Pupil Premium 2016-17

Background

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to target resources towards those pupils deemed to be from a disadvantaged background. Specifically, the Pupil Premium money is provided for those pupils who have received Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past six years (Ever6) or those children who have been looked after continuously for at least six months (CLA).

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:

  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of one of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Neither the government nor any government agencies have dictated how the Pupil Premium money should be spent but, what is clear, is that the money should be used to promote strategies which narrow the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils.

Breakdown of Pupil Premium pupils 2016-17

Year Group Male Female Total
7 37 29 66
8 57 57 114
9 57 50 107
10 39 37 75
11 34 50 84
Overall Total 223 223 446

 

Strategies for narrowing the gap – a brief overview

Noel-Baker Academy is an above average-sized secondary school with a sixth form in the City of Derby. There is a higher proportion of disadvantaged pupils than that seen nationally. Most pupils are of White British heritage. 39% of all pupils are eligible for the Pupil Premium funding. 13% of pupils have a Special Educational Need.  17% of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding also have a Special Educational Need.  No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational issues in any school and it is therefore a multi-faceted approach that offers the best opportunity for pupils to succeed. The key to narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils is careful and thorough monitoring/tracking of pupil attainment and progress. At Noel-Baker Academy this is completed through extended Senior Leadership meetings involving Curriculum Directors and Senior Leaders where regular data collections covering both academic achievement and also attitudes to learning are discussed. This tracking can then inform effective interventions.

Interventions come in a variety of forms but must be specific to the needs of the pupil/group of pupils and not simply generic strategies. Examples of such strategies include: the employment of teaching assistants/learning mentors to provide those pupils in need of close monitoring/intervention with further support; 1:1 or small group tuitions; allocation of curriculum directors as key workers to support academic progress and emotional wellbeing.

In order for any of the above to be successful we know that attendance is critical to the success of the pupils. Maintaining a high attendance rate for the Pupil Premium cohort of pupils is a key priority of the academy.

Planned Expenditure Academic year 2016-17

The three headings below show how Pupil Premium strategies will be put in place at classroom level, for targeted students and at whole school level.

For the 2016-17 academic year, our Pupil Premium funding is £451,565.00.

Quality of teaching

Desired outcome Chosen action / approach What is the evidence and rationale for this choice?
Strategies to improve provision for PP students in the classroom. Professional development for Extended SLT  responsible for Pupil Premium (£3,500)

Strategies cascaded to all teaching staff through INSET days and whole staff CPD programme. 
To learn and disseminate proven strategies to improve classroom pedagogy.

To improve the quality of teaching.

To improve outcomes for all pupils and groups of pupils.
Strategies to improve provision for PP students in the classroom. Lead Practitioner support to all staff to help improve quality of first teaching for Pupil Premium students (£40,000)

Membership of a Teaching Schools Alliance to provide CPD to staff (£1,385)

All PP students below target at data checks to receive Lead Practitioner support in intervention classes (£70,000)
To ensure the highest quality first teaching is assured and all staff are supported in improving their provision for disadvantaged students.

Professional development offer for all staff is significantly improved.

Outcomes for disadvantaged students improved.
Track and monitor Pupil Premium cohort to identify areas for additional intervention.

 

Pupil Premium book scrutinies – calendared.

Pupil Premium to be on agenda at all Curriculum meetings.

Pupil Premium focus for all learning walks.

Modify lesson observation forms to include a Pupil Premium specific section.

Interventions put in place for staff / teaching groups who are not meeting milestones (Lead Practitioner support, master classes – costed elsewhere)
Closer tracking and monitoring will allow targeted intervention for the right students at the right time.
Budgeted cost
£114,885


Pupil outcomes

Desired outcome Chosen action / approach What is the evidence and rationale for this choice?
Targeted support to ensure improved progress across all subject areas. Assertive Mentoring (£6,000) Y11 PP students with the biggest gaps to be assigned a member of staff to be their Assertive Mentor.  Assertive Mentors challenge students to make real, achievable improvements in targeted subject areas tailored to the individual student.
Targeted support to ensure improved progress across all subject areas. Intervention packages /master classes put in place for students below target (£11,500) Outside intervention has proven to boost our cohort through delivering a different approach with different staff, sometimes in a different setting.
Targeted support to ensure improved progress across all subject areas. Subsidised out of lesson learning for PP students (£25,000) Experiences to inspire and motivate our most disadvantaged students, providing experiences they may not otherwise receive.
Targeted support to ensure improved progress across all subject areas, especially in En & Ma TA support is effectively targeted in KS3 and KS4 (£86,000) Pupils receive appropriate bespoke support across the curriculum and across key stages
Targeted support to ensure improved progress in the most able students. Peer mentoring (£500) The most able PP students to be assigned a sixth form peer mentor for motivation and guidance.
Targeted support to ensure improved progress in the most able students. PiXL and 4matrix systems used to collect data, identify and diagnose gaps in learning and allow teachers to support pupils where these issues exist (£2,100) Pupil outcomes enhanced
Targeted support to ensure improved progress in the most able students. Core subject revision guides in KS4 (£2,500) All pupils receive the necessary study skills and revision support in EBacc subjects
Budgeted cost
£143,600


Targeted support

Desired outcome Chosen action / approach What is the evidence and rationale for this choice?
Dedicated leadership time to have impact on disadvantaged outcomes Proportion of Extended Leadership team salary dedicated to leading on PP (£27,700) Clarity of accountability for PP expenditure, strategy and outcomes
Improved attendance Closer monitoring of PP attendance by Year Managers, Attendance Manager and EWO (£108,880) Identification and intervention of persistent absentees will improve attendance.

 

Improved ability to focus in class. Breakfast club (£16,000) Disadvantaged students are less likely to arrive at school having eaten breakfast, which has a negative impact on their learning.
Hardship fund to support PP students with uniform and equipment. Provision given to those whose disadvantage background creates a barrier to learning or attendance (£5,500) Supporting disadvantaged students with equipment or uniform removes this barrier to learning which can also have a negative impact on attendance.
Improved attendance and progress. Alternative learning in LEAP provision or off site placements (£35,000) Some disadvantaged students need additional support and cannot access full time mainstream education.
Budgeted cost
£193,080

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