George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Our Pupil Premium

Overview

There is a National gap between the attainment of students from disadvantaged backgrounds when compared with students who are not regarded as disadvantaged. This gap is also prominent, nationally, for student progress, attendance and behaviour.

At George Salter Academy there is no gap between disadvantaged students and other students for attendance and behaviour. In fact due to measures funded by the Pupil Premium, disadvantaged students outperform their peers.

At George Salter Academy, the national gap in progress and attainment is much reduced despite having nearly double the national average number of disadvantaged students attending the Academy.

National Recognition

2015 Pupil Premium award logoGeorge Salter Academy has received national recognition for our work with disadvantaged students. In 2014 we were rated as one of the top performing schools in terms of the progress made by disadvantaged students. In 2015 we were placed in the top 22 schools in the country and received a National award at the Pupil Premium Awards.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding the Academy receives to address inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most, so that "no child is left behind"; "disadvantage (d)" is defined as students on Free School Meals or who has been in receipt of Free School Meals for the last 6 years (known as "Ever 6 FSM") and/or Looked after Children and/or children of service personnel.

During 2013/14, the funding increased to £935 per student who is entitled to the Pupil Premium. The key objective is to close the gap between those pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant and those who are not eligible.

Common Barriers

Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. However barriers can be varied and can be described as anything that prevents the pupil from flourishing. There is no "one size fits all" approach so strategies deployed to overcome these barriers also have to be varied. George Salter Academy review the strategies in place annually and use either National comparative data, internal evaluations or research from the Education Endowment Foundation to ensure the strategies implemented are supported by evidence.

Overarching Principles/Funding Formula

At George Salter Academy, all members of staff and governors accept responsibility for all students including those students recognised as "disadvantaged", and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs.

Every child is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of disadvantage.

The most recent statistics reported by the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) shows that 89 % of students attending George Salter live in the lowest third category of household incomes. However 44% of students are currently accessing Pupil Premium Funding.

Breakdown of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

 

Criteria 2015/16 2016/17
Total number of pupils on roll 964 1019
Total number of pupils eligible* for PPG 406 430
Amount of PPG received per pupil £935 £935
Total amount £379,610 £402,050
Breakdown of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) 2015 - 2017

 

* The Department for Education (DfE) define eligibility as those students for whom a claim has been made and where the claim has also been approved by the Local Authority (LA).

Review of provision 2015 - 2016

 

Provision 2015/16 Cost Desired Outcome Lessons Learned
Outcomes
Appointment of the interventions support manager part funded £15,000 Ensure interventions are accessed by disadvantaged students To avoid labelling of students interventions where disadvantaged students were targeted, were also attended by other students, who also developed as a result.  We need to provide another tier of support that is more refined.
Intervention rewards budget £1,000 Increase attendance at interventions See above
Academic coaching focus on 3LP/4LP £10,000 Underperforming students make better progress See above
Study support for none core subjects £11,000 Basket 3 options support for disadvantaged students See above
Science learning mentors and academic coaching Year 11 Mentors £1,000 Develop performance of disadvantaged in science See above
Total £38,000 n/a n/a
 
