Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant – 2016 update

We would like to update our parents on the significant impact the pupil premium grant is having on the provisions accessed and the outcomes achieved for students who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Service Children (SC) and Looked After Children (CLA).

In January 2015 we received an award from the Department for Education for being in the top 100 schools for the progress made by our Disadvantaged students. We are incredibly proud to have received such recognition which is clearly a great endorsement of the support we provide each and every pupil premium student.

An in depth analysis of all spending has been completed and we continue to monitor and track all students very closely, intervening as necessary to ensure that we secure the best outcomes for all of our students.

The funding has allowed us to provide:

  • Reading wave intervention including Accelerated and Star Reader programmes.
  • Holiday immersion, revision and coursework catch up sessions for all subjects.
  • Additional English and math’s tutor group intervention during period 6.
  • Reduced class sizes for some groups in English, math’s and science to facilitate more focused wave 1 intervention.
  • Dedicated pupil premium one to one academic mentors.
  • Dedicated English & math’s immersion days.
  • Individual one to one SEND support with personal development, study skills and other forms of exam preparation where necessary.
  • Funding of curriculum related visits which are related directly to learning.
  • Providing revision materials for all pupil premium students across a variety of subjects.
  • Additional data processing support to enhance tracking of vulnerable groups.
  • Literacy and numeracy resources to enhance the key skills of our pupil premium students across all subjects.
  • Additional staffing to reduce class sizes for most vulnerable groups.
  • Alternative curriculum for our most vulnerable students.
  • Family Liaison Officer (part funded) to improve attendance and parental engagement.
  • Pupil Premium Coordinator (part funded)
  • Careers trip for PP pupils in year 10 to colleges
  • Pupil premium transition day for year 6 pupils

IMPACT        

When we compare our Key Stage 4 results over the last three years we now have substantial evidence that the performance gap has narrowed rapidly demonstrating the clear impact made through our focused and targeted intervention. In 2016 the attainment of the year 11 pupils increased and we are pleased to report that the gap between the  attainment of the pupil premium students and other students closed.

  • In 2016, the percentage of pupil premium A*-C in English and Math’s improved from 32% to 48%
  • % pupil premium students making expected progress in English was 91.9% in 2016 which is above the national cohort which achieved 75.8% on average. The in school gap being 1.26%
  • % pupil premium students making expected progress in Math’s increased this year by 5% to 47.2% which is slightly below the national figure of 49%. Our in school gap did not widen but will be a key focus for the 2017 cohort.
  • The Progress 8 score improved from -0.37 to -0.13
  • 100% of pupil premium students left with 5A*-G including English and Math’s at GCSE
  •  Attainment 8 grade rose from 3.40 to 3.99

Use of the Pupil Premium in 2015/16 and plans for next academic year

Saint George’s was allocated £206,993 for the academic year 2015/2016. We received this money in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant). Saint George’s also received additional Pupil Premium funding through the Year 7 Catch-Up grant (£28,000) and claims for Pupil Premium Plus funding (£9,040).

Curriculum support: £76,677

  • Mid-term Saturday and Easter revision sessions for Year 11 were held. Teachers were paid for these sessions and refreshments were provided for students.
  • Revision and study guides were produced for all year 11 students to support their exam preparation.
  • Pupil Premium funding enabled us to reduce the class sizes and provide additional teaching hours for English and math’s.
  • Y11 students received individual guidance from a member of the extended leadership team.
  • A large investment in data management and assessment ensured that senior management were able to target individual students in order to improve progress and performance. This includes the employment of a Data Technician.
  • The use of ‘Tasc Insight’ parent portal is being developed as a tool to improve communication with all stakeholders in order to improve progress and performance. This was piloted in Term 6 2014-15 and rolled out across all year groups for 2015-16.
  • Hardship fund support for essential curriculum educational visits.

The Pastoral Base Team provides one to one support as well as some small group work. Attendance challenges were run to improve PP attendance also. An additional transition day specifically for PP pupils was also popular and proved effective  £52, 526

Our ‘FLO’ and Chaplain are employed to focus on the needs of our more vulnerable students. £15, 774

Gifted and Talented £996

Our G&T coordinator is ensuring that the needs of all students who are recognised as gifted or talented are being met. This occurs in various ways: liaising with departments to ensure the curriculum is challenging, monitoring the progress of targeted students, interviewing students, mentoring underperforming students, providing daily AGT workshops and working with the community leaders on appropriate interventions to ensure that students meet their targets. Our Academy Days provide enrichment activities which have proved to be successful.

Targeted Intervention: £40,613
Increased Quality Assurance across the curriculum improved the focus of lesson planning, classroom setting and differentiation (HODs are responsible for ensuring this). Withdrawal groups focused on Literacy, Reading and Language (EAL). These withdrawal groups are regularly reviewed and pupils who make progress are returned to mainstream lessons.

Careers sessions and trips were run to ensure all PP pupils had opportunities and aspirations for the future.

We also run an Accelerated Reader Programme. This is managed by the Learning Resource Officer and Head of English and is a catch up programme for all year 7 pupils as we recognise they arrive from primary school with a reading age well below their chronological age in many cases. This programme is delivered through English lessons. Pupils are assigned a book appropriate to their reading age. Pupils are assessed online and then move on to the next level. This programme also benefits more able readers as it moves them on quickly to higher level texts.

Students were split into groups (D,R,A,G,O,N,S) defining those that are more able and need appropriate stretch and challenge; as well as those who had experienced difficulties in mainstream lessons due to a variety of factors.  The grouping enabled those children to experience learning in a way more specifically tailored to their needs.  They have access to the range of support which they individually require which means that a variety of support services work in conjunction with the groups to determine the best methods for each child, e.g. Curriculum Leader of Inclusion (SENCO) and Behaviour Support.

EAL (English as a second language) Support: £8, 321

We have an increasing number of students with no or very little use of English as well as very limited educational experience prior to entering Saint George’s and who have great difficulties with integrating with other cultures. We employed a Polish speaking HLTA, to be an additional key worker for this group and work closely with the English Department to improve links between EAL and English, and a very experience language specialist to work specifically with our EAL students in the Learning Acceleration Base

Vocational Teaching: £3,067
Hairdressing for example is included in the curriculum as alternative less academic option.

Cashless Catering: £1, 375
This system continues in order to remove the stigma attached to free school meals.

Management and administration of Pupil Premium: £5, 362
A 3% charge for staff time.