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The Pupil Premium was introduced by the coalition government in 2011 to ‘narrow the gap’ in attainment between those students in receipt of free school meals and those who are not.

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (the Department for Education use the term ‘Ever6’):

  • £1,320 for primary-aged pupils;
  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils;
  • £300 for pupils recorded as Ever6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence;
  • Schools will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil (Child in Care) who:
    • has been looked after for 1 day or more;
    • was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
      • a special guardianship order
      • a residence order

Independent Review

Culcheth High School commissioned a fully independent review of its Pupil Premium practice by Achievement for All which was completed in July 2014 as part of our ongoing commitment to improve outcomes for our Pupil Premium students. The report was very positive about our approach to Pupil Premium practice but also signalled areas in which we could hone our efforts to work more effectively. We feel we have improved in all of the areas indicated over the past two years.

The report concluded:

“There are many systems and processes in place to support PP funded pupils and these are having an effect in a number of areas. This is a school that, with a broad focus on barriers to learning [selfesteem, self-confidence, independence, participation in school life, behaviour and parental engagement], could examine, plan for and therefore address some of the issues that the most vulnerable learners face”

Culcheth High School will commission another independent review in this academic year

Culcheth High School Allocation 2015 - 2016

Over the period April 2015 – March 2016, Culcheth High School received approximately £140,000 of funding to support the education of circa 170 students in receipt of Pupil Premium/Pupil Premium Plus.

During the academic year 2015-2016 this was allocated in a number of ways:

  • 1 to 1 and small group tuition in Maths for selected cohorts
  • Six Saturday sessions in Maths staffed by highly experienced practitioners in the lead up to the GCSE examinations
  • 1 to 1 and small group tuition in English for selected cohorts
  • 1 to 1 and small group tuition in Science for selected cohorts
  • Staffing and provisions for a popular ‘Breakfast Club’ (open each morning in the ILC)
  • Additional staffing and pastoral mentoring support for Pupil Premium students- especially in KS4
  • Full time employment of a Pupil Premium Achievement Mentor- Miss Creighton
  • Appointment of a Pupil Premium Progress Leader- Mr Cushing
  • Appointment of a ‘Narrowing the Gap’ Pupil Premium lead in Maths- Miss Marshall
  • Appointment of a ‘Narrowing the Gap’ Pupil Premium lead in Science- Miss Lees
  • Professional, independent careers advice and guidance (including interviews and work placements) from Mrs Morris
  • Attendance mentors/pastoral student support officers to liaise between school and home (and also to conduct home visits)- Mrs Bradley & Mrs Saffery
  • Activities/visits/workshops in KS3 to bolster Higher Education aspirations
  • £125 Educational Voucher available to all Pupil Premium families- many families chose to spend this on educational visits and trips organised by the school
  • Educational research and consultancy to refine best practice
  • Musical lessons for identified Pupil Premium students coming up from primaries
  • Learning resource purchases (textbooks, course books and digital data/text) in core subjects


