The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 as a way to support our more vulnerable pupils, particularly those on free school meals and those who are Looked After, so that they can achieve increased success in their academic, personal and social development.  It is for each school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since each school is best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Each September, we shall update the college website to provide information about how we have used the Premium in the previous year and how we intend to use it in the year ahead.  We shall also indicate the effectiveness of our measures to raise attainment for this group of students:

2013-14

We received £222,404 Pupil Premium for the academic year September 2013 – August 2014.  We have more than allocated this sum in working with this group of students throughout the school.  Although much of the funding was targeted at Year 11, nevertheless vulnerable students in all year groups benefitted from this enhanced funding.  There were 224 students who had free school meals in the last 6 years, 14 Looked After Children and 1 Forces student.

Examples of how funding was spent:

  • Some Key Stage 4 students who needed an amended curriculum were provided with one day per week vocational provision. Alongside this vocational opportunity, these students studied ASDAN CoPE Level 2 in college. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £5,670: 6PP students.  6 hours per fortnight in school and one full day at Vocational Placement.) Impact: 11 students, of which 6 were PP achieved B grade equivalent qualication, alongside an NVQ qualification in their chosen vocational area. 
  • Additional vocational placement days were provided for students who were struggling with the mainstream curriculum. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £3,780: 4 PP students. 1 full day at Vocational Placement.) Impact: None of these students were permanently excluded and all successfully took GCSE and other qualifications that enabled to move forward towards their longer-term goals. 
  • External alternative provision was provided for students who were at risk of permanent exclusion. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £9,864: 2 PP students. 5 days per week at alternative provision.)  Impact: Low NEET figures. 
  • Some pupils who were borderline C/D GCSE maths received 1:1 tuition time from specialist Maths teachers. Impact: 61% of students achieved a C grade or above in Maths. In English we employed additional specialist English staff to promote capacity for students to access a significant amount of extra English teaching.  (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium for both English and Maths £34,190) Impact: 80% of students achieved a C grade or above in English.
  • Photography equipment was purchased in order to establish a GCSE Photography group for some of our most vulnerable learners. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £9,646: 10 PP students. 5 hours per fortnight.) Impact: all students achieved a C grade or above in Photography. 
  • We funded an externally-run BTEC Construction group for students. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £3,523: 6 PP students. 1 full day per week at Construction.)  Impact: all students attained at least 2 C grade equivalents.
  • Timetabled Literacy, Numeracy and Science intervention booster lessons in Years 7 and 8. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £4,559: 24 PP students. 4 hours per fortnight.) Impact: Progress made by all students in these areas.
  • A Year 7 nurture group has been established to provide a more appropriate curriculum to prepare these students for full curriculum integration into Year 8. This class has a high proportion of the vulnerable groups.  (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £27,352:  5 PP students. 30 hours per fortnight.) Impact: Progress made by all students in the subjects taught to this group.
  • Year 9 booster groups have been established in each of English, Maths and Science to provide additional support to students who had not made the required rate of progress in these subjects in Year 8. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £27,352)  Impact: Progress made by all students in these areas.
  • There is a support Reading Club three mornings per week before school with a teaching member of staff and four support members of staff. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £3,673:12 PP students. 2 hours per fortnight.) Impact: Progress made by all students in their reading.
  • There is a support Literacy Club one morning per week before school with three support members of staff. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £4,572: 6 PP students. 2 hours per fortnight.) Impact: Progress made by all students in their literacy.
  • There are two support Connect groups, run one morning per week each, promoting language, communication and social skills. These are run by two support members of staff. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £925: 6 PP students. 2 hours per fortnight.) Impact: Progress made by all students in these skills.
  • All vulnerable students receive regular progress monitoring interviews to discuss their progress and set targets for the future. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £43,216: 224 PP students.)
  • Money was made available to pay for trips and visits that the College were organising that we felt particular individuals would really benefit from but whose family did not have the means to pay. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £1,030)
  • Funding was provided for enrichment activities on Tuesday afternoons, a time when teaching staff have CPD and many students go home. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £3,152: 60 PP students.) Impact: student involvement in activities.
  • The college has successfully involved students in both the Arts Award and Creative Enterprise courses. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £6,196)
  • We have part-funded the purchase of IPAD devices for our vulnerable Year 7 students to support their learning. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £6,750: 45 PP students.) Impact: Progress in learning through use of iPads
  • Year 8 students previously in the Year 7 nurture group were disapplied from Modern Foreign Languages in order to receive additional Literacy, Numeracy and Study Skills support. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £9,117: 6 PP students. 5 hours per fortnight.) Impact: Progress made by all students in these areas.

In January 2014, the college were aware of a growing gap in the progress and attainment of pupil premium students.  As such, the following intervention strategies were employed immediately to reverse this trend:

  • Weekly data-led meetings between Head of Year 11 and a member of SLT to target 2-3 identified students and determine appropriate intervention strategies for each individual. (Estimated cost £29,690)
  • Initiation of Case Conferences, during which assembled teaching staff, pastoral and senior leaders meet to discuss progress of pupil premium students and identify further intervention strategies. (Estimated cost £2,227)
  • Whole school training session on vulnerable groupings, including FSM and LAC. (Estimated cost from Pupil Premium £1,000)

Impact: the gap between Pupil Premium and Non- Pupil Premium students achieving 5 or more A* – C grades with English and Maths narrowed from 34.8 percentage points to 28.9 percentage points.

Total cost of the above items: £237,754

2014-15

We have received £202,285 for the academic year 2014-15. The above strategies will continue in the current academic year, with a particular emphasis on the following:

  • Focused mentoring by pastoral staff and senior leaders of underperforming pupil premium students.
  • Calendared half-termly Case Conferences, focusing specifically on progress and attainment of Year 10 and Year 11 students.
  • Additional intervention and preparation for pupil premium students in preparation towards their IGCSE English exam. This additional support is provided by members of SLT.
  • Learning walks to assess progress in lessons of targeted pupil premium students.