“Pupils are welcoming and friendly and many are proud of their academy. ” Ofsted 2016
(Please see the attached Pupil Premium Spending Detail 2017 - 2018 PDF at the bottom of this page)
The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools by the Department for Education. The Pupil Premium is calculated according to the number of children from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) now or at any point in the last 6 years; who have been Looked After Children (LAC); and Service children. This equates to 24% (187 students) of the USH school population. As a school we continually strive to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our students and appropriate provision is in place for those who need it most. This funding enables us to focus on some of our most vulnerable learners, utilising different strategies that promote achievement and development. All schools are held accountable for how the Pupil Premium has been used and measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of our students.
Overview of eligible students in our school
The information attached outlines the number of students at USH that fall into the different categories:
Please view the Overview PDF at the bottom of this page*
Different students have different needs regardless of why they are eligible for this funding and we aim to ensure support is created and utilised dependent upon what each student requires to achieve.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. It is used to raise achievement, to promote social skills and develop learning and behaviours for learning in order to increase the progress of eligible students. In 2017-18, the school received an additional funding of £162,835 for students who were eligible. Each year, the school is required to illustrate how this money has been spent and its impact (please see attached spreadsheet below).
We use this funding to support the eligible students through:
· Funding for specific support from two of experienced Middle Leaders who specifically support these students as part of our ‘High Flyers’ cohort
· Specific tracking of achievement by a Data lead, who focuses on where there are differences in achievement for any PP students and then works closely with subjects to diminish this difference
· 1:1 support in literacy and numeracy led by our SEN department
· Support from an intervention teacher who leads sessions in Maths and English as well as in other courses to support Key Stage 4 students
· Funding an attendance team (school and Trust based) to target support to improve the attendance of key students
· Funding time for a Life Coach to work specifically with key PP students around school and out of school issues as well as ELSA support
· A specific focus on literacy utilising our library team and Accelerated Reader Programme
· The use of a Trust Family Support Worker and Educational Psychologist for students who require very specific identification of need and support
· Additional provision during twilights and holiday periods to support Year 11 students.
· Funding extra-curricular provision, including some curricular based trips
· Funding for any uniform or equipment that is required by the student. This includes resources such as those for cooking in Food Technology and any other requirements for other subjects.
Achievement of students eligible for PP 2016-17
The gap in progress between our PP and Non-PP students has continued to close this year. In 2016, the gap was -0.42 (Progress 8) while in 2017, it was -0.24 (Progress 8), an improvement of 0.18. There is still a need for a further increase in PP achievement and this will continue over the coming year.
A*-A expectations were achieved or exceeded by PP students in 16 out of the 25 GCSE subjects studied. Most notably, 100% of PP students studying Italian achieved an A* or A grade. A*-As were achieved by PP students in 8 subjects were none were targeted (using prior achievement data).
There was impressive rates of progress in the subjects within the Open Element of the Progress 8 score, most notably in Art, Photography and BTEC PE.
The Year 7 Catch Up Premium
The school also receives £500 for any Year 7 student who has not met ‘Age Related Expectations’ (ARE) in their Year 6 SATs. In 2016-17, USH received £15,000, with £14,419 in 2017-18. This money is used to fund staff time and resources for appropriate intervention to close the gap in literacy and numeracy skills. Students at USH have different waves of intervention both in tutor time, in English and Maths lessons and where required, removal from other subject lessons to receive intense support.
Academic year - 2016-1743 students out of the 150 that began with at USH in September 2016 had not achieved Age Related Expectations for Kev Stage 2. By the end of Year 7:
· English – 35 (81.4%) of these students had reached ARE and moved beyond. Of the 8 students who had not, specific interventions have been identified for Year 8 to continue to support their learning,
· Maths – 36 (83.7%) of these students had reached ARE and moved beyond. Of the 7 students who had not, 1 student was being educated off site. These students have been identified by their teachers and will continue to get additional support in lessons.
Academic year – 2017-1852 students have begun Key Stage 3 without having achieved ARE in English. 39 students did not achieve ARE in Maths. These students will be receiving specific interventions as listed above and their achievement will be monitored over the academic year.
It is the Headteacher’s responsibility to produce termly reports to the Governing Body, highlighting progress and impact. ‘Students eligible for the Pupil Premium’ is a standing item on all agendas. The Hamwic Trust also complete a yearly review in to the achievement of Pupil Premium students.