  • GCSE results 5 A*-C including English & Maths in Summer 2016 revealed a 17% gap in Pupil Premium students versus others achieving this benchmark. This was based on a cohort of 24 students. This is a splendid result and massively reduces our in-school attainment gap (historic gaps: 2012 36%, 2013 47%, 2014 42%, 2015 44%).
  • It is also worth noting the following:
    • that our gap is now smaller (i.e. better) than the national average attainment gap
    • that Culcheth High School’s non-PP students results also improved significantly this summer; this means that, whilst our non-PP students raised the bar (and thus made it more difficult to close the in-school gap) our PP students leapt even higher than before. We have not closed the in-school gap by virtue of non-PP students performing poorly; we have reduced the gap by PP students excelling and staff accelerating their progress.
  • Average attainment across Pupil Premium students ‘Best 8 GCSEs’ improved/closed from an 87-point gap in 2015 to 57 points in 2016. Pupil Premium students ‘Best 8 GCSEs’ points score stood at 248 in 2015 and jumped to 300 points in 2016: an improvement of 52 points.
  • In 2016 Pupil Premium students making expected progress in English rose to 74% compared to 53% in 2015 and 39% in 2014.
  • Pupil Premium students making better than expected progress in English rose to 52% compared to only 6% the previous year: a significant improvemen
  • In 2016 Pupil Premium students making expected progress in Maths rose to 70% compared to 24% in 2015 and 35% in 2014: a significant improvement and a key focus of last year’s strategy and budget spend.
    • Pupil Premium students making better than expected progress in Maths rose to 26% compared to only 7% the previous year.
  • In 2016 Pupil Premium students making expected progress in Science rose to 62% compared to 13% in 2015: a significant improvement.
    • Pupil Premium students making better than expected progress in Science rose to 24% compared to 0% the previous year.
  • In-school gaps between Pupil Premium students and their non-PP peers making expected progress in Core subjects significantly closed in all three areas- English, Maths & Science:
    • English closed from 25% in 2015 to 17% in 2016
    • Maths closed from 43% in 2015 to only 8% in 2016
    • Science closed from 47% in 2015 to 13% in 2016
  • Pupil Premium students improved their average grade across the board from a D in 2015 and 2014 to a C grade in 2016: clear evidence that improvements were made across all subjects and not just in core English, Maths and Science.
    • Most current Year 11 Pupil Premium students sat their Science Core GCSE at the end of Year 10:
      53% of Pupil Premium students passed at grade C and above. This figure is skewed somewhat by the fact that Triple Scientists (our most able scientists, taking all three
      disciplines) don’t sit their examinations until the end of Year 11. When these students projected results are factored in, approximately two-thirds of current Year
      11 PP students are on course to achieve Cs and above in this core subject.
  • Attendance gaps continue to narrow and the 2016 whole school PP versus non-PP gap stood at 3.2%. The Pupil Premium versus Non-Pupil Premium gap has therefore improved by approximately 4% over the last four years.
  • Pupil Premium Parents’ Evening attendances over the course of the last academic year improved in all but one year group based on the previous year. (Even in this year group it was possibly due to the fact we had already had a pleasing PP turnout at Options Evening the week before.)
    • The newly implemented, robust procedures in home-school liaison established by the PP/NtG team have paid dividends.
  • All Pupil Premium students in September 2016, at the time of writing, were placed in education, employment or training.
  • Exclusions of Pupil Premium students show an improving three-year trend.
  • There is evidence of educational gaps narrowing in our younger/current cohorts as intervention work begins to gather momentum and build incrementally.

Budget Spend 2015 - 2016

The school received exactly £140,305 of Pupil Premium funding in the last financial year.
The budget breakdown/spend was as follows:

£65,517 Teaching/Education Salaries (widening the PP/Pastoral Student Support Team)
£51,663 Learning Resources, Educational Visits and Continuing Professional Development
£23,125 Pupil Premium Voucher Scheme

TOTAL= £140,305

Projected Allocation 2016 - 2017

This year Culcheth High School’s allocation is projected/approximately £150,000 based on circa 175 students (numbers fluctuate as students join the school or leave the area); the proposed strategies for the budget are indicated above.

Next Steps

Culcheth High School will continue to support Pupil Premium students with a sharp focus on progress, attendance and attainment. We are hoping to further close and eradicate educational and attendance gaps between Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium students.

In September 2015, Mr Martin Cushing was appointed as Pupil Premium Progress Leader with a strategic overview of the entire cohort as a distinct ‘year group’. He has been at the forefront of interventions to break down any barriers to learning, alongside the PP Lead for the school, Assistant Headteacher Mr Peter Harold Groves.

