Pupil Premium and Catch Up Funding

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017/18

Funding for 2017/18

In the 201/18 financial year, we will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

To find out if you are eligible for free school meals please apply at www.hertsdirect.org/freeschoolmeals

  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils

We will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
  • a special guardianship order
  • a residence order
  • Identifying disadvantaged pupils

The Government use eligibility for free school meals as the main measure of deprivation at pupil level.

In total we will receive £161,000 for this academic year

How we spent the Money

In 2016/17 we received £169,631 (in addition – £22,000 carry forward).  Below is a breakdown of how we used the money:

InterventionAmount
Intervention Teaching£41,260
Specialist Exam Access Arrangements£3,000
Other Staff Costs£20,000
School Travel Assistance£1,315
1: 1 Tuition/Tuition Support£10,000
Student & Teacher Resources by Department£20,000
Counselling£10,000
Tuition & Construction Course£2,615
Homework Club, Lunch Lounge & Breakfast Club£14,500
Trip Assistance£4,730
Coaching/Mentoring£2,630
Summer School£8,500
Uniform Assistance/Travel Assistance£1,150
IT Equipment£19,545

Year 7 Catch Up Premium Grant 2017-18

The Department for education has previously allocated £500 per pupil for the number of year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least a level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2.  This is based on Key Stage 2 data and the autumn school census.  In 2017 to 2018 allocated funding to schools will be based on what they receive for catch-up premium funding in 2016 to 2017, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort between the October 2016 and the October 2017 school censuses.

In 2016/17 the allocation of funds for this purpose to Tring School was £14,500.

In 2017/18 these monies are being used to fund:

  1. Small group interventions
  2. 1:1 support and intervention with numeracy throughout the curriculum – Breakfast Kumon Club, Numicon & Maths Wizard
  3. The purchase of texts and resources for small, specifically focused classes in English and Mathematics (extra time given across the curriculum)
  4. 1:1 reading mentors
  5. Lexia Programme for students to use in English

Impact

The funding does support students throughout the whole school – however, the impact of this funding is demonstrated by our excellent results at GCSE and the data evidences the outcomes for our students exceed national and local outcomes.  In 2016-2017 our Year 11 student cohort achieved 77% (9 – 4 grades) 5A*- C GCSEs.

At Tring School those students who are designated as Pupil Premium students represent 12% (29 students) of our Year 11 students.    79.3% achieved grade 4+ in English and 58.6% achieved grade 4+ in Mathematics.

Catch Up Funding Impact 2016/17

There are 38 students in Year7 [2016-17] that receive Catch up Funding and the impacts in terms of literacy and numeracy are closely tracked in terms of diminishing the differences on a half termly basis to show progression made by students.  For literacy mean average of groups  = 63% of students now working at L5+ skills, 90% working at L4+ skills [Summer 2017].  68% of  students achieved 80+ in word recognition, 97% students achieved 60%+ word recognition.

Key strategies/impact Year 7 Literacy:

  • Use of Lexia programme in literacy lessons for Year 7, 3 lessons per fortnight plus weekly homework
  • 38 students using Lexia, 100% have made progress. 87% have made 4 or more levels of progress which is regarded as exceptional progress
  • Use of sixth form ‘buddies’ to support reading programme and additional intervention for Year 7 students who are not making as rapid progress with Lexia
  • Use of a Sixth form tracking / monitoring by buddies
  • Small group interventions

Key strategies/impact Year 8 Literacy:

  • Extended number of Lexia licenses to continue support with Year 8 students for 2 lessons per fortnight plus weekly homework
  • 37 students using Lexia, 97% have made progress. 14% have made 3 or more levels of progress which is regarded as exceptional progress
  • Use of sixth form ‘buddies’ to support reading programme and additional intervention for Year 8 students who are not making as rapid progress with Lexia
  • Use of a Sixth form tracking / monitoring by buddies
  • Small group interventions
For maths there were two groups of students receiving interventions – over 80% of the students have shown progress in their basic numeracy skills.

Key strategies/impact in Year 7 Numeracy:

  • 17 students given tutor time intervention
  • Year 12 mentors in tutor time 3 times a week
  • Use of 35 Touchscreen Chromebooks purchased out of funding allowing students to answer timed questions with hand gestures. Greater use of applications and programmes that use touchscreen presented through this opportunity (accessibility to Android applications). Chromebooks used in specific Numeracy sessions and interventions for this cohort.
  • Use of additional IT programmes such as MyMaths, Timetable Rockstars and XtraMaths for basic addition,
  • The Maths department are part of the ICCAMS project, which involves the delivery of 30 lessons using materials prepared by a range of universities relating to numerical reasoning and algebra skills. Catch up funding students were the priority group for these resources
  • 87% of the students have shown a marked improvement and significant progress in their basic numeracy skills
  • 42% are on track to have closed the gap by the end of year 8. The remaining 58% are rapidly making progress towards their target levels
  • 100% of students have made expected progress on their trackers in year 7
  • 41% of students have made good progress on their trackers in year 7
  • 12% of students have made excellent progress on their tracker levels in year 7

Key strategies/impact in Year 8 Numeracy:

  • 12 students given tutor time intervention
  • Continued use of touchscreen Chromebooks
  • Continued use of additional IT programmes such as MyMaths, Timetable Rockstars and XtraMaths for basic addition
  • Year 8 group, based on Forest Schools, is in operation 5 hours per fortnight for five students in the Autumn term.
  • 83% of the students have shown progress in their basic numeracy skills
  • 83% of students have also shown improvements in their raw assessment marks when completing GCSE assessments
  • 25% of students have shown significant improvements in basic addition and subtraction on the XtraMath site.
  • 58% of students made progress on their trackers in year 8
  • 33% of students made 3 or more sub levels of progress on their trackers in year 8

2016/17

 SchoolNationalPP StudentsNational PP Students
Progress 8-0.06-0.40
Attainment 849.837.9
Grade 4+ English92%79.30%
Grade 5+ English74.40%44.80%
Grade 4+ Mathematics81.6%62.1%
Grade 5+ Mathematics60.30%27.60%

Data DfE September – invalidated.

2015/16

 SchoolNationalPP StudentsNational PP Students
5 or more A*-C @ GCSE78.9%46.4%
5 or more A*-C @ GCSE inc. Eng & Maths70%59.30%33%
3 Levels of progress in English87%71.4%
3 Levels of progress in Maths72.4%42.9%

2014/15

 SchoolNationalPP StudentsNational PP Students
5 or more A*-C @ GCSE75.11%60.87%
5 or more A*-C @ GCSE inc. Eng & Maths68%55.80%70%
3 Levels of progress in English78.33%68.18%
3 Levels of progress in Maths73.01%63.64%

Areas for development 2017 – 2018

  • Intervention teaching – continue KS3 focus but ensure PP students are the very highest priority
  • Middle ability boys – exploring different ways of improving outcomes for these students
  • Peer mentoring and tutoring – to improve outcomes for students
  • Basic equipment/Uniform – ensuring every PP student can access the basics needed for school
  • Rewards – encouraging students to achieve in lessons and in their school life (including attendance)
  • 1:1 & small group tutoring – mainly at KS4 readying students for examinations (My Tutor – online tutoring)
  • Attendance – greater monitoring and faster interventions to combat poor attendance.

Pupil Premium Letter to Parents – Click Here

Year 7 & 8 Interventions/Pupil Premium Coordinator – Miss F Mitchell
Year 9 & 10 Interventions/Pupil Premium Coordinator – Mrs L Toovey