The Government provides academies and schools with additional funding to help reduce inequalities and gaps in attainment between those students who are on free school meals (FSM), are looked after or who are from Forces Families, and their peers. This funding is called the Pupil Premium (PP).
Every academy and school can select how they choose to use their PP allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for students. Every school is accountable for how this money is spent, which is why we make details of how it is used available on our website. We are hugely proud of the fact that we continue to allocate the full PP budget to the learning of our students. The next Pupil Premium strategy review will take place in March 2018.
For 2018 – 2019, we have been allocated £170,000 (plus £50,693 carried over from 2017-18)
- Staffing £160,000
- Equipment and resources £20,000
Any carry-over money is being spent on further resources and focusing on improving the attendance of PP students.
Huxlow are fortunate to have employed an outstanding team of Learning Mentors, HLTAs and Support Staff to assist our PP students.
Our Learning Mentors oversee the well-being, attendance and academic progress of all PP students across the College. All PP students are entitled to support and we now look at deploying the Learning Mentors depending on need. Students who are underachieving in three or more subjects receive intensive support from Learning Mentors whilst classroom staff support those underachieving in two or less. Those students with fewer concerns or who are over-achieving are still entitled to any drop-in and support they would like.
LITERACY / NUMERACY HLTAS AND MATHS TEACHER
Our Higher Level Teaching Assistants in Literacy and Numeracy and Maths Teacher provide specific support for those students at a 3/4 borderline at GCSE English or Maths and who were provided with catch-up support in KS3.
FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER
We also employ a Family Support Worker (FSW) to support students and their families facing significant issues in accessing education. Home visits, counselling and support are among the strategies used by the FSW to ensure students in need have access to agencies, support and guidance. The FSW, for example, has been working closely with a number of families to support with home-issues that were affecting attendance.
We employ a School Counsellor who supports our PP students who require counselling from time to time, in liason with our Inclusion and Pastoral teams.
OTHER SERVICES OFFERED BY THE LEARNING MENTOR TEAM
In addition, the team offer:
- Social Development Groups
- Revision classes
- Teaching students how to revise
- Literacy and Numeracy support across all Year groups as required
- H Club, aimed at improving Year 8 literacy/self esteem
- Coursework groups
- Club 7: Xbox/Pool/Air Hockey/Jewellery Making/etc
- Art Club
- Self-Esteem and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) sessions
- Film Club
- Cookery Club
These extracurricular activities are specifically, but not exclusively, aimed at our disadvantaged students. As with all the services provided, PP students are entitled to support from the College but we work with the students to ensure that the most appropriate actions are taken for each individual student’s needs.
The aim of these activities is to simply make school a more enjoyable place for those students. We believe that if a student is keen to come to school in order to take part in a positive activity all of their schooling will benefit from this positivity.
With an eye on the future, the Learning Mentors have also helped students with careers advice such as writing personal statements and CVs. They have attended careers meetings with their students to ensure that they can help tailor any support to the students’ future ambitions. In addition, the Learning Mentors accompany students to various venues when required – eg. College, NEC, Tresham – for interviews, workshops etc.
The majority of the funds are spent providing one to one and small group support to those students whose learning is most vulnerable. In the main this is through our excellent Learning Mentors, who work with a great number of students from all year groups including the sixth form. The Learning Mentors provide regular support for students, helping them to organize themselves and to eliminate any barriers to learning.
REVIEW OF EXPENDITURE 2017-18
For 2017 – 2018, we were allocated £184,665 (with an additional £71,549 brought forward) and the money was used in the following way:
- Staffing £174,305
- Equipment and resources £31,217
Please see the explanation of our staffing costs and resources for 2018-19 to understand how we deploy our team of support for our PP students.
Ofsted visited in June 2016 and inspected our provision and gave the following judgements:
- "Leaders have ensured that additional funding for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds has been used appropriately to provide them with effective support and guidance to improve their attendance and outcomes. As a result, gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers have narrowed, particularly in English. Disadvantaged pupils often do even better in English than other pupils in the school."
- "In 2015, the progress made by disadvantaged pupils was similar to the rates of progress for other pupils nationally. More disadvantaged pupils made progress above their targets than other pupils in English. Leaders are determined that gaps in the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils compared with those of others will continue to close rapidly. They have employed learning mentors who provide effective support for disadvantaged pupils to make sure that they make good progress."
GCSE 5 GRADE 4+ PASSES INCLUDING 4+ ENGLISH AND MATHS
The Learning Mentor team work incredibly hard to ensure that all PP students are placed in education or training at the end of Year 11. 14 of our 34 Year 11 PP students this year will be staying with us in the Sixth Form while the remaining 20 are going to College to study a full range of post-16 courses including apprenticeships in car maintenance, beauty therapy, health and social care as well as A level courses in order to access future university placements.
The Lead Learning Mentor also works with the Teacher in charge of Careers in a 'Raising The Participation Age' group, targeting PP students who are at risk of not going into further education. These students have taster days at universities, businesses and events to inspire them and show them a range of different jobs and careers that they would not have otherwise considered.
EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES
This is an on-going programme of support for students, providing them with a range of equipment, training opportunities and resources to help them achieve. It may also include essential support for getting to and from school (eg. bus passes). The money is also being spent on activities such as music, sport and Self-Esteem workshops to encourage students to make the most of school life, harness new skills and enjoy new experiences.
Examples this year include team building days for students, Summer School, a Cookery Club, Literacy Workshop, places for students on trips who would otherwise not be able to attend, revision materials and a Maths residential trip in Derbyshire for Year 11 PP students.