Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at John Spence

“The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most”                    

Department for Education

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children on the school roll from low-income families known to be eligible for FSM, the children of parents serving in the armed forces and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

During the 2011/12 academic year, when the Pupil Premium Grant was first introduced, John Spence received £111,840 pupil premium funding.

 

Spending for 2011/12

Over the last three years there has been a particular focus on improving provision and raising standards in the core areas of maths, English and science. This being the case we have allocated additional funding to these areas, some of which is Pupil Premium funding, whilst other funding comes from the normal school budget. The Pupil Premium funding has therefore been supplemented by mainstream funding in these key areas.

  • Appointment of an additional maths teacher to provide capacity for withdrawing students from normal classes for 1:1 and small-group intervention work in maths.
  • The creation of a new post of Senior Curriculum Leader to join the newly-formed Raising Achievement Group and lead on “Focused Review” across the school.
  • Summer school to facilitate smoother KS2/KS3 transition.
  • Resourcing “Living for Sport” scheme to incentivise and engage hard to help youngsters.
  • Counsellor Support – Relate and Positive Choices.
  • Purchase of Individual laptops for targeted students.
  • CPD for staff to teach phonics and other new initiatives.
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum:
    • Breakfasts for early morning Literacy intervention
    • New books for paired reading
    • Additional resources for Student Support Centre - new Interactive Whiteboard
    • Purchase of maths software to support students’ independent
    • Learning and revision  
  • Funding of readers and scribes to support students in exams.
  • Additional Educational Psychologist time.
  • Learning Mentor supervision sessions.
  • Purchase of programmes and site licences to support learning – Lexia, Nessi – for dyslexic students and CPD in use of software.
  • Purchase of new online tracking software licence and the introduction of a new school-wide ICT-based tracking and reporting system to inform decisions about mentoring, support and intervention. (Go4schools).

 

Spending for 2012/13

The funding per pupil increased significantly for the 2012/13 academic year. In addition the Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. Our funding for the 2012/13 academic year therefore increased to £210326

Provision as for 2011/12, plus:

  • The creation of a new post of English Lead Practitioner to strengthen Teaching and Learning in the English department and provide capacity for withdrawing students from normal classes for 1:1 and small-group intervention work in English and literacy.
  • Appointment of an additional science teacher to provide capacity for withdrawing students from normal classes for 1:1 and small-group intervention work in science.
  • Appointment of two additional Teaching Assistants.
  • Appointment of a school Librarian/Literacy Support Assistant with a brief to help develop literacy skills.

 

Spending for 2013/14

The Pupil Premium Grant for John Spence for the 2013/14 academic year was £262004

Provision as for 2012/13, plus:

  • Appointment of two additional Teaching Assistants.
  • Appointment of a school Librarian/Literacy Support Assistant with a brief to help develop literacy skills.

 

Spending for 2014/15

The Pupil Premium allocation for 2013/14 is £259420

Student Attainment Tables for the Last Three Years

2012

Pupil Premium

School

National

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C

75

87

81

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C (En & Ma)

30

54

59

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*- G

80

89

94

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in Maths

60

75

70

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in English

30

48

69

 

2013

Pupil Premium

School

National

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C

88

91

69

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C (En & Ma)

68

76

60

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*- G

94

96

95

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in Maths

72

79

70

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in English

78

85

69

 

2014

Pupil Premium

School

National

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C

74

80

64

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C (En & Ma)

72

78

55

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*- G

96

98

92

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in Maths

82

82

66

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in English

95

96

71

 

Three Year Trend for Pupil Premium Student Attainment and Progress

Attainment/Progress Measure

2012

2013

2014

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C

75

88

74

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C (En & Ma)

30

68

72

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*- G

80

94

96

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in Maths

60

72

82

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in English

30

78

96

 

Three Year Trend for In-School Gap Between Pupil Premium and non-PP Students

Attainment/Progress Measure

2012 gap

2013 gap

2014 gap

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C

12

3

6

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*-C (En & Ma)

24

8

6

 Percentage gaining 5+ at A*- G

9

2

2

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in Maths

15

7

0

 Percentage making 3 Levels of progress in English

18

7

1

 

Pupil Premium students at John Spence achieve very good results at the end of Key Stage Four and make very good progress in their time at the school. The gap between Pupil Premium students and other students in the school is very small, and has narrowed significantly over the last three years.  

The achievement gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students at John Spence is much lower than the gap at national level, and the standards achieved by our Pupil Premium students are, in many cases, higher than the national averages for all students.