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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based upon the number of low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM as well as students who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The pupil premium is calculated on the number of students who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.

For the forthcoming academic year the Local Governing Body of the school has allocated almost 90% of the budget to focus upon high quality learning in English and Maths at Key Stage 4 as well as in improving the basic literacy and numeracy of the students in The Bridge (Year 7) and The Gateway (Year 8). The governors believe that providing additional resources to improve the development of these basic skills will improve the life chances of President Kennedy School students and ensure their success at each stage of their education.

The Governing Body continually targets Pupil Premium funding in order to raise the attainment of students entitled to free school meals. Provisional 2019 analysis of exam results indicate a Progress 8 score of 0.11. The school is working very hard to close the gap so that progress of our PP students matches that of our non-PP students. Overall, our three year trend demonstrates that our pupil premium students make outstanding progress, with a 3-year average progress 8 score of approximately 0.2.

In addition, governors targeted funding at improving the transition between primary and secondary school in the establishment of The Bridge.

OFSTED (2013 inspection) commented that The Bridge:

“is providing an effective bridge between primary school and secondary school environments.”

“The curriculum is carefully designed to develop students’ skills, and the progress of every student is closely monitored.”

“The least able students have already made very good progress in their literacy skills. At the same time, the most able have also made rapid progress as their needs are also fully met”

In the school's most recent inspection, Ofsted commented that:

"The Bridge is a very safe and supportive environment which helps students to make the

transition from Primary School to Secondary School"

Parent and student satisfaction as demonstrated through questionnaires is also high.

President Kennedy School Allocation

April 12 – March 13
 £267,890

April 13 – March 14
 £387,000

April 14 - March 15
 £367,455

April 15 - March 16

£429,195

April 16 - March 17

£445,060

April 17 - March 18

£457,215

April 18 – March 19

£452,000

April 19 - March 20

£476,347

On which students does President Kennedy School use the money to prioritise its spending?

  • Free school meal (FSM) students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving at KS4
  • FSM students and other vulnerable students who are in danger of underachieving at KS4
  • FSM students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving at KS3
  • Other underachieving students
  • N.B. Our looked after students are also in receipt of free school meals and are therefore included in the target groups.

We used the Pupil Premium to fund three activity types:

  1. Support
  2. Intervention
  3. Enrichment

      Support

  • Leader of Literacy and Numeracy appointed to work in The Bridge (Year 7) and across the school.
  • Assistant Leader of Literacy appointed.
  • 3 teaching assistants in The Bridge provide small group teaching including Fresh Start and guided reading programmes.
  • Accelerated Reader Programme and targeted Literacy and Maths Programmes used for targeted students after school.
  • The Bridge and The Gateway (Year 8) Colleges are generously staffed to provide support all day for the students focused upon attendance, punctuality and the progress made by students. Staffing in each college includes a Learning Mentor, Progress Leader Manager, Progress Leader and a teacher responsible for curriculum development.
  • All College have a dedicated Pupil Premium Plan and a PASSport Tracker used to monitor and track engagement of Pupil Premium students in enrichment activities.
  • Achievement for All programme focuses upon providing high quality learning programmes in The Bridge and The Gateway to ensure students make age related expectations and are on track to achieve their targets.
  • Overstaffing in Year 9 English to deliver Targeted Intervention.
  • Rigorous performance management system which involves discussion about performance of pupil students within individual classes and targeted caseloads to support attendance.
  • Our PP students make more progress (from their starting points) in E&M than all students nationally

Intervention

  • All students entitled to the pupil premium are highlighted on SIMs marks sheets and the focus throughout the school is on accelerating their progress
  • Monthly data is monitored at Key Stage 4 to track the progress of pupil premium students and adjust interventions where necessary
  • Weekly meetings amongst key colleagues within the colleges focused upon student progress and removing barriers to learning.
  • Additional classes in English and Maths at Key Stage 4 allows for smaller classes and flexible programmes and intensive lessons close to the exams
  • Additional staffing enables Maths and English to be taught in small groups to our most vulnerable students
  • HLTAs and a TA team in English and Maths provide tailored support to targeted groups of students.
  • Pupil Premium students performance is compared with national data rather than local in order to raise expectations to reach national levels of ‘all pupils’ rather than just the ‘pupil premium’ group
  • Place pupil premium spending within the School Improvement Plan

   Enrichment

  • Subsidising student visits so that they can see performances of plays to support performance of key GCSE Texts
  • Purchase of text books and resources for Maths and English so that students can have their own copy and take them home.
  • Purchase key GCSE Revision Guides for all students across the curriculum.
  • Work related learning courses to motivate key students
  • Funding our staff to work in primary schools so that students achieve KS2 Age Related Expectations.
  • Other Enrichment opportunities are subsidised like Performing Arts.

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      Spending & Resources: 

Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers is the greatest challenge facing English schools. The gap is stubborn because its causes are entrenched and complex, and most lie beyond the control of schools and educators. The causes and consequences of disadvantage are varied: Pupil Premium students are not a homogeneous group. Students eligible for the Pupil Premium are more likely to be low-attaining than other children. However, tackling disadvantage is not only about supporting low attainers. For example, disadvantaged students who achieve highly in primary school are much less likely than their peers to receive top grades at GCSE.  

   Education Endowment Foundation 2019: A Guide to Pupil Premium. 

In order to minimise the impact of potential barriers and access to learning for pupil premium students and in order to create a climate which fosters confidence and builds cultural capital, we have produced a Pupil Premium Plan. This outlines the spending is allocated; how the school will measure the impact of this spending and the review dates of the plan.