Pupil Premium

Since September 2012 there is a general requirement for schools to publish details of their pupil premium grant allocation, how it is spent and the impact it has on attainment.

The Department for Education website makes it clear that the government believes that this grant, which is in addition to the main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities between children who are eligible for free school meals, or who have been at some time in the last six years, and their wealthier peers. The pupil premium funding is therefore targeted at the pupils who need it the most and whilst schools are free to spend the grant as they see fit, they are accountable for the use of this additional funding in support of students from low-income families.

Barriers to learning for disadvantaged students at Christ’s

At Christ’s we endeavour to ensure all our students to feel safe and ready to achieve their full potential. Some of our students come from challenging backgrounds and require additional support to do so.

Some of the more basic but fundamental barriers to learning can include:

  • not having the correct uniform
  • cost of equipment or resources required to access the curriculum

Many disadvantaged students also find it difficult to afford some of the educational trips which may have an impact on learning .The school works hard to identify these students and make sure that they attend at least one trip per year.  Christ’s offers a 50% reduction in cost and in exceptional circumstances will fully fund a place.

This support has had great impact in certain subjects, ie the annual PE GCSE trip which has given students the opportunity to make progress towards achieving 20% of their overall result. 

English trips have included several different theatre trips (with varying cost levels) which invariably are linked to learning and the curriculum. Again disadvantaged students are identified and encouraged to take part and efforts are made to make these visits more affordable through school subsidy. 

Some students may also find it difficult to access the internet and may not have access to computers or tablets at home. The school can provide funding to support the purchase of these items. At Christ’s we also provide daily access to computers and the internet in our after school homework club which is open to all students.

Use of Pupil Premium

The school is fully committed to the ’narrowing the gap’ agenda and views the pupil premium as an excellent opportunity to make a real difference to the life outcomes of students on the free school meal register.

Our use of the Pupil Premium is based on the following principles:

  • Working with stakeholders (parents, students, governors, staff, external providers) in respect of the best use of these funds, to offer, where possible, personalised support for each individual.
  • Targeting the support specifically on raising academic attainment, whilst accepting that attendance, self-esteem and self-worth contribute significantly to this goal.
  • The creation of a team of specialist staff to provide comprehensive and cohesive support for all aspects of students’ needs.
  • The extension of additional provision, when capacity allows, to other vulnerable students to ensure a positive impact of these resources on the largest possible number of students. Priorities are to support young carers, students/families in very difficult financial or other circumstances, those on the special educational needs register and students with a limited grasp of the English language.

 

Pupil Premium IMPACT STATEMENT 2016-17

YEAR 11 2017 Results

Progress 8 graphic

37 students were disadvantaged – 32%

 

Disadvantaged

All

Gap

5+ A*-C GCSE’s with En&Ma (4+)

46.0%

66.1%

20.1%

5+ A*-C GCSE’s with En&Ma (4+) - HPA

80.0%

86.4%

6.4%

5+A*-A (7+) - HPA

20.6%

40.8%

20.2%

En&Ma Threshold (4+)

51%

69%

18%

En&Ma Threshold (5+)

32%

51%

19%

Baccalaureate - Entries

29.7%

54.8%

25.1%

Baccalaureate – Achieved (4+)

13.5%

43.5%

30.0%

Baccalaureate – Achieved (5+)

10.8%

36.5%

25.7%

Progress 8 - Overall

-0.72

-0.13

0.59

Progress 8 - English

-0.76

-0.08

0.68

Progress 8 - Maths

-0.51

-0.11

0.4

Progress 8 - Ebacc

-0.41

0.04

0.45

Progress 8 - Other

-1.13

-0.35

0.78

Attainment 8 - Overall

39.55

50.92

11.37

Attainment 8 - English

8.54

10.80

2.26

Attainment 8 - Maths

8.00

10.12

2.12

Attainment 8 - Ebacc

11.38

14.65

3.27

Attainment 8 - Other

11.64

15.35

3.71

 

  • 8 of the top 10 performing PP students gained entry to A Level study in our Sixth Form, and three of the top 10 P8 scores are from PP students.
  • 75% of upper prior-attaining PP students who were educated on site gained strong passes in English and Maths (compared to 74% of all UPA pupils).
  • Overall attainment for upper prior attaining PP students was well above overall national averages, as was EBac entry.
  • PP outcomes were disappointing but included figures for 5 pupils who were not educated at Christ’s, or only partially during their GCSE years (case studies exist for these pupils).

