- What is Pupil Premium?
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. It is additional funding given to schools so that they can support potentially disadvantaged pupils and close the nationally recognised attainment gap between them and their peers. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
- Who is eligible?
- Pupils recorded in the school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) in any of the previous 6 years.
- Pupils recorded in the school census and alternative provision census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.
- Pupils recorded in the school census who were eligible for the service child premium in any of the previous 4 years, as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the school census.
- How much funding does Weobley High School receive?
Total funding for 2018-19 = Ever 6 £82,280 plus Service Family Premium £9,900 plus LAC Pupils £ 10550 totalling £102,730.
- What are our key areas of focus?
- Improve the number of Pupil Premium pupils achieving 5 GCSEs grade 9-4, including Maths and English.
- Improve the number of Pupil Premium pupils achieving expected progress between KS2 and KS4 in Maths and English.
- Close the gap in Progress 8 and Attainment 8 between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers.
- Improve the attendance of all Pupil Premium pupils across the School.
- Provide opportunities for Pupil Premium pupils in extra-curricular activities.
- Improve the reading age of Pupil Premium pupils to ensure it is closer to their chronological age.
- Provide literacy and numeracy intervention for those Pupil Premium pupils who need it the most to enable them to access the School curriculum.
- Ensure Pupil Premium pupils leaving the School have access to an appropriate place of education and/or employment.
- Ensure that Pupil Premium pupils can access the full range of extra-curricular and educational activities available to them.
- What are the strategies and interventions in place to address this at Weobley?
- Ongoing staffing and resourcing of a highly effective Learning Inclusion Centre in the school. This is run by an experienced full-time member of staff and it offers vital support to pupils both emotionally and academically. This also provides a unique resource for pupils.
- 2 Teaching Assistants employed specifically to ensure that the pupils receive appropriate intervention and support specifically in numeracy and literacy. They are specialist TAs based in the English and mathematics departments.
- A highly experienced full-time English teacher to work specifically on literacy and English intervention for pupils in all year groups.
- A member of the SLT with a specific responsibility for Pupil Premium pupils.
- An additional part-time member of the admin team with a responsibility for data monitoring and analysis of Pupil Premium pupils.
- An additional science teacher to work on intervention for pupils in all year groups.
- Pupils on Free School Meals receive full financial support for private music lesson tuition if they study music during Key Stage 4.
- Raised profile of Pupil Premium pupil provision in all aspects of school leadership and self-evaluation.
- Ongoing timetabled literacy and numeracy support sessions for Key Stage 4 pupils during registration time twice per week.
- Ongoing targeted literacy and numeracy intervention for Key Stage 3 pupils.
- Introduction of ‘book talk’ in Year 7 during tutor time twice per week.
- A Motiv8 project focused on Key Skills development for Key Stage 3 pupils.
- A Fresh Start literacy booster programme for KS3.
- Ongoing timetabled mathematics support and intervention for Year 11 pupils.
- 6 additional laptops specifically for the use of Pupil Premium pupils.
- A daily breakfast club.
- Extra teaching staff are in place to allow for a range of intervention groups as well as an overall low pupil:teacher ratio. This also incorporates time for teaching staff to plan and assess more effectively for all pupils.
- The purchase of ingredients for cooking and nutrition lessons.
- Organisation of extra-curricular trips to widen the experiences of Pupil Premium pupils.
- Increased contact time for Years 10 and 11 with the Careers Advisor.
- Purchase of photography equipment to increase participation in extra-curricular activities.
At Weobley High School we recognise that the key to success, is a whole-school approach to quality first teaching, which sets high expectations for all pupils. We look to implement a wide variety of strategies, at the heart of which is identifying each individual’s barriers to learning.
- What is the impact of these interventions?
The impact of these interventions will be seen in a variety of ways. Each individual case is different, but some examples might include:
- Increase in expected progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4.
- Increase in overall attainment at Key Stage 3 and 4.
- Improved GCSE results – especially in English and mathematics.
- Increases in the Reading Ages of pupils.
- Improved confidence and self-esteem.
- Increased participation in extra-curricular activities.
- Pupils leaving the School to an appropriate place of education and/or employment.
- Improved attendance.
- What are the barriers to future attainment?
Possible barriers to future attainment are both complex and varied. At Weobley High School we do not look to pigeon-hole disadvantaged children, but look at each pupil as an individual.
Barriers to attainment for pupil premium pupils may include:
- Lower literacy skills when entering the school.
- Lower numeracy skills when entering the school.
- Lower attendance when compared to other pupils.
- Specific gaps in prior learning.
- Lower aspirations and expectations of what they can achieve in terms of examination outcomes and post-16 education.
- Challenges outside of learning that impact upon learning and their life chances.
- Lack of opportunities to enhance life experiences.
- Lack of resources/equipment to fully access all parts of the curriculum.
- Use and Impact of Pupil Premium Spending
- Literacy And Numeracy Catch Up Funding