Finance & Pupil Premium

Published on: Jul 03 2013 by David Adcock

Rydon Community College Finance and Pupil Premium On- Going Report

The College Governors and Headteacher have kept Pupil Premium as a high agenda in their thinking and strategy. To ensure full accountability we have kept a running log report, which we have updated at least twice a year so all parents and interested stakeholders can see what we have considered, how we have used the money and the impact.

As our numbers of Pupil Premium pupils are very few we have made sure the report is not identifiable regarding pupils.

FINANCE:

  • Rydon has a Governors' and Headteacher Staffing and Finance Working Committee.
  • The Bursar advises the committee to ensure we get “best value” from the finance we receive.
  • One aspect of this committee is to ensure any money that is earmarked for specific pupils is used efficiently and has an impact on the pupils’ education directly. 
  • Two such funding streams have been highlighted in the media. These are PUPIL PREMIUM and SPORTS PREMIUM. (For Sports Premium please see separate tab on website PE Funding.)

PUPIL PREMIUM:

  • This is additional money that a school receives if they have Service children, for pupils receiving Free School Meals and for Looked After Children (pupils in care) and adopted pupils. 
  • Rydon has very few Service children. One pupil we did have, we funded for extra language lessons and competitions.
  • The money can be used for an individual project or for a group of pupils with similar needs.
  • It is the College’s decision in how the money is spent and the Governors monitor and consider impact with the Headteacher and relevant teaching staff. 
  • Any Looked After Pupils funding is used in conjunction with Social workers and care professionals.
  • At Rydon we may use the funding for one to one counselling and specific support just for that child, which is part of their support programme. This we find has the best impact for the child and their well- being.
  • As a College we have had very few Looked After Pupils. Any work for these pupils we have funded through Pupil Premium so the child can be in the best place to learn, and to be safe and secure in their learning. 
  • Pupils who receive Free School Meals, have been adopted or looked after are not singled out at Rydon. This is the ethos of the College. For instance, our Hot Food system is the same process for prepaid as for free school meals. This reflects our belief in being inclusive and treating everyone with equal respect.
  • This means that all pupils are tracked and internally, checked by the governors and SLT. We look at the progress of pupils on FSM, Looked After and SEN+D, compare these to the National figures and other pupils within our College community. 

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  • Rydon does receive some Pupil Premium Funding for a very small number of pupils who receive Free School Meals. The additional funding has altered over the years as shown below:
  • 2011-12 £488 per each Free School meal child
  • 2012-13 £600 per each Free School meal child
  • 2013-14 £953 for Year 6 eligible pupils and £900 for Year 7 and 8 eligible pupils.
  • 2014-15 £1,300 for Year 6 eligible pupils and £935 for Year 7 and 8 eligible pupils.
  • 2014-15 £1,900 for Looked After Pupils or pupils who have been adopted.
  • 2015-16 £1,320 for Year 6 eligible pupils and £935 for Year 7 and 8 eligible pupils.
  • 2015-16 £300 per pupil for service children in the last four years.
  • 2015-16 £1,900 for Looked After Pupils
  • The money is not used to fund school trips as a matter of course. Such uses of this funding has been criticised heavily by OFSTED. Most parents make a contribution to any educational trip. Nor is the money used to plug “gaps” in a school’s budget, which Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector in 2012, criticised schools who do this. OFSTED have remained critical of such trends.

In 2015 the DFE made clear how the Pupil Premium money could be spent. These are:

  • for the educational benefit of pupils registered in the school.
  • on community facilities which benefits the pupils and their families or for people who live and work in the locality.

From the outset the Governors and Senior Leadership group have used the money to support the varying needs of the pupils. 

So how does Rydon use the Pupil Premium money?

