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


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. There is additional funding for students classified as disadvantaged, that is any student who has been in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6).

At George Salter Academy figures for disadvantaged are in the 60th – 80th percentile of schools nationally. In 2016, 41.9% of pupils were disadvantaged, against a national figure of 28.9. This figure rose to 44% in 2017 as incomes of some groups of workers have been left behind (more than 68% of Ever 6 pupils have at least one parent who works). Despite the best efforts of parents and carers this can lead to students missing out on some of the essentials of education such as some aspects of independent study, some trips and educational experiences which can impair student progress.

We believe passionately that all students have the right to attain without unnecessary obstacles. Close analysis of 2018 GCSE results reveal that our actions are having an impact. Progress 8 for the 44 girls classed as disadvantaged was +0.13. However the figure for the 51 boys classed as disadvantaged was -0.85. This has been instrumental in our focus moving to specific groups within our disadvantaged students namely males and higher ability students.

We have therefore taken the decision to have a more explicit approach to driving the attainment of our Pupil Premium students in 2018/19. We have conducted student trails of boys across all Year groups to ascertain the current level of provision and conducted student and parent voice surveys to identify areas where we need to act.

Our first action has been to raise the aspirations of our new Year 7 Pupil Premium students through a tweaking of our target setting process.

Below are the aspirations for our students; our responses to the parent survey and the GSA hedgehog which sums up how we aim to give our pupil premium pupils the armour (or the spikes) to ensure they can compete equally with their counterparts and non pupil premium students from across the country and the globe.

The final section of this review is a summary of how we intend to spend the pupil premium funds we have been allocated for this year. This is a statutory requirement.

Some of our pupil premium students are:

biddable - welcoming - humorous - lively - vulnerable - honest - reliant - nosy - curious - loya - linquisitive - insecure - group mentality - easily led - loudly - non-confrontational

Our pupil premium students will be

resilient - independent - receptive - aspirational - respectful - safe - healthy - organised - kind - confident - successful - risk takers - knowledgeable

Our pupil premium students will

  • see the bigger picture
  • have a thirst for learning
  • be ready to tackle to the world

How will this be achieved:

pupils premium hedgehog


Raising Aspirations through effective Pupil Premium Spend

Senior Leaders refer to the EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit when planning the Pupil Premium spend. In particular, we are aware of the following themes which, feature in our ADP 2018/19, and will impact on accelerating rates of progress and thus diminishing the difference:

  • Mastery Learning (+5)
  • Feedback (+8)
  • Collaborative learning (+5)
  • Homework (+5)
  • Oracy (+5)
  • Meta cognition (+5)

During the summer term 2018 we invited parents/ carers and students currently in receipt of Pupil Premium funds to evaluate our provision in order to plan more effective and GSA context bespoke interventions for 2018/19. The highest weighted actions suggested an appreciation in the curriculum for smaller class sizes, withdrawal groups and access to technology outside of the classroom through digital applications.

Interestingly there was also an emphasis given to enrichment activities and sports clubs and performing arts scored highly. As is the case with previous students surveys the need for more educational visits to enrich the curriculum was also mentioned in comments. This will be an integral part of our journey to raise the "cultural capital" of our young people in a developing knowledge rich curriculum.

Although not as high scoring action, probably for reason that little targeted direct impact is seen by this on the individual, continuous professional development will feature highly in our Pupil Premium Plan for 2018/19. GSA intends to liaise closely with Raising the Attainment of Disadvnataged Youngsters (RADY) over setting, target setting, tracking students and revising live schemes of work in view of Key Stage 2 data.

An emphasis on CPD will necessarily be given in the Pupil Premium Plan 2018/19 as the academy seeks to change its Key Stage 3 model. As our academy has 40%+ of its student population in receipt of the Pupil Premium there is an urgent need to address the issue of social mobility. After researching curriculum models across the Ormiston Academies Trust we have decided to implement a new KS3 model based on a knowledge rich curriculum which will impact immediately on Year 7 in 2018/19 but necessarily as the most effective practice is shared across all year groups in the academy.

