The Pupil Premium (PP) is additional funding given to the college and is being used to support disadvantaged students and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. We use the Pupil Premium to fund three whole college activity types: support, intervention and enrichment.
In 2016/17 the college will receive £17,628.33 in Pupil Premium funding, with a further £1200 to support one student who is LAC (looked after child). The money for LAC students is spent according to individual need. The LAC money is held by the Virtual Head and is released to the college as required.
Key priorities Identified for 2016/17
- To reduce Persistent Absenteeism amongst the PP cohort and reduce the attainment gap between them and their peers.
- To support social and emotional development through pastoral support and family liaison/support.
- To support PP student at transition points KS3-4 and KS4-5.
- To ensure all staff and governors are aspirational for PP students, a ‘no excuses’ culture, and that this vision is communicated effectively across the college.
- To narrow the achievement and progress gaps between PP students and their peers at UTC Warrington and to perform above the national average for students in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
- To use regular data entry points and analyse this data to ensure that PP students have targets that are aspirational (in line with their peers) and that they are making at least expected progress towards them.
- To use targeted interventions in English and Maths to accelerate the progress of PP
- To prioritise literacy as a tool to access learning.
- To use the pastoral team to support Year 10 students.
- To ensure that an appropriate curriculum allows PP students to achieve their full potential, including alternative curriculum provision where appropriate.
- To deliver excellent Careers Education, Advice & Guidance (CIAG) for PP students and ensure the development of their soft skills.
- To ensure all PP students have access to extra-curricular activities, trips and visits as part of their college experience.
Expenditure from September 2016 – Our allocation for this year is £17,628.33
Additional teaching groups in English: £7,000
Additional teaching groups created in core subjects to address the needs of PP students who have higher levels of progress and attainment in Maths and Science than in English on entry to the college. Increased staffing allocation for English provides additional capacity to enable targeted intervention for individuals or small groups across all Key 4. Students access English lessons 5 times per week.
Literacy and Dyslexia intervention – Units of Sound: £2500
Literacy, and in particular screening and supporting students with Dyslexia, continues to be a whole college priority. To support this, we have purchased an online tool to deliver literacy intervention to students within the Pupil Premium cohort. Students receive additional support based on their individual needs either in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. We invested in training for a dedicated team of staff to deliver a programme aimed at building reading competency by developing understanding of phonics. This programme has now been implemented and will continue to be established over the next academic year.
Alternative Curriculum Provision – Nisai Learning and Cornerstones: £4000
To re-engage a small number of PP students who are persistent absentees or who struggle to access the mainstream curriculum – this provision is targeted to try and ensure that no PP student leaves the college as NEET (not in employment, education or training) and that they all achieve a range of good qualifications to ensure positive destinations post-16.
Additional Pastoral Support: Progress Leaders and Welfare/Support Manager £3500
We have appointed additional pastoral support staff to ensure that targeted work with students within the Pupil Premium group can occur whilst all students are supported pastorally. This provides students with designated member of staff who can work with them in a variety of ways to ensure that their learning opportunities are maximised. This includes guidance and work around anger management, self esteem, support within lessons and peer mentoring. The Welfare Support Manager will monitor attendance and implement strategies to improve this – ensuring that communication between students, staff and parents is maintained so that barriers to progress are identified quickly and resolved so that learning is not affected. Communication with students in this way has been shown, through research, to be an effective means of raising attainment.
Sport and Enrichment Participation £300
The cost of some trips, activities, travel and clothing purchases for pupil premium students are sometimes subsidised. This is assessed on a case by case basis and is provided to ensure that Pupil Premium students are not excluded from college experiences that aim to develop their softer skills and to enable them to access CIAG events and activities.
Pupil Premium Bidding Scheme £329
The Pupil Premium Bidding Scheme enables teams and departments to bid for additional Pupil Premium funding to support addition projects, interventions or enrichments that are designed to close the attainment gap further.