Pupil Premium Funding

Total Amount Delegated to this school in 2017-2018:

We are currently awaiting confirmation of funding from the local authority.

Total Amount Delegated to this school in 2016-2017

We are still awaiting confirmation of funding from the local authority.

Barriers to achievement
There will be a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school and how the school will spend its pupil premium funding to address those barriers. An explanation of the reasons for that approach will be included.

Next review of pupil premium strategy
We will publish this information for 2016 – 2017 as soon as we receive confirmation of funding. Please scroll down the page to view this information for the 2015 – 2016 year.

Total Amount Delegated to this school 2015-2016: £36,162.00

 

PUPIL PREMIUM STATEMENT

 What is it?

The Pupil Premium is extra funding given to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. This extra funding is usually provided for the following groups of learners:-

The Pupil Premium Grant per pupil for the year 2015 / 16 is as follows:

Primary Free School Meal Pupils£1, 300
Secondary Free School Meal Pupils£935
Looked after children£1,900
Children Adopted from Care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order£1,900
Service Children£300


Why has it been introduced?

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 groups of disadvantaged children (including those eligible for a Free School Meal) and their peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. The money is therefore aimed at closing the gap between children considered to be in disadvantaged groups when compared to others. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, it can only be spent on those identified children to improve academic outcomes.  We are required to publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium.  

How much pupil premium funding does our school get?

This year we have been given pupil premium money for those learners who have been in receipt of free school meals.  This is the first year we have been granted this pupil premium. We will also receive pupil Premium for learners who are Looked After by the Local Authority or who have been in the Care system for at least 6 months prior to being adopted.  This money is paid retrospectively.

Breakdown of Investment (or Intended Investment) and Intended Outcomes

The unique nature of our school means that our Pupil Premium is often used differently than that in mainstream schools.  For example, many schools use it to provide extra literacy and numeracy support by lowering the ratio of staff to learners.  As our ratio is normally between 1:1 and 1:3, we already provide our learners with the intensive support they benefit from in these core areas.  Our Pupil Premium is, therefore, spent on more unique ways of improving life chances for this group of learners.

Barrier to learning often experienced by our learners.

All of our learners have been referred to REAL Independent School as other schools and provisions have not worked for them.  Often learners come with a variety of issues that create a barrier to their learning.  The most common of these being:

  • Anxiety related issues
  • Medical issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Behaviour issues connected with peer groups either in school or, more commonly, out of school
  • Drug and alcohol related issues
  • Bereavement and other personal issues

Many of these issues lead to a lack of self-believe, a lack of engagement and a lower attendance percentage.  Our interventions are often very bespoke and cater for the very individual needs of each learner.

Support for LAC Learners on our Independent School Roll (Total payment £7,600)

Pupil premium for this group of learners is often used in a very bespoke and creative way.  This year money has used in the following ways:

  • Therapeutic interventions for learners to enhance their working week and motivate them to attend/complete work in more academic sessions.  Such therapeutic interventions have included Horse Therapy, specialist LAC learner outdoor education provision and film projects.  Each therapy has a different focus, which could be improving social skills, confidence or physical improvement.
  • Specialist intervention for GCSE core subjects, doubling up staff so that they have a member of staff they have a good relationship with and a specialist teacher.
  • Money for resources to help transition into school/college, including specialist equipment (i.e. boots and overalls, books etc)
  • Money for specialist reward systems to encourage motivation and attendance.
  • The purchase of specialist technology and software to support with homework or lesson engagement.
  • Befriending during the school holidays to prevent learners spending time with those who have a less than positive influence on their lives and reduce the likelihood of becoming disengaged when we return to school.
  • Money for specialist externally accredited courses that are not included in our school setting. (i.e. Bronze medallion lifeguard award, dog training courses etc)

Support for learners who have been in receipt of Free School Meals (Total payment £28,562)

£1040 was spent on an over-night residential trip for 13 pupil premium learners that improved learner motivation and aspirations.

£3000 has been ring-fenced for literacy training for Secondary SPaG and why some learners find it difficult to learn to read using phonics, from a speech and language perspective.  This training has been booked and due to take place Feb and March 2017.

£3000 has been ring-fenced for maths interventions/resources to be purchased for designated learners to help support their progress in maths.

£7150 has been used for enhanced teacher support on timetables to support learners achieve their GCSE exams.

£221 has been spent to support learners with trips to museums and theatre trips to support understanding of books read in lessons, improve motivation and increase aspirations.

£2513 has been used to support learners within group provisions, either to support their engagement, enable them to travel there or provide them with staff they were familiar with during integration into the groups.

£2776 has been used to provide off-site provisions that have enhanced learner timetables due to their therapeutic interventions, motivating activities or helped to forge realistic links for future work placements.

£250 has been used to provide training in the area of LBGT and PDA that have helped staff to work with several learners.

£11,300 has been used to purchase technology to support learners within lessons. This equipment has been used to support access for learning activities for some learners and improve their engagement.

Monitoring of outcomes

Outcomes will be monitored throughout the academic year to ensure learners are on track to achieve them.  Adjustments to programmes will be made where necessary.  We will measure our outcomes fully at the end of each academic year and compare outcomes with those not entitled to pupil premium in order to monitor and reduce any gap.  Data gathered to monitor outcomes will include attendance figures, our REAL Engagement tracking system, our Well-being Tracking system and National Curriculum levels/KPI tracking system.

