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Pupil Premium

What is the pupil premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.

The Department for Education has given schools the freedom to deploy the Pupil Premium according to our knowledge of our pupils’ needs, in order to ensure greatest impact for these young people:

‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’

We can support families in receipt of family tax credits to apply for free school meals.  If you are eligible and would like support please contact the school.

 

Financial year 2016-2017

For the financial year 2016 - 2017 the school Pupil Premium Allocation is: £438,825

For the financial year 2016 - 2017 the school Catch Up allocation is: £29,500

 

Why is there a pupil premium?

At Bay House School we are relentless in our commitment that:

‘Every child in this School makes better than expected progress and enjoys and engages in a rich, diverse and challenging learning experience … supported through the sustained modelling of our ethos, values and expectations.

The primary objectives are in three key areas – Curriculum, Assessment and Quality of teaching with a consistent focus on the disadvantaged learners.’
- School Improvement Priorities 2016-2017

The Pupil Premium Grant and the Catch Up Grant is additional funding to support schools such as Bay House in bringing our commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity and life chances for every young person to a reality. To enable a young person regardless of their background to achieve to their very best and beyond is an expectation we have for all young people. We recognise that for some young people there are potential barriers to their achievement that as a school we can work with the young person and their family to address.  This is how we deploy our Pupil Premium and Catch up funding, and we are, rightly, accountable for the use and impact of this additional funding.

The Pupil Premium Grant and Catch up Grant is spent on provision and interventions that aim to overcome barriers to learning that can be experienced by eligible pupils:

  • Literacy and Numeracy skills
  • Specific preparation for exam study
  • Social and emotional needs
  • Engagement with the wider life of the school
  • Attendance

Our primary focus is to overcome these barriers to learning through a whole school approach to highly effective teaching, that is differentiated and engaging thus enabling all learners to make better than expected progress. And through our curriculum provision and effective assessment strategies.  This is supported through the sustained modelling of our ethos, values and expectations e.g. a culture of strong behaviour for learning, intrinsic reward and embedded Foundations for Learning.

We also recognise that disadvantaged pupils are not a homogenous group and carefully employ targeted approaches for individual pupils and groups facing particular barriers. 

 

How is our Pupil Premium Grant and catch up grant spent?

We deploy the additional funding to support our School Improvement Priorities, and in a range of ways to impact on individual pupils, and groups of pupils who attract additional funding.

This table shows each aspect of how the funding is deployed and its impact.

Funded activity Cost Impact
Literacy & Numeracy intervention in and beyond the classroom at KS3 £35,000 Improved progress with reading, spelling and literacy compared to entry data.
Improved progress with maths and numeracy compared to entry data.
Alternative Provision for Learning £150,000 Personalised routes to learning to enable progress and achievement as appropriate.
Breakfast club £1,000 Improved well-being through having a hot breakfast and daily social interaction with known adults.
Young carers group £2,000 Improved well-being through access to support, and regular social interaction with known adults.
Subject specific intervention and ‘boost’ at KS4:
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
£120,000 Improved progress, confidence and self-belief in each subject, comparing end of KS3 data with data points through KS4 and exam outcomes.
Pastoral support officers (PSO) with a focus / specialism on behaviour for learning & well-being £28,000 Improved engagement in learning that results in improved progress and outcomes.  Improved well-being and social, emotional growth through 1:1 support.
PSO with a focus / specialism to improve attendance £10,000 Improved attendance, improved well-being.
Key Workers (KW) with a focus / specialism in ELSA support, emotional literacy support £95,000 Improved engagement in learning and resilience that results in improved progress and outcomes.  Improved well-being and social, emotional growth through 1:1 support.
Uniform provision £4,000 Improved well-being, sense of belonging
Transport:
  • Bus passes
  • bikes
£2,000 Improved attendance.
Improved engagement, equality of access.
Practical support:
  • Lockers
  • Equipment
  • Curriculum / revision books
  • Year 11 prom and leavers book
£4,000 Improved engagement with all aspects of school life, improved progress, equality of access to all aspects of the curriculum and the life of the school.
Building social and cultural capital:
  • Music tuition
  • Engagement in curriculum trips and activities
£8,000 Equality of access to opportunities, improvement engagement with all aspects of school life, improved progress and outcomes.
Building social and cultural capital:
  • Year 7 residential
  • Year 7 Transition
£5,000 Equality of access to opportunities, proactive improvement in engagement with all aspects of school life, therefore well-being, resilience, self belief.
Personalised information, guidance and advice £5,000 Equality of access to opportunities, pupils leaving Bay House at the end of Year 11 are in education or employment. High aspirations, self belief with knowledge and understanding of education and careers routes post 16.

 

How do schools measure the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium?

Did it make a difference to attainment at Bay House and how do we know?

The impact of our Pupil Premium provision is measured primarily through improvements in progress for eligible groups, the attendance of these groups, together with a range of other indicators including pupil feedback. 

The new Progress 8 measure tells us how well pupils at our school have progressed between the end of primary school (key stage 2) and the end of secondary school (key stage 4), compared to pupils in other schools who got similar results at the end of primary school. This is based on results in up to 8 qualifications, which include English, maths, 3 qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and 3 other additional approved qualifications

Last year, our disadvantaged pupils made exactly the same rate of progress (-0.03) as all pupils in local authority maintained mainstream schools (and better than all pupils in Free Schools, UTCs and Studio Schools).  Pupils in receipt of the Service Premium made progress significantly (+0.66) better than the national average for all pupils.  We continue to strive to narrow our in-school attainment and progress gap.  Disadvantaged pupils’ attendance rate has improved to just under 94% in the current academic year, with 96% for children in care.

To monitor how disadvantaged pupils make progress, new measures are included in the schools performance tables that captures the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium, at Bay House we welcome this accountability measure.

https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/137791

 

How do schools determine use of the Pupil Premium?

In determining our deployment of the Pupil Premium and Catch up grants we are committed to:

  • Ensuring that additional funding has a direct impact on progress and outcomes for our disadvantaged youngsters
  • That how we deploy funding both centrally and where appropriate for individual youngsters or groups of youngster the processes are open, transparent and fair
  • that funding allocated to our school is used for its intended purpose.
  • Use the latest evidence based research in our school, and beyond the school to use strategies which enable excellent progress for learners and particularly for disadvantaged learners.  For example, we are currently a pilot school through the ‘Embedding Formative Assessment’ research programme led by the Education Endowment Programme with SSAT. 
  • An openness and transparency in how we record, demonstrate and report on our use of additional funding.

 

How many pupils at Bay House are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

  Pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016 -2017
Year 7 122 145 59
Year 8 138 124 146
Year 9 118 128 109
Year 10 141 109 126
Year 11 96 133 98
Enterprise Academy 27 24 22

 

Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for their Free School Meals?

When a Housing/Council Tax Benefit form is completed, this automatically entitles child(ren) in the family to receive free school meals. The Council inform the Student Services Team and the school of the child’s entitlement to free school meals.

Parents in receipt of Child Tax Credit are required to complete a free school meal application form, and it is vital that the application form is completed to allow additional funding to be released to the school. 

If you do not know whether or not you have applied for free school meals, please contact us at school and we can support you with this process.

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