What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant is paid to schools for students who are: recorded as being eligible for Free School meals (FSM) in the last 6 years, who are Looked After or who have a parent serving in the Armed Forces.

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities (between eligible children and their peers) by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per eligible pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for their individual pupils.

1. Overview of the school

The proportion of students within the school in receipt of PP funding is small compared to many other schools.

Overall, there were 18 students in receipt of Deprivation Premium funding and 70 in receipt of Service premium funding during 2016-17, giving us £38 130 in funding for the year. We did not have any students who qualified for the Literacy or Numeracy catch-up premium.

Number of students in each Pupil Premium category 2016-17
Year 7 6 Students deprivation premium
18 Students Service premium
Year 8 17 Students Service premium
Year 9 5 Students deprivation premium
15 Students Service premium
Year 10 4 Students deprivation premium
10 Students Service premium
Year 11 3 Students deprivation premium
10 Students Service premium

2. Summary of range of support provided

We have based our support on our knowledge of our students as well as national research projects.
We employ most of the "Top Ten Gap Busters" as identified by Ofsted, some of which are costed below, but also others that are just the normal practice we employ across the school.

All teachers are fully aware of which students are in receipt of PP funding, the progress of PP students is regularly discussed at SLT meetings and we regularly update Governors on the progress and provision that we have for this groups of students. There is a dedicated Assistant Head to oversee Pupil premium and a link Governor.

Barriers to educational achievement at South Wilts is varied. With relatively small numbers of PP students, we can tailor our support individually through individual mentoring.

We measure the impact of the funding by the tracking of every pupil premium student at an individual level throughout the school year. Specific mentoring then takes place to identify where support can be applied to ensure that every student has the best opportunities to make significant progress, in line with all students at the school.

We have a comprehensive departmental review process which ensures that teaching remains outstanding across the school.

Group sizes are as small as possible and every opportunity is taken to raise the profile of PP students across the school. Specific highlighting is used consistently on students lists and records to further remind all teachers of the specific needs to these students. Attendance is also monitored to further support excellent progress.

Support for mental health £2796

Providing a qualified counsellor to support students with their mental health is a very important service for our vulnerable students. Every lunchtime, there is a qualified non-teacher for our students to talk to.

Mentoring £8023

We provide a range of mentoring on a 1:1 basis. Pastoral leaders will work with students to provide social and emotional support. Student academic mentors work with students on subject related issues to provide a supportive approach to explain topics or help with revision approaches. Where underachievement has been identified, the Assistant head overseeing pupil premium will meet with students to offer support on a whole school basis, working with subject teachers, subject leaders and parents. Extra resources can be utilised such as revision materials.

Individual student support £720

Where a need for extra support for literacy and numeracy is identified, subject specific support is employed so that access to the whole curriculum is ensured. We also use a specialist relating to dyslexia to assess students to ensure that progress is not limited due to this particular issue. Where a common theme has been identified such as a need for greater aspiration that extends beyond the school, or social skills to be able to cope in a high challenge environment, specific sessions with specialists have been arranged.

Support Programmes

Careers support £1245

As a school we have been awarded the careers mark and have an excellent careers advisor. She has a full list of students who qualify for pupil premium funding and will prioritise them for careers advice. In addition to this, she will offer all PP students the chance to talk to her about their future career plans to guarantee that they have accurate information, but also to ensure they have high aspirations by checking their academic progress and suggest possible career paths.

Extended school £5750

Following suggestions from national research, we provide extra supervision before school, during school and after school. This significantly extends the normal school day to allow flexible working for our students, many of whom travel long distances and have to fit their travel plans in with busses and trains.

Individual allocations £12 128

We offer individual support to students depending on their particular needs.
Examples such as:
 Supplying revision guides, workbooks and language DVDs to support study.
 Subsidised music tuition.
 Supported sports leaders awards, work experience and supplied materials to support technology work.
 We subsidise many of the trips and visits where there is an educational benefit such as Geography field trips, theatre trips, exchange visits and trips to Germany and France.
 Other opportunities include a parenting course so that the parents can learn, how to fully support their daughter at home.

School wide initiatives, £7500

Research has shown that improving the quality of feedback to students can have a significant affect on their progress. We have fully reviewed our feedback to students policy to make it relevant, informative and consistent throughout the school.
We have also raised the profile of the learning culture within the school, encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning, take risks at times in their work but develop resilience when things go wrong.
We have on-going processes to improve the quality of teaching and learning and work hard to reduce class sizes as much as possible.

Widening participation

As a school, we recognise the value of wider participation in activities such as DoE, Arts award and a wide range of sports. Subsidies for these activities allows PP students to extend their experiences and widens their range of educational opportunities.

 

Admissions policy

The offer of a place at South Wilts Grammar School depends on the availability of places at the school. The following order of priorities listed below will apply, if the number of girls who have met the standard exceeds the number of places available:

3. Impact of funding

A breakdown of the specific intervention that we provide is available here, along with the specific costs and the impact that these have had.

4.Performance of students

We evaluate performance, not against national levels, but against the progress made by a typical South Wilts student. This is because of the unique type of school we are, but also because students here make excellent progress when compared to Grammar Schools nationally.

The performance of our PP students is specifically monitored through the year at individual and as a specific vulnerable group compared to the whole cohort at the various reporting times. This is evaluated at department, senior leadership and governor level.

Outcomes at the end of KS4 can be seen here. As we have small numbers of deprivation PP students, outcomes can be affected significantly by individual students. We have provided data on progress over the last 4 years, showing that PP students do make progress in line with other students at the school.

5. Future Plans, 2016-17

We will continue to closely track progress, and employ strategies that we feel will support PP students in our school. Many of the current strategies will be adopted as these have proved effective, but we will monitor each student's needs and provide for these needs.

As far as possible, we will tailor support to the individuals, but where group work or strategies for the whole school are more appropriate, these will be used.

We will look to provide creative sessions such as organisational skills, mental health sessions, social skills etc. to ensure that students are happy, secure and fully prepared to engage in the learning and cope with the high challenge that we provide at the school.

One approach, that we will consider, will be to organise groups of PP students to meet and discuss what other support the school could be providing.
We will also consider an instrument loan programme.

Number of students in each Pupil Premium category 2017-18
Year 7 6 Students deprivation premium
18 Students Service premium
Year 8 6 Students deprivation premium
19 Students Service premium
Year 9 17 Students Service premium
Year 10 3 Students deprivation premium
16 Students Service premium
Year 11 4 Students deprivation premium
9 Students Service premium

 

Overall, we have 19 students in receipt of Deprivation Premium funding and 79 in receipt of Service premium funding during 2017-18, giving us £40 530 in funding for the year. We do not have any students who qualify for the Literacy or Numeracy catch-up premium.

Appendix

Top 10 Gap Busters

Nfer Research Sugestions

John Dunford 10 point plan


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