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Pupil Premium Statement
Strategy for the Lutterworth College’s use of the Pupil Premium funding 2016-17
What is the purpose of Pupil Premium funding?
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 disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and their peers. Through ensuring funding reaches the pupils who need it most to tackle these disadvantages and in doing so close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
This funding is allocated to the school for any pupil who has been entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. It is for the school to decide on a strategy of how best to use this money to address any under achievement of individual disadvantaged pupils at the school.
Who qualifies for Pupil Premium?
In the 2016-17 academic year, the college will receive funding to the value of £935 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Additionally, the college will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who has been looked after for 1 day or more by social services or was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order. The College will also receive £300 for any pupil whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
For the academic year 2016-17 the college has received an additional £77,605 (83 pupils) to support our work with this important group of pupils.
What are the main barriers to educational achievement faced by pupils at the college eligible for Pupil Premium?
The college has identified the following main barriers to educational achievement for our disadvantaged pupils:
- pupil aspiration;
- parental engagement and support;
- financial barriers to access core and additional experiences and learning opportunities.
How the college plans to address these barriers using the Pupil Premium allocated to us for the academic year 2016-17:
- University taster days at the University of Northampton, Sheffield University and Oxford University for pupils in Year 10 and Year 11;
- Further Education taster day at Leicester College for identified Year 10 and Year 11 pupils;
- Year 10 pupils to be offered the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement and to be supported in securing a suitable placement;
- Funded opportunities for disadvantaged pupils to participate in enrichment activities e.g. D of E, music instrument tuition.
Removing barriers to learning and progress
- Provision of additional transport support to targeted pupils where attendance has been identified as a concern;
- Provision of financial support for the purchase of school uniform;
- Provision of free transport home for pupils attending study support sessions after school;
- Provision of essential learning resources packs (e.g. revision guides / course texts / exam revision kit);
- Funding for pupils to participate in trips and residential learning opportunities where this forms part of their chosen courses to study.
Facilitating and supporting pupil achievement
- Five nights per week after school study support club, organised and supported by the Pupil Premium Higher Level Teaching Assistant;
- One to one tuition programme during the summer holidays for incoming Year 7 disadvantaged pupils who have not yet met the expected level in their Maths and/or literacy;
- Continuation of our reward incentive scheme for attendance at study support club;
- Continuation of the incentive scheme challenging pupils to keep their attendance above 95%;
- Attendance for all disadvantaged pupils at study skills workshops delivered by external company Maximise to A/A* and C/D borderline pupils;
- Use of Pupil Premium Higher Level Teaching Assistant for in class support, small group intervention, and one-to-one support for under achieving pupils;
- Priority invite and support for Pupil Premium pupils to attend Easter Revision Programme sessions;
- One to one tuition in English, Maths and Science for Looked After / children adopted from care;
- Mentoring programme for Year 11 disadvantaged pupils who are significantly under achieving.
How the college will measure the impact of the pupil premium funding:
The college will use a variety of approaches to track the progress of our disadvantaged pupils and in doing so to measure the use of the Pupil Premium and the impact of the strategies as outlined, these will include:
- the use of regular feedback from pupils, parents and staff;
- monitoring of attendance to lessons, enrichment sessions and additional learning opportunities such as the study support sessions after school;
- monitoring of uptake of financial support that is in place for qualifying pupils;
- tracking of disadvantaged pupil progress through our regular Assessment Point reports.
In response to the above, the college having evaluated the effectiveness of each strategy may then amend its approach to allocating the Pupil Premium funding later in the academic year.
Lutterworth College Pupil Premium funding 2015-16
For the academic year 2015-16, Lutterworth College received £110,330 of Pupil Premium funding, this was based on 118 pupils being entitled to Free School Meals at some point in their last 6 years of education.
How has Lutterworth College spent the pupil premium funding in 2015-16?
Following analysis of pupil progress for 2014/15, evaluation of the strategies allocated Pupil Premium funding and the impact of this on pupil achievement, the following areas were identified as a focus for 2015/16 and funding was allocated to support these strategies:
Raising Pupil Aspiration:
- taster days to Sheffield University and the University of Northampton for Year 10/11 pupils;
- a Further Education taster day to Leicester College for identified Year 10/11 pupils;
- work experience placements for Year 10 Pupil Premium pupils including financial support to cover additional costs e.g. transport;
- provision of specialist careers advice and guidance to all Pupil Premium pupils at regular intervals in the year;
- financial support for pupil premium pupils participating in enrichment activities including peripatetic music tuition and completion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Removing barriers to learning and progress:
- financial assistance towards transport costs for out of catchment Pupil Premium pupils;
- provision of free transport to allow all pupils eligible for pupil premium funding to attend after school and holiday study support sessions including for example Easter revision workshops, Saturday study days, subject specific support sessions etc.;
- provision of uniform support for all Pupil Premium pupils;
- provision of additional educational resources, equipment and text books for all pupils eligible for pupil premium funding;
- continued additional literacy support and provision of texts in the school Library for long term loan for pupil premium pupils.
Facilitating and supporting pupil achievement:
- support of the study support club, led by the college’s Pupil premium HLTA. Transport provided for Pupil Premium pupils and incentives for attendance, attitude to learning and achievement;
- introduction of attendance reward scheme challenging pupils to keep their attendance above 95%;
- study skills and exam preparation workshops for Year 11 pupils;
- in class support, small group intervention, and one-to-one support for pupils using our Pupil Premium HLTA;
- one to one tuition in English, Maths and Science for targeted pupils;
- funding to support department and subject specific projects in Maths, English and Science aimed at closing the attainment gap between Disadvantaged pupils and their peers;
- support for alternative curriculum provision for identified pupils where appropriate.
What impact has the Pupil Premium had at Lutterworth College for those pupils with an entitlement to free school meals and for other pupils?
Lutterworth College is proud to be able to demonstrate that activities funded by the Pupil Premium grant are being used effectively to close the gap between the outcomes of different groups of our pupils.
The majority of Disadvantaged pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium made progress which was on average in line with expectation and importantly with the progress of non-disadvantaged pupils. A number of pupils in this group exceeded their targets and made better than expected progress.
For a small number of Disadvantaged pupils attending the college who were entitled to Pupil Premium a full curriculum was not suitable to meet their learning needs. Therefore, it is not possible to measure their progress using standard government performance measures. However, we are able to positively demonstrate the use of Pupil Premium to support their progress individually based on their bespoke curriculum.
In 2015-16 an amount of Pupil Premium was used to fund a curriculum project and resources linked to this in our English Faculty. 2015-16 saw our best ever GCSE English results with 84% of pupils making at least expected progress and achieving an A*-C grade.