The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. For Children Looked After, the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns (SSDA903). A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
Objectives for Pupil Premium at Stanley High School 2014/15
1. Literacy: embed a reading scheme to improve the reading age of students whose reading age is below the national average.
2. Numeracy: to improve academic achievement and outcomes for PP/SEN/CLA (Children Looked After) students
3. Attendance: to embed strategies addressing the attendance gap between PP/SEN/CLA students and non PP students.
4. Self Study: to provide access to a familiar learning environment for PP and CLA students as often as possible through Saturday school and additional sessions.
The Headteacher and governing body have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and to ensure that it represents value for money.
The Headteacher and leadership team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Closing the Gap Strategy Group on its progress and impact. This group will, in turn, report to the Governing Body.
• In school we have 165 pupils who are entitled to benefit from the additional funding.
• Each entitled pupil receives £935 per annum (Pupil Premium Plus pupils receive £1,900 per annum, this includes LAC and adopted children.)
• In service children also receive a top up grant of £300.
• In the current year the school received £176,205 in additional funding (including £14,000 for the Year 7 Catch Up Premium).
• SEN is slightly above the national average of 10%, this includes students on the SEN support register and statement/Education Health Care plans.
• The proportion of students on Free School Meals is 12% which is below the national average.
• The highest proportion of income deprivation affected children come within the deprivation indicator of 0.3 to 0.4, which affects our funding.
Key Expenditure 2014-15
Family Support Workers £ 42,026
Literacy and Numeracy Mentors £ 37,789
Learning Support Leader £ 29,361
Learning Mentors £ 37,867
EAL TA support £ 4,602
Literacy and Numeracy Leaders £ 10,730 (includes Year 7 Catch Up Expend £7,439)
Specialist Maths Intervention £ 6,561 (includes Year 7 Catch Up Expend £6,561)
Trips £ 874
Resources £ 4,847
Uniform Bursaries £ 4,350
TOTAL EXPENDITURE £179,007 (includes Year 7 Catch Up Funding £14,000)
TOTAL INCOME £176,205
Strategy for using the funding
The school has looked carefully at the needs of each pupil and we have decided to use the following intervention strategies:
• Providing small group work for pupils entitled to PP funding with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning to help them make improved progress and to raise their standards of achievement.
• 1:1 support for pupils entitled to PP funding to help them make improved progress and to raise their standards of achievement.
• Homework club is available five nights a week.
• Additional teaching and learning opportunities for pupils entitled to PP funding provided through trained Teaching Assistants, Family Support Workers and Intervention Mentors or external agencies to help them make improved progress and to raise their standards of achievement and attainment.
• Acquiring effective materials for pupils entitled to PP funding aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading, writing and mathematics.
• All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving pupils entitled to PP funding to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in Literacy and Numeracy.
• Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able pupils entitled to PP funding to achieve their highest potential.
• A change in strategy is considered when data displays that intervention is not working. This is informed by tracking data and Additional Intervention Meetings (AIM).
• Pupil Premium students were supported with uniform purchases
• Pupil Premium students are supported with materials to access the curriculum in subjects such as PE and Food Technology.
• Pupil Premium students receive subsidies for trips where appropriate.
• The school has an A2E facility which works with students at risk of permanent exclusion to develop their academic and social skills necessary for a successful return to lessons. This is under the supervision of the Learning Support Team and Family Support Workers.
• Our mentors target a wide range of support for PPG students including anger/stress and behaviour management sessions.
• Supervised rooms are available at lunch time for students who would benefit from a structured and supportive environment.
• Targeted support for vulnerable Year 11 students will be in place for January 2016.
The above list is not exhaustive and further interventions are decided on an individual needs led basis.
National changes including the introduction of an early entry policy and changes to GCSE examination structure have a nationwide impact on the 2014 Key Stage 4 results. These changes should be taken into account when considering results alongside those of previous years, as direct comparisons are not possible. Nonetheless, the school recognises that the widening of the gap for any students, under any circumstances is a matter which must be addressed.
The data for 2015 must be taken in context as this year group were not tested at Key Stage 2 and instead relied on Teacher Assessment.
When compared to their CAT tests, and compared against other year groups, the 2015 leavers had the greatest amount of disparity between their CAT suggested ability and their KS2 prior attainment indicator. It is for this reason that we do not think the expected progress measure shows a fair assessment of how pupils at Stanley High School did compared to previous years.
The gap in English has closed. This takes in to account both English Language and English Literature and compares the performance of students making expected progress in one English Discipline as will be the case for Progress and Attainment 8.
Though the gap has widened slightly in Maths by 5%, it is notable that disadvantaged pupils in 2015 did better than disadvantaged pupils in 2014. Though last year the large gap in Maths was largely attributed to large amounts of unavoidable staff absence which impacted on our most vulnerable pupils most profoundly, it is important to note that this year group also suffered from this during Year 10.
Science figures have been added for this year to show the positive progress made by the Science department over the past 3 years, who are now approaching a 100% entry of pupils from the whole school cohort with the phasing out of the Science BTEC.
The 2015 National Data is taken from the RAISE Online December Un-validated Report and as such may change when the validated data is published in March.
Year 7 Catch Up Grant
The Year 7 catch-Up premium has been offered by the Government as a commitment to provide additional funding to schools. This is aimed at each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable Stanley High School to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those pupils that most need it. Stanley High School were allocated £14,000 in the 2014-15 financial year.
The funding was provided to schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups giving pupils valuable support so they are more likely to succeed in secondary school.
Schools allocation of funds for the 2015-16 are based on the October census and Key Stage 2 data for the pupils from 2014-15.
Objectives for Pupil Premium at Stanley High School for 2015/16
1. The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the process and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
2. The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
3. As far as its powers allow, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others.
4. We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
5. Our recruitment strategy will be to ensure that specialist Maths and English Teachers will be employed to ensure specialist teachers in the core subjects.
6. Establish and embed the post of numeracy and literacy champions with a focus on closing the gap.
7. Increase the individual and small group support time for disadvantaged students in Maths.
8. A programme of targeted support for vulnerable Year 11 students will be in place for January 2016.
9. A review will be undertaken of the current support staff systems to establish a structure fit for purpose to employ best practice for closing the gap for disadvantaged students. This will include creating greater capacity for in class support and the re-designation of the Learning Support Unit and the creation of a Closing the Gap Team.
BUDGET FOR 2015-16
Family Support Workers £ 42,846
Literacy and Numeracy Mentors £ 39,396
Learning Support Leader £ 30,352
Literacy and Numeracy Leaders £ 10,774
Specialist Maths and English Intervention £ 57,238
(includes Year 7 Catch Up Funding £13,000)
Trips £ 500
Resources £ 2,225
TOTAL BUDGET £183,331 (includes Year 7 Catch Up Funding £13,000)