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Pupil Premium

What Is The Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help narrow the attainment gap between children eligible for FSM, LAC, E6, and their non-disadvantaged peers.

This year, we have 22% of our key stage 3 and 4 cohort who qualify for Pupil Premium, and in 2018 the allocation is £351,560.  This money will be used to help disadvantaged pupils overcome any barriers to their learning, and to ensure they reach their full potential.

What Are the Barriers To Learning?

As a school, we avoid stereotyping our pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium funding, and recognise that they are a diverse group who face different barriers, or even none at all.  However, some of our disadvantaged pupils experience:

  • Lower attainment than their non-disadvantaged peers at key stages 1 and 2,
  • Less than expected progress in some subjects in Years 8, 9 and 10,
  • Lower attendance rates in the primary sector,
  • Lack of family finances, resulting in an inability to support the individual’s talents and skills,
  • Low aspirations,
  • A selective system which filters a larger proportion of FSM students to non-selective schools,
  • Less support at home for self-study,
  • No quiet places at home to study,
  • Less developed oracy skills, particularly in formal situations,
  • A lack of revision material for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils,
  • Limited access to books, ICT and resources to support out of school learning.

At Westlands, we regularly track pupils’ data to identify any evidence of underachievement, (not just low attainers), and respond to pupils’ individual needs rapidly.  We aim to make creative, evidence-based decisions that are adapted throughout the academic year, and which include a wide range of interventions. 

 

Summary Information:

Academic Year

2018/19

Total PP budget

£351,560

Date of most recent PP review

 

Oct 2018 (Internal)

Total number of students

1685

Number of students eligible for PP

 

376

Date for next internal review of this strategy

Jan 2019 (Internal)

 

How We Will Spend The Money

Based on the barriers we have identified above, we will use the funding we have received this year to help pay for the following strategies, (also included are the budgeted amounts for the last two year’s strategies):

 

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

Employ additional staff, particularly in core subjects, to ensure staff have support periods on their timetable.

£78,000

£80,000

£125,000

Incentives to attract high quality teachers, (particularly in core subjects).

£50,000

£55,000

-

Employ mathematics and English intervention tutors.

£18,000

£76,000

£43,000

Tracking of pupil progress at department and whole school level.

£1,500

£1,500

£3,000

Targeted intervention in English, mathematics and science.

£5,000

£5,000

£5,000

Fund SEASS, who provide a rapid response to address poor attendance.

£20,000

£20,000

£20,000

Employ pastoral support managers who are expected to provide additional support to pupil premium pupils.

£45,000

£45,000

£45,000

Employ Deputy Headteacher and AHT & junior LL to focus on Pupil Premium students’ progress, (proportion of overall salary).

£20,000

£20,000

£15,000

Employ 8 Learning Leaders who are expected to provide additional support to pupil premium pupils.

£55,000

£55,000

£45,000

Employ Pupil Intervention Manager to help pupils with their emotional development and attitude towards learning.

£8,000

£8,000

£8,000

Provide a free healthy breakfast in the morning with TA support.

£12,000

£14,000

£14,000

Provide key stationary items to support pupils’ learning in school and at home which are available through the School Library and within departments.

£500

£500

£2,000

Fund, or subsidise, individual and group Music lessons.

£1,500

£1,500

£2,000

Funding where needed for educational visits.

£3,000

£3,000

£3,000

Provide food ingredients and materials for DT.

£2,500

£3,000

£3,000

Provision of work space in the Library after school with staff support.

£4,000

£4,000

£4,000

Provision of homework club every lunchtime and every evening with TA support.

£3,000

£3,000

£3,000

Provision of intervention programmes to support the emotional resilience of pupils.

£11,000

£12,000

£12,000

Provide an extensive out of school learning programme after school and during some weekends and holidays.

£6,500

£8,000

£6,000

Provide an extensive programme of support for year 6 transition pupils.

£5,000

£6,000

£6,000

Purchase individual workbooks and revision guides for GCSE courses.

£2,000

£1,000

£2,000

 

Our Reasons For Employing These Strategies

We have thoroughly evaluated the success of each of these strategies and reduced or increased the projected spending based on how much impact they had on our 2016/17 results.  Our 5 standard passes including English and mathematics gap in 2015/16 was -7%, in 2016/17  it stood at -10% and in 2017/18 was 22%. We are conscious of the need to reduce this gap in the next academic year, and have made this one of the School’s key priorities.

How We Measure Impact

We will review the impact of these strategies throughout the academic year; adapting them to ensure all disadvantaged pupils achieve the highest possible grades.  However, a detailed review will also take place at the end of the academic year, when we can assess the success of each strategy.
 

Current Attainment:

Measure

PP 2018

Non PP 2018

Gap 2018

PP 2017

Non PP 2017

Gap 2017

PP 2016

Non PP 2016

Gap 2016

Basics

36%

58%

22%

48%

64%

16%

63%

65%

2%

A8

34.79

42.36

7.57

39.33

44.33

5.0

45.21

48.88

3.67

P8

-0.37

-0.05

-0.32

-0.39

0.2

-0.59

0.22

0.31

0.07

*2016 data is based on legacy GCSE’s graded A*-E


Are you claiming your entitlement to FSM?
Visit Kent County Council’s website where you can find out more about claiming your entitlement

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals

Travel passes for school pupils and school transport

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-transport

 


Year 7 Catch Up Funding

In 2018/19 the allocation is £30,500

Number of students on roll in Year 7 = 328

Total number of Catch-up premium students =  111 (34% of the year group)

Reading Only

Maths Only

Both

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

82

25%

88

27%

59

18%

 

In 2017/18 the allocation was £29,208

Number of students on roll in Year 7 = 307

Total number of Catch-up premium students = 141 (46% of the year group)

Reading Only

Maths Only

Both

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

117

38%

99

32%

75

24%

 

Success of catch up funding:

Reading: 110/117 met their target, with 86 of those exceeding their in-school target.

Maths: 96/99 met their target, with 47 of those exceeding their in-school target by the end of Year 7. 

 

Areas money has been spent:

  • Accelerated reading programme (RADAR reading)
  • Additional guided reading sessions
  • Resources to support learning
  • Small group and 1 to 1 tuition
  • Supporting weakest students within nurture groups (specific teaching within the B block area)