Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

‘The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’ (DFE 2012).

Schools are given additional funding for every student on their roll who is:

  • a Looked After Child OR
  • is currently able to claim Free School Meals OR
  • has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years.

This additional funding has been allocated to every school due to national figures which show that this group does not achieve as well as their peers. The funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.

How must this money be used?

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. There is no requirement for this money to be spent on individual students simply because they fall into this category. It is expected, however, that the funding will be used to support, as necessary, students in this group and other lower-income families so that this group makes the same progress as their peers

The main barriers to educational achievement faced by our disadvantaged students include:

External barriers

Internal Barriers

  • Vulnerable families with emotional and social needs
  • Vulnerable families lacking engagement with education
  • Potential low attendance that impacts negatively on learning
  • Lack of cultural capital and experience impeding ability to contextualise learning, particularly in humanities subjects and English Language and Literature
  • Low KS2 SATs scores on entry to Y7
  • Underachievement due to lack of engagement with education
  • Lack of appropriate space to focus, revise and complete work outside of school environment
  • Speech and language delay
  • Some students with developmental delays
  • Lack of access to funds for necessary equipment/resources
  • Behaviour that impedes learning
  • Potential low attendance that impacts negatively on learning
  • Access arrangements for examinations

No two students have the same needs and while many of our PP students do not face any of these challenges, some face many or all of them.

 

How much funding does the school receive?

 

2019-2020

2020-2021

 

Students in school

 1005

 1071

 

Proportion of disadvantaged students

 10.6%

 10.8%

 

Pupil premium allocation

 £109,050

Estimated figure: £102,700

 

How and why does the school use this funding?

The school uses this funding to provide the support structures for those students that need additional help in order to achieve success in line with school and national expectations.

We take this approach because we know there are three fundamental strands to the process of supporting these students to improve their engagement with education:

  • Ensuring their attendance at school
  • Ensuring their engagement with education once in school including supporting their emotional and mental health and developing their interpersonal skills
  • Addressing their particular learning needs to enable them to fully access the curriculum and make progress as good as their peers

It is important to note that it should not be assumed that all students eligible for pupil premium will need some or all of this support.

It is likely that there will be students who will be making excellent progress already, and who will need minimal if any support as a result.

Each student has individual needs and therefore may be supported by initiatives targeting any combination of the three broad areas: attendance, engagement and learning. 

How does the school measure success?

The school tracks the progress of all students, including students in this particular group. Success will be evidence that shows that students in this group are making progress in line with all others. We do this using assessment data from all subject areas as well as checks on the development of reading and spelling. We also compare their progress against their peers in the school and nationally, so that we can judge the impact of our work in this broader context.

Disadvantaged student performance overview

 

2019

2020 (Centre Assessed)

Progress 8

-0.12  +0.39

Attainment 8

50.95  51.88

Staying in education/entering employment

100%  100%

Ebacc performance

35% Grade 4+

25% Grade 5+

40% Grade 4+

26.7% Grade 5+

Plans and Review

Plans for this year

Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils

>96%

Aim

Target

Target date

Progress 8

 >0.2  October 2020

Attainment 8

 >49  October 2020

Staying in education/entering employment

>96%  October 2020

Ebacc performance

>30% Grade 4+

>21% Grade 5+

 October 2020

Disadvantaged students strategy for the current academic year

Initiatives and actions to improve attendance

Priority / Initiative

Detail / Rationale

Projected spending

Attendance officer time

To improve the attendance at school of all disadvantaged students.   £6,400

Support from tutors and heads of year conducting 'back to school' interviews

To intervene quickly with disadvantaged students who have a period of absence.   £4,700

Initiatives and actions to improve engagement including emotional and mental health 

Priority / Initiative

Detail / Rationale

Projected spending

Inclusion staff - mentors

To provide safeguarding and emotional support directly to enable students to engage effectively in school. Trained tutors, SEN staff and in-school counsellors. 

£27,500

School counselling support

To provide safeguarding and mental health in partnership with an external agency.  £9,600

School Nurse

NHS initiative to provide health advice and guidance in school to support individual students Free 

Specific additional support 

For individual high needs disadvantaged students requiring alternative provision £20,000

Senior Staff and Middle Leader Designated Roles

Designated person for looked after children, SENCO contribution, safeguarding contribution

£16,000

£8,000

£8,000

 

Miscellaneous other expenditure

Welfare contributions to individuals towards the cost of uniform and key school trips  £2,500

 Initiatives and actions to improve learning outcomes: whole school teaching developments

Priority / Initiative

Detail / Rationale

Projected spending

Closing the gap in maths

Provision of bespoke learning materials to support students with specific difficulties accessing key aspects of numeracy and mathematics (specific reference to concrete, pictorial and abstract resources)  £8,000

Literacy

Whole school training and development of supporting materials and teaching strategies £8,000

Initiatives and actions to improve learning outcomes: targeted support

Priority / Initiative

Detail / Rationale

Projected spending

Literacy screening and recovery programme

To ensure that students unable to access the curriculum because of reading and writing needs are supported. 

