Pupil Premium

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

Section A: 2013-14 Provision and Outcomes

The government provides additional funding to schools for each Year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests in literacy and/or numeracy.

The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, in order to raise the progress and achievement of these students.

In the academic year 2013/14, we received an additional £500 of Catch Up Premium funding for each of these students, which was used to support them in year 7 in order to reach their full potential at Sir Thomas Boughey High School.

Number of pupils and Year 7 catch up premium received

Total number of pupils on roll in Year 7
September 2013
134
Total number of pupils eligible for Y7 catch up premium Literacy = 12, Numeracy = 9
Amount of catch up premium received per pupil £500
Total amount of catch up premium received £ 8,000

Focus areas and desired outcomes

To raise the reading ages of students so that they can access the whole curriculum more successfully.

To improve the English attainment of students from their KS2 starting points, aiming to reach at least Level 4 by the end of the year.

To improve confidence in and enjoyment of maths, thus raising achievement levels.

Barriers to Learning

Lack of comprehension even when reading reasonably fluently. Lack of organisation with regards to reading. Lack of interest in reading.

Lack of confidence in ability. Lack of organisation with work. Weak literacy skills and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Lack of confidence in Maths. Weak literacy skills preventing full access to the Maths curriculum. Specific learning difficulties.

Success Criteria

Students reading ages will improve, so that they are nearer to their chronological ages. Students will enjoy reading for pleasure.

Students will reach at least Level 4 by the end of Year 7.

Students will improve achievement levels in Maths, aiming for level 4 by the end of the year.

Chosen Strategies

The school invested in the Lexia programme to improve reading skills as well as a comprehension software package to diagnose and improve issues with comprehension. Precision teaching run during assembly time for selected pupils. Extraction and booster groups run for selected pupils.

Quality first teaching within the English department, including differentiated resources and teaching. Targeted use of Teaching assistants to support students in accessing the curriculum. Small class sizes in lowest ability groups. Extraction/Booster classes by SEN and English department TAs.

Quality first teaching within the Maths department. Small group work undertaken by specialist Maths TA. Small group for lowest ability pupils.
Booster and extraction groups.

Evaluation of Impact

On average students increased their reading age by just over one full year per student, which is significant bearing in mind their low starting points. In a student voice survey at the end of the year, all students participating in the Lexia programme felt they were more confident readers.

9 out of the 12 students had improved their levels to at least level 4 by the end of Year 7. The other 3 pupils had progressed by 1 or 2 sublevels but support will continue.

All students improved their levels in Maths by the end of year 7 with 2/9 reaching Level 4. 3 pupils improved by one or two sub levels, 2 appeared to make no progress and 2 appeared to deteriorate.

Effectiveness of Strategies

The Lexia programme has been a success and as a consequence we have extended its use into other year groups anticipating a similar degree of success.

The strategies have proved successful in enabling students to achieve higher levels and will be adopted again for in-coming Year 7 students. The three students who had not reached level 4 each have additional special needs which are supported through our SEN team.

There will be continued intervention to support students not yet reaching Level 4 as they move into Year 8. This will be more intensive and use alternative more effective strategies.

Section B: 2014-15 Planned Provision and Expected Outcomes

Focus areas and desired outcomes

Success Criteria

Chosen Strategies

To raise the reading ages of students so that they can access the whole curriculum more successfully. Students will increase their reading age at least in line with their chronological age. Lexia Programme, Precision teaching and extraction and booster groups led by SEN and the English department.
To improve the English attainment of students from their KS2 starting points, demonstrating measurable progress by the end of the year. Students will improve their competence and skills in English, so that their assessment levels improve throughout the year.  Handwriting intervention led by a specialist TA. Extraction and booster groups led by SEN and English department. Teaching Assistant support to access the curriculum.
To improve confidence in and enjoyment of maths, thus raising achievement levels. Students will achieve measureable progress in Maths by the end of Year 7. More intensive small group work led by specialist Maths TA and focussing on gaps in knowledge. Teaching assistant support in class.

 

Number of Pupils and Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Received

Total number of pupils on roll 737
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 194
Amount of PPG received per pupil Free School Meals (FSM) Premium per pupil-£900 Service Children Premium – £300
Looked After Children (LAC) – £900
Total amount of PPG received £172,800

 

Nature of Support 2013/14

The school utilises the Sutton Trust’s Toolkit as a baseline to track progress, intervention and experiences to help assess pupils and inform the school’ priorities for support.

