Pupil Premium Overview

St. Hild’s Church of England School Overview
All schools are provided with additional funding called 'Pupil Premium' to help close the gaps in academic attainment and progress over time, between those who are identified as having disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. The 'disadvantaged' definition includes children in receipt of free school meals in the last six years, 'looked after children', adopted children having previously been ‘looked after’ and children whose parents are in the Armed Forces.



Pupil Premium at St. Hild’s Church of England School

Everyone at St Hild’s Church of England School is actively involved in supporting learning and removing barriers to success for all children in our care; we are all committed to our school’s Ethos where we aim to provide all of our pupils with “a world class education in a Christian context”. This is provided with our core values in mind; care, equality, honesty, respect and responsibility which are evident within the everyday life of the school. We are very proud of our school and its pupils and work hard to support them to succeed and be rounded young adults.  

We take our responsibilities for ensuring the progress of all children very seriously. St. Hild’s Church of England School has on average half of its pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funds and this has been the case since the additional funding was given by the government in 2011.

We commissioned an external Pupil Premium review in February 2018 which has allowed us to evaluate the impact of our disadvantaged spending, determining the most cost effective strategies for the future. From this, and our Poverty Proofing review, commissioned in the summer of 2018, we have drawn up our Pupil Premium Action Plan.

Our overarching goal is to build upon the best aspects of our current practice to further raise the performance of Pupil Premium pupils at St Hild’s Church of England School, so that their progress and attainment accelerates rapidly across the curriculum to be in line with non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.

We will achieve this by focusing on the three key priorities which are evident in our School Development Plan.

  • Improve the effectiveness of leadership and management at all levels ensuring careful, monitoring and early identification from data captures where progress is not being met.
  • Improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment so that it is at least consistently good in order to raise attainment across all subjects, for all pupils.
  • Develop pupil behaviour for learning, including a particular focus on improving attendance in order to promote confidence, resilience, independence and an ambition to achieve.

Our Pupil Premium Strategic Plan will address the steps to break down barriers experienced by Disadvantaged pupils at St Hild’s Church of England School.

  • The achievement gaps between Disadvantaged and non-Disadvantaged pupils on entry due to weak literacy, weak numeracy and poor communication skills.
  • Lack of aspiration leading to poor behaviour for learning.
  • Material deprivation which can impact parental engagement; this can affect cultural opportunities for pupils as well as independent study and is often linked to social and emotional barriers.
  • Poor attendance which contributes to poor attainment and therefore a lack of ambition.
  • Increasing levels of mental health issues.

In 2016/17, £325,256 of funding was available to support Pupil Premium pupils at St Hild’s Church of England School.

In 2017/18, £308,145 of funding was available.

In 2018/19, £315,290 of funding is available.

The following activities are currently being used directly or indirectly to begin to narrow the attainment gap at St. Hild’s Church of England School.

  • CPD for teachers and support staff to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.
  • Regular formative assessment to inform intervention.
  • Use of appropriate interventions to target areas of need.
  • Learning Support through Specialist Learning Support Assistants.
  • Learning Support through additional provision e.g. The Nurture Group, Bridge and Respite Centre.
  • Individual mentoring and guidance for social and emotional needs.
  • Reading and Numeracy support programmes.
  • Support for transition Keys Stage 2 to 3 and Post-16.
  • Key Stage 4 interventions within the curriculum and to support pupils wellbeing.
  • Key Stage 4 individualised careers education, information advice and guidance.
  • Support for attendance and behaviour.
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Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2017/18
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Summary of Strategies for “Not Yet Secondary Ready” Pupils 2017-18

  • The “Nurture Group” will continue in its current format, to provide a focus on developing literacy skills.

  • Primary Transition will be further developed to support pupils who have not achieved the expected standard. St. Hild’s has therefore allocated an SLSA to work one half day per week with our 4 main feeder primary schools.

  • Continued use of IDL Literacy to support pupils in the development of their reading and spelling.

  • Pupils below a score of 96 in maths will continue to work on key numeracy skills using a programme called iXL with the support of a subject specific SLSA.

How we measure the Intervention Strategies 2016-17

How will the school measure the intervention strategies of the disadvantaged funding?


In 2016-2017 we are using disadvantaged funding to support learners in a variety of ways. Many of these continue to be classroom focused, particularly in English and Mathematics and Science. To monitor progress on attainment, measures are included in the performance data analysis that captures the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.


At St. Hild’s Church of England School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of needs, support and appropriate interventions.

Meetings will take place with the Year Leaders, Subject Leaders, Subject Teachers and SENDCo to develop and support initiatives for individuals and cohorts.

The school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be allocated over a specific period of time. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for disadvantaged funding who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar.

Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2016/17
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Impact of catch up premium on pupil outcomes 2016-17

Pupil numbers Maths below 100 Maths below 100 and PP Maths below 100 and non PP
Total 46 35 11
Met or exceeded MEG 42 33 9
Exceeding MEG by at least 1 full grade 11 9 2

Use of Disadvantaged Funding (Pupil Premium) 2016-17

The disadvantaged funding for St. Hild’s Church of England School in the financial year 2016-17 is £325,256. The majority of the funding has been again used to continue the more favourable teacher to pupil ratios in English, Mathematics and Science and to support some smaller groups at Key Stage 4.
Whilst continuing with some of the above, we have also now been able to develop the following as indicated in the table below.

