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The Catch-up Premium is an additional payment to the school to support students who need extra help catching up when they join us from primary school. The school receives £500 for every student coming into Year 7 who has not achieved level 4 in English and/or maths.
In 2013/14 the school received £8,000; in 2014/15, we received £13,000 and in 2015/16 we received £16,000.
This is used to provide additional literacy support including reading, writing and handwriting support as well as additional support with maths. Individual students´ progress is measured and used to judge the impact of these interventions. On average, the increase in reading ages and progression in maths are faster than we would expect had the interventions not been used:
All eligible students who started in September 2014 (26 students) have increased their English and Maths levels by at least one level, some by three.
Reading ages have increased by at least 1 year 2 months and some by 3 years! Impact is measured at the end of Key Stage 3.
What is it?
The Pupil Premium is additional school funding for children eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. It is up to the school to decide how it spends this money to raise achievement and improve outcomes for these pupils.
In 2015/16, the school received £124,215 Pupil Premium funding with 126 students eligible for the deprivation funding and a very small number eligible for the Armed Forces and looked after children funding. This year we have £129,965 allocated.
The Pupil Premium is used to support the school´s ´personalised learning´ ethos and to remove barriers to learning. This is achieved through a variety of initiatives targeting specific groups of students with particular needs and helping raise their level of attainment including:
- Lexia – a phonics program that helps students to improve their reading, writing and spelling
- Accelerated Reader – a program that enables the school to provide reading material tailored to each individual students´ reading ability, so they read at an appropriate level for them, which encourage progress and improves literacy
- Learning Zone – enhanced provision for students who need high levels of staff support outside the classroom setting
- Literacy intervention – a full time member of staff supporting small groups and individuals with reading, handwriting, comprehension and spelling
- After School Clubs – a wide range of after school clubs which are free to attend and provide students with an opportunity to learn new skills.
- Homework Club – provides bespoke support for students after school with their Independent Learning
- SEAL Course – an emotional literacy course which helps students to understand feelings and emotions and helps them with their relationships with peers
- Breakfast, break and lunch clubs – provide free, nutritious food, pastoral support and social interaction
- Mentoring – a one-to-one experience in which students are mentored by a retired professional
- Holiday intervention sessions – booster, catch-up and revision sessions provided during school holidays
- Music Tuition – free musical instrument tuition for students on Free School Meals
- Learning Managers - full-time, non-teaching staff providing academic monitoring, guidance and support
- Attendance Team - a team of dedicated staff who work closely with individual parents and students to ensure maximum attendance at school
- Just B – youth counselling services providing emotional and psychological support to young people aged 11 to 19 in school
- Year 6 transition programme and Year 6 literacy and numeracy programmes - to remove barriers to learning for targeted students before they arrive in Year 7
- Careers advice from a dedicated adviser employed by the school
- Leeds United Football Club intervention programme to increase literacy and numeracy through football
- Learning outside the classroom, for example off-site English, maths and science master sessions
In addition to these initiatives, the Pupil Premium is also used to fund:
- One free set of school uniform for all Year 7 students to enable parents and carers to support the school uniform policy and further financial support for those most in need
- Nutritious snacks and drinks prior to some morning exams to ensure that students have the best possible start to the exam
- High quality weekly professional development for staff to support their delivery of personalised learning
- Support with incidental costs for those most in need, such as additional items of clothing and equipment
- Net books for eligible students who do not have access to a PC at home
- Transport on occasions where there is a clear benefit and parents are unable to make alternative arrangements
- Providing items for school that would normally be provided by parents e.g. stationery, revision guides, calculators
- Meeting the cost of trips where there is a clear benefit to students but parents are unable to contribute
- Various costs that other schools charge to parents, such as work experience placement fees or equipment
The attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their peers has been narrowed by 11% in English and 19% in Maths since 2014. Attendance has also improved significantly. The Pupil Premium funding has been vital in maintaining a personalised approach to learning, to give the high level of support that students need. Students are keen to attend the additional sessions and the support with meeting the cost of school uniforms, transport or music tuition, means that all students have an equal opportunity for a rewarding experience.
In 2015 64% of disadvantaged pupils achieved expected progress in English compared with 75% of other pupils. This is a 7% increase over the last 4 years in disadvantaged students achieving 3 levels of progress in English.
The gap between disadvantaged pupils and all other pupils has narrowed to 11%.
In 2015 55% of disadvantaged pupils achieved expected progress in maths compared with 74% of other pupils. This is a 17% increase over the last 4 years in disadvantaged students achieving 3 levels of progress in Maths.
The gap between disadvantaged pupils and all other pupils narrowed to 19%.
This is strong evidence that the Pupil Premium is not only helping those students to achieve better results, but is also helping narrow the gap between the achievement of all students and those who attract deprivation funding
The impact of the activities funded by the Pupil Premium is reviewed regularly and the progress of each student is tracked using our Raising Stars system. The activities that the Pupil Premium has funded have proved highly successful and are expected to continue into next year.