THE COTSWOLD SCHOOL ACADEMY TRUST
PUPIL PREMIUM 2016-17 – STATUTORY INFORMATION
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
‘Disadvantaged pupils’ are those who have claimed free school meals at any point in the last six years and pupils in care, or who left care through adoption or another formal route, or who have parents in the regular armed forces. Evidence shows that the progress and achievement of disadvantaged pupils is normally lower than that of ‘other’ pupils.
The pupil premium funding ensures eligible students benefit from the same educational opportunities as all other pupils. The grant may therefore be spent in the following ways:
- for the purposes of the school i.e. for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
- for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
- on community facilities e.g. services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated
The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the fiscal year; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.
Pupil Premium funding is provided on a fiscal year basis (April to March) based on pupil data in the January census. The amount of Pupil Premium allocated to The Cotswold School during the 2016-17 academic year was £156,131. This was based on the following pupil numbers as at the January 2016 and January 2017 census data.
How the pupil premium funding and year 7 catch up funding is spent
The Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch-Up Grants have been used in both an integrated and targeted way, to ensure that eligible students receive increased opportunity and additional support.
Year 7 Catch Up Grant
The main focus of spend for year 7 catch up funding is additional staffing. Teachers are allocated to ensure class sizes remain low in groups where the prior attainment of the students is low or average. This has allowed teachers to focus on pupils with low prior attainment and Pupil Premium performance. In addition low prior attainment pupils are prioritised for intervention and one-to-one tuition.
The Strategy for the Pupil Premium Grant at The Cotswold School
There are a number of interventions that the school has used across the year to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils:
- Behaviour and attendance support programmes: Reducing challenging behaviour in schools can have a direct and lasting effect on pupils’ learning. The School uses a merit/demerit system to improve behaviour and “PARS Insight” which allows parents to monitor their children’s behaviour and become more involved. The School employs a behaviour and inclusion manager to implement programmes which are targeted at students with specific behavioural/emotional issues. In addition, a new “Hub” has been established to help deal with students’ social and emotional difficulties. The School employs an Attendance Officer and a Pupil-Welfare Officer who can make home visits to support pupils who are at risk of falling below 90% attendance.
- Mentoring and feedback initiatives: Mentoring is being used in the school for disadvantaged pupils, aiming to build confidence, or to develop resilience and character. Although it doesn’t directly focus on teaching or tutoring specific skills, evidence shows that it does improve educational outcomes.
- Counselling and pastoral support programmes: The School employs counsellors who offer 1:1 coaching and tailor their interventions to the specific social or emotional needs of the pupils
- Small group tuition: The School provides additional tuition for trained teachers, linked with normal teaching. Designated teachers monitor progress to ensure the tutoring is beneficial and leads to greater improvement.
- Supported learning through digital technology: The School has invested in interactive whiteboards, laptops, tablets and a number of learning platforms that supplement the traditional methods of teaching. The additional technology enables different learning interactions, which particularly benefits pupils with lower engagement or motivation to learn. Laptops are offered to pupils who do not have one at home.
- Targeted homework and reading programmes: The impact of homework on learning is consistently positive and the School has invested in “Show My Homework” which ensures homework can be set and monitored. Subject Leaders ensure targeted feedback is provided to pupils. The system also allows parents to monitor and actively support their child in homework activities.
- Subsidised participation in art and music clubs and lessons: The school offers subsidies to disadvantaged pupils to encourage their participation in art and music activities (e.g. music tuition).
- Subsidised participation in extra-curricular activities: Cultural and enrichment activities and trips; the school will fully subsidise trips that wholly support the curriculum and will part subsidise other extra-curricular activities that promote the social and educational development of pupils.
- Parental involvement programmes; the school encourages the active engagement of parents in supporting their children’s learning. The school includes programmes to encourage parents to support their children to read or do mathematics.
- Reducing class sizes and employing additional teachers; the school continually reviews the number of teachers and class sizes.
The School has invested in a Data Manager to develop systems and closely track the progress of the Pupil Premium group and other key groups. At Key Stage 4 we prioritise those with the greatest need, defined by progress against FFT top 10% target, reading age and attendance. Funding was used to provide home visits; additional tuition; additional materials, resources and staff to support academic enhancement activities as well as the interventions listed above.
Impact of the Pupil Premium
The impact of educational achievement arising from the expenditure of previous financial years’ Pupil Premium has been demonstrable with improvements in behaviour, reading, writing and GCSE performance over a number of years. When compared to the National picture, students eligible for Pupil Premium do better at The Cotswold School.
However, there is still much to do; absence and persistent absence within the Pupil Premium group (measured as a percentage of the cohort) is higher, when compared to the rest of the cohort and this has led to weaker academic progress and attainment.
The amount estimated to be received during the Academic Year 2017-18 is £157,328.
The School will use this money to support and enhance the systems and processes which have secured progress and academic achievement for those in the Pupil Premium group. The School will also continue with programmes, projects and initiatives which support the engagement and involvement of disadvantaged students. These activities and resources will continue to be funded year on year.