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Curriculum development/staffing. Targeted curriculum support, smaller class sizes, extra groups across core subjects,  small group withdrawals £108,076 Ensure all disadvantaged student’s experience high quality first teaching. Teachers are aware of which students are disadvantaged and apply high quality first teaching.  Now need to make teachers more aware of barriers to learning and progress. Develop best practice to be shared with staff. 
CPD focused on DR ICE strategies £10,000 Ensure all disadvantaged student’s experience high quality first teaching. See above
Teacher coaching programme (new staff, NQT, photography and Food specialists) £10,000 Ensure all disadvantaged student’s experience high quality first teaching. See above
CPD priorities – e.g. New staff induction, IRIS £20,000 Ensure all disadvantaged student’s experience high quality first teaching. See above
PiXL affiliation (part funded) £1,500 Greater access to tracking and teaching resources. Sharing of best practise to improve first teaching.  See above
Exam Board courses and subscriptions £2,034 Improve KS4 first teaching See above
Teaching and learning resources £15,000 Improve first teaching See above
Appointment of technician for Food and Product Design (part funded) £10,000 Support students in practical subjects in basket 3  See above
Develop home study access My Maths, Mathswatch, Kaboodle, PiXL maths App £4,000 To develop independent study skills via mobile devices See above
Flexible Learning days/special events/motivational workshops (contribution) £1,000 Develop aspirations and motivation. Develop closer monitoring of usage 
Increase LSA provision/SEN support programme – breakfast reading club, 1 to 1. EAL support (part funded) £12,000 Support provision for EAL and 1 to 1 for disadvantaged students See above
Total £193,610 n/a n/a
 
Personal Development, Behaviour and Safety
Attendance and welfare officer (part funded) £15,000 Increase attendance of disadvantaged pupils. These systems have been highly effective at raising attendance and decreasing risk of fixed term exclusion. 
Centre of Inclusion £10,000 Decrease likelihood of fixed term exclusions for disadvantaged students through mentoring and restorative work. See above
Alternative curriculum including Construction, Horticulture, Wider Key Skills, BTEC Fire in the community £34,000 Decrease likelihood of fixed term exclusions by ensuring the curriculum is appropriate and match pupil needs. See above
Rewards/Awards (Academy Ethos events) £4,000 Encourage positive ethos and sense of belonging so good attendance.  See above
Food Hardship £2,000 To provide equal access to the KS3/4 curriculum (Catering) by supporting the buying of ingredients. See above
Individual case Hardship £2,000 Support students most at need e.g. uniform replacements See above
HOUSE’S Individual case Hardship £2,000 See above
Total £67,000 n/a n/a
 
Enrichment
Subsidised educational visits and residential activities £10,000 Pupils have equal access cultural and educational trips Impact on attendance and ethos Attendance and access to enrichment has improved.  There are still barriers affecting participation in trips abroad. Possible use of less subsidy for day trips/events and greater support for trips abroad to include equipment, clothing etc. 
Additional specialist tuition in Music, art, drama, dance £20,000 Pupils have equal access to cultural, musical and sporting enrichment.  Impact on attendance and ethos Pupils have equal access to enrichment.  See above
Sports coaching (Netball and Basketball programme) £9,000 See above See above
Performing arts tuition project (part funded) £14,000 See above See above
Mini bus (part funded) £6,000 See above See above
Extended schools programme (weekends, half term and holiday programmes) ICT, PE, Music £8000 Develop and instil love of learning See above
Total £78,000 n/a n/a
Overall Total £379,610 n/a n/a
Pupils Premium Expenditure 2015/16

 

Impact of the Pupil Premium 2015 - 2016

The performance of Premium (referred to in Government statistics as disadvantaged) and "other" students (students not supported by the Pupil Premium and not disadvantaged).

 

Monitoring Activity Criteria 1. GSA Disadvantaged student performance against

National Disadvantaged student performance


2. GSA gap between GSA disadvantaged and GSA other compared with

National disadvantaged and National other

Comparison to

2015

National figures.

Awaiting 2016 un-validated raise at the time of writing

Persistant Absence (PA) Percentage Persistent absentees (absent for 10% or more sessions) 1. GSA 3.6% 

10.9% Nat.

2. GSA gap -7.5% 

+7.6% Nat. Gap

Persistent Absenteeism is significantly below National and Disadvantaged students attendance in line with National other students
Behaviour Percentage of pupils with 1 or more fixed term exclusion 1. GSA 2.5%

8.34% Nat.

2. GSA gap -0.8%

+5.83% Nat. Gap

Significantly better than the National gap. There is a National gap in fixed term exclusions that does not exist at GSA.
Attainment Basics  Students gaining a grade C in both English and Maths 1. GSA -49%

38% Nat. Gap (FFT aspire)

2. GSA gap +19%

+27% Nat. Gap (FFT aspire)

Significantly better than the National average. Significantly better than the National Gap. 
A* - C English 1. GSA 68%

51% Nat.

