Pupil Premium

Since April 2011 the government has provided schools with additional funding to raise the attainment of students in from low income families in line with that of other students. The indicators used to identify these students are as follows:

  • Students eligible for free school meals
  • Students who have been eligible for free school meals during the past 6 years
  • Looked after children who are in care for more than 6 months
  • The children of service personnel.

At St Bernard’s we fully support this government initiative, it is part of our Christian mission to treat each student as an individual and to have particular concern for the poor.  In undertaking work as part of our Pupil Premium provision, we hope to make our society more just and to improve the life chances of all our under-privileged students.

 

Our Pupil Premium Students:

The number of students attracting Pupil Premium funding at St Bernard’s is much smaller than for most other similar-sized schools and as such, meaningful generalisations about the cohort are limited.  Whilst we have focused some funding upon providing access to out of hours library and computer access and to careers and enterprise education – our main support is focussed upon the employment of a Coordinator for Pupil Premium students.  The Pupil Premium Coordinator gets to know each of the Pupil Premium students – is aware of their progress and is in contact with their parents; she is best placed to focus funding upon individual learning needs and enhancement of life chances.  The Pupil Premium Coordinator is effectively a Virtual Head of Year for the cohort of Pupil Premium Students – and is able to draw upon funding and to organise support both inside and outside school.  This system was put into place over the last three years and has proved effective in ensuring that outcomes for our Pupil Premium Students are comparable to all students at the school (See progress data below).  The school intends to measure the impact of this Pupil Premium strategy by monitoring progress at six points during the academic year (as it does for all students) and then reporting on the progress made over each key stage as part of this report (see progress data below).  This strategy is due to be reviewed at the Governor’s Leadership Meeting on 8th February 2017.

 

Our Pupil Premium Allocation for 2016-2017:

The school has been given £28,985 to support the progress of 32 students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

How we intend to spend our Pupil Premium Allocation for 2016-2017:

Support for Pupil Premium Students

 

Intervention

Expenditure

Success Criteria?

Data Tracking – To enhance tracking of all students across the entire school, this will enable closer scrutiny of PP students in relation to all others.  The progress and attainment gap must be identified and then the effectiveness of implementation programmes evaluated using this system.

 

IT and Data support costs: Improve reports for subject leaders and Heads of Year to enable faster response to Effort and Attainment grade collection, including enabling parents to access reports online.

 

£2,300

Effort and Attainment information will be reported on more swiftly than previously and in a more user-friendly format.

 

Attendance Support – To enhance the system of attendance support to ensure that the attendance of all students, including PP students, is responsive to dynamic attendance and punctuality patterns.

 

Close scrutiny of all attendance on the day of absence.  This close monitoring will enhance all students’ attendance, including PP.

£2,000

Attendance systems will enable daily response to unexpected student absence.

In-School study Facilities – To ensure there is access to in-school computing and library facilities before school, during break and lunch and after school.  This will enable PP students to freely access these facilities in a safe environment with adult supervision.

 

Study supervisor secured in post to enable students to remain on site until 5pm.

£6,000

This study facility will be available to PP students every day.

Literacy Support – An additional English specialist class teacher will be provided in a KS4 English lesson for those students whose literacy needs direct intervention.

 

Literacy support programme is in place and available to students, including PP, at short notice if required.

£2,000

Offered to PP students when the need arises.

Pastoral Support – A member of staff (Pupil Premium Coordinator) is in post and oversees the needs of each PP student.  She will identify the individual needs of each PP student and ensure the school response is focused on identified needs and interventions.  Additional non-contact time will be given to the post holder to enable closer scrutiny of students.

 

PP students will have a meeting with the PP coordinator every term and more often if required.  The PP coordinator will have more free time to enable these meetings to take place.

 

£4,300

PP coordinator in post and extra time available in timetable to meet students.

Targeted Interventions – The PP coordinator will deliver on specific items/interventions/programmes which will enable the PP student to benefit.  These opportunities will be identified from the pastoral support identified above.

 

Interventions tailored to the individual will be acted upon – following assessment of need.

£6,885

Expenditure will respond to individual needs identified.

