Pupil Premium

GORDANO SCHOOL – HEADLINE GCSE RESULTS 2016

FOR STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING

 

Attainment

Grade A*-C in both English and Mathematics

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

44%

 

37%

 

 

40%

 

36%

 

17%

 

 

Progress

‘Expected’ progress (EP) means that a student has made the equivalent of at least 3 levels of progress from Key Stage 2 (e.g. from a level 4 to a GCSE grade C)

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2015

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

English EP

 

 

63%

 

62%

 

68%

 

42%

 

39%

 

Maths EP

 

 

56%

 

60%

 

50%

 

45%

 

26%

 

 

The table below shows how the school’s Pupil Premium figures compare with national figures for non-disadvantaged students:

 

 

 

National PP

 

2016 Gordano PP

 

2015 Gordano PP

 

 

2014 Gordano PP

 

English EP

 

 

58%

 

63%

 

62%

 

68%

 

Maths EP

 

 

48%

 

56%

 

60%

 

50%

 

SUMMARY OF IMPACT OF PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING 2015-16

 

  • The percentage of Pupil Premium students achieving the threshold (A*-C grades in Maths and English Language) showed an increase of 8% on last year’s results and has more than doubled over the past four years

 

  • Nearly half of our Pupil Premium students now achieve grade C+ in both English and Maths, with over two thirds of our Pupil Premium students achieving grade C in at least one of those subjects

 

  • There has been a considerable increase in terms of Pupil Premium progress measures over the past four years; over 20% higher in English since 2012 and 30% higher in Maths over the same period

 

  • Progress in both English and Mathematics for Pupil Premium students has been above the national average for the past three years and is now within 15% of the national figures for non-disadvantaged students

 

  • The overall ‘Progress 8’ measure for disadvantaged students is above the national average   (-0.3 compared with the national figure of -0.4). Both Mathematics and English record even better figures, with a positive Progress 8 score for Mathematics (+0.1) and a Progress 8 score of -0.2 for English.

 

  • The progress gap between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students has closed over the last three years, with the gap in both Maths and English halved in that time

 

  • A Pupil Premium student will now make more progress in both English and Maths at Gordano than in most other schools, and we aim to raise the progress figures even further

 

  • More than a third (38%) of Pupil Premium students who arrived at the school without having reached the expected level at primary school (level 4) made better than expected progress to achieve grade C in Maths and English

 

  • All the Pupil Premium students who arrived at the school having achieved level 5 at primary school made three or more levels of progress to achieve grade B or better in Maths and English, with one Pupil Premium student achieving grade A* in both Maths and English

 

  • The attendance of Pupil Premium students has improved to over 93%, within three percentage points of the whole school attendance figure

 

  • All 2015-16 Year 11 Pupil Premium students are now either in post-16 education or following an apprenticeship

 

IMPACT OF PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING 2015-16

Research findings

Area of spend

Description of  Intervention

Total cost (£)

Impact of  Intervention

 

Strategic Leadership

 

Pupil Premium Co-ordination Group

Consists of:

Assistant Headteacher – Student Achievement

Pupil Premium Co-ordinator

 

Reporting to Deputy Headteacher (curriculum)

 

Meet every 2 weeks to discuss the progress and   intervention strategies relating to Pupil Premium students

 

Dissemination of key information and strategies to staff

 

1,845

 

This allowed us to be more strategic in deploying our Progress Mentors and support students more effectively through targeted intervention of individuals and groups on the basis of data analysis.

 

Judged to be considerable in narrowing overall progress and attainment gaps. 

 

Staffing

ST: + 4 months

Progress Mentors

(English and Maths)

 

 

 

Behaviour intervention

2 Full Time Progress Mentors dedicated to Pupil Premium students to monitor progress, support students in class and provide a link   between school and families.

 

Also a proportion of a dedicated behaviour   mentor for students in need of intervention and support.

 

43,500

 

 

 

 

8,500

Progress mentors were highly effective in terms of engaging parents in a variety of ways – attending Year 11 Parents Evenings, Easter Revision Workshops, information evenings, sharing concerns.

 

Progress mentors worked with the students in lessons and led the soft intervention strategies – significant contribution to overall reduction of the attainment gap.

 

30% of Pupil Premium students in Years 7-10 did not receive a single behaviour sanction in the academic year 2015-16.

