PUPIL PREMIUM

Pupil Premium 2016-2017: ‘Narrowing the Gap’

The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2012.  It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months.  Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012 – 2013 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as Ever 6 Free School Meals Measure).  Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel.

The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’.  Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and school performance tables include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.

  • Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

Funding for 2016 to 2017

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,300 for primary-aged pupils
  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils

Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • has been adopted from care
  • has left care under:
  • A special guardianship order
  • A residence order
  • A child arrangement order

Total allocation for Academic Year 2016/17 = £685,258

School Context

Woodchurch High School is a mixed comprehensive with on average 1417 students in Keys Stages 3 and 4.

% of pupils known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)*

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
School 28.2 22.6 23.2 23.4 22.4 20.4
National 15.4 15.9 26.7 28.7 14.7  

% of pupils known to be eligible as Pupil Premium (Ever6)

  2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
School 42.3 42.1 45.0 44.2 43.4 44.4
National Unknown 28.2 28.2 29.7 29.3  
Wirral Unknown 34.1 32.7 34.3 33.8  

Areas of Spending

Latest research carried out by Sutton Trust (July 2016) to identify which ways of spending time and money are likely to lead to the biggest possible increase in pupils’ learning indicates:

  • One to one – potential gains of 5 months
  • ICT – potential gains of 4 months
  • Homework (Secondary) – potential gains of 5 months
  • Phonics – potential gains of 4 months
  • Collaborative Learning – potential gains of 5 month
  • Smaller group sizes – Potential gains of 5 months
  • Feedback – Potential gains of 8 months
  • Meta cognition – Potential gains of 8 months
  • Holiday courses – Potential gains of 2 months
  • Mastery Learning – Potential gains of 5 months
  • Reading Strategies – Potential gains of 5 months
  • Peer Tutoring - Potential gains of 6 months

As well as Woodchurch High school being actively involved in Sutton Trust research, we have also used ‘John Dunford’s Ten-Point Plan’ to inform our practice and identifying key areas of spending.

Please open the below links for further information on how Woodchurch High school have used our Pupil Premium allocations to ensure that it has a direct impact on the pupils that require it most.

  • Term Review: Impact for academic Year 2015/16
  • Catch up report for academic Year 2015/16
  • Blue Hills summary 2015/16
  • Key priorities and ring fencing for academic Year 2016/17

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