Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2016/17

Overview

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid by means of a specific grant for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals in reception to Year 11, or those who are looked after by the Local Authority. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The Pupil Premium will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and pupils that are not. Wreake Valley Academy will ensure this by making sure the funding reaches the pupils that need it most.

Objectives

The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils.
The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.
As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others. We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

Our Statistics

In school we currently have 119 pupils for whom the school will receive the additional funding.
In the current year (academic year 2016-2017) the school receives a total of £139,995 additional funds.

How we decide to use the Pupil Premium

  • We use the Pupil Premium for its intended purpose, which is to address the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium that attend this school.
  • We use the latest research to select proven strategies that work to narrow the gaps.
  • We fully evaluate all our strategies to ensure that they have the desired impact.
  • We adapt or change strategies that do not have the desired impact.
  • We ensure that Pupil Premium is allocated across all the year groups.
  • We ensure that the Pupil Premium is available to all ability groups.
  • We carry out 6 weekly data collections to target the pupils that need support the most.

How the Pupil Premium was spent in 2015-2016

One to One Mentoring In Maths. Pupils that were not making expected progress in Maths were carefully selected using a range of data. The pupils were placed on a one to one programme that was tailored to their needs. Over the course of the academic year they received Maths lessons that focused on their areas for development. Pupils were placed on a 4-6 week programme.

Impact: high

Additional teaching capacity in English. In order to improve the quality of teaching and learning, extra capacity was placed in English. This allowed class sizes to be reduced and therefore allowed teachers to work more closely with the pupils and develop their individual needs.

Additional teaching capacity in Maths. In order to improve the quality of teaching and learning, extra capacity was placed in Maths. This allowed class sizes to be reduced and therefore allowed teachers to work more closely with the pupils and develop their individual needs. Intervention classes were also set up to shadow timetabled classes.

Impact: moderate

Additional staffing in Learning Development and pastoral. This has allowed extra capacity to work with pupils that are on the SEN register. The primary objective for this strategy is to improve the academic progress of the pupils and to formulate and implement individual support plans.

Impact: moderate

PiXL Membership and access to courses, meetings and resources. (National Strategies for improving attainment). PiXL are a non-profit making organisation. The membership fee is used to generate resources and strategies that help schools improve their academic performance. By being a member of PiXL we will have access to a wealth of resources that will provide essential support for our pupils. It also allows Wreake Valley Academy to network with some of the most improved schools in the country and learn how they improved outcomes for their pupils. Wreake Valley will continue implementing PiXL strategies in 2016-17.

Impact: high

Motivational Speaker for Year 11 Pupils. A motivational speaker was invited to present to the Year 11 pupils. The aim of the session was to highlight the importance of GCSE exams and the need for thorough preparation. The pupils fully engaged in the session and pupil feedback was excellent.

Impact: not able to quantify

Subject Resources for Year 11 Pupils. Resources were purchased by departments for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. This strategy was designed to ensure all pupils were equally prepared for their GCSE examinations.

Impact: moderate

Refreshments for Intervention Sessions (small group work). During the course of the year pupils eligible for Pupil Premium were invited to breakfast, lunchtime and afterschool support sessions in a number of subjects (including English and Maths). Intervention sessions also took place in the holidays. A special evening for parents and their child took place at the start of the summer term. This evening provided parents and pupils with key information on revision plans, revision strategies and exam techniques.

Impact: high

Stationary sets for Year 11 Pupils. Pupils received stationary sets for their exams which contained all the essential equipment for their GCSEs. The key objective for this strategy was to reduce waiting time for equipment and ensure all allocated time was used to answer the exam questions.

Impact: not able to quantify

Support with day trips and residential trips. Educational trips are an excellent way to engage in subject content and understand key points of the syllabus. Over the course of the year we supported a number of pupils from years 7-11 so they could attend these educational trips.

Impact: moderate

Total Spending £ 154,016

 

Performance of previous eligible students

The performance of the pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding is summarised in the table below. This table shows the GCSE results for the 2015/16 cohort.

 

Key Measure Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium (Wreake Valley Academy) Pupils not eligible for Pupil Premium (National Statistics)
% achieving A*-C (English and Maths only) 50 64.7
Progress 8 Score -0.59 0.12
Attainment 8 Score 40.16 52.56

 

  • The percentage of pupils, eligible of Pupil Premium, achieving 5A*-C was 50% in 2016 compared to 26% in 2015.
  • The Capped APS for pupils, eligible for Pupil Premium, was 272.2 in 2016 compared to 263.69 in 2015.
  • The English APS for pupils, eligible for Pupil Premium, was 35.2 in 2016 compared to 32.15 in 2015.
  • The Maths APS for pupils, eligible for Pupil Premium, was 35.91 in 2016 compared to 34.84.
  • The English A*-C for pupils, eligible for Pupil Premium, was 58.7% in 2016 compared to 28% in 2015.
  • The maths A*-C for pupils, eligible for Pupil Premium, was 67.4% in 2016 compared to 57% in 2015.

The strategies that we intend to use for the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

One to One Maths and English Tutoring. Pupils that are not making expected progress in Maths and English will be carefully selected using a range of data. The pupils will placed on a one to one programme that is tailored to their needs. Over the course of the academic year they will receive Maths and English lessons that focus on their areas for development. Pupils will be placed on a 4-6 week programme. Their progress will be evaluated on each cycle and at the end of the academic year we will evaluate the pupils’ performance.
Estimated cost £25295

Additional teaching capacity in English. In order to improve the quality of teaching and learning, extra capacity will be placed in English. This allows class sizes to be reduced and therefore allows teachers to work more closely with the pupils and develop their individual needs.
Estimated cost £45900

Additional teaching capacity in Maths. In order to improve the quality of teaching and learning, extra capacity will be placed in Maths. This allows class sizes to be reduced and therefore allows teachers to work more closely with the pupils and develop their individual needs. Intervention classes will also be set up to shadow timetabled classes.
Estimated cost £45900

Re-new PiXL membership. (National Strategies for improving attainment). PiXL are a non-profit making organisation. The membership fee is used to generate resources and strategies that help schools improve their academic performance. By being a member of PiXL we will have access to a wealth of resources that will provide essential support for our pupils. It also allows Wreake Valley Academy to network with some of the most improved schools in the country and learn how they improved outcomes for their pupils.
Estimated cost £8000

Equipment for pupils. We will ensure that we purchase equipment, resources and materials for pupils so that they can fully engage with their education.
Estimated cost £2000

Revision sessions, evening sessions and intervention rewards. During the course of the year pupils, eligible for Pupil Premium, will be invited to breakfast, lunchtime and afterschool support sessions in a number of subjects (including English and Maths). Intervention sessions will also take place in the holidays. A special evening for parents and their child will be organised, this special evening will provide parents and pupils with key information on revision plans, revision strategies and exam techniques.
Estimated cost 12900

The Pupil Premium funding for 2016/2017 is £139995

 

Analysis of Pupil Premium spending for 2016/17 will be published following the GCSE results being released and analysed. The school is awaiting validated data.

 

Our Pupil Premium policy can be found here: PUPIL PREMIUM POLICY