The Pupil Premium Grant 2014-15
Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact 2014-15
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 achieving 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.
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 fromlow 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 all 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 Y11 Girl
“The art materials pack we were given proved really useful. I was able to work from home on my artwork”
Year 11 Girl