Context

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the 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 2014 to 2015 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’):

  • £1,300 for primary-aged pupils;
  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils;
  • 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 http://www.afa3as.org.uk/ 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.

Culcheth High School Allocation 2013 - 2014

Over the period April 2013 – March 2014, Culcheth High School received approximately £110,000 of Pupil Premium funding to support the education of students in receipt of Pupil Premium students.

During the academic year 2013-2014 this was allocated in a number of ways:

  • 1 to 1 and small group tuition in Maths for selected cohorts
  • 1 to 1 and small group tuition in English 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
  • Professional, independent careers advice and guidance (including interviews and work placements)
  • An attendance mentor/officer to liaise between school and home (and also to conduct home visits)
  • Establishing a peer-mentoring scheme for all Pupil Premium students
  • Funding activities/visits/workshops in KS3 to bolster Higher Education aspirations
  • A £100 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
  • Learning resource purchases in core subjects

Impact

  • GCSE results in summer 2014 showed a 5.5% closure of the 5+ A* to C including English and Maths gap (Pupil Premium vs Non Pupil Premium students based on the previous year)
  • Average attainment across Pupil Premium students ‘Best 8 GCSEs’ rose by 42.1 points based on the previous year
  • Pupil Premium students making expected progress in English stood at 39.1% and for Maths this was 34.8%- this is something we need to improve this academic year
  • Attendance gaps continue to narrow and the 2014 gap stood at 3.8%- the Pupil Premium vs Non Pupil Premium gap has therefore improved by nearly 4% over the last two years
  • All Pupil Premium students in September 2013 were placed in education, employment or training (N.B. September 2014 confirmation will soon be available from the Local Authority and will be updated here)
  • 50% of all Pupil Premium Year 10 students (this year’s Year 11) have already achieved their English Literature GCSE at grade C and above- a good indicator of future success
  • Exclusions of Pupil Premium students are down and continue to improve based on previous years

Projected Allocation 2014 - 2015

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This year Culcheth High School’s allocation is approximately £130,000 and the proposed strategies in the spend are indicated above.

Next Steps

Culcheth High School will continue to support Pupil Premium students with a sharp focus on progress and attainment. We are hoping to further close and eradicate educational and attendance gaps between Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium students. Current projections suggest that the gap between Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium students securing 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths will significantly narrow this year by a projected figure of 25%. This is the year we believe we will make real inroads into eradicating this gap as the literacy interventions, extra pastoral support and mentoring schemes embedded in previous years begin to pay greater dividends.

A Pupil Premium Parents’ Information Evening was held on 24th September 2014 and proved to be very successful according to the parental surveys completed on the night. The Pupil Premium Educational Voucher has been increased to £125 for this academic year and will continue to directly support Pupil Premium families.

Mrs Bradley’s role as Attendance Officer has also been extended to provide intensive support to Pupil Premium students on an academic level as well as continuing her successful work in improving attendance.

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, marksheets, and lesson planning will cater for Pupil Premium students’ progression at a classroom level.

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 on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Regular interventions and support will also take place during morning registration slots as part of our English and Maths ‘Info Burst’ programmes which are run by four 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 Morris will continue to lead work in this area and ensure Pupil Premium students follow rewarding pathways into FE, training, apprenticeships and employment.

To conclude, as aforementioned, Culcheth High School undertook an independent review of its Pupil Premium practice with charitable not-for-profit organisation, Achievement for All http://www.afa3as.org.uk/ in July 2014. The concluding statement of the report reads,

“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 [self-esteem, 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”

This is our ultimate goal and this year will see us improve still further.

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

9th October 2014