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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

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.

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 (2019-20)

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Total

Number of PP students

52

45

37

32

41

207

% of the year group

26.7%

23.4%

20.6%

16.8%

21.6%

21.9%

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

Pupil premium reviews:

Monitoring Progress During 2019 – 2020

Sir William Ramsay rigorously monitors the progress of all pupils on a half termly basis. This data is analysed to ensure that all groups, including disadvantaged pupils, are making the expected levels of progress and interventions are put in place when needed. Analysis is carried out for all year groups and subjects. This document will be updated throughout the year to demonstrate the impact out use of Pupil Premium funding has on the progress of disadvantaged pupils. 

Pupil Premium reviews take place yearly and involve; learning walks, student interviews, book scrutiny, external validation, Governing Body visits and an analysis of  ASP validated results analysis.

Date updated: February 2019
Date of next review: February 2020

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?

Rationale for Planned Expenditure
Our approach of looking at the needs of individuals and putting in interventions seems to work well and we will continue to spend our Pupil Premium using the principles outlined in this document. This will allow us to ensure it is targeted at increasing attendance, raising aspirations and most importantly, ensure that our disadvantaged pupils achieve as highly as other non-disadvantaged pupils.  
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 the impact will be measured:

1. Progress in subjects
The school has regular assessments and data drops throughout the year in all subjects across all year groups. The assessments are moderated within departments and with other link schools, to ensure accuracy of marking, and then analysed centrally. Where data shows that disadvantaged pupils are not making the expected levels of progress, intervention is put into place.
 
2. Attendance and exclusion records
Regular attendance is key to pupils’ success and pupils’ attendance is tracked rigorously on a monthly basis through meetings with Pastoral Managers and the Attendance Officer. The school believes strongly in early help and identification of barriers to attendance as soon as possible to try to break them down. For disadvantaged pupils, our aim is to ensure their attendance matches that of other pupils.

3. Pupil feedback on enrichment
As shown in the table above, a significant proportion of our Pupil Premium Grant is spent on widening participation and raising aspirations. We will continue to evaluate feedback from programmes such as The Brilliant Club, The Prince William Award and the Ad Astra revision programme, to ensure they have a positive impact on disadvantaged pupils. We will also look at other similar schemes such as The Girl’s Network which aims to raise the aspirations of girls at Key Stage 4.
 
4. Students progression Post 16
It is important to the school that disadvantaged pupils have the same level of access to Sixth Form and Higher Education as other pupils. We will continue to actively promote this and monitor the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant in widening access for all disadvantaged pupils through evaluations and analysis of destinations data.