Harris Academies
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Pupil Premium

Background

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) provides funding for children who have been known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) since 2008. This funding is a national initiative, welcomed by Harris Aspire used to raise attainment of financially disadvantaged pupils and to close the gaps in educational success that exist nationally.


Aspire Funding, based on current students on roll as at September 2015

16 students are eligible to receive funding from September 2015. This is 17% of total cohort (93).

These students are all in KS4 and benefit from additional resources to the value of £14960

Action

For Upper School students we have employed 3 graduate Tutors, who will be targeting students to work with in Science, Mathematics and English. They will work closely with Pupil Premium students and will be tracking their achievement and working with them to tackle the barriers to success. PPG pays for 33% of these salaries which is approximately £18,000

For the lower School we will use the Pupil Premium Grant to raise aspirations and challenge the barriers to learning and good behaviour that have affected our students negatively. The use of support will be personalised, to meet the needs of our students, interventions will be tracked for impact on our reciprocity scale which will allow us to measure improvements in social skills and attitudes to learning.

The interventions are listed below for both upper and lower school, the cost of these additional interventions as funded by the PPG is shown in brackets and is between 33% and 50% of the total costs of these interventions, thus the PPG grant allows us to increase these important interventions to a level that gives additional support to those students entitled to additional Pupil Premium resources

• Speech and Language course of 1-1 sessions £19,900

• Counselling course of 1-1 sessions £3000

• Education Welfare support to improve attendance £3500

• Aim – Weekly sessions for all students, coaching and mentoring £1200

• Philosophy Foundation – Weekly sessions for all students in small groups, Higher order thinking skills and debating £1200

• Trips and Visits – Linked to curriculum, including an annual residential trip which will be fully funded £2000

Total £30,800 plus £18,000 is £48,800

This is £8,000 in excess of the amount of PPG received so far, but the Academy expects more students to arrive during the year, which will bring in more PPG, so the provision is in place to support these students’ needs on arrival

Interim analysis of Attainment data 2014-2015

There has been a marked improvements in the progress made by students who have been eligible for the PPG (PP students). And our achievement data shows gaps are beginning to close already.

Last year (2013-2014) there were no significant differences in the achievement of PP and Non PP students in the lower school, gaps that were clear on arrival closed rapidly using a similar suite of interventions. In the upper school the gaps did improve but not close completely, behaviour and attitudes improved, but there needed to be a greater emphasis on specialist tuition for the core subjects, where a majority of students had fallen along way behind in their attainment and progress.  This is why we have additionally recruited 1-1 tutors that are subject specialists this year.

Progress of Pupil Premium students.

Key stage 3

Progress of Pupil Premium students was exceptional at KS3. In English 93%, Maths 87% and Science 80% students receiving PP made Expected Progress Plus.

 

Science Summer

MLG Progress

Cohort

EP

EP+

%non - pp

47%

92%

75%

%pp

53%

93%

80%

Gap

 

+1%

+5%

 

Maths Summer

MLG Progress

Cohort

EP

EP+

%non - pp

47%

78%

67%

%pp

53%

87%

87%

Gap

 

+9%

+20%

 

English Summer

MLG Progress

Cohort

EP

EP+

%non - pp

43%

100%

92%

%pp

57%

100%

93%

Gap

 

0%

+1%

Key stage 4 and 5

Pupil Premium students achieved results in line with national averages for GCSE and there were no significant gaps between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students.

 

Number of students

Maths % achieving C or above at GCSE

English % achieving C or above at GCSE

Science  % achieving C or above at GCSE

No PP

32

59%

50%

54%

PP

27

56%

52%

52%

Gap

 

-3%

+2%

-2%