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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.

During the school years 2018-20 our funding was focused on our drive to develop Personalised Learning across the school. This included tracking subgroups of students including the group of students who attract this funding. This was a priority for the School Improvement Plan and, as a consequence, a focus for staff training. The Education Endowment Foundation recommends that this is the most cost-effective way of improving outcomes for this group of students.

Data analysis of 2019 GCSE results showed that the outcomes for the group of students attracting Pupil Premium were generally in line with the whole cohort. At the end of Year 11, Pupil Premium students (18 students) gained an attainment 8 score of 66.74 points per candidate compared with 70.51 as an average for the whole cohort. Value added data followed a similar trend with our 18 Pupil Premium students gaining an average progress 8 score of +0.06 compared to +0.26 for the whole school.

Summer 2019

Progress 8

English

Maths

EBacc

Open

All BGS students

0.26

-0.02

0.24

0.46

0.23

Disadvantaged students (18)

0.06

-0.21

-0.08

0.23

0.16

In 2020, our 14 Pupil Premium students gained an average GCSE grade 6.6 across their 11 GCSEs, which was just slightly below the cohort average grade 7.0. (Unfortunately no national attainment 8 or progress 8 analysis was published in 2020 as a result of restrictions preventing the sitting of external examinations.) When their GCSE grades are compared with midYIS generated predictions in 2020, we note that our Pupil Premium students gained an average value added score of -0.06, which suggests they performed in line with expectations.

Initial analysis of the grades awarded to GCSE students in summer 2021, shows that our cohort of 9 Pupil Premium students gained an average GCSE grade 6.6, across their 11 subjects, mirroring the average attainment of the Pupil Premium cohort in 2020.

In the school year 2021-22 the allocation of Pupil Premium funding will amount to £63,000. This will be spent (approximate costs given) in the ways outlined below, to ensure equality of outcomes for all students.

Funded activity to support equality of outcomes

Approximate Cost (£)

Personalisation of learning will continue to be a focus of staff training

20,500

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

6,000

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

1,100

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

7,000

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

18,000

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 'Power' days which are days devoted to broader issues of learning including careers and study skills among other PSHCE topics

5,700

Total

63,000

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 to 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.

"The report recommends school take a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending. Teaching should be the top priority, including professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention.

Targeted support for struggling pupils should also be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy; as well as strategies that relate to non-academic factors, including improving attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support."

Education Endowment Foundation Guide to the Pupil Premium, 2019

“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