Progress towards outcomes so far

42 different interventions have been identified to support our 32 learners in receipt of pupil premium.  Out of the interventions that have been applied so far, 29 have been successful in improving engagement, attendance, accreditation outcomes or aspirations.  Evidence of the success of these can be found in the learner’s individual Learner Progress Forms or will be available on our more detailed pupil premium report, available to commissioners on request.  4 of the interventions were partially successful or so far have shown some success, again evidence can be found in learner progress forms. 3 Interventions applied were not successful in improving the engagement of the individual learners.  6 Interventions are yet to be applied.

Download the full report here

 

Total Amount Delegated to this school 2014 -15:              £17,100

PUPIL PREMIUM STATEMENT

What is it?

The Pupil Premium is extra funding given to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. This extra funding is usually provided for the following groups of learners:-

The Pupil Premium Grant per pupil for the year 2014 / 15 is as follows:

Primary Free School Meal Pupils£1,300
Secondary Free School Meal Pupils£950
Looked after children£1,900
Children Adopted from Care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order£1,900
Service Children£300

 Why has it been introduced?

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 groups of disadvantaged children (including those eligible for a Free School Meal) and their peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium.

How much pupil premium funding does our school get?

Due to the fact that our school is a specialist Independent School, we do not receive Pupil Premium for our learners who are entitled to Free School meals.  Nor do we get Pupil Premium for learners whose parents are in the armed forces.  We do, however, receive Pupil Premium for learners who are Looked After by the Local Authority or who have been in the Care system for at least 6 months prior to being adopted.

Breakdown of Investment (or Intended Investment) and Intended Outcomes

The unique nature of our school means that our Pupil Premium is often used differently than that in mainstream schools.  For example, many schools use it to provide extra literacy and numeracy support by lowering the ratio of staff to learners.  As our ratio is normally between 1:1 and 1:3, we already provide our learners with the intensive support they benefit from in these core areas.  Our Pupil Premium is, therefore, spent on more unique ways of improving chances for this group of learners.

Learners on our Independent School Roll

Targeted ExpenditureInvestmentIntended Outcome
To maintain a high level of attendance at school and reduce the likelihood of negative experiences out of school hours impacting on their education£1,900 spent on providing befriending opportunities after school and during school holidays.Learner to have an attendance figure of above 90%. Learner to have more positive experiences out of school hours and a reduced number of reported incidents out of school hours.
To support transition back into mainstream Primary School£1,900 spent on providing the learner with extra support within class and during play timesLearner will leave our Independent School roll and have a successful integration back into mainstream school.
To support transition into a suitable post 16 placement.£1,900 spent on providing the learner with 1:1 support in appropriate Post 16 setting.Learner will attend post 16 education and maintain her placement.
To provide a supported work experience placement to give learner experience for his post 16 college placement.£1,900 spent on providing a supported placement to give him practical experience during the Summer months and support transition into a college course.Learner will attend supported work experience sessions during the Summer months. Learner will transition into a suitable college course.
To provide support and resources to aid transition into college placement.£1,900 spent on a lap top, software, PPE equipment (i.e. overalls, boots and helmet etc) and tools for his college course. Also staff for supported visitsLearner will attend visits to college. Learner will attend college in September with all of the equipment.

Learners awaiting school placement and currently educated by our sister organisation- REAL Education

Targeted ExpenditureInvestmentIntended Outcome
To provide emotional support and help to improve engagement with education.£1,900 (plus other funding from the Authority) to be used to fund 1 day each week at Rainbow Horses.Learner to have an improved attendance.
To access REAL during the Summer break in order to maintain links and remain engaged until the start of the Autumn Term.£1,900 spent on providing befriending opportunities during the Summer school holidays.Learner to have an attendance figure of above 90%. Learner to have more positive experiences out of school hours and a reduced number of reported incidents out of school hours.
To support learner in transition to mainstream education£1,000 for suitable English resources (human and purchased) to help motivate and improve reading and writing skills and confidence. (Resources to include a tablet, APPs, games and specialist interventions decided through on-going assessment.) £900 for room hire at specialist provisions to allow practice with working around other learners, practice his social skills and have access to a sensory room.Learner will successfully transfer back into mainstream education.
To improve self-esteem, engagement in the timetable and gain accredited courses to be used in future careers.£155 to cover the costs of equipment and course fees for a swimming life saver award. £389 to cover the online course fees for an on-line psychology course. £500 for a shed and agility equipment. £1011 to commission additional maths and English GCSE sessions.Learner will engage positively in education and have a reduced number of significant incidents. Learner will have an improved self-esteem, shown in our well-being tracker document.

Monitoring of outcomes

Outcomes will be monitored throughout the academic year to ensure learners are on track to achieve them.  Adjustments to programmes will be made where necessary.  We will measure our outcomes fully at the end of each academic year.  Data gathered to monitor outcomes will include attendance figures, our REAL Engagement tracking system, our Well-being Tracking system and National Curriculum levels/KPI tracking system.

Progress towards outcomes so far (End of Spring Term 2015)

2 out of 9 learners have fully achieved their outcomes.

5 out of 9 learners are well on the way to achieving their outcomes and the intervention in place is having a positive effect.

2 out of 9 learners may not achieve their outcomes and intervention may need to be adapted in order to ensure success.

 

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