The Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium (PP) 2014-2015 review

The Pupil Premium is additional funding the Government allocates to schools to support children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and Looked after Children (LAC).   The funding is used to ensure that these students close the gap on their non-FSM/LAC peers in terms of attainment and progress.

Students are defined as FSM if they have been eligible for free school meals at anytime during Year 6 to Year 11 (‘Ever6’).  Even though a student may have been eligible in Year 6 and not afterwards, that student will count as an FSM student in the school’s performance tables once they have left school.

In January 2015 Alder Community High School received a National Pupil Premium Award in recognition of the progress of disadvantaged students in our care from 2011 to 2014.

In the academic year 2014/2015 there were 236 students eligible for the Pupil Premium.

In the financial year 2014/2015 Alder Community High school received £204,700.

In the academic Year 2014/2015 there were 40 students in Year 11 who were eligible for the Pupil Premium.

In 2014/2015 the funding was used (in addition to allocations made from the main school budget) in the following ways:

  • Additional English and Maths teachers enabling some smaller group sizes, more lessons and enabling more focus on PP students;
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) in English and Maths to provide 1 to 1 support;
  • 4 Progress Leaders employed to increase levels of pastoral support, intervention and tracking;
  • Safeguarding and Educational Welfare senior leader employed to remove barriers to learning and progress;
  • Bespoke intervention packages during the holidays and after school;
  • Purchasing equipment to enable students to access the curriculum and support outside hours study;
  • Subsidising uniform, enrichment activities and visits.

 

Impact

 

Attainment

5 A*-C including English and Maths – FSM/LAC (PP) was 45% against a national figure of 36%.

English GCSE results – PP results were 70% A*-C against a national figure of 51% and higher than the national figure for all students in English which was 67% and close to the national non PP figure of 74%.

Mathematics GCSE results – PP results were 80% A*-C against a national figure of 49%.  This is higher than the national figure for all students in Mathematics which was 67% and higher to the national non PP figure of 74%.

 

Progress

The percentage of students making the expected 3 levels of progress between KS2 (end of Year 6) and KS4 (the end of Year 11) in 2014/2015 were as follows:

English – In 2015 65% of PP students made at least 3 levels of progress against a national figure of 57%.

Maths – In 2015 78% of PP students made at least 3 levels of progress against a national figure of 49%.  Also, our PP figure for progress (78%) was higher than the national figure for the progress of non PP students, which was 72%.

 

2015/2016

In the financial year 2015/2016 Alder Community High will receive £214,510 and it is intended to spend it in the following ways:

  • Additional English and Maths teachers enabling some smaller group sizes, more lessons and enabling more focus on PP students;
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) in English and Maths to provide 1 to 1 support;
  • 4 Progress Leaders employed to increase levels of pastoral support, intervention and tracking;
  • Safeguarding and Educational Welfare senior leader employed to remove barriers to learning and progress;
  • Bespoke intervention packages during the holidays and after school;
  • Purchasing equipment to enable students to access the curriculum and support outside hours study;
  • Subsidising uniform, enrichment activities and visits.
  • Specialist IAG/Careers  advice;
  • Motivational speakers.