Expenditure from September 2015 – Our allocation for this year is £153,525
Additional teaching groups and one to one tuition; English and Maths
Additional teaching groups created in core subjects to address the increasing proportion of students attracting PP funding in years 7 and 8. Staffing allocation for core subjects provides additional capacity to enable targeted intervention for individuals or small groups across all Key Stages. This provides 19 lessons per week.
Literacy continues to be a whole school priority. To support this we have retained a specialist HLTA to deliver literacy intervention to students within the Pupil Premium cohort. Students receive additional support based on their individual needs either in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. We invested in training for a dedicated team of staff to deliver the SRS programme aimed at building reading competency by developing understanding of phonics. This programme is now well established and will continue to be implemented over the next year.
This programme aims to improve reading skills and will initially focus on students in years 7, 8 and 9. If successful, it will be rolled out to a larger group of students across KS3.
Student Support Services
£26,206 and £7,973
Additional staff deployed to address issues of poor attendance; a particular issue with many students who are supported by Pupil premium. Intervention activities targeting students with poor organisational skills or with low selfesteem or aspirations will be funded through this department; transition from KS2 to KS3 is to be supported through small group work or one to one mentoring sessions.
We have appointed a learning mentor to work with students within the Pupil Premium group. This provides students with someone who can work with them in a variety of ways to ensure that their learning opportunities are maximised. This can include guidance with homework or coursework, support within lessons, help with organisation, attendance or punctuality. The learning mentor will also ensure that communication between students, staff and parents is maintained so that barriers to progress are identified quickly and resolved so that learning is not affected. Communication with students in this way has been shown, through research, to be an effective means of raising attainment.
Pupil Premium Advocate
A teacher has been awarded the additional responsibility of supporting students within the Pupil Premium group at Key Stages 3 and 4. Her role is to monitor the progress of individual students, to identify areas where they could benefit from additional support and liaise with staff, parents and the students themselves to ensure that they achieve at least their target levels and grades.
Pupil Premium Bidding Scheme
The Pupil Premium Bidding Scheme enables teams and departments to bid for additional Pupil Premium funding to support addition projects, interventions or enrichments that are designed to close the attainment gap further.