The Pupil Premium Grant
In 2012-2013, the Pupil Premium allocation to Ashton on Mersey School was £142,200 which equates to 237 pupils and is worth £623 per pupil. The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children with parent(s) in the Armed Forces.
Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress. 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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
At Ashton on Mersey School we target additional support strategies to enable every student, however financially disadvantaged, to:
- Improve their levels of progress and attainment
- Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
- Have full access to the curriculum
- Access extra-curricular provision
At Ashton on Mersey School we have directed the funding to support the following interventions:
- Booster and 1:1 intervention Classes
- Personal resources including ICT support
- Trips and Residential Visits
The impact of this funding has been to support and enhance our existing intervention strategies for students who would otherwise have been disadvantaged and has allowed them to experience the full range of opportunities offered.
Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact 2012- 13
Booster classes and mentoring
A variety of different booster classes were used across the key stages to help all pupils achieve their potential. Pupils in Year 11 were able to take part in booster classes just prior to their examinations whilst pupils in KS3 were able to receive boosters before school in preparation for their School Assessment Tests (SATs), with the funding being used to encourage attendance by providing pupils with a healthy breakfast for the best possible start to the day and at a study skills day.
‘It has improved my ability to organise my thoughts when revising for tests.’
Year 7 pupil
The results in Key Stage 3 have been pleasing this year. In English there was no differential, with 94% of Non-Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium cohorts achieving at least a Level 5. In Mathematics the gap between Non-Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium at Level 5 was reduced this year to 15% compared with a gap of 23% in 2012. In Science the gap at Level 5 was reduced further this year with a reduction from 15% in 2012 to just 4%.
Year 7 primary model teaching group
This strategy has been developed to assist pupils with specific learning needs, primarily those with lower levels of ability and attainment. It is a small teaching group of approximately 12-15 pupils within which a significant proportion are those entitled to Pupil Premium.
‘It has improved my confidence by working in a team.’
Year 7 pupil
The teaching group is supported by 2 additional teaching assistants providing a high level of learning support. The approach has been successful in allowing these pupils to integrate into their secondary education in a more structured way and is evidentially beneficial to their progress through Key Stage 3.
Ashton on Mersey School has introduced monitoring strategies and incentives to improve attendance of Pupil Premium students. We are particularly pleased with the improvement seen in KS4. This has shown a 4.8% increase in attendance of Year 10 Pupil Premium students and a 4.1% increase in attendance in Year 11 Pupil Premium students. Overall the attendance of our FSM pupils last year was outstanding. Our FSM pupils finished the year with 92.7% attendance compared to 91.1% of FSM pupils nationally. When comparing our FSM pupils to the Non FSM cohort the gap was 3.3% compared to the gap of 3.7% nationally.
Residential/Social and Cultural Visits
School has funded a number of residential and cultural visits for identified pupils. Pupil and staff surveys reveal positive feedback on all these events. Trips include the Year 9 History trip to the Somme, Year 10 Geography field trips and Year 7 residential team building trip to Anglesey.
‘57% of pupils who attended the Museum trip said they had an opportunity to experience something they had not had the chance to experience before.’
The costs associated with residential/social/cultural visits, which provide vital cultural, social and enrichment experiences for pupils, are often a barrier to those pupils with free school meals or from low income families. Pupil Premium funding has enabled these costs to be subsidised for eligible pupils, thus allowing greater access to the same high quality and exciting opportunities offered by these experiences. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to apply for help with funding in all our trips and activities through letters that are sent home.
The School has also used some funding for administration, resource packs, literacy boxes and files for eligible students. Some examples include when Year 9 pupils were provided with Mathematics kits for their Statistics GCSE and revision guides have been bought for pupils studying their GCSEs in KS4.
‘I have learned that revision isn’t just about sitting down and reading a book. It can be fun.’
Year 8 pupil
Ingredients are supplied when families struggle to provide the necessary ingredients for Food Technology practicals. This allows pupils to develop their making skills in Technology but also learn essential life skills. In these situations it ensures all pupils are able to access the same opportunities irrespective of their family income.
Ashton on Mersey School has helped Pupil Premium students with new blazers and some new PE kit. The start of the academic year can be an expensive time for many families. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to contact the school if they require any help towards uniform costs.
Funding from Pupil Premium is allocated to provide free places on the holiday clubs run by the school. For example last year we supported 28 Pupil Premium pupils in Year 7 to attend a team building day in the Autumn Term and a 3 day residential trip in the summer term. Pupils were able to develop relationships with new friends whilst working as a team to develop their confidence; an essential part of the transition process from Primary to Secondary school. The holiday clubs provide a variety of high quality activities and experiences for pupils to participate in including sports, performing arts and ICT. This has brought about a significant increase in attendance at the holiday clubs from pupils entitled to Pupil Premium which would otherwise be more prohibitive as a result of the charges required to cover costs.
Impact of Pupil Premium
The impact of Pupil Premium is measured in two ways. Firstly we compare the performance of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding against the performance of those who are not. The table below shows you the gap in this performance for those two groups of pupils at Ashton on Mersey School based on the number of those gaining 5+ GCSE grades at A*-C level.
‘Year 11 pupils felt “challenged, motivated and confident” following a motivational speaker’s conference.’
This year we have seen an improvement in the achievement of our Pupil Premium pupils compared to 2012. In 2013 Pupil Premium students achieved 98% 5+ A*- G, the pass rate for non-pupil premium students was 100%, with 90% of Pupil Premium students achieving 5+ A*- C compared to 93% of their peers closing this gap from 2012 by 7%.
|Pupil Premium||Non||2013 Gap||Pupil Premium||Non||2012 Gap|
|5 x GCSEs|
A* - C
|* Closing the gap in 2013 by 7% compared to last years figures|
The second way in which we measure the impact of Pupil Premium is through the quality of the activities or intervention that we provide. Each activity concludes with a pupil survey and is compared to a pre-event survey. Here are the results of some feedback we have received from activities developed for our learners;
What projects will run in 2013-2014?
Ashton on Mersey School has been allocated £213,300 for 2013-14 which equates to 237 pupils. We have detailed below how we intend to spend this year’s allocation per student.
Currently we are running attendance incentives and we are helping students with school uniform, PE kit and specialist uniform required for BTEC courses. Booster classes and 1-1 interventions are in place and a team building day and camp is planned for our Year 7 students.
Planned breakdown of spend per pupil 2013-14
For 2013-2014 Ashton on Mersey School intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2012-13 as this had a positive impact on narrowing the gap of overall achievement and has helped to ensure all our students have full access to all the opportunities available at Ashton on Mersey School.