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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Catch Up & Pupil Premium

Introduction

The Pupil Premium grant to schools was introduced to offer additional funding to support children from low-income families, services families, those who were eligible for free school meals and for children who had been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. Students currently receive £935 per year, on average.

Catch Up Premium for Literacy and Numeracy

This gives schools additional funding for Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in English or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2 and provide support for students to access the wider school curriculum. This support will be used to raise their attainment in line with expectations to ensure all students are able to work at age-related expectations (and beyond). For 2018-19 the school will receive a Catch-Up Premium of £18,500. We have identified our catch up students in 2018-19 to have KS2 scores in English and/or Maths of 95 and below.

Sir William Ramsay School will have the freedom to spend both the Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium (which is additional to the underlying academy budget) in a way they think will best support raising the attainment of the most vulnerable pupils and close the performance gap between them and their peers.

The impact of Catch Up premium spending on students' attainment 2017-2018

All students in the literacy cohort who completed the Lifeboat Programme, Better Reading Programme and Accelerated Reader Scheme improved on their levels by the end of the academic year.

All students on the Numeracy Programme with a KS2 score in Maths of 99 and below improved on their levels in Maths by the end of the academic year by at least one to two sub levels.

Other students with higher than national average numeracy levels at KS2 (who took part in some of the numeracy interventions) saw less of an impact on their overall progress, with only four students demonstrating significant improvement.

Who can I talk to about Pupil Premium?

All members of staff have a clear focus on Pupil Premium. In the first instance, please speak to your child’s Pastoral Manager, Head of Year, Form Tutor or Mr. Wolfenden, the Pupil Premium champion.

Pupil Premium Objectives

  • To ensure Pupil Premium students make progress at least in line with or greater than national measures of expected progress.
  • To further reduce the Pupil Premium gap throughout the school.
  • To ensure secure and well-supported transitions from primary school and to future destinations.

Pupil Premium students currently in the school (2018-19)

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Total

Number of PP students

48

41

32

38

32

191

% of the year group

24.7%

22%

16.7%

20.1%

19.3%

20.8%

Amount of funding for the current academic year: £160,000.00

Pupil premium reviews:

To ensure that the pupil premium funding spending is effective we conduct regular reviews. The last review took place in July 2016 with the next one scheduled for June 2018. Learning walks and reviews of students’ academic progress are on the school calendar and Pupil premium reviews are conducted every term after reports are completed to inform department interventions.

How do we know Pupil Premium funding meets students’ needs?

The impact of key provisions funded by the Pupil Premium is evaluated by analysing the engagement and achievement of the students receiving the provision. Regular evaluations by participants and providers enables tracking of the provision to review its effectiveness.   

How are we measuring the impact of Pupil Premium?

Several different methods are used to measure the impact of Pupil Premium funding:

  • Progress from the start of Year 7 and engagement in learning and wider curriculum activities.

  • A further indication of engagement is attendance, which is measured from the start of the school year.

  • We also track student and staff feedback on the effectiveness of interventions

  • Tracking the destination of students and successful progression to further/ higher education, employment or apprenticeships.