 97%.

Additional

resources to help

pupils understand

the challenging

curriculum

Additional curriculum resources to raise achievement of pupils. Help all pupils to make better than expected progress.

£6,000

Pupils to gain access to resources that help the learning of the current national curriculum. Pupils to be able to use mathematical equipment correctly. Pupils to learn from up-to-date workbooks to aid their understanding of formal methods and correct vocabulary.

Reduced fees for

school trips to

increase understanding of the world around them

Subsidised school trips so that all Pupil Premium children will have at least 6 day trips a year to extend their curriculum

£7,000

Pupils are provided a rich learning experience and a deeper understanding to the world around them. Raise aspirations of all pupils through attendance on trips and new experiences.

Raised self-esteem, promoting confidence and increased motivation. Behaviour, social skills and attitudes to learning improved

 

Year 6 trip

Subsidised school journey visit for Year 6 pupils to increase team building exercises

£5,000

Pupils to attend a school visit for a weekend to participate in games and team building exercises.

HLTA support and provision

Specialist HLTA support to offer withdrawal groups and support in lesson to targeted PP pupils

£42,000

The gap between disadvantaged pupils against all other should be diminished

Pastoral Support

The pastoral manager will offer mentoring and the behaviour support to pupils 

£25,000

Improved behaviour and engagement in PP pupils evident in the B4L scores (measure of good or better) over time

New Reading scheme training and resources for staff members to utilise in their daily teaching

New Reading scheme training and resources for staff members to utilise in their daily teaching

£5,000

Enhance Reading levels throughout the primary phase for pupils to make at least expected level. Provide pupils with rich texts and more complex skills when answering questions relating to a text

Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and Language (SLA) – one day 
on sight Therapist

£6,000

Pupils who display a need for 1-1 support for speech and language have access to a qualified therapist to improve area of their learning

Reading

Recovery

Specialist

Reading Recovery specialist to work with pupils on a 1-1 basis – one day a week

£4,000

Targeted pupils to access reading support to improve reading and comprehension skills. Working memory assessment

Specialist Behaviour support and CPD for teachers on managing behaviour

Learning mentor and behaviour support 1 ½ days a week

£8,000

Pupils who display challenging behaviour have access to support or mentoring in a 1-1 
setting or in small groups to improve

ASD Support

ASD – support from specialist teacher – 1 day a week

£6,000

Pupils who display a need for 1-1 or small group support for ASD have access to a qualified specialist to improve

Incentive schemes and admin structure to monitor and maximise attendance

In school variations in attendance and Pupil Premium pupils disproportionally represented in the persistently absent figures

£5,000

Attendance of all year groups consistently above national average and rising over time. Including PA figures (similar pattern to attendance above)

Counsellor Support

Counsellor working two days a week.

Provide personalised emotional support for pupils in order to overcome barriers to learning. Providing advice and guidance to Learning Mentors and pastoral teams in order to provide effective pastoral support.

£3,500

Improved engagement in lessons

PP pupils in need of counselling to be identified and encouraged to attend sessions

Arranged schedule for pupils with identified emotional needs

Records of provision and impact

Pupil Premium in the Secondary Phase 

Our pupil premium is used to support a range of activities and resources, which support pupils whose achievement or whose progress is lower than it should be.

Our funding formula is aimed at the whole child. The activities and resources provided for these pupils target:

  • Accelerating the progress of disadvantaged pupils is a key component of all priority plans. The performance of these pupils is scrutinised at fortnightly leadership through information gleaned from talking to pupils, looking at their books and analysing data from their recent assessments.

The Pupil Premium Grant has been used to provide:

  • a tailor-made curriculum that includes extra English and Maths lessons for disadvantaged pupils in danger of falling behind in year 10 and 11
  • extra sets in English and Maths in years 7, 8 and 9 to provide smaller class sizes for our most vulnerable pupils
  • a significantly reduced timetable for the Curriculum Directors of English, Maths and Science, each tasked with raising achievement and progress of disadvantaged pupils in their subject area
  • curriculum time for outstanding leaders to design and deliver a training programme for Middle Leaders of underperforming departments and using data
  • the Improving Teacher Programme and the Outstanding Teacher Programme run for teachers that teach a high proportion of disadvantaged pupils
  • careers intervention programme designed by our National Award Winning Careers Advisor aimed to prepare disadvantaged pupils for transition into year 10 and year 12. Disadvantaged pupils have access to extended personalised careers interviews, a careers fair and world of work trips that raise aspirations
  • independent careers advice from Year 10 for disadvantaged and LA pupils – a minimum of two interviews offered
  • onsite salaried Social worker to work with disadvantaged families including leading on PEP for all Lac pupils. This includes grants and support relating to curriculum, cultural development and hardship funds and support
  • free theatre trips for disadvantaged pupils to help increase cultural capital and understanding of texts or plays studied at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
  • revision guides and resources for disadvantaged pupils
  • two full day SATS revision classes for years 1 and 6 during the Easter half term
  • admin structure to monitor and maximise attendance
  • Learning Resource Centres opened and staffed from 8:00 – 17:00
  • supervised homework club in a quiet environment that runs at the end of each school day.
  • supervised lunch time games room for Year 7 and SEN clubs for disadvantaged or vulnerable pupils
  • Pastoral Support for Years 7-11
  • Stretch and Challenge programmes e.g. Brilliant club and debate mate for pupils including key responsibilities for Pupil Voice and SMSC across the academy
  • Intervention for Year 11 revision targeting pupils in Maths, MFL and Science. This includes tutoring in foundation subjects and core for identified LAC pupil where applicable
  • specific programme for support e.g. accelerated reading, literacy catch up, Arsenal Double Club, numeracy catch up, toe to toe and engagement
  • designated Anger Management and Senior Pastoral Manager to work with those with barriers relating to behaviour and engagement with a sharp focus on transition from year 6 to year 7
  • provision for off-site intervention to address and support pupils at risk of being permanently excluded including on site mentoring from EBD provision in the Local Authority
  • additional resources – during managed move – for pupil at risk of being permanently excluded
  • appropriate intervention to tackle attendance and punctuality and outsourced support from VSE learning
  • Counselling and Trainer Social worker support across the academy to provide needed intervention for targeted pupils.