  • One to one / group support from Pupil Premium / Pupil Progress and Attendance and Behaviour Co-ordinators to set targets, reflect, seek help and show progression through all aspects of school life.
  • Intensive subject support for targeted students at all key stages.
  • Specialist TA support in core subjects at both key stages.
  • Direct Intervention on a one-to-one/small group basis in literacy and numeracy for students at both key stages.
  • specialist Maths support at Key Stage 4 and targeted group interventions.
  • 2 members of staff employed in Student Behaviour Support/Counselling roles
  • Reading comprehension package utilised for underachieving KS3 pupils.
  • workshops (Raising aspirations day) to raise aspirations and acquire vital study skills at KS4.
  • Specialist workshops for students across all key stages from Relationships without fear, Chelsea’s Choice, PCSOs, SRE team.
  • 2 counsellors employed one day per week in school to support students’ emotional needs.
  • and free of charge trips and visits as well as funding to support specialist subject materials.
  • Subsidised school uniform.
  • Alternative provision for eligible students at KS4.

Note: All interventions are tracked from Year 7 through to Year 11 for every PP student by the PP co-ordinator / pupil progress manager and behaviour and attendance co-ordinator who ensure that teaching and support staff have the necessary information to support the progress of PP students through Sir Thomas Boughey High School.

 

Focus Areas of PPG Spending 2013/14

  • To provide additional educational support to improve student progress and raise their standards of achievement, with the aim of narrowing the gap between these students and their peers.
  • To focus on an inclusion agenda including providing additional intervention programmes, pastoral support and enrichment opportunities which increase students’ access to the curriculum.
  • To provide strategies which raise vulnerable students’ confidence and self-belief, enabling them to become confident learners and feel that they are a valued part of the school community.

 

Measuring the Impact of PPG Spending

The school tracks the progress of each student throughout the year, with all staff having access to the tracking data for every student. This enables us to measure the impact of the spending in terms of progress and achievement. It also enables us to judge the impact of strategies we are using to raise students’ confidence and self-esteem and how this is reflected in their progress, behaviour and attendance. The interventions which take place for every student are carefully tracked so that our objectives remain achievable and adjustments can be made to reflect changing student needs.

All PP students are encouraged to take part in the wealth of opportunities which exist at Sir Thomas Boughey High School, including our after school programmes, taking positions of responsibility in all year groups, access to the school nurse, behaviour support and counselling and a whole range of out of school visits. The school meets every parent each year at least once in school to discuss the progress of their child but all staff are available throughout the year for ad hoc meetings to discuss individual issues.

In 2014, our PP students all achieved the qualifications they needed to gain places in further education or training. This has been achieved through a variety of strategies, including intensive subject specific interventions using specialist Teaching Assistants and targeted mentoring and confidence building sessions with staff and careers support. Whilst some students did not achieve their target grades in all subjects, we believe that this was due to a complex range of factors which impact upon a child’s performance both within school and in their wider life experiences. The school offers a wealth of enrichment opportunities beyond the curriculum and financial support has been put in place to enable Pupil Premium students to engage in these opportunities, including attending trips and visits beyond the normal curriculum and leadership opportunities.

Attendance at Sir Thomas Boughey High School is higher than the national average at 95.2% with our FSM students also having better overall attendance (92%) than FSM children nationally (91.7%) according to the latest published figures.

Report published September 2014 (see below).

 

Pupil Premium Intervention Review September 2014

Year 7

Area suggested by Sutton Trust Data (number of students) Data
After school/Lunchtime programmes 6 out of 40 in year 7 15%
Extra behaviour intervention 5 out of 40 in year 7 13%
Instrument lessons in school 2 out of 40 in Year 7 5%
One to one mentoring in subjects 10 out of 40 in Year 7 25%
Outdoor learning experience 34 out of 40 pupils 85%
Parental meetings 40 out of 40 pupils 100%
Sports teams or activities 6 out of 40 15%
Teaching assistants within lessons 9 out of 40 23%
Lexis scheme /Precision teaching 6 out of 40 pupils 15%
Visits/trips and extra-curricular opportunities 3 out of 40 pupils 8%
Positions of responsibility (school council/ peer mentor representative) 3 out of 40 pupils hold a position of responsibility 8%
Gifted and Talented programme 0 0

 

Year 8

Area suggested by Sutton Trust Data Data
After school/Lunchtime programmes 7 of 44 16%
Small group tuition 4 of 44 9%
Extra behaviour intervention 2 of 44 5%
Instrument lessons in school 2 of 44 5%
One to one mentoring in subjects 5 of 44 11%
Lexis scheme/Precision Teaching 9 of 44 20%
Parental meetings 44 of 44 pupils 100%
Sports teams or activities 5 of 44 pupils 11%
Teaching assistants within lessons 22 of 44 50%
Positions of responsibility (school council/peer mentor representative) 4 of 44 9%
Gifted and talented programme 2 of 44 pupils 5%

 

