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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Catch Up & Pupil Premium

Introduction 

The Pupil Premium grant to schools was introduced in April 2011. It refers to additional funding to support children from low-income families, those from a services family or those who were known to be eligible for free school meals and for children who had been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. Students currently receive £950 per academic year as of April 2014. Eligibility has also been extended to students who are entitled to free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

Catch Up Premium

The Year 7 Catch-Up Premium for 2015-16 will include all Year 7 pupils that did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2 based on the provisional Key Stage 2 data. A maximum of £500 for each pupil who has not achieved at least level 4 in reading and/or maths has been allocated.

Sir William Ramsay (SWR) School will have the freedom to spend both Premiums, which is additional to the underlying academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils and closing the performance gap between them and their peers.

Who can I talk to about Pupil Premium?

All members of staff have a clear focus on Pupil Premium. The first point of call for parents will often be the Pastoral manager, Academic leader or form tutor.

If there are further questions, the Pupil Premium champion . Mr Wolfenden, would be happy to talk to you.

Pupil Premium Objectives

  • To ensure Pupil Premium students make progress at least in line with or greater than national measures of expected progress.
  • To ensure continued actions to further reduce the Pupil Premium gap throughout the school.
  • To ensure secure and well supported transitions, both from primary school and to future destinations

Pupil Premium students currently in the school (2016-17)

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Total

Number of PP students

34

32

32

34

36

168

% of the year group

17.6%

16.6%

19.8%

20.6%

22.5%

 

Amount of funding for the current academic year: £132,820

The main barriers faced by pupil premium students at SWR include but may not always be:

  • Low attendance
  • Above average exclusion rate
  • Tend to make less progress than non pupil premium students
  • Low levels of literacy and numeracy
  • English as a second language
  • Low aspirations, particularly with regards to further education
  • Lack of engagement in wider school life (for example sports clubs and student council)
  • Special educational needs

Pupil premium reviews:

To ensure that the pupil premium funding is spending is effective at Sir William Ramsay we regularly conduct reviews into its effectiveness. The last review was in July 2016, the next one will take place in January 2016.

In 2016 half of students in receipt of the pupil premium achieved 3 levels of progress from key stage 2 to 4, while a quarter made 4 or more levels of progress in the new progress 8 measure at GCSE. In English and Maths over 66% of pupil premium students achieved 3 levels of progress. In 2016 32% of those students for whom we received pupil premium achieved 5A*-C including English and maths in their examinations. Students who were not in receipt of the premium achieved 54%. Whilst the difference reflects well in comparison to National figures and has come down from 2015, as a school we aim to continue to close this gap and we will use the premium wisely to do this.

How do we know Pupil Premium funding meets student's needs?

The impact of each key provision funded by the Pupil Premium is evaluated by analysing the achievement and engagement in learning of the students receiving the provision. This evaluation takes place each half term after a new cycle of progress report data is analysed. This enables both the short and longer term tracking of the impact of each provision.

On-going analysis of the impact of each provision will enable decisions to be taken about how to spend the Pupil Premium most effectively. Provisions that have the greatest impact will be supported with continued investment, whilst those that are not having as much impact will be reviewed and adapted to ensure they support student progress more effectively.

How are we measuring the impact of Pupil Premium?

Several different methods will be used to measure the impact of Pupil Premium funding. A key measure is achievement. This is the progress students make from the point when they join the school at the start of year 7. Another key measure is engagement in learning. A further indication of engagement is attendance, which is measured as a percentage from the start of the school year. As a school we also track student and staff feedback on the effectiveness of certain support and interventions.

How is the funding spent and what is the impact?

Pupil Premium funding in 2015/2016 is based on £950 per FSM / Ever 6 student. Children of service families are awarded £300 per annum. In addition, Looked-after children and eligible pupils who have been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence / Special Arrangement order will attract a premium (Pupil Premium Plus) of £1,900..

In the past the sort of support students have received include:

  • One-to-one tuition
  • Music lessons
  • Revision guides
  • Text books
  • Funding towards educational trips