Careers Support Programme – Work Related Learning and Enterprise Events will be delivered across both KS3 and KS4 via themed days which all students, including PP students will benefit.  This will encourage a long-term view of career progression and will culminate in support with CV writing in PSHE lessons and an individual interview for all Year 11 students with feedback from industry professionals.  In addition, all Year 11 PP students will be offered an individual interview with a qualified and independent Careers Advisor.

 

Planned activities will be delivered; these include: KS3 Enterprise event, KS4 Work Related Learning and KS4 Interview day.  In addition, all PP students will be offered an individual interview.

£2,500

Three events will be delivered across KS3 and KS4.  Careers advisor offered to all PP students in Year 11.

Cashless Catering – The school has invested £15,000 in cashless catering technology.  An important aspect of this is that, PP students, when they visit the canteen, operate their account just like any other student – no other students can see how they pay for their meals.

 

A cashless catering system is in place which enables all students to operate the canteen without cash.

£1,000

Students will continue to have access to the canteen via a cashless catering facility.

Teacher INSET – Suitable courses will be identified which particularly support the learning of PP students; the PP Coordinator will attend at least one such course to enable the school to keep abreast of developments in this important field; she will then cascade the findings to the rest of the teaching staff.

 

By focusing upon the needs of PP students, the PP coordinator and others will gain knowledge to cascade in school.

£2,000

Two courses relating to PP will be attended.

 

 

Our Pupil Premium Allocation for 2015-2016:

The school was given £31,892 to support the progress of 35 students who were eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

How we spent our Pupil Premium Allocation for 2015-2016:

Support for Pupil Premium Students

 

Intervention

Expenditure

Success Criteria?

Data Tracking – To enhance tracking of all students across the entire school, this will enable closer scrutiny of PP students in relation to all others.  The progress and attainment gap must be identified and then the effectiveness of implementation programmes evaluated using this system.

 

IT and Data support costs: Improve reports for subject leaders and Heads of Year to enable faster response to Effort and Attainment grade collection.

 

£3,300

Effort and Attainment information was reported on more swiftly than previously and in a more user-friendly format.

 

Attendance Support – To enhance the system of attendance support to ensure that the attendance of all students, including PP students, is responsive to dynamic attendance and punctuality patterns.  Last year system identified that PP students’ attendance was lower than the rest of the school.

 

Close scrutiny of all attendance on the day of absence.  This close monitoring will enhance all students’ attendance, including PP.

£2,000

Attendance systems enabled daily response to unexpected absence.

In-School study Facilities – To ensure there is access to in-school computing and library facilities before school, during break and lunch and after school.  This will enable PP students to freely access these facilities in a safe environment with adult supervision.

 

Study supervisor secured in post to enable students to remain on site until 5pm.

£6,500

This study facility was available to PP students every day.

Literacy Support – An extra class is provided at KS4 for those students whose literacy needs direct intervention and for whom a reduced curriculum is offered to maximise success in a smaller range of subjects.

 

Literacy support programme is in place and available to students, including PP, at short notice if required.

£2,000

Offered to PP students when the need arose.

Pastoral Support – A member of staff (Pupil Premium Coordinator) is in post and oversees the needs of each PP student.  She will identify the individual needs of each PP student and ensure the school response is focused on identified needs and interventions.  Extra non-contact time will be given to the post holder to enable closer scrutiny of students.

 

PP students will have a meeting with the PP coordinator every term and more often if required.  The PP coordinator will have more free time to enable these meetings to take place.

 

£4,700

PP coordinator in post and extra time was made available in timetable to meet students.

Targeted Interventions – The PP coordinator will deliver on specific items/interventions/programmes which will enable the PP student to benefit.  These opportunities will be identified from the pastoral support identified above.

 

Interventions tailored to the individual will be acted upon – following assessment of need.

£6,892

Expenditure responded to individual needs identified.