The academy is committed to ensuring a personalisation of the curriculum for students in receipt of the Pupil Premium. In the summer term 2018 a White British Disadvantaged Boy Day in the Life review (walkthroughs, student shadowing, students voice, book scrutinies) of best practice was published and weekly student voice activities shared across the academy were conducted by the new Principal. In 2018/19 the academy is implementing a new pastoral model and Progress Leaders in each year group will be charged with conducting PP student voice activities, shadowing PP students, tracking PP achievement data in their year groups and using this information to personalise provision.

Pupil Premium Survey June 2018 and our responses


Survey response Evaluation of strategy in previous years Our action this year
Targeted curriculum support- smaller class sizes in the core subjects (English and Maths)
Weighted 2.22
Very good+ 38%
Good+ 71
This has for many years been a key principle of timetabling and staffing at GSA and was a major part of the Academy’s success in achieving a national Pupil Premium award in 2014To focus on the impact of the smaller class sizes across all subjects through training and monitoring the use of Assessment for learning, rewards, oracy, in-class support and classroom organisation. Student voice – eg transition feedback and response.
Intervention groups in the core subjects
Weighted 2.22
Very good +37%
Good +69%
A nurture group and withdrawal groups to support students More focused interventions across KS3 based on forensic analysis of areas for development in assessments.
Coaching and mentoring for students in KS4
Weighted 2.12
Very good +31%
Good +69%
Huge amounts of staff time given to intervention in Year 11 Reduced KS4 intervention time more focus on delivery of high impact lessons with stretch and challenge. Introduction of assertive mentoring at KS3.
CPD (Continuous Professional Development) training for staff
Weighted 2.09
Very good +28%
Good +72
A range of CPD opportunities in a comprehensive two hour a week programme. Focus on knowledge based learning. Oracy. Differentiation. Focus on the needs of pupil premium students.
Funding of applications to promote effective home learning (e.g. GCSEpod, MyMaths, Kaboodle)
Weighted 2.33
Very good +42%
Good +71%
MyMaths used by all. GCSE pod introduced Access for all to GCSE pod, My Tutor, MyMaths, Kudos. Focused support and, where appropriate, funding of text books
Funding for Alternative Provision
Weighted 2.06
Very good +30%
Good +70%
- Introduction of a range of courses in an integrated package. Parent and student voice on Advice and Guidance specifically the Options process
Funding for Alternative Curriculum (Construction, Horticulture, Wider Key Skills, BTEC Fire in the community)
Weighted 2.13
Very good +33%
Good +66%
- See above
Sports coaching
Weighted 2.28
Very good +40%
Good +71%
More than 300 students a week attend after school clubs through the Extended Schools programme. Development of links with the Albion Foundation. Extended schools programme to monitor and target PP attendance. Albion Foundation and other coaching programmes to be monitored for PP involvement. Targeting to take place if appropriate
Funding for Performing Arts
Weighted 2.45
Very good +49%
Good +71%
- Greater monitoring of Performing Arts trips to ensure equality of access. Funding available to ensure equality of access.
Support for visits
Weighted 2.07
Very good +37%
Good +60%
A huge range of visits and experiences across the curriculum. Greater targeting of experiences and trips to PP students. Clearer strategies to ensure PP students are not excluded because of finance.
Support for curriculum materials (e.g. providing ingredients for Food Tech)
Weighted 1.91
Very good +25%
Good +56%
On demand A more pro-active approach through consultation with parents during parents evenings.
Funding incentive rewards to encourage and celebrate achievement
eighted 2.01
Very good+ 34%
Good+ 58%
- A complete review of the rewards procedures with a new rewards strategy.
Our responses to the 2018 Pupil Premium survey (67 responses, including 12 parents/carers)


Overarching Principles/Funding Formula

Breakdown of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)


Criteria 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Total number of pupils on roll964101910281022
Total number of pupils eligible* for PPG406430415394
Amount of PPG received per pupil£935£935£935£935
Total amount£379,610£402,050£395,625
(incl. 4 Looked After Children @ £1,900)
Breakdown of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) 2015 - 2018


*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)


Pupil Premium Expenditure Plan for 2018 - 2019


For information about the expenditure plan for 2018 - 2019 please read pdf document using the link below.


