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Pupil Premium

DfE Guidance on Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. Schools can make decisions about how to spend the Pupil Premium funding to ensure that there is a narrowing of the attainment gap. The Pupil Premium provides funding for pupils:

  • pupils who qualify for free school meals, or have done at any time in the past six years
  • pupils who have a parent serving in the armed forces
  • pupils who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by an English local authority (LA) (looked after children LAC)
  • pupils who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority before being adopted, or who left care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (Post LAC)

Schools are held accountable for the spending of these monies, and performance tables will capture the achievement of disadvantaged students covered by the Pupil Premium.

Academic Year : 2018-19 Total Pupil Premium Budget: £49350
Total Number of students: 1304 Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium: 52

 

Barriers to Learning

Emotional wellbeing

Some students who are eligible for Pupil Premium (and other, non-PP students) may have a lack of emotional resilience and anxiety/lack of emotional wellbeing.  This can be a barrier to learning and progress.

Some students in this cohort may have low self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence, which again can impact on their progress and aspirations.

Attendance Some students who are eligible for Pupil Premium have lower level of attendance at school than is expected. School attendance is vital to ensure access to learning is not compromised.
Access to additional resources/opportunities Some students who are eligible for Pupil Premium do not have as much access to extra-curricular activities as their peers.  We firmly believe these extra curricular activities enhance learning, as well as providing students opportunities to be involved in extension/enrichment activities.  The aim of these acitvities is to broaden students’ educational experiences and lift aspirations.

 

Use of the Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is used at Sale Grammar School to pay for a range of activities and staff within the school that provide direct support and provision for these students.

Examples include:
• Staff providing support related to attendance and welfare
• Systems used to track the progress of all students, including those who are Looked After Children or receive Free School Meals
• Staff providing withdrawal or in-class sessions to support student learning
• Subsidies for trips and visits
• Resources for revision sessions directly linked to final examinations

 

The impact of the Pupil Premium

By use of the school's monitoring system, which we refer to as ‘Steps2Success', we are able to monitor these groups of students and ensure that their attainment is in line with all other groups in the school and that every child at Sale Grammar School will achieve their maximum potential.

School assessment data shows that those students who are eligible for Pupil Premium support achieved well, particularly in terms of their value added performance. The achievements of those students in Year 11 who were eligible for Pupil Premium are shown below:

 

Attainment Measures

A*-C/9-4 in English and Maths

 

School (All)

School (PP)

National (All)

National (PP)

2016

100%

100%

63%

70.6%

2017

100%

100%

63.9%

71.2%

2018

100%

100%

(unavailable)

(unavailable)

 

Attainment 8

 

School (All)

School (PP)

National (All)

National (non-PP)

2016

69.6

66.1

49.9

53.3

2017

71.7

71.7

46.3

49.8

2018

71.3

69.3

44.3

(unavailable)

 

Progress 8

 

School (All)

School (PP)

National (All)

National (non-PP)

2016

0.38

0.02

-0.03

0.10

2017

0.64

0.60

-0.03

0.11

2018

0.44

-0.29

(unavailable)

(unavailable)

NB. Detailed 2018 validated data not yet released

This year the school continues to support the eligible students in a wide number of initiatives to maintain these high levels of achievement.

Date of next strategy review:  September 2019