2. GSA gap +11% -

+23% Nat. gap

Significantly better than the National average. Better than the National Gap. 
A* - C Mathematics 1. GSA -52%

49% Nat.

2. GSA gap +22%

+25% Nat. gap

Better than the National average. Better than the National Gap.
Progress Progress 8 1. GSA - 0.15

-0.37 Nat. (FFT aspire)

2. GSA gap +0.3

+0.47 Nat. gap (FFT aspire)


Significantly smaller than the National Gap
Table detailing Academy Gap and the National Gaps between students supported through the Pupil Premium

 

From the above information, it is clear that Pupil Premium funding is having impact raising the performance of disadvantaged pupils.

Pupil Premium Plans for 2016 - 2017

The Pupil Premium plan for 2016 – 2017 has been established to overcome the common barriers faced by disadvantaged students at George Salter Academy. We review our Pupil Premium strategy at regular intervals to ensure they are having impact but will hold an annual review September 2017.

Common Barriers

  • Weak literacy/numeracy
  • Social and Emotional barriers
  • A lack of the sense of belonging to the Academy
  • Material poverty
  • Low self-esteem, aspirations and a lack of aspirations
  • Poor independent study skills
  • Poor parental engagement
  • Poor attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Poor cultural awareness

The strategies we have selected are based on evidence and research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and can be found at https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/resources/teaching-learning-toolkit

There is a projected amount of £402,050 funding for the pupil premium this year. The following is the strategy and projected spending to address the barriers identified above.

 

Provision 2016/17 Cost Objective Evidence Base
Outcomes
TLR – Post holder responsible for disadvantaged outcomes  £15,000 Ensure interventions are accessed by disadvantaged students Mentorship (EEF strong impact)
Intervention rewards budget £1,500 Increase attendance at interventions -
Study support for none core subjects £11,000 Basket 3 options support for disadvantaged students Small group tuition EEF (strong impact)
Science learning mentors and academic coaching Year 11 Mentors £1,000 Develop performance of disadvantaged in science Small group tuition EEF (strong impact)
KS 4 Intervention £15,000 There is a programme of weekend and holiday intervention schools that impact on student progress Small group tuition EEF (strong impact)
Total £30,100 n/a n/a
 
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Curriculum development/staffing. Targeted curriculum support, smaller class sizes, extra groups across core subjects,  small group withdrawals £169,556 Ensure all disadvantaged student’s experience high quality first teaching. One to one intervention (EEF strong evidence of impact) Reduced class size (EEF strong evidence of impact) Small group tuition (EEF strong evidence of impact)
CPD focused on DR ICE strategies and feedback/response to marking £10,000 Ensure all disadvantaged student’s experience high quality first teaching. Feedback (EEF strong evidence of impact)
Teacher coaching programme (new staff, NQT, photography and Food specialists) £10,000 Ensure all disadvantaged student’s experience high quality first teaching. -
CPD priorities – e.g. New staff induction, IRIS £8,500 Ensure all disadvantaged student’s experience high quality first teaching. -
PiXL affiliation (part funded) £3,000 Greater access to tracking and teaching resources. Sharing of best practise to improve first teaching.  -
Exam Board courses and subscriptions £5,000 Improve KS4 first teaching -
Teaching and learning resources £20,000 Improve first teaching -
Appointment of technician for Food and Product Design (part funded) £12,000 Support students in practical subjects in basket 3  -
Develop home study access My Maths, Mathswatch, Kaboodle, PiXL maths App £4,000 To develop independent study skills via mobile devices Digital technology (EEF strong evidence) Homework (EEF strong evidence)
Flexible Learning days/special events/motivational workshops £1,500 Develop aspirations and motivation. -
Increase LSA provision/SEN support programme – breakfast reading club, 1 to 1. EAL support £15,000 Support provision for EAL and 1 to 1 for disadvantaged students -
Total £258,556 n/a n/a
 
