Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and is targeted at addressing the needs of specific groups of students in school. The school receives an additional £935 (2016-17) for every child eligible for pupil premium funding.  Children entitled to free school meals (FSM) within the last six years, Looked After Children and children with a family member in the services are eligible for this additional funding.

It is for the School to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since we are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within our responsibility, to include targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student being able to:

Improve their levels of attainment & progress

·     Close attainment gaps relative to school averages

·     Have full access to our curriculum

·     Access our extra-curricular provision

Summary of Income 2016-17

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received

Total number of pupils on roll  (Sept 2016)

1395

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG  (Sept 2016)

267

Amount of PPG received per pupil

£935

Total amount of PPG received

£221,070

 

Intervention for Pupils and Summary of Spending

Interventions for each student are decided on an individual, needs-led basis. This means that students are able to benefit from more than one intervention at any time, including:

Curriculum Support

Additional support is given in Literacy and Numeracy, as well as revision and booster sessions in a range of subjects. Students study a broad and appropriate curriculum which is aimed at meeting their individual needs including attending alternative provision at KS4 and an additional support pathway in Year 7.

To further support students, regular in-class support is provided during lessons where required. Homework Club is run to support students who required extra help and guidance to develop their independent learning skills. To further raise aspirations, all Year 10 students have the opportunity to participate in Work Experience. Students are supported fully through the process of finding a suitable placement.

Students are able to access the TLC (Tewkesbury Learning Centre) which provides strong pastoral support for all students. Through the TLC, students have access to a wide range of internal and external services e.g. School Counsellor, Nurse and an independent Careers Advisor. All students receive one to one careers advice. These services address the range of social, emotional, and behavioural issues which can impact on a student’s learning and progress. Support for hardship cases included providing equipment and uniform as, and when needed.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Pupils are supported and encouraged to participate in a full and varied program of extra-curricular activities. Pupil Premium funding helps to support Tewkesbury School’s Breakfast Club, Music Bursaries, sports clubs, trips and visits for students who may not otherwise be able to access these important enriching aspects of school life. The Enrichment programme, including Personal Development days and Activities Week, are partially funded though Pupil Premium funding.

Students have the opportunity to be involved in the rich and varied programme of Hospitality and Catering in the local community, including running the Abbey café, visiting the elderly centres and hosting community events in school.

Evidence of Impact

 

 

 

2014

2015

2016

5A*-C including English and Maths

(Non-Pupil Premium)

66%

76%

68%

5A*-C including English and Maths

(Pupil Premium)

37%

49%

52%

Achievement Gap 

 

29%

27%

16%

                                                                        

The above table demonstrates clearly that the achievement gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students is closing.  This is an indication that our increased emphasis on the progress of pupil premium children and the associated intervention strategies are working.  The gap in 2016 was well below the national average.

In September 2013 a new pathways structure was introduced into Year 7 alongside a system of vertical tutoring.  The combination of both has had impressive results in Key Stage 3.  The school looks at research data to consider the most likely ways of impacting on student progress. 

Forward Planning and Allocation of Funds

Areas of focus to be provided by Pupil Premium from 2016 including targeted support strategies.

Further development and refining of the tracking and intervention systems to raise standards and achievement in the core subjects of English and maths at KS3.  The school’s tracking system is now being employed at KS3 with a revised assessment scheme following the removal of KS3 levels. This will further improve the tracking of all pupils but will specifically bring to the attention of staff at all levels the progress of pupil premium children.

The school has introduced a behaviour management system called Class Charts and has invested heavily in a rewards programme to encourage and reward good behaviour.  Pupil premium children are discreetly identified on the system for teachers to allow a greater focus on their progress and behaviour.

An Attendance Officer has been appointed and is shared with another local secondary school.  Attendance has risen but there is still considerable work to do in improving the attendance of some of our most vulnerable pupils and in tackling persistent absence.  Tracking KS3 and 4 students’ attendance and continuing to work on improvement strategies is critical with a specific focus on those students whose attendance is between 85% and 90%.

The progress of pupil premium children is a standing agenda item on the meetings of all faculties.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you require further information on Pupil Premium funding and its impact.