  • Prior to Pupil Premium funding money sent through in 2011 for Free School Meal Pupils known as “Go For It” was divided up for each club and activity that the pupils participated in, funding Art Club, Science Club, DT Club, PE fixtures, Food Club, Textiles Club, Knitting Club, Gardening Club. We used some of this money for subsidising educational trips which were part of the curriculum or transitional. This was after discussion at Governors and in considering families’ needs.
  • In 2011-12 the money was used to develop individual programmes of study to enhance their literacy and oral skills.
  • From September 2012 the personalised programmes of study continued being funded by the Pupil Premium money e.g. working in small groups in developing skills both literacy and numeracy and entering the English Speaking Board Exams. The money is used to fund these programmes re resources, learning areas, entrance to different public exams as this has a direct impact on learning for these pupils. From our initial findings in 2011-12 this small group personalised learning experience had the greatest impact on pupil progress.
  • Again, in 2012-13 pupils in the personalised programme attended school, confidence improved and their progress in one Modern Foreign language was more rapid than in previous years, whilst consolidating their Maths, English and enterprise skills.
  • In 2014-15 we gave a personalised programme opportunity, for appropriate pupils, building upon the pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills. This is in line with the Government’s philosophy in making all pupils achieve and be confident in English and Maths.
  • At Rydon we review how we spend Pupil Premium and the impact throughout the academic year. This was no different in 2014-15. An example of this has been in December 2012 we reviewed the progress of pupils, linked to pupil premium and embarked on a specific Maths programme, to support their progress in Maths further. Again in December 2013 we introduced one to one and focus groups on specific areas to help pupils in their Maths and Literacy.
  • In 2013-14 we noticed greater need amongst the pupils in regards uniform. Although the Sutton Trust research indicates uniform has no impact on progress. We have found that to ensure inclusivity and to give the pupils a positive feel about themselves, pride in their appearance and prepare them for the workplace we insist on regulation uniform. In specific circumstances the Headteacher and Pastoral team support families with uniform issues.
  • For 2014-15 we set a side a proportion of the money, £3,700. This was for mentoring, and a small amount for uniform and for other individual needs. This allowed us to have the opportunity and flexibility to support some pupils who need a G+T activity to help extend their skills and were also a Pupil premium child to have a targeted activity. Any expenditure was based on the College’s professional judgement for what support the individual child needs. This has been consistently the case. If a Pupil premium child is also a SEN+D pupil the SENDCO will discuss strategies with the carer/parent at appropriate time relevant meetings.
  • For 2014-15 we placed a sizeable sum of £5,400 of Pupil Premium to help and support particularly the SEN, Disabled and vulnerable pupils. This was to support the pupils with a specific learning area or environment. Again, this was at the College’s professional judgement. Those pupils who needed outside support we were able to provide one to one support, keeping the child in school, continuing their education and helping the emotional needs of the child. Some of these pupils needed intensive small group work and the money has helped fund specific groups with First Class number.
  • Any other expenditure for Pupil Premium pupils 2014-15 was considered in the Summer Term of 2015 by SLT, working alongside our Associate Governor. After discussions we supported a number of pupils with emotional needs and provided the support they needed.
  • In the Summer 2015 the SLT and Governors relooked at the expenditure and impact of Pupil premium funding. We found that pupils were getting the support they needed and making progress as other pupils were in the College. As a focus for West Sussex we created an action plan and monitoring the outcomes and rates of progress of all pupils, making sure we can give timely intervention if required.
  • With DFE directive (2015) that Pupil premium funding can be used for community projects aswell as individual intervention and money coming into the College later in the Autumn Term and later in Spring 2016 the Governing Body and SLT will consider using the money for a community facility for the benefit of the pupils and locality. This is part of our Full Governors’ Meeting in Summer 2016.
  • From Autumn 2015 we have supported pupil premium pupils in Lodge Hill activities, support with counselling both in and out of school, transportation to school in rare cases, uniform and equipment, specific activities to enable their learning and self esteem. We have found attendance of these pupils has improved or equal to the national level. Governors are considering the community facility or will purchase specific items for the pupils if the school is not open from September 2017, in their Summer Full Governors’ Meeting.
  • In Summer 2016 the SLT and Governors data group will survey the pupils to see how Pupil premium pupils view the school compared to non Pupil premium.

Below is a chart to show the outcome of Year 6 pupils on Free school Meals in 2012 to 2015.

Free School Meals

(FSM)

Number of Year 6 Pupils on Free school Meals

 

ENGLISH

Level 4+

 

MATHS

Level 4+

 

ENGLISH +MATHS

Both Level 4+

RYDON 2012

9

78%

67%

67%

RYDON 2013

4

50%

75%

50%

RYDON 2014

6

50%

67%

33%

RYDON 2015

6

67%

50%

50%

*For Pupil Premium outcomes 2015 see below in bold.