Year 9

Area suggested by Sutton Trust Data Data
After school/Lunchtime programmes 4 out of 40 10%
Raising Aspirations Day 40 out of 40 100%
Extra behaviour intervention 2 out of 40 5%
Instrument lessons in school 1 of 40 3%
One to one mentoring in subjects 1 out of 40 3%
Reduced class size/Team teach 16 out of 40 40%
Parental meetings 40 out of 40 100%
Sports teams or activities 17 out of 40 43%
Teaching assistants within lessons 23 out of 40 58%
Lexis Scheme/Precision teaching 9 out of 40 22%
Visits/trips and extra-curricular opportunities 0 out of 40 0
Positions of responsibility (school council/ peer mentor/ representative) 3 out of 40 8%
Gifted and Talented programme 4 out of 40 10%

 

Year 10

Area suggested by Sutton Trust Data Data
After school/lunchtime programmes 17 out of 36 47%
Reduced class size/Team teach 4 out of 36 11%
Extra behaviour intervention (with PM/LT) 6 out of 36 17%
Instrument lessons in school 4 out of 36 11%
One to one mentoring in subjects 6 out of 36 17%
Small group tuition 5 out of 36 14%
Social / Collaborative learning 2 out of 36 6%
Parental meetings 36 out of 36 100%
Sports teams or activities 8 out of 36 22%
Teaching assistants within lessons 24 out of 36 67%
Lexis scheme/Precision teaching 2 out of 36 6%
Visits /trips and extra-curricular opportunities 12 out of 36 33%
Visited Colleges or universities this year (higher aspirations) 36 out of 36
And all completed work experience (July 2014)
100%
Careers 36 out of 36 100%
Positions of responsibility (school council / peer mentor / representative) 2 out of 36 6%
Gifted and Talented programme 1 of 36 3%

 

Year 11

Area suggested by Sutton Trust Data Data
After school/lunchtime programmes 18 out of 36 pupils 50%
Reduced class size/Team teach 6 out of 36 17%
Extra behaviour intervention 14 out of 36 39%
Instrument lessons in school 0/36
One to one mentoring in subjects 4 out of 36 11%
Small group tuition 5 out of 36 14%
Social/collaborative learning 6 out of 36 17%
Parental meetings 36 out of 36 pupils 100%
Sports teams or activities 6 out of 36 17%
Teaching assistants within lessons 27 out of 36 75%
Lexis Scheme/Precision teaching
Visits/Trips and extra-curricular opportunities 5 out of 36 pupils 14%
Colleges (higher aspirations) 6 out of 36 17%
Positions of responsibility (school council / peer mentor / representative) 1 out of 36 pupils 3%
Gifted and Talented programme 1 out of 36 on the G&T programme 3%

 

Pupil Premium Grant Planned Expenditure: 2014/15

Number of Pupils and Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Received

Total number of pupils on roll 742
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 179
Amount of PPG received per pupil Every 6 Free School meals:

  • Premium – £935 per child
  • Service Child Premium – £300 per child
  • LAC – £1500 per child
  • Pupil Premium+ – £1900 per child
Total amount of PPG received £172,310

 

Our key Objectives in Spending PPG

  1. To utilise the Sutton Trust’s Toolkit as a baseline to track progress, intervention and experiences to help assess pupils and inform the school’s priorities.
  2. To provide additional educational support to improve progressand raise the standards of achievement across all key stages for Pupil Premium students, narrowing the gap between these students and the rest of the cohort.
  3. To focus on an inclusion agenda by providing additional intervention programmes, pastoral support and enrichment opportunities which improve these students’ access to the curriculum.
  4. To provide an opportunity to raise standards in Maths and English and consequently, narrow the gap between the achievement of these students and their peers.
  5. To provide strategies which raise these students’ confidence and self-belief, enabling them to become confident learners and feel that they are a valued part of the school community.

 

How are we spending the Pupil Premium Grant?

  • Specialist TA/Teacher support for Maths, English and Science across all year groups.
  • Specialist TA support to enable coursework catch up at Key Stage 4.
  • Small group work focused on overcoming gaps in learning across several departments.
  • 1:1 support for individual pupils across several departments
  • Behaviour Support specialists employed by the school to increase motivation, attendance and support learning in the classroom.
  • Targeted support to raise literacy levels.
  • Mentor support for targeted students.
  • 2 Counsellors employed one day per week in school.
  • Alternative provision for selected students.
  • The school has invested in both the Lexis scheme to support improved literacy and a comprehension package.
  • Specialist workshops for students across all key stages from Relationships without fear, Chelsea’s Choice, PCSOs, SRE team.
  • Higher aspirations opportunities including trips to universities and Colleges for post-16 education.
  • Music tuition for individual FSM students.
  • Subsidised and free of charge trips and visits for FSM students.
  • Subsidised school uniform for FSM students.

An itemised report for this school year will be produced at the end of the academic year and posted on the website as for 2013/14.