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 2015-16 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.

Data analysis of last year’s results shows that as a result of the focus on personalising learning in this way, the outcomes for the group of students attracting Pupil Premium were generally in line with the whole cohort though not quite equalling it. At the end of Year 11, Pupil Premium students (14 students) gained an attainment 8 score of 68.43 points per candidate compared with 69.71 as an average for the whole cohort (190 students); this difference is equal to about one grade in just one of their 12 GCSEs. Value added data follows a similar trend with Pupil Premium students gaining an average progress 8 score of 0.12 compared to 0.30 for the whole school (the national average progress 8 score being 0.0.) The first table below shows the progress 8 scores published by the DfE for our 2016 cohort. As a result of one of our disadvantages students independently completing a number of GCSEs in another centre at the end of his Y10, we have produced a second table summarising the same scores for examinations taken only at our centre.

 

Progress 8

English

Maths

EBacc

Open

All BGS students

0.30

0.31

0.25

0.47

0.15

PP students at BGS

0.10

0.29

-0.13

0.17

0.05

 

Progress 8

English

Maths

EBacc

Open

All BGS students

0.30

0.31

0.26

0.48

0.15

PP students at BGS

0.12

0.29

0.01

0.24

0.05

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

In the school year 2016-17 the allocation of Pupil Premium funding will amount to £84,150. 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

27000

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

3,500

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

9,500

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

4,200

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

8,700

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

1,700

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

84,150

“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.