Careers Support Programme – Work Related Learning and Enterprise Events will be delivered across both KS3 and KS4 via themed days which all students, including PP students will benefit.  This will encourage a long-term view of career progression and will culminate in support with CV writing in PSHE lessons and an individual interview for all Year 11 students with feedback from industry professionals.  In addition, all Year 11 PP students will be offered an individual interview with a qualified and independent Careers Advisor.

 

Planned activities will be delivered; these include: KS3 Enterprise event, KS4 Work Related Learning and KS4 Interview day.  In addition, all PP students will be offered an individual interview.

£2,500

Three events were delivered across KS3 and KS4.  Careers advisor offered to all PP students in Year 11.

Cashless Catering – The school will invest £15,000 in cashless catering technology.  An important aspect of this is that once in place, PP students will visit the canteen and operate their account just like any other student – no other students will need to know how they pay for their meals.

 

A cashless catering system will be put in place enabling all students to operate the canteen without cash.

£2,000

Students will have access to the canteen via a cashless catering facility.

Teacher INSET – Suitable courses will be identified which particularly support the learning of PP students; the PP Coordinator will attend at least one such course to enable the school to keep abreast of developments in this important field; she will then cascade the findings to the rest of the teaching staff.

 

By focusing upon the needs of PP students, the PP coordinator and others will gain knowledge to cascade in school.

£2,000

One courses relating to PP were attended and cascaded to others.

 

How Pupil Premium Students progress in comparison with others:

Key Stage Four:

An analysis of progress in English and Mathematics between KS2 and GCSE over the last four years reveals that Pupil Premium students’ progress at a more rapid rate than other students nationally.  The performance of Pupil Premium students is very much in line with the rest of the year group – the apparent dip in 2015 statistics is the result of one student not making the expected progress in English and in Mathematics. In 2016, only one Pupil student failed to make expected progress in Maths, and all made expected progress in English. Expected progress here is three levels of progress between KS2 and GCSE.  The numbers of students are indicated in brackets:

 

2014

2015

2016

 

 

2014

2015

2016

English

– all St Bernard’s students

90%

(123)

91%

(127)

92%

(124)

 

Mathematics

-all St Bernard’s students

93%

(123)

91%

(127)

94%

(124)

English

-St Bernard’s Pupil Premium students

100%

(2)

88%

(8)*

100%

(6)

 

Mathematics

-St Bernard’s Pupil Premium students

100%

(2)

88%

(8)*

83.3%

(6)*

English

-All students nationally

70%

Data not published

Data not published

 

Mathematics

-All students nationally

65%

Data not published

Data not published

*One PP student failed to make the expected 3 levels of progress.

 

Key Stage Three (up to 2015)

An analysis of progress in English and Mathematics between the KS2 SATs and the KS3 SATs Teacher Assessment Levels for Year 9 reveals that Pupil Premium students progress at a more rapid rate than other students at the school, or nationally.  At St Bernard’s we judged2 expected progress over KS3 to be 2 national curriculum levels (the national benchmark is 1.5 levels).  The numbers of students are indicated in brackets:

 

2013

2014

2015

 

 

2013

2014

2015

English

– all St Bernard’s students

82% (126)

94% (125)

97%  (128)

 

Mathematics

-all St Bernard’s students

99%

(126)

100%

(125)

94%

(128)

English

-St Bernard’s Pupil Premium students

100% (6)

100% (6)

100% (8)

 

Mathematics

-St Bernard’s Pupil Premium students

100%

(6)

100%

(6)

100%

(8)

 

Key Stage Three (2016 onwards)

From Autumn 2016 we began using GCSE predictors for our internal assessment data across the school including at KS3 (following the government’s abolition of NC levels).  We are therefore able to calculate predicted levels of progress based on a GCSE prediction for each student.  The results below show those predicted to make the required 3 levels of progress from our internal data at the end of year 9.  These data reveal that PP students on average make more progress at St Bernard’s than non-PP at KS3, in keeping with that found before 2015:

 

 

2016

 

 

2016

English

– all St Bernard’s students

100% (118)

 

Mathematics

-all St Bernard’s students

98.3%

(118)

English

-St Bernard’s Pupil Premium students

100% (7)

 

Mathematics

-St Bernard’s Pupil Premium students

100%

(7)