Pupil Premium

This fund is provided by the government to improve outcomes for students who have been or are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM), pupils in care and vulnerable students (see Free School Meals).

During the school year 2016-17 our funding was further focused on our drive to develop Personalised Learning across the school. This includes a focus on tracking subgroups of students including the group of students who attract this funding. This was a focus for the School Improvement Plan for the year and, as a consequence, a focus for staff training. The Sutton Trust recommends that this is the most cost-effective way of improving outcomes for this group of students.

Analysis of the summer’s results shows students made good progress as outlined in the summary table below. Our cohort of 17 disadvantaged/pupil premium students made better progress than their BGS peers on average, gaining higher P8 scores than their peers in three of the four prescribed Progress 8 elements, namely English, Mathematics and EBacc. This represents an improvement on the previous year and further confirms our commitment to a whole-school strategic focus on personalisation and the progress of subgroups of students. Pupil premium students additionally out-attained their peers gaining an Attainment 8 score of 73.79 in comparison to the 70.79 gained by the average BGS student. These results are a dramatic improvement on the previous year (see the second table) and suggest that the pupil premium funding is being used effectively.

Summer 2017

Progress 8

English

Maths

EBacc

Open

All BGS students

0.38

0.45

0.44

0.58

0.09

PP students at BGS

0.47

0.56

0.71

0.67

0.03

Summer 2016

Progress 8

English

Maths

EBacc

Open

All BGS students

0.29

0.31

0.25

0.47

0.14

PP students at BGS

0.09

0.28

-0.14

0.16

0.03

(National data for PP students not available at the time of publication.)

In the school year 2017-18 the allocation of Pupil Premium funding will amount to £74,800. This will be spent in the following ways (approximate costs given) to ensure equality of outcomes for all students:

Funded activity to support equality of outcomes

Approximate cost (£)

Personalisation will continue to be a focus of staff training

24000

The development of contextual information by every teacher on each of their classes

400

Funding the training of our Sixth Form Peer Mentors

900

Ensuring that FSM students experience no financial impediments to attending trips and visits

2,800

Funding the cost of a literacy co-ordinator for the school with appropriate materials including Library resources to support reluctant learners

8,500

Providing booster classes and individual support in English Language for students struggling with this subject

2,100

Part-funding the cost of support interventions made with targeted groups

7,250

Part-funding the cost of having a full-time qualified school counsellor as a member of our support team

22,000

Part-funding cost of using a cashless biometric system for payments in school canteen which ensures FSM students cannot be identified by other students

600

Whole-school support for Pupil Premium and other vulnerable groups is evident within our enrichment courses and the school’s 5 ECM days which are days devoted to broader issues of learning including careers and study skills among others

6,250

Total

74,800

“Schools that use the Pupil Premium effectively focus on high-quality teaching, rather than relying on interventions to compensate, because they know that pedagogy trumps all – getting it right first time is the best approach and teaching matters more than curriculum.” Matt Bromley, SecEd, Nov 2016

The bulk of the above items are whole-school strategies which have a positive impact on other groups as well as those students attracting Pupil Premium; if these strategies are seen be ineffective in ensuring parity between Pupil Premium students and the whole cohort, as assessed by constant monitoring, then more funds will be directed towards specifically-targeted interventions for that group.