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 directly on 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 behavioural 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|
|Educational Welfare / Counselling||£7,000|
|Monitoring and tracking systems||£2,000|
|Dedicated ICT provision||£3,000|
|Equipment / books/online resources||£5,000|
|Educational access (e.g. transport)||£1,500|
|Rock School/music intervention||£5,500|
|Total current projection||£119,000|
2016/2017 Pupil Premium
Last year’s spending broke down approximately as follows
|Cost area||Approximate spend|
|Staffing and personal support||£82,000|
|Assessment and tracking systems||£4,500|
|Equipment and access||£9,000|
Impact of PP spending 2016/17
Key Stage 3: Last year, Y9 students were measured using a new ‘Mastery’ grading system for the first time, as the old National Curriculum levels have now ben dis-applied. This means that progress over the key stage is harder to directly measure, as student starting points were measured using old levels. The figures below show only the final year’s attainment in English and Maths for PP students. Whilst all groups progressed, PP students did not show as much progress over the final year.
|Student group||Average mastery level English and maths |
|Average mastery level English and maths |
|All Gartree Students||3.06||3.14|
|Pupil Premium Students||2.62||2.65|
Key Stage 2: Students in KS2 are with us for 2 terms before taking SATS. Last year, SATS were measured under a new system which cannot be validly compared to the older levels. We have therefore 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 of the student experience at Gartree.
Note that these numbers are comparative, not absolute. Writing, because it is measured nationally in a ‘pass/fail’ sense, is calculated differently, hence the lower figures.
|Group||Progress in Y6|
|Progress in Y6|
|Progress in Y6|
In all core subjects, PP students made higher progress than non PP students, demonstrating the effectiveness of our early intervention.
Year 7 Catch-up 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.