Pupil premium and Year 7 catch up funding report 2017/18

Summary

The Government’s current education policy includes a funded initiative to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The criteria set by the government to determine how much additional funding should be allocated to each school is the number of students who are:

This additional funding is known as Pupil Premium. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they see fit, but they have a duty to provide information to explain how the funding is supporting students who are eligible.

XP is committed to ensuring that all students are provided with the opportunities to maximise their potential. Our mission is to ensure that all students are ‘university ready’ by the time they leave the school and we will strive to ensure students from more disadvantaged backgrounds are provided with the support and guidance necessary to assist and encourage them to do so. The allocation of Pupil Premium funding has enabled the school to continue this drive and further develop initiatives to support our disadvantaged students

In 2014/15 XP received a total of £5,979.17 of Pupil Premium funding.

In 2015/16 XP received a total of £22,375.83 of Pupil Premium funding.

In 2016/17 XP received a total of £33,313.00  of Pupil Premium funding.

We will receive our 2017/18 funding around April 2018, so the details of how we have spent this money will be included in our report for 2018/19.

Use of Pupil Premium

XP uses this Pupil Premium funding in the following ways to support those students that need additional help in order to achieve success in line with school and national expectations:

Pupil Premium funding is used to support additional staffing within the Humanities and STEM departments. This not only allows these departments to staff regular intervention strategies where appropriate, but also to provide compulsory homework and FIX (Formal Interventions at XP) sessions before and after school for those most in need.

Staffing levels across the school are supported to maintain student-teacher ratios that facilitate the provision of a targeted and holistic approach to academic and pastoral support for our most vulnerable students.

Experienced staff have been appointed to ensure that during our start up students access high levels of support.

Pupil Premium helps the school to provide additional academic and behavioural interventions for students who are at risk of exclusion, a group disproportionately represented by Pupil Premium students.

Our ongoing investment in ICT facilities and ICT software, whilst benefiting all students, particularly benefits those who do not have appropriate access to ICT devices at home and complements our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Spare devices throughout the school provide opportunities and access for the use of the school website and other aspects of our ICT portfolio used by the school to engage students and enhance their learning and progress.

We also use a nominal amount of this funding to provide travel to and from school for students on a bespoke basis.

Barriers to learning

At XP, PP students may find barriers to learning include:

Therefore, we provide all of our PP students with their choice of Chromebook, Outward Bound kit, Kindle, or anything appropriate that would help them with their education. Of the 25 students on Pupil Premium, the majority of students opted for a Chromebook with one choosing a kindle and the remaining three selected Outward Bound kit.

A significant element of Pupil Premium funding is used to fund the employment of our new staff. During our school expansion, new staff members are employed each year to support the additional students with each new year group. These staff are brought on role during the final term to enable them to undertake Staff Induction in Expeditionary Learning so that come August, when our new intake arrive, they are fully trained in our teaching methods.

Pupil Premium / Year 7 catch up Expenditure 2014/15

Activity

Cost

Music Lessons for FSM pupils

£792.00

Additional funding towards Learning Coach support

£3,000.00

Additional funding towards STEM/Hums teacher

£5,187.17

Total funding received

£8,979.17

As 2014/15 was the first year of XP and we received funding throughout the year (January and April), we were only able to provide general support. In the coming year, we are providing more personalised support.

As funding is paid to the school for each year group from April we will always be 7 months in arrears until we are full. To put this into perspective, our first year group of Year 7 started with us in September 2014, yet the first Pupil Premium installment was not received by us until April 2015. Once we have a full school and we have leavers each year this will correct itself but until then we must be very purposeful with how we spend any funding that we receive.

Pupil Premium / Year 7 catch up Expenditure 2015/16

Activity

Cost

Music Lessons for FSM pupils

£1,810.36

Intervention Software

£1,730.16

Additional funding towards Learning Coach support

£6,269.84

BYOD / Outward Bound kit provision

£4,779.01

Additional funding towards STEM/Hums teacher

£11,786.46

Total funding received

£26,375.83

Pupil Premium / Year 7 catch up Expenditure 2016/17

Activity

Cost

Humanities and Arts Madrid Visit

£1,100.00

Music Lessons for FSM pupils

£2,325.00

Intervention Software

£1,031.70

BYOD / Outward Bound kit provision

£10,800.00

Additional funding towards STEM/Hums teacher

£11,786.46

Additional funding towards Learning Coach support

£6,269.84

Total funding received

£33,313.00

Impact of Pupil Premium

We measure the impact of pupil premium through academic outcomes of the PP cohort.

The following data provides an outline of the impact Pupil Premium funding has had on those students identified as being within the Pupil Premium cohort. However, it should be noted that there are other aspects of impact of the above provision that is not able to be demonstrated through statistics. In addition the activities and initiatives funded through the Pupil Premium funding have a wider impact across the school that benefit many other students.

Outcomes for students in the Pupil Premium cohort in 2014/15:

Outcomes for students in the Pupil Premium cohort in 2015/16:

Outcomes for students in the Pupil Premium cohort in 2016/17:

Year 7 Catch-Up funding

In 2013 the Government made a commitment to provide annual additional funding to schools for each Year 7 student who had not achieved a Level 4 in Reading and/or Mathematics at Key Stage 2.

In 2014/15 XP School received a total of £3,000 Year 7 Catch Up funding.

In 2015/16 XP School received a total of £4,000 Year 7 Catch Up funding.

In 2016/17 XP School received a total of £4,000 Year 7 Catch Up funding.

At XP we work hard to ensure that all students make outstanding progress. To ensure we have accurate assessment data for students and are, therefore, able to measure their progress accurately, all students are tested in Year 7, including a reading ability assessment. This data, alongside KS2 data, is used to target those students with additional one to one support sessions in order that they are better able to access the curriculum.

Year 7 students who enter the school with a low ability in Maths are also identified in order to inform departmental support and intervention strategies. A comprehensive programme of one to one interventions, FIX sessions and compulsory homework clubs commence in Year 7 and continue into Year 8.

Where it is identified as appropriate, the additional support for those students with low levels of Numeracy and Literacy continues through the school with the same one to one, FIX and homework sessions.

Impact of Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

The impact of this funding is evaluated through the school’s data and assessment routines which monitor progress, attainments and attitude to learning on a regular basis in order to inform decisions about where support is needed.

At the end of Year 7 further assessment of reading levels are undertaken. These assessments confirmed that 100% of those students identified on entry as in need of additional support had made progress, with the overall average reading age increase being in excess of their chronological age increase.

In English, all students with a Key Stage 2 attainment of below expectations on entry made sustained progress and are now working consistently at a higher level. 100% made expected or greater than expected progress.

In Maths, all students with a Key Stage 2 attainment of below expectations on entry made sustained progress and are now working consistently at a higher level. 100% made expected or greater than expected progress.

Date of next strategy review

The next review will be ratified and published by the end of the winter term (December 2018)

The review is to be published using the Teaching Schools Council template:

https://www.tscouncil.org.uk/resources/guide-to-effective-pupil-premium-review/