Use of the Pupil Premium and the Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is used for the benefit of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible in the last six years as well as children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is used to support Year 7 students who did not achieve at least Level 4 at the end of KS2.

Pupil Premium - We received £593,257 for the year April 2015 - March 2016. The indicative allocation for 2016 - 2017 is £596,063.

Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium. We received £15,000 for the year April 2015 - March 2016. The indicative allocation for 2016-17 is £10,000.

How the two types of premium are spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.  We spend this money in a variety of ways to support students whose families are on a low income. The important thing is to make sure that the ways that it is spent have the highest possible impact on attainment and success.

How we spent the pupil premium and literacy and numeracy catch-up premium in 2015-16

  1. One-to One Tuition for Year 10 and 11 students in GCSE English, maths and science
  2. Increased staffing in core subjects to reduce the size of examination classes.
  3. Improvements to facilities for the student support services.
  4. Purchase of Rosetta Stone for use with EAL students.
  5. Continuation of a longer teaching cycle -52 periods - for all students in Years 10 -13
  6. Three EAL teachers.
  7. Dedicated Literacy/Y6-7 Transition lead.
  8. Two Higher Level Teaching assistants to focus on literacy.
  9. Continuation of the Year 11 Mentoring Scheme. The school has set target minimum grades for all students who now have a middle manager, form tutor or senior manager as a personal mentor.
  10. Use of interpreters to support assessment of EAL students.
  11. Examination Board Training for all staff.  Staff teaching GCSE, A level and BTEC courses all undertook exam board training related to public exams.  

 

Impact of Pupil Premium Spending September 2015 - August 2016

GCSE 2016 results for students qualifying for Pupil Premium - to be validated January 2017

Comparisons with national figures (NB. 2016 national data unavailable)

143 pupil premium students, 78% of year group.

  • Attainment 8: 47 above NAT (2015) 39.
  • %C+ Eng+Mat. 52% above NAT (2015) 39%.
  • %eBacc. 15% above NAT (2015) 11%.
  • Progress 8. +0.33 sig. above NAT (2015) -0.4.

Students at GCA who are eligible for pupil premium perform much better than nationally.

 

Comparisons between in-school gap and national gap

143 pupil premium students.  41 non-PP students.

  • Attainment 8: in-school gap -6 better than NAT (2015) -13.
  • %C+ Eng+Mat: in-school gap -13%pts better than NAT (2015) -27%pts
  • %eBacc: in-school gap -5%pts better than NAT (2015) -18%pts
  • Progress 8: in-school gap -0.1 better than NAT (2015) -0.5

Gap at GCA is much smaller than the gap nationally, but gap still needs to be tackled.

 

How we plan to spend the premium in 2016-17

  1. One-to One Tuition for Year 10 and 11 students in GCSE English, maths and science
  2. Increased staffing in core subjects to reduce the size of examination classes.
  3. Improvements to facilities for the student support services.
  4. Continuation of a longer teaching cycle -52 periods - for all students in Years 9 -13
  5. Three EAL teachers.
  6. Dedicated Literacy/Y6-7 Transition lead.
  7. Two Higher Level Teaching assistants to focus on literacy.
  8. Continuation of the Year 11 Mentoring Scheme. The school has set target minimum grades for all students who now have a middle manager, form tutor or senior manager as a personal mentor.
  9. Use of interpreters to support assessment of EAL students.
  10. Examination Board Training for all staff.  Staff teaching GCSE, A level and BTEC courses all undertook exam board training related to public exams.