Miss Rachael Creighton will continue in her role, working closely with Mr Cushing and Mr Groves, to mentor specific PP students and provide pastoral support for those children in educational need or who need academic support to meet their targets. A coaching-inspired ‘GROW’ model has evolved for all mentoring meetings. As aforementioned, post holders in Science and Maths (Miss Lees and Miss Marshall respectively) will also continue: their specific remit is to narrow the Pupil Premium gap as subject specialists. Ultimately, the team around Pupil Premium students has grown wider and stronger and is now well-established.

All teaching staff also have access to ‘Continuing Professional Development’ material/courses: including those delivered by Mr Groves in-house, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding PP progress and also to disseminate best pedagogical practice. Sessions delivered thus far have been well-attended and received by staff and even more are scheduled this coming academic year. INSET time in September 2016 has already been spent exploring PP barriers and teaching strategies.

A Pupil Premium Parents’ Information Evening was held on 23rd September 2015 and proved, once again, to be very successful according to the parental surveys completed on the night. The Pupil Premium Educational Voucher has been secured at £125 for this academic year and will continue to directly support Pupil Premium families. The next Pupil Premium Parents’ Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 28th September 2016 and all Pupil Premium families have been invited.

All Year 11 students still registered as Pupil Premium in September 2016 will receive a laptop for their GCSE studies, gratis, as part of a ‘Welcome to Year 11’ study gift pack.
Mrs Bradley’s and Mrs Saffery’s roles as Pastoral Student Support Officers continue to provide intensive support to a range of Pupil Premium students on an academic level, as well as bolstering attendance in order to increase engagement and maximise progress.

As part of the school’s commitment to eradicating any gaps in attainment and progress, all teachers at Culcheth High School are required to monitor closely the progress and achievement of any Pupil Premium student(s) in their class on a lesson-by-lesson and half-termly basis. Seating plans, mark sheets and lesson planning will cater for Pupil Premium students’ progression at a classroom level. Teachers also have access to refined ‘Planning for Progression’ data (which is centrally produced by the data team) to highlight all key groups within their GCSE classes. This measures progress of groups- especially PP students- over time and clearly flags up underachievement. Proposed actions are then planned/delivered at a classroom level. Heads of Department & Faculties also discuss the Narrowing the Gap agenda and interventions with their Senior Leadership Team link on a regular basis throughout the year: attention in meetings/action plans are regularly focused on predicted outcomes of PP versus Non-PP students in their respective subjects.

Extra tuition in English and Maths will continue with small group interventions for underachieving students, particularly at GCSE level, but also with defined cohorts of Years 7, 8 and 9 throughout the academic year. Regular interventions and support will also take place during morning registration slots as part of our English and Maths ‘Pupil Premium Progress’ sessions which are run by key members of the English and Mathematics departments.

Careers guidance (‘Independent Information Advice and Guidance’- IIAG) has also been commissioned for the forthcoming academic year with a keen Pupil Premium focus. Mrs Quicler and Mrs Morris will continue to lead work in this area and ensure Pupil Premium students follow rewarding pathways into Further Education, training, apprenticeships and employment. Our focus this year will be getting more of our Year 11 students onto Level 3 (‘A’ Level or equivalent) qualifications in Year 12. Mrs Quicler will also provide additional support to our current cohort of 38 Year 9 Pupil Premium students in making their all-important options choices this year. They will receive bespoke guidance to ensure they select the very best route for them as individuals.

There has been a strategic shift in the last three years to provide the capacity to enable pastoral and teaching staff to work more intensively with Pupil Premium students in order to unlock their vast potential. Our results this year provide rich evidence that we are moving in the right direction and are making great inroads.

Our mantra continues to be ‘Equity not Equality’ and all of our Pupil Premium work is underpinned by the belief that, regardless of the barriers our students face, they can be overcome with the support of our excellent, dedicated staff. We are very lucky to work with such aspirational young people and their families.

Mr P.H. Groves (Assistant Headteacher- Pupil Premium)
th September 2016

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