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Use of Pupil Premium

 

Pupil Premium – Use and Impact

2016-2017

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 for pupils in England from low-income families.

Eligible pupils are those who:

·         are receiving Free School Meals (FSM)

·         have received FSM at any point in the past 6 years

·         are classed as looked after

·         have at least one parent who is or was a member of the armed forces

The purpose of the grant is to address the underlying inequalities between FSM children and their peers. Children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the past generally have lower academic results than those who have never been eligible for FSM.

Annual Allocations

Year

Pupil Premium

2016/17

£405,322

2015/16

£355,300

2014/15

£332,860

2013/14

£339,517

 

Barriers

Students at HWGA face many different barriers to learning spanning both academic and non-academic experiences. HWGA chooses to tackle issues such as a lack of engagement in enrichment activities outside of its pupil premium spend and therefore appropriates the pupil premium grant towards academic needs only.

Use of the Pupil Premium Grant

Pupil premium funding has been used in a variety of ways to ensure continued progress and academic achievement for disadvantaged students through programmes, policies, and initiatives that support the engagement and involvement of disadvantaged students.

§  Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy uses pupil premium funding to “overstaff” in an academy that is technically 5 form entry but it is staffed as if it is 6 form entry. Core subjects of English and maths are overstaffed to keep group sizes manageable and to allow for more individualised intervention and support. Extra investment has gone into more math

§  Some funding goes towards the creation of additional leadership positions which enable the academy to put into practice additional intervention strategies.

§  The funding has also gone towards providing students access to an on-site health and welfare officer. The academy recognises that the health and welfare needs of our students are wide ranging. The health and welfare officer supports students with medical needs, counselling, first aid and delivers lessons on sex and relationship education throughout the academy.

§  Revision guides have been provided at no cost to disadvantaged students in a variety of subjects such as business studies, catering, maths and science.

§  A licence to deliver ‘Sound Training’ is used to develop the reading ages of students at all key stages.

§  12 more able students have been enrolled with the Brilliant Club

§  Increased capacity in the pastoral team now ensures that HWGA has two heads of key stages who monitor academic progress.

§  Specialist support such as Tappy Twins has been bought in for students with low self-esteem.

§  A laptop has been provided to one student with key needs.

 

Impact

A series of factors have affected the performance measures of English grades at HWGA. These include the comparisons of students studying GCSE with IGCSE. As can be seen, the middle and high ability disadvantaged students in maths made better progress than the national average. This is a demonstration of how overstaffing can be successful. Historically the English department ensure good progress for all students. Their success has been limited for 2016 and this is in part due to comparisons being made with other schools that chose to deliver the IGCSE instead. Since the IGCSE has now been phased out, we expect HWGA English results to once again be more favourable as the team are already accustomed to newer forms of assessment i.e. no speaking element.

Summer 2016

Attainment 8

Progress 8

Basics

HWGA Disadvantaged

41.6

-0.20

51%

All HWGA Students

43.1

-0.23

56%

National

49.9

-

59.3%

 

English

 

Mathematics

 

EBacc

 

Entered

Achieving

HWGA Disadvantaged

41%

14%

HWGA All Pupils

42%

17%

National

37%

23%

 

Attendance (Source: RAISE Online Unvalidated November 2016)

 

% Persistent Absence

Frees School Meals

12.5%

All HWGA

13.2%

National

12.4%

 

Date of Next Strategy Review: Summer Term 2016/17