The Pupil Premium.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding that the school receives from the Department for Education (DfE) for students who are in care, on free school meals (FSM) or have been FSM at any point in the last 6 years. The Pupil premium is used to provide additional support and assist in raising achievement for those students that need it most, for example meeting all or part of the cost of educational trips or materials for children on FSM’s. We have also provided targeted extra support to raise attainment in some subjects for students who qualify for pupil premium. Parents are encouraged to register their child as eligible for FSMs, if applicable, as this will mean that the school receives its maximum entitlement and also students on FSM’s can access additional support and resources. There may be financial assistance available for Pupil Premium pupils for school trips but individual enquiries to the school should be made regarding this assistance.
This year, the pupil premium fund is approximately £125,000. Research into effective intervention with disadvantaged learners indicates that the most effective way of spending money is on direct teaching and so once again we are aiming the majority of the funding on teachers and support staff. Others areas of spending are very similar to last year as we saw positive social and behavioral impact of supporting students in these other, more pastoral areas. Not all of the money is yet allocated, as often smaller sums are required for specific ad hoc support (e.g. after school clubs, or school uniform), and we also retain flexibility to employ some further classroom support as needs become clearer.
|Cost area||Projected spend|
|Assessment and tracking systems||£2,500|
|Educational Welfare / Counselling||£7,000|
|Monitoring and tracking systems||£2,000|
|Dedicated ICT provision||£3,000|
|Equipment / books/online resources||£4,500|
|Educational access (e.g. transport)||£1,500|
|Rock School/music intervention||£5,500|
|Total current projection||£111,500|
2015/2016 Pupil Premium
Last year’s spending broke down as follows
|Ed Welfare / Counselling (including taxi fares)||£7,122|
|Alt Curriculum (Si-Sports, 1-1 sessions,||£4,104|
|Breakfast Club & staffing||£1,587|
|Monitoring and tracking systems (pro-rata)||£2,116|
|Dedicated ICT provision||£2,907|
|Equipment / books inc. revision guides||£3,365|
|Rock School/Steel drums||£5,533|
Impact of PP spending 2015/16
Key Stage 3: Last year, 9 students were measured using the old national Curriculum Points system. Under this system, students would be expected to make 10.8 points progress on average over the course of KS3. Below are the results for Pupil premium students and for all students at Gartree averaged over the EBACC subjects
|Student group||Average Points progress|
|All Gartree Students||12.9|
|Pupil Premium Students||11.7|
Key Stage 2: Students in KS2 are with us for 2 terms before taking SATS. This year, SATS were measured under a new system which cannot be validly compared to the older levels. We have measured progress from a start of year baseline (administered by an external assessment agency) to the results from SATS to give a more valid comparison.
Note that these numbers are comparative, not absolute.
|Group||Progress in Y6 Reading||Progress in Y6 Writing||Progress in Y6 Maths|
In all core subjects, PP students made higher progress than non PP students, demonstrating the effectiveness of our early intervention.
Year 7 Catchup funding
The government provides additional funding to all schools to support Year 7 students who fell short of the expected level at KS2. This year we have received around £16,000 and this is being spent on additional out-of-class teaching to improve standards in English and Maths with these key students.