Pupil Premium 2015-16
The Pupil Premium Grant
Broadoak School was allocated £187,935 for 2015 -16 which equates to 201 pupils.
The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, children who are in local authority care, children adopted from local authority care and children with parent(s) in the Armed Forces. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress.
The Purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant
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 children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
At Broadoak School we target additional support strategies to enable every student, however financially disadvantaged, to:
- Improve their levels of progress and attainment
- Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
- Have full access to the curriculum
- Access extra-curricular provision
At Broadoak School we have directed the funding to support the following interventions:
- Booster Classes
- Assessment preparation
- Trips and Residential Visits
The impact of this funding has been to support and enhance our existing intervention strategies for students who would otherwise have been disadvantaged and has allowed them to experience the full range of opportunities offered.
Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact 2015-16
Intervention and Booster classes
A variety of different booster classes were used across the key stages to help all pupils achieve their potential. Pupils in Year 11 were able to take part in a number of holiday revision days and booster classes prior to examinations with the funding being used to encourage attendance by providing pupils with a healthy breakfast for the best possible start to the day. Pupil Premium funding has further enabled both individual and small group intervention in Literacy, English and Mathematics for those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding. The recruitment of two intervention staff enabled 1:1 support across both key stages. The funding was also used to train teaching assistants and teaching staff in the delivery of phonics which, in turn, is now being delivered to a targeted cohort of Pupil Premium pupils whose English level is below a 4b.
The funding enables the school to have greater flexibility with staffing and resources impacting directly on the pupils. In year 11 95% of Pupil Premium eligible pupils achieved 5 qualifications compared to 85% in the previous year.
At KS3 pupils benefit from the funding for more than one school year and are progressing at rates exceeding those of Non-Pupil Premium pupils. For example, at the end of Key Stage 3 more Pupil Premium pupils exceeded expected progress (more than 2 whole levels) in English compared to Non-Pupil Premium pupils. This is an improvement on the prior year when rates of exceeding expected progress were equal.
In Maths, gaps in attainment are also closing. There is a 10 percentage point gap in favour of Non-Pupil Premium pupils achieving a L7 in Maths compared to 23% the previous year. Gaps in levels of progress are also narrowing, with a 5 percentage point gap in favour of Non-Pupil Premium students making expected progress compared to 13 percentage points in the previous year. In English Language 84% of Non-Pupil Premium students made the progress expected of them whilst 74% of Pupil Premium pupils made EP. The gap has closed from 2015 by 40% and is now only 10%.
Staffing, Mentoring and support
A librarian is employed and has had further significant impact during the last year. Not only have literacy levels and reading ages increased but there have been over 18000 visits the library in 2014/15 with 3200 after school visits and over 10000 visits at lunchtime. Many of these visits have involved book loans with a total of 4820 books loaned in the last academic year The school continues to employ an additional Pupil Support Manager whose principal responsibility is to provide mentoring and pastoral support to pupils within the target group eligible to receive Pupil Premium funding. This has enabled a greater focus to be placed upon the development needs of these pupils which has improved attendance rates within the target groups.
Broadoak School has introduced monitoring strategies and incentives to improve attendance of Pupil Premium students. Strategies and intervention supported by Pupil Premium funding are having an impact which can be seen through the improvement of whole school FSM attendance which has risen from 92.0% (2012/13 school year) to 93.8% (2014/15 school year). This shows that Pupil Premium funding and strategies are having a direct impact on pupil outcomes. The punctuality of Pupil Premium pupils has also improved dramatically. 0.96% of pupils were late to school last year which is a significant improvement but Pupil Premium pupils’ punctuality increased at a faster rate. There is now a punctuality gap of 0.03% between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium pupils (down from 1.8% in 2012/13).
Residential/Social and Cultural Visits
School has funded a number of residential and cultural visits for identified pupils. Pupil and staff surveys reveal positive feedback on all these events. The costs associated with residential/social/cultural visits, which provide vital cultural, social and enrichment experiences for pupils, are often a barrier to those pupils with free school meals or from low income families. Pupil Premium funding has enabled these costs to be subsidised for eligible pupils, thus allowing greater access to the same high quality and exciting opportunities offered by these experiences. Residential visits include a drama weekend to the Conwy Centre in Wales which resulted in record GCSE results in 2015.