YEAR 11

HIGH-PRIOR ATTAINING PUPILS

 

Progress 8

Attainment 8

Disadvantaged

-1.02

47.77

All

-0.16

59.03

MID-PRIOR ATTAINING PUPILS

 

Progress 8

Attainment 8

Disadvantaged

-0.56

37.32

All

-0.05

41.81

LOW-PRIOR ATTAINING PUPILS

 

Progress 8

Attainment 8

Disadvantaged

-0.36

22.5

All

-0.29

24.56

 

KEY STAGE 3 DATA

 

Disadvantaged

All

Gap

English

Year 7

74.7

57.1

-17.6

Year 8

66

38.9

-27.1

Year 9

53.4

31.6

-21.8

Mathematics

Year 7

76.3

53.6

-22.7

Year 8

90.5

88.6

-1.9

Year 9

79.7

81.6

1.9

 

Attendance

In early 2016 Christ’s appointed a new Attendance Officer and amended the role so that more time would be spent on attendance issues, and specifically on intervening with students whose attendance was a cause for concern. A number of new strategies have been employed by the school alongside the Educational Welfare Officer which has made a positive impact on attendance, including that of disadvantaged students in general

ATTENDANCE (UP TO SUMMER HALF-TERM 2017)

 

All

PPG

Non-PPG

2013 - 14

93.75%

92.31%

95.23%

2014 - 15

93.94%

91.36%

94.94%

2015 - 16

94.75%

92.22%

95.84%

2016 - 17

94.95%

92.72%

95.69%

 

PERSISTENT ABSENCE (UP TO SUMMER HALF-TERM 46+)

 

All

PPG

Non-PPG

2013 - 14

44

28

16

2014 - 15

43

25

18

2015 - 16

55

32

23

2016 - 17

34

17

17

 

INTERNAL EXCLUSIONS – WHOLE YEAR

 

All

PPG

Non-PPG

2013 - 14

131

80

51

2014 - 15

259

141

118

2015 - 16

155

72

83

2016 - 17

253

143

110

 

Fixed Term EXCLUSIONS 2016-17

 

All

PPG

Non-PPG

2013 - 14

32

25

7

2014 - 15

46

23

23

2015 - 16

30

18

12

2016 - 17

29

14

15

 

Numeracy Interventions and impact

A group of year 7 and 8 students with significantly low prior attainment was identified and invited to attend numeracy intervention group once per week during PD time. This additional support started at the end of September 2016 and it was ongoing throughout the year.

In year 7, eleven students were from disadvantaged group and year 8 group had eight disadvantaged students. Parents of these students were informed and asked to encourage their child to attend this intervention.

Students’ progress was assessed at the end of the year. Overall average level achieved in tests during the year was compared with the starting level.

As a result,

  • In year 7, 36% of the disadvantaged students made good progress and 45% made some progress. Two students had very low attendance to the intervention sessions
  • In year 8, 75% of disadvantaged students made good progress.

In addition,

  • Disadvantaged students received regular intervention in Mathematics lessons throughout the year.
  • Overall percentage of disadvantaged students that made accelerated or expected progress was: 75% in year 7, 64% in year 8 and 70% in year 9.

In Year 11; 10 disadvantaged students who were in danger of not achieving a grade 4 in their GCSE Maths were prioritised for small group intervention through weekly 90 minute sessions, run by undergraduate students over a 10 week programme. 75% the group achieved a level 4 or above in their GCSE Maths and  those that didn’t had poor levels of attendance at the intervention sessions.

Literacy Interventions and impact

Between September 2016 and June 2017 students who entered Year 7 with Reading scores from their Key Stage 2 Assessments of below the National Standard received weekly mentoring from trained Year 10 students. The mentoring sessions took the form of paired reading between the Year 7 and Year 10 students; staff were also in attendance during each session.

Of the 23 students who took part in the paired reading, 20% made excellent progress; 20% made good progress and 10 made no progress. Those that made no progress had poor attendance rates at the intervention sessions.

Homework Intervention and impact

Homework Club: Introduced in January 2017, a daily, after school opportunity to receive support to complete homework. Supervised by two members of staff. Key disadvantaged students received personal invitations; parents contacted.

Attendance at Homework Club:

Spring term

430 students

40% disadvantaged

Summer term

408 students

30% disadvantaged

Impact: following Spring Term Homework intervention: 70% of disadvantaged students who attended homework club achieved improved tracking grades in the overwhelming majority of subjects; 50% of disadvantaged students who attended homework club in the Summer Term achieved improved tracking grades in the overwhelming majority of subjects.


For Christ's School Pupil Premium Strategy for 2017/18 please see the attached document.

The school will be reviewing the provision for disadvantaged students through an external audit which will take place on February 7th 2018.

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