Pupil Premium is additional funding made available by the government to support students in Key Stages 3 and 4 whose educational experiences may have been adversely affected through financial hardship or significant upheaval in their home life.
Any student meeting one of the following criteria:
Our core aim is to raise the attainment and progress of students in receipt of Pupil Premium so that their performance compares favourably with Non-Pupil Premium peers.
Outstanding teaching and learning is paramount to the progress of all students. This includes those in receipt of additional funding through Pupil Premium regardless of the reasons for which they qualify. In addition to this, targeted intervention and additional support strategies are deployed in order to:
In 2015/16 Pupil Premium funding at Queensmead School equated to approximately, £305,115 (Catch Up Premium £17,500 and Looked After Children Premium £18,628). Strategic spending of the Pupil Premium grant ensured that students received support and intervention tailored to their needs.
In 2015/16 the impact of this funding was that GCSE students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding made progress significantly above the national average for both all pupils and for all pupils who are not disadvantaged and ranked in the top 9% of schools. Progress 8 score was 0.4 (all pupils 0.1, all non-disadvantaged pupils 0.3). Students also made significantly above national progress in Maths (QM all pupils 0.7, QM PP pupils 0.6) and in English (QM all pupils 0.6, QM PP pupils 0.5).
A wide range of teaching and learning programmes that developed and enhanced teacher skills and classroom practice. These included:
One to one and group mentoring support for students with emotional, behavioural and/or social issues, including access to a behaviour mentor and the school counselor.
Many aspects of the learning support team positively impacted on the progress and attainment of students, including
The Leadership Group shared responsibility in ensuring progress for these students, through the following actions:
A broad programme of intervention was delivered to a range of students including
These interventions were delivered in a number of ways to maximise engagement and to best suit the needs of each learner. Strategies included:
We also delivered a wide range of extra-curricular activities to engage students during lunch time and after school. These included sports clubs, academic clubs, breakfast clubs and many more. Where appropriate we utilise Pupil Premium to help contribute towards the cost of some educational visits and instrumental lessons.
A student in KS4 attended the University of West London ‘Junior Chefs Academy. Sponsored by Compass UK, The East India Club and Harrison Catering and supported by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the Craft Guild of Chefs, this course is aimed at students in Years 10 and 11, providing a great start to those interested in a career in food and the culinary arts.
Pupil Premium funding was further used to purchase and employ a variety of additional resources aimed at engaging students in the learning within the core subjects of English and Maths. These resources included;
|Focus||Intervention/Year group||Resources||Total Cost|
|Raise attainment of prior low attaining students to narrow the gap||Yr7 Low prior attaining students||Targeted literacy and numeracy intervention||£2000|
|One-to-one targeted support for vulnerable students in English and Maths (Securing C)||KS4 Yr11||Additional working hours for qualified English and Maths teaching staff
|Supporting KS4 students in maximising attainment in examinations||KS4 Yr11||Holiday interventions||£10000|
|Enrichment activities||All eligible students per request||Funding for extra-curricular activities, young chef, trips etc||£6000|
|Other curriculum spends||All eligible students per request||Funding for ingredients for Food Technology, Textiles, Art materials, purchase of dictionaries, revision aids.||£6000|
|Uniform||All eligible students per request||Items of school uniform, PE kit and shoes||£5000|
|Reducing student-staff ratio in English and Maths classes||All students||Average class sizes in English and Maths is 20 students per teacher. Average class sizes in other core subjects, approximately 30||£200,000|
|Sports coaching||Eligible PE students||External badminton coach
|Technology||All eligible students per request||Chromebooks, iPads and dongles||£5000|
|Develop independent reading skills||KS3 Literacy intervention focused on Years 7 and 8||Lexia reading programme||£2000|
|Range of reward strategies||Year 11 focus||Free friday breakfast
For the academic year 2016/17 it is anticipated that Queensmead will receive approximately £308,550 (Looked After funding £17,880) in additional funding through Pupil Premium.