£1,000 for screening

£6,000 for recovery programme

Prince's Trust

Life skills course for students.  £8,000
Review of last year

Review: last year’s aims and outcomes

Aim

Target

Outcome

Progress 8

  >0.2

 October 2020

Attainment 8

 >49

 October 2020

Staying in education/entering employment

 >96%

 October 2020

Ebacc performance

>30% Grade 4+

>21% Grade 5+

 October 2020

Disadvantaged students strategy for the previous academic year

Initiatives and actions to improve attendance

Priority / Initiative

Detail / Rationale

Spend

Attendance meetings 

Information packs produced, general meetings held, individual families identified, supportive meetings organised to advise families on attendance issues.  £8,000

Evaluation

Attendance last year was 94.7% for disadvantaged students. (2019/2020)

Home visits

Where appropriate, homes of students who were not attending school were visited by members of the senior leadership team and/or heads of year. Parents were supported in addressing the needs of the students.   £6,000

Evaluation

A significant, but highly supportive measure that saw persistent absentees having their needs met. 

Initiatives and actions to improve engagement including emotional and mental health 

Priority / Initiative

Detail / Rationale

Spend

Inclusion staff - mentors

To provide safeguarding and emotional support directly to enable students to engage effectively in school. Trained tutors, SEN staff and in-school counsellors.   £25,400

Evaluation

Despite the pressures of lockdown and fears around the pandemic families reported feeling highly supported by the provision of the school. 

School counselling support

To provide safeguarding and mental health in partnership with an external agency.   £9,400

Evaluation

Our school counsellor worked all through the lockdown supporting our most vulnerable students with telephone consultations. She also supported parents where necessary. She attended the school for results days and to support the community during our bereavement of a Mathematics teacher. 

School nurse

NHS initiative to provide health advice and guidance in school to support individual students  Free

Evaluation

School nurse provided telephone consultations throughout lockdown and she also attended Child In Need (CIN) meetings. 

Senior Staff Designated Roles

Designated person for looked after children, SENCO contribution, safeguarding contribution £15,500

£7,000

£7,000

Evaluation

Essential rôles in school providing mandatory support. Crucial to seeing the disadvantaged students' emotional needs being met and attending well. 

Miscellaneous other expenditure

Welfare contributions to individuals towards the cost of uniform and key school trips £1,850

Evaluation

Self-esteem of disadvantaged students was supported through these important initiatives. During lockdown we also provided additional meals, equipment and stationery for successful learning. 

Specific additional support 

Some individual high needs disadvantaged students required alternative provision. 

£10,000

Evaluation

Students who would not/could not have attended mainstream provision due to specific individual needs were catered for in specific provision that met their requirements. These provisions kept them in school and progressing towards recognised qualifications. 

 Initiatives and actions to improve learning outcomes: whole school teaching developments

Priority / Initiative

Detail / Rationale

Spend

Staff Training: Learning needs

Elklan Training for supporting Speech and Language needs; Attachment Theory Training; SENCO led delivery on supporting disadvantaged/differentiation/inclusion.  £1,600 

Evaluation

Disadvantaged students make exceptional progress in the school because staff retain the responsibility for their progress and are equipped to do so. 98% of parents on OfSTED Parent View agree that 'their child is taught well at this school'. 

Staff Training: Emotional needs

Whole staff training on attachment theory. SENCO led delivery on supporting mental health issues and emotional needs.   £2,200

Evaluation

Students recognise that Becket Keys is a school that welcomes and celebrates diversity; students are able to confidently be themselves. There are minimal incidences of bullying and homophobia. 97% of parents on OfSTED Parent View agree that 'their child feels safe at school'. 

Initiatives and actions to improve learning outcomes: targeted support

Priority / Initiative

Detail / Rationale

Spend

Literacy screening and recovery programme

 To ensure that students unable to access the curriculum because of reading and writing needs are supported to do so  £1,000 for screening
£6,000 recovery programme

Evaluation

Students with lower reading and spelling ages have had regular evidenced based intervention to accelerate their literacy progress

Numeracy

Improved numeracy and maths interventions across the school; increased in-class support and purchase and implementation of MathsWatch and MangaHigh.   £600

Evaluation

Mathematics progress has continued to be strong in all key stages. 

Prince's Trust

Life skills course for students.   £8,000

Evaluation

All students passed the course with a Level 2 qualification. 


Next Review

We will next review the effectiveness of our spending of pupil premium in October 2021

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