 

ST: + 4 months

Education Welfare Officer

Attendance is a key factor in narrowing the attainment gap. Our EWO works closely with the school and   families to target attendance issues; the vulnerable learner groups are a focus for this work. Includes support from the attendance officer.

15,100

The school works closely with the Education Welfare Officer and the PSA to improve their attendance rate. The 36 Pupil Premium students whose families were supported by the PSA in 2015-16 account for approximately 20% of her total caseload.

ST: + 4 months

Counsellor

Our two counsellors ensure we have cover throughout the school week. They see on average 10+ students each day, a   significant proportion of which are Pupil Premium students.

6,600

 

A total of 36 Pupil Premium students made use of the counselling service in the academic year 2015-16, which accounted for 20% of all counsellor appointments.  The reasons for accessing the service are tracked in terms of statistics but remain confidential.

 

 

Work Experience

Co-ordinator

 

Supports Pupil Premium students   through organisation of Work Experience in Year 10

5,500

 

 

 

All Pupil Premium students gained additional support to engage in successful Work Experience Placements.

100% of Pupil Premium students attended work placements in July 2016, in areas as diverse as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, engineering, computing, teaching, plumbing, property, sales and marketing.

 

Formal Intervention

ST: + 6 months

Boost Class

Students are identified in Year 6 as needing extra literacy and numeracy support through Year 7. They are taught literacy   and numeracy by a specialist Boost teacher.

 

24,420

 

In 2015-16, four out of five Pupil Premium Boost English students made at least expected progress, with both Pupil Premium Boost Maths students making at least expected progress.

ST: + 4 months

English and Maths intervention

Identified students access a 6-session intervention course designed and delivered by Maths and English specialist teachers to   address learning needs identified by class teachers.

15,000

 

The impact has been positive for the Y11 students involved in 2015-16, with 63% of Pupil premium students making expected progress in English and 56% making expected progress in Maths.

 

All students said they welcomed the individual support and would do this again if given the opportunity.

 

ST: +2

months

Y7 Accelerated Reading Programme

All Year 7 students were tested for their reading age within the first few weeks. Learning Support staff are now working with identified students on a six week accelerated reading programme on a rolling programme.

150

 

2015-16: 18 Pupil Premium students received support through the accelerated reading programme, 11 of which were Year 7 students. 

 

 

Enrichment Opportunities

ST: +3

months

Year 7 Residential

All Year 7 students are able to attend  Activities Week and the residential through subsidised fees

1,800

All the students have the opportunity to attend the Year 7 residential, which is an important social experience as the   students move into the House system.

2015-2016: 25 families took up this support (69%)

ST: +2

months

Outdoor Education

Aim to engage Pupil Premium   students in enrichment opportunities such as the Duke Of Edinburgh Award

500

2015-2016: Seven Year 9 Pupil Premium students participated in the Bronze Award; four Year 10 students participated in the Silver award.

 

 

Bursaries

30% Bursaries offered to Pupil  Premium students for educational visits

1000

2015-2016: 25 students took up support for external visits and trips.

 

Music Tuition

30% reduction in music tuition costs   for Pupil Premium students

1000

2015-16: 13 students took up music bursaries for peripatetic lessons.

 

Promoting Aspirations

 

Enterprise Project

The enterprise project aimed to bring together G+T students and Pupil Premium students to help break down social barriers as well as providing the opportunity to put into practice business skills in terms of branding, marketing, product placement and price as well as income expenditure through a practical project to create and brand a box of chocolates.  An Apprentice style challenge for business students.

500

2015-2016:  Fourteen Pupil Premium students from Years 9 and 10 took part in the business challenge.

 

 

 

Woodlands Project

The students gained a tremendous amount of confidence and enjoyment out of the 6-week programme.  They were able to learn in a different situation, putting theory into practice and working through some difficult concepts that are often hard to understand in the abstract. 

0

2015-16 Seven Pupil Premium students from Year 9 took part in the programme. The organisation’s leader emailed the school to say:

 

‘We really enjoyed working with your group too - superb students and a great credit to your school!’

 

 

Careers Adviser

We now employ our own Careers Adviser   for 2 days a week to support students when making curriculum and career   choices. Every Pupil Premium student is offered independent CIAG, and each student has a Futures Interview with a member of the SLT Team.

