Pupil premium

Pupil Premium 2017-18

The Pupil Premium is additional Government funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and close the gap between them and their peers.

Budget for 2017-18:

  • Key Principles

    Pupil Premium funding is used to support a raft of interventions targeted at the students with Pupil Premium in the Academy. As almost one third of students in the Academy are covered by this (32% of all students), there are some large-scale interventions and principles outlined below. There are also some more bespoke interventions that are targeted towards individuals due to their specific needs.

    The key principles of the use of our Pupil Premium funding are addressing individual need and equality of opportunity where there are difficult circumstances and providing strong additional academic support for our Pupil Premium students with the allocated funding.

    Pupil Premium is an identified and monitored attribute for students at an Academy and departmental level. All teaching staff are aware of these students within their classes, their prior attainment and current progress and are asked to be mindful of when and where support needs to be drawn from the funding to provide equality of opportunity so they can make the progress that is expected of them, in line with non-Pupil Premium students.

  • Key Barriers

    Key barriers to students’ attainment are:

    • Attendance which is significantly lower than that of non-PP students
    • Significant numbers of safeguarding issues which disproportionally effect these students
    • Low family aspirations or areas where no English is spoken in the home
    • Higher ability student’s confidence and motivation to achieve the top grades
    • Poverty reducing students’ participation in extracurricular activities and trips

    In 2016-17 further, specific interventions were added in the following areas:

    • Raising the aspirations of Pupil Premium students.
    • Adding specific mentoring to Pupil Premium students.
    • Increasing student’s cultural awareness and inquisitiveness
    • Providing strong role models
    • A series of raising aspiration interventions such as links with further and higher education providers
  • Impact of Pupil Premium 2016-17 spend for Pupil Premium Students

    There were 63 Pupil Premium students in Year 11 in 2016/17. This accounts for 38% of the cohort.

    In 2016-17, Pupil Premium students achieved a Progress 8 score of -1.06 compared with -1.16 in 2015-16. Non-Pupil Premium students achieved a score of -0.40 (-0.69 for all in 2015-16).

  • Addressing Individual Needs

    Educational support staff have vital roles in closing the gap for Pupil Premium students. Mentoring, Safeguarding and Behaviour specialists are all employed to deal with issues within students’ lives, and, in the same way, the Academy provides support from an Attendance Officer, the Local Authority and Part Time Agencies.

    The Academy created a purpose-built supportive environment (Learning Base and Nurture Base) to aid young people who are falling behind on their studies due to behavioural and

    emotional barriers. Pupil Premium funding supported the salaries of an Alternative Provision Coordinator and Nurture Base Leader who both worked in the Learning Base.

    The Learning Base also served as an on-site, Alternative Provision for Key Stage 4 students who found it difficult to access mainstream education for a variety of reasons. Here in a safe and secure environment, students were assessed, took part in workshops and were given small group provision with a structured plan. In some cases, this lead to a more confident return into mainstream lessons within the Academy, in others, the students developed social skills and continued to access their education and achieve GCSE results within the Learning Base environment. We believe that until students are safely cared for and feel secure there will be restrictions to their academic progress.

    The Alternative Provision Coordinator also functioned as a Family Liaison Worker who worked to engage with hard to reach families and provided advice so they could access the support they needed.

    From a safeguarding perspective to help solve students’ complex needs the Academy has created a new DSL post with the BMS and Safeguarding team that is part funded by Pupil Premium to focus on Pupil Premium students.

    Here are examples of agencies that our non-teaching staff who work closely with Pupil Premium engaged with during 2016-17:

    • Connexions
    • Spurgeons (Young Carers Dudley)
    • Youth Workers
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Providers
    • Switch
    • CAMHS
    • PREVENT team
    • Barnardos
    • Early Help
    • Children’s Services – Educational Psychologist
    • Alternative Education providers, Black Country Wheels, Holly Hall, Nova
    • Cherry Tree educational provision, to support the education of Pupil Premium students with medical needs

    Other examples of initiatives that supported students in welfare and safety include the appointment of an Attendance Officer who monitors attendance and punctuality of students at several points during the day. The attendance of vulnerable Pupil Premium students is closely tracked. Heads of Year use it to monitor these students and intervene accordingly, in line with our attendance policy. A School Counsellor was funded for part of the year who supported Pupil Premium students with social, emotional and mental health issues.

    Several of these initiatives have continued into 2017-18 although some were deemed to have little impact on Pupil Premium student progress for the investment so have been modified.

