Pupil Premium 2014/15

The Pupil Premium is additional money that is allocated to schools. All schools have the freedom to spend the pupil premium, which is additional to the underlying schools’ budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of achievement for their most vulnerable students.

The aim of the Pupil Premium is to support students who are statistically most likely to underachieve, the focus is particularly on students who:

  • are known to have been eligible for free school meals at any time in the previous six years (FSM and ever 6)
  • have been looked after by the Local Authority continuously for at least six months (CLA)
  • have parents in the armed services (SFC)

From April 2014, schools in England can receive the pupil premium for children adopted from care or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the pupil premium for children who left care under a residence Order (RO) on or after 14 October 1991. To claim the pupil premium for those adopted children, and those who are subject to a SGO and RO, parents will need to inform the school.

At St Thomas More High School, we encourage all parents and carers to ensure that our school knows whether their child is entitled to Free School Meals or has a parent who is a member of the armed services. We take very seriously the need to support all students to achieve well and have developed a range of strategies to ensure our students succeed. The table shows the amount of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) received by St Thomas More High School over the last three years.

Year PPG Received
2012 - 2013 £64,800
2013 - 2014 £103,900
2014 - 2015 £117,576
Estimated 2015 - 2016 £116,000

 

In April 2015 we received £117,576 Pupil Premium Funding.

Our Pupil Premium Expenditure and the impact of that spending are shown below.

Area of Expenditure

Amount Allocated

Explanation of Role/
Rationale for the spend

Impact of the spend

2 x senior LSA’s Intervention

Literacy Co-Ordinator whole school

 

£34,330

 

  • To provide: 
    Specific in class support for PPG students to access literacy and numeracy interventions using computer programmes based on personalised learning for KS3 within English and Maths lessons.

Tracking data shows that targeted students for support are now making expected levels of progress in most cases.

  • LSA’s are allocated to classes by English/Maths departments on the basis of identified need and tracking data.
Case study evidence in English supports the view that the impact has been significant.
Through these functions to support:
  • Improved attainment and progress
  • Improve attitudes to learning
  • Greater flexibility of deployment of LSA’s and them to become experts’
The Literacy Co-Ordinator has trained sixth form volunteers to lead reading groups which has improved average levels of literacy in KS3. 

Small group teaching in English, Maths and Science  Years 7 – 11

 

 

118 hours of teaching

£4,000

 

To provide:

  • Additional support for all students in receipt of PPG, including those children looked after by a Local Authority in core curriculum areas

Tracking data shows that students targeted for support in English and Maths are now making expected levels of progress in most cases.

Through this function to support:

  • Improved access to other curriculum areas
  • Improved attainment and progress
 Focus on all PPG students in English has improved the number of students making expected levels of progress and better than expected levels of progress. In Year 11 English the gap between PPG & non-PPG students is now rapidly reducing (26% 2013, 8% 2014, 6% 2015)

Administrative support to the Pupil Hubs (PSMs and PPMs)

 

£25,000

 

 To provide:

  • Continued re-modelling of the Pupil Support Centre with full time staff

Over the year 2014 – 2015 the number of detentions issued for academic reasons decreased for PPG students. The number of exclusions decreased across the school with the most rapid decrease seen for those in receipt of PPG.

Through this function to support: 

  • Students across year groups in accessing school and the curriculum

 

  • Improve attendance to school

 

 

 

Persistent absence remains low as a school and not unusually high for this group of students.

There are now weekly meetings for all Hubs and a meetings contributing to ‘team around the child’ inclusion planning meetings on a weekly basis.

Revision sessions

 

£224

 

To provide:

  • Revision sessions run for core subjects during holidays and weekends in the run up to KS4 examination period

 

Focus on all PPG students in English has improved the number of students making expected levels of progress and better than expected levels of progress. In Year 11 English the gap between PPG & non-PPG students is now rapidly reducing (26% 2013, 8% 2014, 6% 2015)

 

Through this function to support:

  • Students confidence and improve their  attainment and progress at KS4 with a particular emphasis in English and Maths
 

Student Learning Resources

 

£7,300

To provide:

  • Access to the Brilliant Club and Children’s University for ‘more able’ students
  • Continued financial support for curriculum linked educational visits and uniform
  • Provision of equipment and resources to support Accelerated Reading Programme in Year 7 and 8
  • Continue to develop the Be The Best You Can Be – a 2012 Legacy project aimed at Year 8
  • Aspirational projects – links with the RSC, Career Academy UK, JADA School of Dance & Drama,  and employers to encourage STEM subjects
 

All Year 7 and 8 students have a Children’s University Passport to log involvement in extracurricular clubs and activities

 

Year 11, 12 and 13 have access to Unifrog’ and ‘Fast Tomato’ careers programmes and an independent Careers Advisor through Connexions

 

Year 9 have access to an organised careers fair, which was also more widely available to other year groups and parents/carers after school.