Personal Development, Behaviour and Safety
Attendance and welfare officer (part funded) £15,000 Increase attendance of disadvantaged pupils. National data re attendance
Centre of Inclusion £19,094 Decrease likelihood of fixed term exclusions for disadvantaged students through mentoring and restorative work. National data re fixed term exclusions Behaviour intervention (EEF High impact)
Alternative curriculum including Construction,Horticulture, Wider Key Skills, BTEC Fire in the community £20,000 Decrease likelihood of fixed term exclusions by ensuring the curriculum is appropriate and match pupil needs. National data re fixed term exclusions and attendance Behaviour intervention (EEF High impact)
Food Hardship £1,000 To provide equal access to the KS3/4 curriculum (Catering) by supporting the buying of ingredients. -
Individual case Hardship £2,000 Support students most at need e.g. uniform replacements -
Total £56,094 n/a n/a
 
Enrichment
Subsidised educational visits and residential activities including DofE plus resources to support participation £5,000 Pupils have equal access cultural and educational trips Impact on attendance and ethos Outdoor adventure learning  EEF evidence of impact
Additional specialist tuition in Music, art, drama, dance £10,500 Pupils have equal access to cultural, musical and sporting enrichment.  Impact on attendance and ethos. Pupils have equal access to enrichment.  -
Sports coaching (Netball and Basketball programme) £5,000 See above -
Performing arts tuition project (part funded) £9,000 See above -
Mini bus (part funded) £11,000 See above -
Extended schools programme (weekends, half term and holiday programmes) ICT, PE, Music £15,800 Increase enrichment activities offered to students outside of the curriculum Extending school day time  EEF (evidence of impact)
Total £57,300 n/a n/a
Overall Total £402,300 n/a n/a
Pupils Premium Expenditure 2015/16

 

Year 7 catch-up Premium Funding - Initial Statement 2016 - 2017

The Catch-Up Premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who need extra support in literacy and numeracy.

 

Funding and Proposed Allocation 2016-17

In the year 2016-17, the Academy expects to receive catch-up funding in the region of £13,500.

Over a quarter of Year 7 students did not achieve a scaled score of 95 in their KS2 Reading test, their KS2 Maths SATs tests, or both. We intend to allocate the premium based on the proportion of students requiring support in each area. Therefore approximately 70% of the funding will support literacy programmes, and 30% will support numeracy initiatives.

Proportion of students scoring less than 95 for reading 70% £9,500
Proportion of students scoring less than 95 for maths 30% £4,000
Table detailing Year 7 catch-up premium funding 2016 - 2017

 

Proposed Allocation 2016-7

Find below initial plans for Catch-Up Premium allocation this year. This outline will develop, and become more detailed, once students are assessed and more is known about their specific needs.

Focus Intervention Cost (approximate) Rationale
Literacy Accelerated Reader programme £1,000 Last year, students with targeted funding for reading improved their reading ages by an average of more than 10 months. This is double the progress which students of the same age and ability nationally make during this period.
“Pupils reading skills are developed well.” (OFSTED, March 2016)
Literacy Specialist nurture group with additional staff support, resourcing, and curriculum provision, including reading group withdrawal £8,500 Excellent results achieved last year: 92% of students (92%) in that Catch-Up cohort made good progress compared to 52% of lower ability students nationally.
“Pupils with a low reading age on entry… make rapid progress as a result of appropriate teaching, support and intervention.” (OFSTED, March 2016)
Numeracy Additional curriculum provision, staff support, resourcing, and small group tuition £4,000 Research suggests that both reducing class size, and small group tuition, have a positive impact (+3/4 months) and are cost effective

Table detailing proposed allocation and impact of Year 7 catch-up premium funding 2016 - 2017

 

 

 

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