The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was introduced by the government in April 2011. Pupils eligible for the grant, based on eligibility for free school meals (FSM), those who have received FSM in the last 6 years (Ever6) and looked after children, attract additional funding for the school. The aim is to address the recognised gap in underachievement between disadvantaged students and their peers (Closing the gap).
Approximately 13% of students at The Elizabeth Woodville School are eligible for the PPG.
To narrow the gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students in low-income families. Whilst the gap closed in 2016 (see full impact evaluation for 2015-16), reducing the gap further remains a key priority for 2016-17.
What do we expect to see:
Targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:
- Improve their levels of attainment and progress;
- Close attainment gaps relative to school averages;
- Have full access to our curriculum;
- Access our extra-curricular provision.
Funding allocation for 2016-17
The funding for 2016/2017 will be allocated on two levels: a whole school basis to ensure that students receive a quality first-teaching experience in the classroom and a personalised basis, focused on the individual need of each student so that each PP student has the opportunity to achieve at least in line with their peers. As part of our Academy Development Plan, we will further develop our focus on Literacy and Numeracy in years 7 and 8 and develop individualised action plans for each pupil premium student for years 9-11.
Academic Support 121,400
Pastoral Support 8,000
Staff Training 3,000
Enhancement Opportunities 10,000
Intervention and Catch up 17,920
- Personalised action plan for each student entitled to Pupil premium to support their progress and achievement in school.
- Regular 1:1 meeting with base group tutors to look at specific needs, curriculum planning to ensure students can achieve the best possible outcomes (including reducing number of subjects where appropriate)
- Within the college structure, pastoral support will continue to be available so students experiencing social and behavioural difficulties are able to receive specialist guidance. This may involve behaviour management, stress control and anxiety reduction or simply provide a safe space in which to eat lunch.
- The Elizabeth Woodville School has designated Information and Guidance (IAG) offering PPm students priority in accessing careers guidance, assistance with job applications and information from potential future employers.
- Lead teachers in key subject areas are employed with a remit for PPm; there are two in mathematics, two in English and one in Science. Lead teachers are able to develop pedagogical practices, so that all PPm students will receive differentiated learning in their lessons. They will also lead on and deliver research projects within the school based on wider literature research, to explore and share best-practice.
- All subjects will create an action plan with a focus on feedback and DIRT strategies to further improve the progress of PPM students.
- In some cases, alternative provision may be required to ensure that pupil premium students are supported well in their curriculum pathway. Off-site education will be provided for a small number of students. This includes continuing with courses such as mechanics, childcare and cookery (including work placements) which help support PPm student welfare, particularly where students are at risk of exclusion.
Intervention and catch-up
PP students who fall behind expected progress will receive help in several ways:
- For students in years 7 and 8, there is a designated person who works with English and Maths to ensure the delivery of literacy and numeracy skills during base group time.
- Year 11 PP students will receive additional 1-1 tuition by mathematics tutors to help them achieve their goal
- English tutors will be employed to work with students in years 10 and 11 in preparation for their examinations
- Small laptops are to be provided to students who otherwise would not be able to complete online homework tasks or work within the lesson
- All students currently receiving FSM are given the opportunity to be provided with textbooks, revision guides and other materials. This may include cookery ingredients, calculators and mathematical equipment.
- Students wishing to study for the Duke of Edinburgh Award will be provided with registration. This will help with promoting self esteem
- Transport – students who are unable to get too or from school will continue to be provided with transport. This will also include those who are part of after school clubs.
- Uniform – for families and students in difficulty for whom buying school uniform may not be possible
- Trips and educational visits – to provide the important learning opportunities outside of the classroom that enable students to develop socially, culturally and academically
The spending of the PPG will be overseen by of the Lead Teacher Team. Subjects and areas requiring further financial support for PPm students will bid for funding through the Lead Teacher.
Monitoring of PPm spending and impact
- At each Progress Point, data on PPm students will be analysed and intervention plans amended accordingly. This will happen at least three times each academic year. This will enable the Lead Teacher to assess the impact of PSG spending and adjust actions where necessary in order to ensure that the achievement gap is narrowed.
- Reports to the Academy Council will take place three times a year at the Curriculum and Standards sub- group meetings.