Through these functions to support:

  • Improvements in attainment, progress and attendance
  • Reduce those NEET post 16 and 18
  • Raising the aspirations and achievements of students

 

PPG students have been targeted to participate in all aspirational activities

Contribution to Pupil Mentor posts and LSA posts

 

£5,100

 

To provide:

  • Liaison with staff and parents about potential barriers to learning and progress and the strategies required to overcome these
  • Liaison with SENCO, PSM and PPM where there is a crossover with SEN/behaviour needs
  • Extended day Study Club run by Mentors and LSA’s - open every day
  • Improved use of Parents Evenings to engage parents of PPG students

 

LSAs are timetabled to support students in lessons and data tracking sheets and after school briefings identify students who are responding positively to the additional support and show improvements in attitudes to learning and make progress. Case studies are available to show impact at KS3 and KS4.

 

Through this function to support:

 

  • Improved attainment, progress and achievement
  • Reduced behavioural incidents/improved attitudes to learning
  • Students in completing their work in order to improve achievement and self esteem
  • Improved social networks for parents to help raise their awareness and aspirations

Development of School Counsellors network and base

 

 

£9,873

 

To provide:

  • A key contact point for parents and carers
  • Improved access for students to external counselling services for acute support

 

 

Supervision of external counselling services informs the work of the Pupil Mentors and Hubs in school. Reducing the number of persistent absences and ensuring access to a reduced curriculum with pathways through to post 16. Case studies are available to demonstrate the success here.

 

Through this function to support:

  • Students accessing school and the curriculum in times of acute stress, enabling them to receive help and support to overcome difficulties

Development of Numeracy and Literacy Bases

 

£20,000

 

To provide:

  • Individual and small group teaching for students who join us with lower than expected levels of literacy and numeracy as indicated via KS2 scores, reading and spelling ages

Data tracking for Year 7 and 8 shows the individual improvement in reading and spelling scores over the year.

Through this function to support:

  • Improved literacy and numeracy of students
  • Improved access to other curriculum areas
  • Improved self-confidence and self esteem
  • Improved attitude to learning and reduced number of behavioural incidents
  • Improved attainment and progress
 

Student responses in the pupil survey reflect that they feel happy about coming to school and making good progress.

Case study evidence supports the view that there has been significant impact.

Student Transport

 

£17,000

 

To provide:

  • Improved transport support for students in Year 7 and 8 travelling by train.

 

Attendance and participation in extracurricular activities is not restricted to those who can make it in early or home late. The difference in participation between students is not based on disadvantage as seen in extra curricular registers.

 

Through this function to support:

  • Attendance to school and participation in extracurricular activities

Summer school to support the transition programme from Year 6 into Year 7

 

Successful bid and use of top up funding for summer schools

 

To provide:

  • An opportunity in advance of the start of term for students to become familiar with the school layout, staff and subjects

 

Pupil survey and feedback from parents shows case study evidence of improved confidence and ability to cope with the transition process.

 

Through this function to support:

  • Student confidence and self-esteem when they start

Total PPG expenditure

£122, 827

 

 

 

Pupil Premium Progress in English and Maths – 2015 KS4 Results

Pupil Premium result trend and gap between non Pupil Premium Results

 

2012 - 2013

2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

 

PPG result

Gap

PPG result

Gap

PPG result

Gap

% of students

8

 

15.5

 

12.5

 

% A* - C in Eng & Ma

41.7

27.4

52

9

67

7

% 5A* - C incl Eng & Ma

33.3

35.8

48

12

67

20

% pupils making expected progress in English

36.4

26.8

61

8

67

6

% pupils making expected progress in Maths

63.6

20

78

5

67

17

Best 8 VA measure

975.93

13.27

1016.98

1.32

1001.21

16.61

Average point score per pupils (best 8)

300.2

42.3

324

7.55

313.3

33.5

% achieving EBacc

8.3

14

26.1

-5.3

11.1

13.3

 

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