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The ‘Pupil Premium’ has been introduced in an attempt to narrow the achievement gap between students from low income families and the rest of the cohort. Every school can choose to direct this funding in a manner that best suits their particular circumstances.
We have responded to this challenge by introducing the following initiatives in recent years:
Pupil Premium funding for the last academic year was £378,000.
Pupil Premium funding for this academic year will be £360,000.
National Literacy Trust initiative aimed at improving reading skills through use of football. The system uses reward as incentive and includes a visit to Stoke City football club and a chance to win vouchers. Year 8 PP students with reading ages below chronological were tested at the start of and end of the programme. Students made on average 12 months of progress. Clear evidence of impact. = Careful selection of appropriate students will be key to further success.
A detailed look at PP and Non PP performance from October to Summer. A significant investment was made in Year 11 English teaching to reduce class size to less than 20. English A* – C and 3/4 LoP are now judged outstanding given our context.
This is where a significant amount of PP funding was targeted i.e. extra setting targeted at underperforming cohorts in Year 11. It is possible to see how the groups have progressed from AP1 (October) to examination.
In the groups VH was involved in, PP out performed NPP in 11a3 and in the other group, 11b3, there was a gap, but PP still performed exceptionally well, with 80% 3 LoP and 30 4LoP.
Read Write Inc. started in November 2014. We would expect that ALL pupils will make at least one year of progress by the end of the summer term, given a starting point of 6 or 7 years for some is a significant percentage increase in their reading ability.
Read Write Inc. fills gaps in pupils’ ability to read letters, make sounds from letters/ groups of letters, it does not impact very much on understanding of the meaning of words.
Core Provision is clearly leading to accelerated progress in our most vulnerable students. Many of these students are now back on track and able to access the mainstream curriculum with their peers.
An intensive programme of support for most vulnerable students. A small number of pupils exhibited extremely complex needs and behaviours which meant reduced access to mainstream education. All students apart from 2 gained qualifications and all students have secured destinations. These have been treated as a cohort and disaggregated from PP performance data in this document.
Disaggregation of these Year 11 students has the following impact on PP v Non PP outcomes:
A substantial improvement on PP performance compared to the previous year (36%). Non-PP had a massive improvement on the previous year (49% up to 74%). Also, note that this compares to national PP of 39% in 2014..
PP Yr11 Attainment and Progress Trends in Mathematics and English
Before and after disaggregation (in 2015), PP has seen significant improvements in A* – C, 3 LoP and 4 LoP year on year. In 2015 Non-PP made exceptional progress and attainment and the ‘gap’ is explained in terms of their acceleration rather than any decline in PP performance.
Targeted support and challenge for identified PP students in Year 7 – 9:
Year PP/Non PP Absence 2014PP/ Non PP Absence 201574.3 / 0.97.4/ 1.2810.8 / 1.185.6 / 3.5917.6/ 5.29.8 /2.2
Whilst there are still gaps in attendance between PP and Non PP, there is definite impact over three years in raise PP attendance and lower PP Persistent Absence rates. More work is needed e.g. in reducing PA in current Year 8 (Year 7 figures). Current Year 10 has seen considerable reduction also but those figures are still too high (9.8% PA)
The academy are in receipt of £20,510 to accelerate the progress of Key Stage 3 students who
were underperforming at the point of joining the academy at the start of Year 7.
Pupil Premium funding for this academic year will be £351,536.