  • A number of these pupils have SEND learning needs eg 2/3 in 2014 and therefore Governors and SLT looked at their progress overtime.
  • These pupils are achieving from their starting points. 
  • 5 of the 6 pupils achieved a national target in either English or Maths.
  • Again, in 2015 3/6 pupils were on the SEND register and one remains on the SEND register. In looking at progress all six pupils were making equal to or above progress in English.
  • The SEND pupils progress in Maths was less marked as these pupils had specific learning issues and were receiving specialist small group work to help with mathematical concepts.
  • In looking at the whole picture of Pupil Premium( 17 pupils) we have a different picture of results.
  • In 2015 71% were at L4+ in ENGLISH and 65% at L4+in MATHS and 59% in both ENGLISH and MATHS.

 

Below is a chart to show the outcome of Year 8 pupils on Free school Meals in 2012 to 2015.

Free School Meals

(FSM)

Number of Year 8 Pupils on Free school Meals

 

ENGLISH

Level 5+

 

MATHS

Level 5+

 

ENGLISH +MATHS

Both Level 5+

RYDON 2012

9

56%

56%

56%

RYDON 2013

5

80%

100%

80%

RYDON 2014

7

43%

71%

43%

RYDON 2015

5

40%

60%

40%

 

For Pupil Premium outcomes, 2015, see below in bold.

  • Once again a number of these pupils were SEND pupils and moved to the inclusion register, as they had made significant progress.
  • In 2014 this was the case for 6 out of the 7 pupils. As these results are the end of Year 8 these pupils have another year to achieve the National Level of Level 5+. Governors and SLT looked at their predicted progress over time; all but one pupil would achieve the National Level in both subjects at the end of Year 9.
  • In 2015 the FSM pupils, not achieving the National Level, were not attending school on a regular basis and the EWS was involved in this issue as this was affecting their learning. Those pupils attending achieved the National expectation and the appropriate progress.
  • Each cohort is different in their nature and these 5 pupils achieved the National expectation in a variety of subjects.
  • One pupil was transferred to us part way through Year 8 as a school refuser.
  • On entry this cohort was significantly below the National Level.
  • If we look at the whole picture of Pupil Premium in 2015 we have a different picture.
  • By the end of Year 8, 64% of Pupil Premium pupils (14 pupils) were at the National Level, a year ahead in Year 8, comparing with Year 9.
  • 75% of pupils were on track or above to achieve the National expectation by the end of Year 9 in English and Maths.
  • With another year most of the pupils, not equal to or above at the end of Year 8, would have achieved this by the end of Year 9.

 

Update to report Summer 2016

  • Pupil Premium numbers at Rydon remain very few in number.
  • The College staff and Governors do not see these pupils as a collective, although tracked and monitored as a group, but as with all our pupils we see them as individuals.
  • Some of our Pupil Premium pupils have a specific SEND. This can have an impact on their learning. These pupils make progress with us from their starting points, measured on entry.
  • Some of our Pupil Premium pupils have no specific SEND. These pupils achieve equal to and often above other pupils.
  • Money given to the College, by the Government, for Pupil premium pupils is discussed by Governors and the Headteacher.
  • It is the College’s view that the money for Pupil Premium SEND pupils should aid their learning and 75% of this money (£25,000) is used for SEND support, counselling and intervention. Many of the Pupil Premium pupils , now non SEND, have been on the SEND register previously.
  • Those pupils who are Pupil Premium and non-SEND are provided opportunities and tailored activities. (£4,000) For example, leadership programme and music lessons.
  • All staff and Governors believe in the philosophy of :

Opportunity+Confidence = Success.

Therefore, we provide opportunities available for all pupils and encourage Pupil Premium pupils to take part.

  • We keep a small amount back, to support individual pupils.(£3,000) E.g. uniform, educational field trips and transport. These are based on individual needs and confidential contacts with the Headteacher. Any money left over is considered by the Governors for a Community project to benefit all pupils and the Community. This is discussed in the Full Governors’ Meeting in the Summer Term.
  • As a College we believe that pupils benefit from a rich variety in opportunities. Outcomes of pupils are not just their outcomes in English and Maths, especially when considering Pupil Premium pupils and SEND pupils. Therefore, we create a 360 view of their achievements.
  • The following are aspects Governors and the Headteacher consider when monitoring the progress and impact of pupils half termly, termly and annually:
  • Rewards points and outcomes
  • Behaviour points
  • Outcomes in English and Maths
  • Outcomes in all subjects
  • Attendance patterns and targets.
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