3,400

Pupil Premium students were supported in making college and Sixth Form applications which ensure they are not NEET at the end of the academic year.

 

All Year 11 Pupil Premium students have been given additional support to ensure the securing of an apprenticeship, a college or a Sixth Form place for the next academic year.

 

October 2016: All former Year 11 Pupil Premium students are either in Sixth Form education or following an apprenticeship. 

 

Supporting attendance and achievement

 

ST: +1

month

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club established   Mon to Friday. A free breakfast is available in the canteen before school, and the learning mentors run a morning break club with drinks and biscuits. Students benefit from an   equipment, uniform and homework check at this time.

500

2015-2016: A core group of Pupil Premium students attended and benefitted from being equipped and ready for the day. Homework was often printed and or completed during this time.  The pastoral support offered was considered essential in creating a positive start to the day.

In addition, a total of 18 Premium Pupil students often received food/pastoral support at break and lunchtime.

ST: +2

months

Boost Homework Club

Homework Club established to support  Boost Students

Included in Boost Teacher Salary

2015-2016: Five Pupil Premium students regularly attended this club. They were able to complete their homework and extended learning activities which developed their independent learning skills and ensured they complete the work set.

ST: +3

months

Parent Support Adviser

The Parent Support Advisor is a link   between school and families who are in crisis or find it hard to engage with   the school. She will arrange meetings with parents /carers to provide social   and emotional support to the family and will provide pastoral support for the students in school.

22,000

Pupil Premium families were supported by the PSA through liaison with families around attendance issues and or social concerns. Home visits were conducted if required to try to engage families and support the students in their education.   Liaison between families, the school and external agencies also ensured all round communication to help support students’ needs.

ST: +2 months

Lunchtime Literacy

This is an informal group  of students who meet to for lunch with   the Progress Mentor each week to practice their literacy skills

Included in Progress Mentor salary

2015-2016: Ten students from Years 10 and 11 met regularly throughout the year and felt supported by these sessions.  The pastoral support was essential for these students in helping them feel included and supported during their school week.

 

 

Coaching / Peer Support

ST: +1

month

Peer listening

Sixth Form students have been trained  and are available for Peer Listening every day

250

Sixth Form students were trained as peer listeners and worked with Year 7 Pupil Premium students every break and lunch - hard to fully assess impact as case load is confidential.

 

Financial Support

Limited

Evidence

Printer credits

These are provided for all Pupil Premium students

550

 

All Pupil Premium students were given printer credits. Students are able to print coursework, homework and past papers. Extra printer credits are allocated to Pupil Premium students taking subjects with high printing demands, such as Photography.

 

Student voice:

 

‘I can complete my homework, print off research and keep up with coursework.’

 

‘It is expensive to print off stuff and being given some extra support means I can keep up with school work.’

 

Limited

Evidence

Revision Guides

These are purchased and available to Year 11 Pupil Premium students  in core subjects

800

All Year 11 Pupil Premium students were provided with key revision guides or textbooks up to the value of £25.  Other textbooks and revision guides are held in the school library for students to access. 

Limited

Evidence

Uniform

Pupil Premium students are supported in purchasing school uniform through a bursary scheme.

1800

 

103 Pupil Premium students have taken up this offer.

Limited Evidence

Hardship Funds

Miscellaneous costs (catering, food, trips, materials,   uniform)

1250

2015-16: Over fifty Pupil Premium students received financial support in terms of uniform, equipment, resources, and external visits for inclusion purposes.

 

 

Supporting Family relationships

ST: + 3 months

Parents group

Invited parents are engaged and   coached in how to support their children in school

Included in salaries of Pupil Premium Co-ordinator and Parent Support Advisor

 

12 families benefitted from this   course and now two more staff have been trained with a view to continuing and expanding this next year.

ST: + 4

months

You Can Cook It programme

Students work with professional chefs to create a meal which they subsequently re-create for their families in school. This fosters engagement with parents.

650

2015-16 Twelve Pupil Premium students from Year 7 took part in the event, with parents/carers and other relatives attending the family meal cooked by the students. Parent voice very strong on the positive impact on relationships with the school.

 

Supporting Teaching  and   Learning

 

Exam kits including calculators

Essential Maths equipment provided.

