Pupil Premium Spending
The distribution of students who trigger Pupil Premium funding across the school is evenly spread across the ability range and classes. Therefore a wide variety of strategies is being used to improve the attendance, behaviour and achievement of students. Improving literacy and reading ability is seen as critical in raising student performance. Whilst it is very early in the implementation of some of these strategies, some impact has already been seen. For 2015/16 the school has been allocated £347,118 and it is spent in the following ways.
Strategies implemented include:
- TOE by TOE (a one to one reading intervention programme - staff as well as sixth formers are being used to work with Key Stage 3 students.
- IDL - a personalised computer programme to improve reading, typing and spelling
- Student support building and redesign work
- Purchase of Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths
- Purchase of additional books in the library (target 10,000)
- Catering for exam period
- Breakfast club
- Travel to sporting venues
- Motivational speakers
- Revision books
- Provision of uniform
Total Cost £49,999.33
Staffing used to support pupil premium students:
- Deputy SENCo
- Pupil Progress Leaders in each year group
- Attendance improvement worker
- CEIAG provision
- KS4 & KS3 intervention staff
- Staff training
- Music service subsidy
- Additional English and maths lessons
Total Cost £302,662.56
2015/16 Impact on student outcomes:
To date, as a result of pupil premium investment, we have seen improvements in student reading ages, some of which has been significant, and which is ensuring students are better able to access the curriculum.
Data from 2015/16 Pupil Premium Project group demonstrates that effort grades have been maintained or improved through mentoring. Those that did decline were identified and supported each half term by an identified member of staff in each year. The 2015/16 year 11 data indicates that the project has been successful in improving effort grades and attendance in all terms. The effort grades for the pupil premium target group exceed the whole cohort in all terms. Analysis of the year 11 GCSE results will be available soon. The majority of the target pupils have attended the lunch and after school catch up sessions with food incentives which we believe has made a significant improvement to these grades.
Progress leaders worked with classroom teachers and students to monitor and track student progress. The focus was on supporting vulnerable students. The impact closed learning gaps, improved attendance and participation in whole school activities as well as giving emotional and well being support.
The appointment of an attendance improvement worker allows the school to complete home visits and work directly with the pupil premium families and pupils. National data shows the significant impact of poor attendance on attainment and progress. Moving forward this will further have a positive impact on attendance, which is monitored closely by the pupil premium staff in each year who liaise with the attendance improvement worker. Pupil premium attendance has increased 2% in the last year, narrowing the gap between pupil premium pupils and the none pupil premium.
2014/15 Pupil premium attendance - 88.8%
2015/16 Pupil premium attendance - 90.8%
The main barriers the pupil premium students present is attendance, emotional well being and lack of aspirations.
Many of the strategies listed above will continue into 2016/17 as they have impacted on achievements and attendance.
In 2016/17 we are introducing the early intervention project which personalises learning and support for our most vulnerable students, teaching them key skills which will support them in the classroom and beyond.
Targeted impartial careers guidance will increase post 16 numbers and help to raise aspirations.
The pupil premium funding will contribute towards a Nurture group tutor who will work closely with the Y7 pupils on transition from Primary School.
In addition to contributing to travel to sports events we will allocate £10000 to enable pupil premium pupils to take part in educational visits including taking part in foreign trips without a financial barrier. The impact of this will be increased aspiration and involvement of all groups of students in the wider life of Heysham High School.
Due be reviewed in April 2017
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