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Report on the use of our Pupil Premium money for the Academic Year 2015-2016


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Context:

Pupil premium is received in our school budget for students falling into three categories: those students eligible for free school meals (FSM), those students who have previously claimed Free school Meals in the last six years (E6) and those students registered as belonging to a forces family. In both cases we have encouraged families to a) claim FSM and b) register if they are a forces family.

The additional money received per student is to be used to support them in their education and to ensure that they are not disadvantaged in any way. We are required to report and declare how we have used the money to support these students.

Key Objectives

  • To maximise the level of targeted support available for all students so that any barriers to learning are reduced.
  • To narrow and eradicate any gaps in the outcomes of Pupil premium and non-Pupil Premium students.
  • To support and improve the Well-being of all students.

Expenditure:

The pupil premium money is most effective if combined into one sum and used in a coherent and strategic way. In order to achieve best value we have followed OFSTED guidance (‘The Pupil Premium –How schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement’) and used the ‘Teaching and Learning Toolkit’ from The Sutton Trust to examine which provisions and actions give best value for money.

While we have used a broad range of strategies (see summary attached) we have concentrated on areas that a) give high impact for low cost, and b) will escalate improvement to the whole school not just those on pupil premium.

As such we have not generally spent individual sums (although there are many exceptions to this where access to learning is an issue) as they have in some schools, but have used the money to provide additional services which will give effective and broad support. The four main lines of additional provision are;

  • Supporting the staffing of additional tutors in order to reduce tutor group sizes to 20 across the school. This provides the opportunity for better guidance from tutors. This action was commended in July 2016 at the re-assessment for our ‘Investors in Careers’ award.
  • Improving feedback to students through accurate marking for guidance as a result of staff training and additional time spent with students.
  • Provision of a ‘well-being’ curriculum – especially in Year 7, in order to provide students with the skills needed to tackle adolescence and secondary school.
  • Provision of a dedicated ‘Student Support Base’ with access to Learning Mentors and Counsellors to help support students in need.

Provision:

A full breakdown of provision and cost for our pupil premium students is shown in the attached table.

Financial statement:

  • The school business manager reports that the school budget had £110763 allocated as the income from pupil premium for the financial year up to April 2015. It should be pointed out that the money is allocated retrospectively for FSM students who were in the school the previous academic year.
  • The Provisions table shows the exact cost per provision and where relevant per student for all of the provisions provided.
  • It should be noted that the total salary cost of the student support base which gives much direct support to Pupil Premium students, is £92966

Cost report:

The costs shown in the provision table can be summarised as follows:

 

Students

Mean  cost of all provisions per student

Total

FSM and FSM(E6)

110

769.95

84694.78

Forces

46

675.60

31077.72

Total

156

815.64

115772.50

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