Pupil Premium 2017 - 2018


Provision 2017/18 Cost Objective Evidence Base
Appointment of Intervention Support Manager (part-funded) £15,625To develop greater resilience in learning amongst pupil premium students
To reduce incidents of poor behaviour and time lost from lessons for targeted Pupil premium students
Report from CME
Intervention rewards budget£1,000To encourage attendance of targeted students at interventions Intervention register
Study support for none core subjects £11,000To instil a love of learning for students in basket 3 subjects GCSE results for non-core subjects
Science learning mentors and academic coaching Year 11 Mentors £1,000To improve understanding and raise results of targeted students in science GCSE results for science
Appointment of Academic Coach focusing on 3Lp and 4LP £20,000To improve outcomes for targeted year 11 students HoY and SWM remits
Total £48,625n/an/a
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Curriculum development/staffing. Targeted curriculum support, smaller class sizes, extra groups across core subjects, small group withdrawals £125,000 To maximise progress of all students and allow greater focus on PP students through in-class intervention and differentiation. Timetable. Progress reports for all year groups.
Targeted support for raising achievement £20,000 To focus on higher ability PP students HAT results
CPD focused on DR ICE strategies £10,000To maximise the progress of PP students within lessonsTeaching and learning remit
Teacher coaching programme (new staff, NQT, special events eg Visit from the Albion Foundation) £10,000To ensure the highest possible teaching and learning standards in each subject. Teaching and learning remit
CPD priorities – e.g. New staff induction, IRIS £20,000To allow greater focus on the needs of pupil premium students. Teaching and learning remit
PiXL affiliation (part funded) £1,500To ensure all department areas are following best practice and using innovations to drive achievement and progress of PP students   -
Exam Board courses and subscriptions £10,000To maximise staff ability to prepare PP students for exams. CPD spreadsheet
Teaching and learning resources £15,000To motivate PP students through engagement and motivation GCSE results
Technician for Food and Product Design (part funded) £10,000To continue to develop career pathways for PP students   Options numbers and GCSE results
Develop home study access My Maths, Mathswatch, Kaboodle £4,000To maximise the progress of PP students with additional independent study resources. Maths progress spreadsheet
Flexible Learning days/special events/motivational workshops £1,000To motivate PP students to achieve more in lessons Heads of Year spreadsheet
Increase LSA provision/SEN support programme – breakfast reading club, 1 to 1. EAL support £12,000To close the reading, writing and mathematics achievement gap as early as possible in Year 7. CSA/ MCR remit
Total £239,000n/an/a
Personal Development, Behaviour and Safety
Attendance and Welfare Officer (part funded)£15,000To increase the attendance of PP premium students. Attendance remit
Alternative provision£7,000To reduce behavioural issues amongst pupil premium students Isolation remit
Alternative curriculum including Construction, Horticulture, Wider Key Skills, BTEC Fire in the community £23,000To further develop career pathways for PP students Student survey. Results
Rewards/Awards (Academy Ethos Events) £4,000To motivate PP students through engagement and motivation Rewards data
Food Hardship £1,000To keep PP students safe and able to attend. -
Total £50,000n/an/a
Subsidised educational visits and residential activities £10,000To allow PP students to fully participate in all curriculum events. Dept records
Additional specialist tuition in Music, Art, Drama, Dance£10,000To allow PP students to fully participate in all curriculum events. To motivate PP premium students Performing Arts records
Sports coaching (Netball and Basketball programme)£6,000To allow PP students to fully participate in all curriculum events. To motivate PP students PE records
Extended schools programme (weekends, half term and holiday programmes) ICT, PE, Music £16,000To motivate PP students Extended schools records
Performing arts tuition project (part funded) £6,000 To motivate PP studentsPA records
Mini bus (part funded) £10,000 To allow PP students to fully participate in all curriculum events.
To motivate PP students
Total £58,000n/an/a
Overall Total £395,625n/an/a
Pupils Premium Expenditure 2017/18



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