2014-15 PPG Report

Pupil Premium Grant Spending for the 2014-15 Academic Year

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals, those who are looked after by the Local Authority or whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Objectives in spending the PPG:

  1. To narrow the gap in terms of attainment for our pupils eligible for the PPG and their peers
  2. To accelerate progress for our pupils eligible for the PPG
  3. To enable full access to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities for our pupils eligible for the PPG

Although the funding does not target pupils individually, strategically the allocated grant has been distributed amongst a range of strategies to enable the most disadvantaged to have the best educational outcomes, opportunities and support possible.

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received for the 2014-15 academic year:

Total number of pupils on roll was 1397

Number of pupils benefitting from PPG was 487

Total amount of PPG received was £482,460

Summary of spending on roles and interventions for the 2014-15 academic year:

  • After school, weekend, holiday revision and coursework completion sessions and related resources (including PiXl Club) and refreshments for pupils in attendance
  • Provision of revision guides for core subjects
  • GCSE English Theatre Trips related to texts studied
  • GCSE Science Conference
  • GCSE History Trips
  • Music tuition
  • 1:1 and small group tuition for English and maths
  • Senior and Middle Leader 1:1 Mentoring
  • Teaching Leaders x 4
  • EAL Coordinator
  • Academic Coordinators x 5
  • Literacy Leader and Literacy Mentor (small group sessions)
  • Numeracy Leader and Numeracy Mentor (small group sessions)
  • Youth Worker support
  • Key Worker and Administrator for Inclusion Faculty
  • KS3 Literacy Support (Corrective Reading and Premier League Readers Programme, paired readers)
  • Food Technology ingredients for practical learning
  • Summer School Activities
  • Raising Aspirations Events (including trips to many Colleges and Universities for example Manchester, Oxford and The Royal College of Anaesthetists)
  • Alternative and Targeted Curriculum Provision for 9 pupils at risk of exclusion
  • Nurture groups
  • Sports Leadership Programme including leading sports events for local primary schools
  • Transport Fund – bus passes and tickets
  • VIVO Rewards System

Gaps between PPG pupils and ‘other pupils’ cohort on entry for those leaving in 2015:

As with the previous cohort there were significant gaps on entry between the PPG pupils and ‘other’ pupils who left in 2015. In comparing the progress and attainment of PPG pupils and ‘other’ pupils in the college the following needs to be taken into consideration when considering that gaps may not be closing:

  • 8% of PPG pupils entered on a Level 5+ in English compared to 34.4% of ‘other’ pupils (this is an increase in the gap that existed on entry of +3.4% based on the previous year group)
  • 4% of PPG pupils entered on a Level 5+ in maths compared to 33.8% of ‘other’ pupils (this is a decrease in the gap that existed on entry of -8.2% based on the previous year group)
  • 9% of PPG pupils were in the upper ability band cohort compared to 36.3% of other pupils (this is an increase in the gap that existed on entry of +12.2% based on the previous year)

Outcomes for pupils for the 2014-15 academic year (school leavers of 2015):

20142015
% of pupils who achieved:PPG

Non PPG National

Average (all pupils)

PPG

Non PPG National

Average (all pupils)

3 LP in English76.1%85.6%70%55%76%69%
4 LP in English31.8%54.1%32%22%31%30%
3 LP in maths57.6%72.9%65%46%65%66%
4 LP in maths22.4%27.1%29%18%29%30%

PPG pupils leaving the college this year made significantly more progress than their peers in a number of subjects including:

  • French
  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Product Design
  • Music
  • Performing Arts

Progress in Key Stage 3 and into Key Stage 4:

In Key Stage 3 there continues to be a focus on literacy, especially in relation to PPG pupils entering the College below National expectation in reading. Reading programmes remain effective. 89% of the Year 7 pupils in the Premier Readers programme improved their reading age by an average of 11 months over the course of the 6 month programme in 2014/15 and 77% of the Year 8 pupils in the same programme improved their reading age an average of 14 months.

These strategies are having an impact, not only in securing improvements in the progress for disadvantaged pupils (especially evident at KS3), but that the gap is closing across a range of subjects, including English and mathematics. Estimated outcomes for disadvantaged pupils are improving year on year, at better than the national average and the gap between our disadvantaged pupils (Pupil Premium) and other pupils (non PP) is narrowing.

In year 9 pupils engage in a curriculum which introduces learning and assessment which is aimed at preparing the pupils for the revised new GCSEs which they will study at KS4. Work by the English and maths department, along with the Numeracy Leader and Numeracy Mentor will attempt to address progress and the gaps that exist, as pupils move into year 10.

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) to be received for the 2015-16 academic year:

The college expects to receive £566,610 in 2015-16 for 606 pupils, around 43% of total pupils.

Planned spending for the 2015-16 academic year:

In light of last year we will be funding the same roles and implementing similar strategies to the last academic year which will be monitored frequently and thoroughly for their impact on pupil progress. We continue in our aim to raise the aspirations of all pupils through arrange of strategies focussing on ‘growth mind-set’ through the development in the principles of ‘The Newman Way’.

We are using this additional funding as follows:

  1. Tutoring to accelerate progress including One-to-One and small group tuition – Additional Teachers and specialist Teaching Assistants have been appointed to the Maths, English and Science faculties which allows for small group work tailored to individual needs to accelerate progress. Senior and Middle Leader Mentors work with key pupils throughout Key Stage 4.
  2. Academic Co-ordinators – appointed to work in Year Groups and Faculties, to plan, co-ordinate and measure impact of interventions to accelerate progress.
  3. Revision Sessions – organised after college and in college holidays. Revision Packs are provided to all disadvantaged pupils.
  4. The Literacy Leader and Literacy Mentor (small group sessions) – including KS3 Literacy Support (Corrective Reading and Paired Reader Programme)
  5. Support Team Staff Mentors and Key Worker Nurture Groups. These teams provide emotional well-being support including fostering good habits on behaviour, attendance and punctuality.
  6. Staffing the Alternative and Targeted Curriculum Provision for pupils at risk of exclusion
  7. Outreach to Families – The grant is used to reach and engage parents and families in the learning process and ‘The Newman Way’
  8. Improving the Quality of Teaching and Feedback to pupils – through staff CPD and supportive resources

The Pupil Premium funding is also used to provide additional resources, wider curriculum enrichment and support, including curriculum based and aspirational raising trips, motivational speakers and contributes to the Independent Advice and Guidance that pupils receive for their future education, training and careers.

The college is to seek further support from a designated NLE in the Autumn Term of 2015, the outcomes of which will enable the college to improve outcomes for our PPG pupils in terms of progress and attainment.