  • Providing equal opportunities for all

    A large portion of the funding goes to supporting students’ equality of opportunity. This includes, but is not exclusive to, free resources such as: revision guides, stationery, uniform support, breakfast clubs, educational trips with reduced charge, transport costs for students who live a distance from the Academy and have to use public transport and reduced charges for the Transition Summer Schools.

    Heads of Year came up with creative ways to support and reward the Pupil Premium students in their Year group. Ideas included a College Interview Clothing Fund for Year 11 students, vouchers to reward good attendance and progress of Pupil Premium students, resources and materials to support emotional wellbeing.

    Some Pupil Premium students were collected and transported to the Academy during the GCSE exam period to ensure their attendance at exams.

    A portion of funding was used to support and improve participation rates of Pupil Premium students in extracurricular activities. This has involved all opportunities being offered firstly to Pupil Premium Students and a discount of 25% being offered to these students. Activities have consisted of Activities Week trips including Paris and enrichment opportunities to see the England football team play at Wembley Stadium. Uptake by Pupil Premium students in this area of the curriculum has improved.

  • Raising Attainment

    Raising Attainment involves using specific staff to work with Pupil Premium students to improve their grades, among other strategies. In 2016-17 this involved:

    · Maths Squad – afterschool, small group tuition of Pupil Premium students in Maths, regardless of ability and current progress. Teaching staff were paid at an hourly rate.

    · English Squad – a temporary TLR2a was awarded to an English teacher who provided small group tuition in English to Pupil Premium students in all years.

    · There are a number of whole school opportunities in which the delivery has been changed to maximise the use by Pupil Premium Students. For example, all students have access to SAM learning and GCSE Pod. Pupil Premium students have received extra support and tuition on its use, extra monitoring on its usage and the ability to use after school opportunities to access the software. An ICT teaching colleague was awarded a TLR1d role with the remit of improving students’ uptake in these areas, monitoring their overall progress and liaising with subject staff as to how best support these students. This member of staff also acted as Pupil Premium mentor.

    • Upgraders Homework Club – an afterschool facility aimed at Pupil Premium Students to provide support with homework and access to ICT facilities.
    • A full-time librarian provided a learning space at break and lunch times for Pupil Premium students to work and receive support and literacy enrichment.
    • Employment of a Maths tutor from Year 7 catch up funding to provide 1-2-1 tuition and withdrawals for Year 7 Pupil Premium students who weren’t making the expected amount of progress in order to reduce the formation of the progress gap.
    • Purchase of Sisra, a data analysis package to allow closer and easier monitoring and manipulation of progress data to allow for rapid interventions.
    • The support of an external ex-headteacher was acquired to mentor Year 11, mainly Pupil Premium students with low aspirations prior to their GCSE examinations.

    A number of these interventions are continuing in 2017-18 and will be evaluated in the 2017-18 report.

  • New Initiatives for 2017-18

    Literacy for Life

    Approximately one third of Literacy 4 Life capitation is allocated to the improvement of Pupil Premium progress. The purchase of the new curriculum, resourcing and external development expertise has been proportionally funded, with a particular focus on the broadening of cultural opportunities and horizons for vulnerable families.

    The Literacy for Life programme places a high importance on access to technology. To facilitate this for homes without access to ICT, staff are paid to run two homework support clubs per week, costing approximately £65 per week. Additionally, ICT resources are provided within school for priority access for Pupil Premium students.

    The richness of the curriculum depends on external visits, events and visiting speakers. Where there is a cost, Pupil Premium students are entitled to a discount of 25%.

    Intervention is embedded within the L4L model – the form teacher model provides focused intervention for all Pupil Premium students after each assessment point. Maintaining three extra PPA sessions for each teacher within the L4L team is funded proportionally by Pupil Premium Funding.


    We are considering using 1-2-1 personalised intervention with “Tute” video-conferenced lessons; these can be specifically targeted towards the weaknesses of Pupil Premium students.

    Participation in Academy life

    For this academic year it is our intention to develop strategies to increase the participation of Pupil Premium students across the Academy in extra-curricular activities and positions of responsibility.

  • Measuring Impact

    Impact is measured through a cohort analysis of each subject and year group for Pupil Premium at each assessment point. A senior member of staff is detailed to review and evaluate this data and present to the senior team and Standards and Performance Committee on recommendations for further Pupil Premium intervention.

  • Review of Strategy

    The current date of the Pupil Premium Strategy Review is February 2018.