Impact of Pupil Premium

The attainment of disadvantaged pupils in the secondary phase perform at least in line with, and in many cases slightly above, pupils in other schools across the country at the end of Key Stage. 44% of disadvantaged pupils at Knights Academy achieved 9-4 in English Language and Maths. This was in line with the national average for all pupils. The Attainment 8 score for PP pupils was also slightly above the national at 37.9 for PP pupils.

The gap between PP pupils and non PP pupils continue to be reduced in 2017. E.g. Gap in EBACC performance at 11% compared to 17% in 2016. The graphs below show the performance of PP against their peers as well as against the national (black line).

Pupil Premium pupils at Knights Academy did not performed as well as expected in the Government’s new Progress 8 measure. Progress 8 measures how a pupil progresses through secondary school, taking into account their ability at the end of primary school. A score of 0 means that a pupil makes expected progress from Year 6 and Year 11. This performance (compared to 2016) puts them within a higher percentage quartile compared to schools nationally. However, their performance is better than the PP cohort in 2016 showing the success in the measures taken to improve their performance.

Spending the Funding

Area

Reason for Spend

Cost

Intended Impact

Continue to run the Improving Teacher Programme and the Outstanding Teacher Programme

Both courses have proven track record of improving the quality of teaching. Teachers with a high percentage of Pupil Premium pupils given priority to attend course.

£25,000

100% of teachers on the course will go on to lead an action-based research project aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning. 

SULSA program for Head of Departments focusing on Subject Leadership for Pupil Achievement

Rigorous and consistent monitoring of progress and actions to address gaps is required to improve outcomes for Pupil Premium pupils. The 5 day programme to ensure all subject leaders know how to promote quality first teaching and to track pupil progress in their department.

£15,000

In school variation in results will halve and all subject leaders will successfully pass their performance management

Reduced timetable for curriculum Directors

Curriculum Directors (core) are subject experts and will spend time reviewing the curriculum to ensure it supports all pupils to be challenged.

£60,000

Schemes of work will pass an audit which ensures high degree of challenge and meaningful assessment opportunities

Additional English and Maths classes created at KS4

A select group of pupils can achieve with a tailor-made and personal timetable which involves additional English and Maths taught by excellent teachers

£60,000

Maths and English results for PP pupils exceed results of all pupils nationally

Revision resources including Saturday and holiday intervention

Pupil Premium pupils make up the majority of the pupils on this trip

£11,000

100% of pupils on the residential will improve by at least one grade in their GCSE exams

Pupil Premium only trips to increase cultural capital

Extracurricular review showed that Pupil Premium pupils attend fewer trips and enrichments than their peers

 

£15,000

 

All Pupil Premium pupils to attend at least one free trip over the course of the year

Staffed professional learning including HOD development

High ability pupil premium pupils are a focus group for all of our weekly monitoring activities including book looks and learning walks

£3,500

At least 80% of pupils attending should be Pupil Premium.

Free revision resources

Pupil Premium pupils given free revision guides, model essays and exam tip booklets

£8,000

All Pupil Premium pupils have access to model essays and resources for revision

Careers Intervention Programme

Vulnerable pupils given specific opportunities to raise aspirations and understanding of the world of work

£60,000

All Pupil Premium pupils to be at least one free trip, careers interview or work experience placement over the course of the year.

Learning Resource Centre open to all pupils

Staffed from 8:00 – 17:00

£55,000

There is no gap in the number homework sanctions over the academic year recorded by PP and Non PP pupils

Homework club

Supervised homework club that runs at the end of each school provides pupils with a quiet environment to work

£6,500

There is no gap in the number homework sanctions over the academic year recorded by PP and Non PP pupils

Admin structure to monitor and maximise attendance

In school variations in attendance and Pupil Premium pupils disproportionally represented in the persistently absent figures

£45,000

Attendance of all year groups consistently above national average and rising over time. Including PA figures (similar pattern to attendance above)

Dedicated Welfare coordinator support

Welfare Coordinator will lead on all LAC and those disadvantage pupils due to hardship. They will lead on all coordinated response #to support pupils learning including links with external agencies

£15,000

Reduction in cases of neglect or hardship over time.

Head’s of Year TLR including 6th form

Heads of Year will lead on the personal, development, behaviour and welfare provision for all pupils with a sharp focus on PP pupils within their cohort.

£35,000

Reduction in incidents of behaviour and no gap in the incident count within each category over the academic year recorded by PP and Non PP pupils

Counsellor Support

New counsellor working two days a week.

Provide personalised emotional support for pupils in order to overcome barriers to learning. Providing advice and guidance to Learning Mentors and pastoral teams in order to provide effective pastoral support.   

 

£6,000

Improved engagement in lessons

PP pupils in need of counselling to be identified and encouraged to attend sessions

Arranged schedule for pupils with identified emotional needs

Records of provision and impact.