150

2015-16 Twenty Pupil Premium students received exam kits in readiness for their GCSE Maths exams.

 

TOTAL SPEND £157,775 VS INCOME £155,775 (OVER ALLOCATION £2000)

 

PROJECTED PUPIL PREMIUM SPENDING 2016-17

  • The school is expecting to receive a total allocation of £172,575 but is estimating that £173,114 will be spent on Pupil Premium provision (£539 over allocation)

 

  • Spending is continually monitored and there will be a formal review of the spending strategy at the beginning of term 4 (week beginning Monday 20th February). Impact of interventions is assessed against student progress checks which indicate the level of performance in each subject, but we also take into consideration feedback from staff who are working on intervention strategies with students.

 

  • Barriers to learning are complex and vary from individual to individual, but the school context shows that our Pupil Premium students typically enter with lower Key Stage 2 attainment scores than their peers. For example, there was a ‘secondary ready’ gap (defined as a secure level 4 in the Key Stage 2 SATs) of more than 50% between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students in the 2015-16 Year 11 cohort who have just sat their GCSE exams (21% Pupil Premium vs 75% non-Pupil Premium).

 

  • The gap in CAT scores between Pupil Premium students and their peers is also considerable; the mean score of Pupil Premium students is at least 5 points lower than non-Pupil Premium students in every year group and is around 7 points lower on the verbal CAT test, which is a strong indicator of exam success in many subjects.

 

  • With only one in eight students at the school eligible for Pupil Premium funding, one of the key areas we support is to try and create a level playing field, not just through excellent teaching and learning but to all aspects of their wellbeing.  That is why bursaries are available for essential trips, music lessons, Duke of Edinburgh award, personalised academic support, uniform, revision guides, printer credits etc.  Similarly, we aim to establish positive links with families so that we offer an holistic approach to the whole family to ensure that our more vulnerable learners are supported both in and out of school.

 

  • We base our spending decisions on a combination of what we have found to work in our particular school context, alongside research findings from the Sutton Trust and the National Foundation for Education Research, which are listed next to each strategy in the table below.

 

  • The review of last year’s strategy has led to some changes to our priorities this year. Most of the interventions were broadly judged to be successful, as indicated by our strongest set of GCSE results to date, and these will be continued. However, fundamental changes have been made to our approach to academic intervention and support.

 

  • The most notable of these changes has been the discontinuation of the Boost class in Year 7. A more wide-ranging approach to intervention will now be implemented, which links with the restructuring programme we put in place for September 2016 in our Learning Support Faculty. We now have three specialist SEND teachers and five Student Support Workers who will undertake a range of interventions, both academic and pastoral, overseen by the school’s Inclusion Team, consisting of key staff including a Deputy Head, Assistant Headteacher, SENCO and Pupil Premium Co-ordinator.

 

  • We have also replaced the post of Pupil Premium mentor with funding for additional specialist intervention in Maths and English. The intervention sessions have been positively received by students and parents and our priority has been to increase the number of sessions available to support Pupil Premium students.

 

  • We have also been able to increase the allocation for hardship funds. The accelerated reading and peer reading programmes are now well established and require no further funds; this has released around £500 which we have allocated to the hardship funds, which will give much-needed home support to our most disadvantaged students.

 

 

Research findings

Area of spend

Description of  Intervention

Total cost (£)

Strategic Leadership

 

Pupil Premium Co-ordination Group

Consists of:

Assistant Headteacher – Student Achievement

Pupil Premium Co-ordinator

 

Reporting to Deputy Headteacher (curriculum)

 

Meet every 2 weeks to discuss the progress and intervention strategies relating to Pupil Premium students

 

Dissemination of key information and strategies to staff

 

1,845

 

Staffing                                                

ST: + 4 months

Pupil Premium Co-ordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Behaviour Mentor

Pupil Premium Co-ordinator monitors progress, mentors students, supports students in class, runs additional personalised intervention sessions, runs the homework club and provides a link between school and families.

 

A proportion of a dedicated behaviour mentor for students in need of intervention and support.

21,500

 

 

8,400

ST: + 4 months

Education Welfare Officer

Attendance is a key factor in narrowing the attainment gap. Our EWO works closely with the school and   families to target attendance issues; the vulnerable learner groups are a focus for this work. Includes support from the attendance officer.