Outward bound has been supported by Pupil Premium funding. This “wild camping” experience enables pupils to develop their resilience and team building skills in either the Lake District or in Wales.
The school has also used some funding for administration, materials, resource packs, workbooks and files for eligible students. For example, in Design Technology higher quality resources were purchased for pupils needing to manufacture products at Key Stage 4 and ingredients are supplied when families struggle to provide the necessary ingredients for Food Technology practical activities. Funding has also been used to provide more basic equipment and stationery. This use of the Pupil Premium funding ensures all pupils are able to access the same opportunities irrespective of their family income.
Broadoak School helped support Pupil Premium students with new uniform. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to contact the school if they require any help towards uniform costs.
Impact of Pupil Premium
The impact of Pupil Premium is measured in two ways. Firstly, we compare the performance of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding against the performance of those who are not.
The second way in which we measure the impact of Pupil Premium is through the quality of the activities or intervention that we provide. Each activity concludes with a pupil survey and is compared to a pre-event survey. Here are the results of some feedback we have received from activities developed for our learners:
“I came to summer school and it gave me the chance to make new friends, improve my English and Maths skills and also do new things that I would never have been able to do before like Challenge 4 Change”
Year 7 Girl
“Outward bound was a fantastic opportunity for me to challenging myself and try new things I had never done before.”
Year 10 pupil
“There are times in Food Technology that we get to try new foods that I have never heard of! It means that our recipes are more exciting.”
Year 9 Girl
“It was great fun and really helped us gain ideas for our play. My confidence increased massively and I can’t wait to go back this year”.
Drama Residential – Conway Y10 Girl
“The art materials pack we were given proved really useful. I was able to work from home on my artwork”
Year 11 Girl
What projects will run in 2016-2017?
Broadoak School has been allocated £201,708 for 2016 -17 which equates to 215 pupils.
We have detailed below how we intend to spend this year’s allocation per student. Our target is to continue to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils. Currently, we are running attendance incentives, supporting students with school uniform, PE kit and other specialist uniform required for BTEC courses. Booster classes are planned and 1-1 intervention is in place for English and Maths with workbooks and revision guides made available to eligible students and food and technology equipment and ingredients are provided to allow full participation in lessons.
The importance of reading is a key focus for our Pupil Premium pupils in KS3. Reading Interventions are in place for Key Stage 3 pupils to improve literacy skills and their reading ages. In Maths, YipiYap come into school each week to work with Pupil Premium pupils in all year groups providing weekly small group sessions and one to one tuition. There is a clear focus on literacy and numeracy in Key Stage 3, which will allow pupils to gain the necessary skills to successfully undertake their GCSEs once they reach Years 9, 10 and 11.
Planned breakdown of spend per pupil 2016-17
For 2016-2017 Broadoak School intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2015-16 as this had a positive impact on narrowing the gaps in attendance and achievement in many areas and has helped to ensure all our students have full access to all the opportunities available at Broadoak School. Closing gaps in headline measures are clear evidence of this.
Our School Improvement targets specifically focus on progress and attainment of vulnerable groups and further closing the gaps. This year a headline target across the school is to reduce the gaps in attainment across all key stages (between each individual vulnerable grouping and non-vulnerable pupils). This will be evidenced through the progress made from KS2-4 for targeted groups of pupils. Our key target will be to:
The Progress 8 gap between PPF and N-PPF students last year was over half a grade (0.65). Aim to reduce the PPF Progress 8 gap by 10%.”
Pupil Premium Review
Tracking, monitoring and intervention for identified individual needs of Pupil Premium learners is under the remit of the Assistant Principal who is accountable to the Senior Leadership Team and the Chief Executive. The full annual review occurs in the final half term of the academic year and is completed in September each year, when pupil outcomes are confirmed to ensure impact evidence of activities is assessed accurately.