Pupil Premium Outcomes
Pupil premium (PP) students are those students who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM) and for students whose parents are serving in the armed forces or have been in the previous 4 years (Ever 5 Service).
In 2014/15 the school recognised through self-evaluation the need to ensure that PP gaps were reduced further. The school development plan for 2015/16 incorporated specific interventions both at KS3 and KS4 with a strong focus on mathematics. In 2016 the Year 11 cohort of 159 students had 25 PP students of which 12 were classified as disadvantaged.
The 2016 results indicated great success in rapidly closing the PP gap and raising the progress and attainment of PP students. The strategies used were not solely focussed in Year 11 but were across all year groups with the most successful strategies from KS4 being expanded into KS3 for 2015/2016. The creation of a raising standards leader post at KS3 provided clear leadership and accountability. The post encompassed KS3 PP progress, including Year 7 Catch Up along with feeder school transition. This combination enabled the use of joined up strategy where the impact of interventions could be measured.
|Number of students||42||44||47||25|
|A*-C% in English and Maths||59.5||56.8||46.8||61.5|
|Total Attainment 8||–||–||–||47.96|
|Average Total Progress 8||–||–||–||-0.23|
|% 5+ A*-C inc English and Maths||57.1||45.5||44.7||57.7|
|English: % 3 Levels of Progress||83||75.6||75||84|
|Maths: % 3 Levels of Progress||91.7||46.3||58||64|
|% 3 Achieving the E-BACC||9.5||4.5||14.9||15.4|
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The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is paid to schools in addition to the main school budget. It is a per-student payment and was introduced to address the perceived inequalities between children who are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM), have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6), children looked after by the local authority (CLA) and children from service families and their peers.
Use of the funding is at the school’s discretion and is monitored by the Headteacher and Governors. The funding supports our work for PP students in a systematic way, with careful prioritisation and due attention to students’ specific and often individual needs. We actively identify all eligible students and staff know exactly who they are and what their needs are. Each member of staff is responsible for his / her group of PP students’ progress; this is reflected in each department development plan. Data is used to agree strategies and review their impact carefully. PP data is scrutinised, twice a term, at whole school level and departmental level.
We are an inclusive school and at times, the provision on offer may benefit a wider group of students; it is important that support is fully integrated into the school’s systems and may be accessed by a large number of students. Some of the funding was used to recruit staff to posts that are crucial to the well-being and happiness of all our students and most specifically those who have the greatest needs.
2016 to 2017
For 2016 to 2017 the school received £108,460 Deprivation Pupil Premium funding. This was in support of 116 students, 13.3% of the cohort.
The school is committed to continuing to raise the attainment and rate of progress of all Pupil Premium students, closing the attainment gap further between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students. In achieving this the school is investigating with each student their individual barrier to their learning.
Through self- evaluation in 2016 two immediate barriers to learning were identified. These form part of the actions for 2016 to 2017 and are outlined below:
- To ensure first wave teaching meets the needs of Pupil Premium students.
- Impact will be measured through analysis of data comparing the difference in progress and attainment of pupil premium and non pupil premium students at each assessment point, six times a year.
- To ensure that Pupil Premium students have at least good attendance (96%).
- Pupil Premium attendance is tracked fortnightly with the pastoral team monitoring effectiveness of interventions.
The impact of the Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed fortnightly by the Raising Attainment Panel (RAP), half termly by the senior leadership team, annually by the governors (staff and student support committee) and reviewed through the school self evaluation process in July-September 2018.
Associated actions and costs are presented in the Pupil Premium – Summary plan, please see link below.
2016 to 2017
2015 to 2016
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). The school has discretion on how to spend the fund to ensure that those students are able to make the necessary progress.
At KS3 we have introduced a number of strategies to support progress within years 7 to 9. Whilst these interventions are put in place to assist all students who need academic support, there is a particularly focus on our catch up premium students. In year 7 the catch-up premium has been used to support the interventions below:
– Paired Reading
– Fresh Start English Programme
– Maths Catch up Programme
– Transition Programme
The paired reading programme took place over 6 months and involved students reading on average for 30 minutes a week during two tutor times. Catch-up premium students involved on this programme made on average 19 months progress in their reading age.
The Fresh Start English and the Maths catch-up programmes are interventions that focus on raising the achievement of students who are working at level 3 or below. Both programmes have had considerable success this year on closing the gap in attainment between catch-up premium students and the rest of the school population.
Sandhurst School has a very comprehensive programme of transition which encourages students from our feeder schools to take part in a variety of activities. They range from support for ICT and Languages in teaching within the primary schools to a variety of subject based activities and taster sessions at Sandhurst. One of the activities is an Environmental Day which focuses specifically on supporting students who may struggle with the transition from primary to secondary school.
|English Level||KS2 APS||End of Yr 7 APS||Progress APS|
Gap Closure = 1.99 APS
|Mathematics||KS2 APS||End of Yr 7 APS||Progress APS|
Gap Closure = 1.45
Whilst the criteria for funding has not yet been finalised, the school will continue to identify students who it feels would need support to meet national expectations.
We will continue to use a range of strategies to support these students including:
- Reading Mentoring
- Progress Passport
- Fresh Start English
- Springboard Maths
- Primary Transition Programme
- In-class support in English and Maths
- Literacy and numeracy withdrawal work
- Paired reading and handwriting support
- Speech and language therapy
- EAL support for catch up students
Staffing costs for the English Fresh Start Programme- £31 967
Staffing costs for the Springboard Mathematics Programme- £10 164
Staffing costs for other interventions listed above- £3003