15,900

ST: + 4 months

Counsellor

Our two counsellors ensure we have cover throughout the school week. They see on average 10+ students each day, a   significant proportion of which are Pupil Premium students.

6,600

 

Formal Intervention

ST: + 6 months

Intervention Teaching

Identified students access intervention courses designed and delivered by Maths and English specialist teachers to address learning needs identified by class teachers. Learning Support teachers and Student Support Workers also run intervention programmes to address the needs of students who have been identified as having special educational needs and disabilities. These students may be initially identified due to their attainment being lower than the expected standard on entry to the school, or who have fallen behind their peers. Pupil Premium students who have SEND are supported in this way.

78,219

67,719ST: +2

months

Y7 Accelerated Reading Programme

All Year 7 students were tested for their reading age within the first few weeks. Learning Support staff are now working with identified students on a six week accelerated reading programme on a rolling programme.

Included in intervention teaching costs above

Enrichment Opportunities

ST: +3

months

Year 7 Residential

All Year 7 students are able to attend  Activities Week and the residential through subsidised fees

1,800

ST: +2

months

Outdoor Education

Aim to engage Pupil Premium students in enrichment opportunities such as the Duke Of Edinburgh Award

500

 

Bursaries

30% Bursaries offered to Pupil  Premium students for educational visits

1000

 

Music Tuition

30% reduction in music tuition costs   for Pupil Premium students

1000

Promoting Aspirations

 

Enterprise Project

The enterprise project aimed to bring together G+T students and Pupil Premium students to help break down social barriers as well as providing the opportunity to put into practice business skills in terms of branding, marketing, product placement and price as well as income expenditure through a practical project to create and brand a box of chocolates.  An Apprentice style challenge for business students.

500

 

Woodlands Project

The students gained a tremendous amount of confidence and enjoyment out of the 6-week programme.  They were able to learn in a different situation, putting theory into practice and working through some difficult concepts that are often hard to understand in the abstract. 

0

 

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Our part-time Careers Adviser supports students when making curriculum and career choices. Every Pupil Premium student is offered independent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance and each student has a Futures Interview with a member of the SLT Team.

 

In addition, our Work Experience Co-ordinator supports Pupil Premium students   through organisation of Work Experience in Year 10.

 

7,700

 

Supporting attendance and achievement

 

ST: +1

month

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club established   Mon to Friday. A free breakfast is available in the canteen before school, and the learning mentors run a morning break club with drinks and biscuits. Students benefit from an   equipment, uniform and homework check at this time.

400

ST: +2

months

Homework Club

After-school Homework Club established to support  Pupil Premium Students.

Included in Pupil Premium                   Co-ordinator Salary

ST: +3

months

Pastoral Support and Safeguarding Officer

The Pastoral Support and Safeguarding Officer provides a link   between school and families who are in crisis or find it hard to engage with   the school. She will arrange meetings with parents /carers to provide social   and emotional support to the family and will provide additional pastoral support for the students in school.

 

22,000

ST: +2 months

Lunchtime Literacy

This is an informal group  of students who meet to for lunch with   the Progress Mentor each week to practice their literacy skills.

Included in Progress Mentor salary

Coaching / Peer Support

ST: +1

month

Peer listening

Sixth Form students have been trained  and are available for Peer Listening every day

No cost

Financial Support

Limited

Evidence

Printer credits

These are provided for all Pupil Premium students

550

 

Limited

Evidence

Revision Guides

These are purchased and available to Year 11 Pupil Premium students  in core subjects

800

Limited

Evidence

Uniform

Pupil Premium students are supported in purchasing school uniform through a bursary scheme.

1800

 

Limited Evidence

Hardship Funds

Miscellaneous costs (catering, food, trips, materials,   uniform)

1800

Supporting Family relationships

ST: + 3 months

Parents group

Invited parents are engaged and  coached in how to support their children in school.

Included in salaries of Pupil Premium Co-ordinator and Parent Support Advisor

 

ST: + 4

months

You Can Cook It programme

Students work with professional chefs to create a meal which they subsequently re-create for their families in school. This fosters engagement with parents.

650

Supporting Teaching  and   Learning

 

Exam kits including calculators

Essential Maths equipment provided.

150