 

It should also be noted, as in previous years the salary costs in the table are a proportion of the full salary for that staff member. This is based on an estimation of the proportion of their time dedicated to Disadvantaged pupils. In order for all these strategies to be implemented additional funding may have been used. Some of these strategies would also have benefited non disadvantaged pupils as well as the disadvantaged.

Provision 2016-17

Provision 2016-17 Approx. Costs Support for Learners
Pupil Psychological support. £28,772 Pastoral/Social objective. Working with children primarily from a mental health perspective.
n-House Inclusion Centre support costs. £42,220 Managed, focused learning to support children back into learning with their peers.
Alternative Provision Placements. £9,350 Supporting pupils who are off-site and educated elsewhere – Disadvantaged pupil allocation for 10 placements.
Targeted support within core subjects. £64,964 English. Mathematics and Science classes to be a smaller size to maintain the results received last year. To improve the skills of children in core areas who are making less than expected progress.
Nurture Group. £30,089 To rapidly improve literacy/numeracy skills, therefore reducing the learning gap across subjects.
Vocational Teacher. £33,370 Identified pupils to gain qualifications appropriate to their learning needs.
Literacy Support. £9,281 Accelerated Reader, ARROW management to support all with a reading age below their chronological age and accelerate their progress. including below level 4.
SLSA Support across curriculum. £94,854 To help identified pupils to accelerate progress through use of SLSAs in lessons.
Student Welfare Fund. £7,000 Support for pupils on a needs basis in relation to various costs such as transport, trips and visits.

The above list of spending is not exhaustive. As a school we strive to ensure the wellbeing of all our pupils, therefore we have funded the hardship cases and enrichment opportunities mentioned earlier, in addition to the provision listed in the above table.

Impact of catch up on pupil outcomes 2016-17

Pupil Numbers Reading below 100 Reading below 100 and PP Reading below 100 and non PP
Total 43 28 15
Met or exceeded MEG 43 28 15
Exceeding MEG by at least 1 full grade 41 27 14

Impact of catch up premium on pupil outcomes 2016-17

Pupil numbers Maths below 96 Maths below 96 and PP Maths below 96 and non PP
Total 15 13 2
Met or exceeded MEG 15 13 2
Exceeding MEG by at least 1 full grade 1 1 0

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch - up premium

Year 7 Catch Up Premium Funding is provided by the DfE for each Year 7 child who has not achieved, or who is not reaching, the expected scaled score of 100 (previously below Level 4) in either Reading or/and maths at Key Stage 2. All state funded schools receive an additional sum of money for each Year 7 child who is eligible for the funding.

In 2015-16 St. Hild’s Church of England School received £12,000.

In 2016-17 St. Hild’s Church of England School received £11,413

In 2017-18 St. Hild’s Church of England School received £12,084

What do we use the funding for?
We use the funding primarily to staff an additional class in Year 7 “Nurture Group”. The curriculum for this group of pupils is literacy based, where the children develop their skills in a range of subjects, delivered in a specialist area. This supports our children to access all areas of the curriculum and gain greater confidence whilst improving their literacy skills. The class size for this group is small (up to 10 children) and is led by a specialist Primary Teacher.

The funding is also allocated to:

A Literacy intervention programme to support children in the development and deployment of literacy skills. 43 children achieved less than 100 in their English Reading KS2 Statutory Assessment. One lunchtime per week, children in small groups of 5 or 6 work on specific tasks designed to meet their individual needs. One group also had specific Reading Intervention as part of the Arrow (Aural Read Record Oral Write) strategy; this programme was changed in March 2017 to IDL Literacy (Indirect Dyslexia Learning) which is a web based learning programme which allows children assess from home. This has proven to be more successful in engaging the pupils and their parent/carers.

Accelerated Reader: Children read books in line with their reading age, take online quizzes and receive immediate feedback based upon their comprehension. A Specialist Learning Support Assistant (SLSA) works alongside the Liberian to identify and support children with additional reading needs; these children are then allocated to work on the IDL programme.

A Numeracy intervention programme has been delivered by maths staff for 46 children who entered St. Hild’s Church of England School below the expected standard of 100 in mathematics. These children worked through a programme which focusses on key numeracy skills.

Additionally, children with a score below 96 have been working through key numeracy skills using a specific programme called iXL with a subject specific SLSA.

Progress is benchmarked by looking at those pupils who have met or exceeded their Minimum Expected Grade (MEG).

Nurture Group

Of the 8 Children who accessed the Nurture group in Year 7 for select lessons, all have now successfully transitioned into classes with their peers.

 

Please see the table below:

IDL Trial Outcomes

The initial trial of the IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning) literacy programme ran through the Summer Term and the impact is detailed below:

11 pupils completed the required programme to be
re-assessed.

On average there was an improvement of 11 months in reading age and 8 months in spelling age.

Nurture Group

Pupil Numbers % Met or exceeded MEG % Exceeded MEG
English 100 88
Mathematics 100 12
French 100 38
Geography 100 63
History 100 100
Religious Education 100 63