What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. Since April 2015, the premium has been worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of how the funding is spent. Rivington and Blackrod High School is a very inclusive and caring school and we pride out selves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on Core Skills (Literacy & Numeracy), Transition, Engagement, and Attendance, maximising the life opportunities for all students.
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Nationally students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any
point in their school career have consistently lower educational
attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE
statistics across Britain showed that around a third of students who
have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five
or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow
How many pupils at Rivington and Blackrod High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Approximately 28.9% of students at Rivington & Blackrod High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium. Numbers on roll currently - 1714 total.
Eligibility for Pupil Premium
The school is only eligible to claim Pupil Premium funding to help support and develop the education of a child, if parents and carers are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Child tax credit, provided that they are not entitled to working tax credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,169
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Supported under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
In Bolton, when a Housing/Council Tax Benefit claim form is completed and approved; this automatically entitles children in the family to receive free school meals. The Council inform the school directly of the child’s entitlement to free school meals.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Rivington and Blackrod High School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
The five key objectives of Pupil Premium Spend:
- Learning in the curriculum: These actions are intended to affect directly performance in the classroom.
- Behaviour, Emotional & Social Development: These actions are intended to address barriers to learning.
- Enrichment beyond the curriculum: These actions are intended to extend the learning offer beyond the curriculum and/or to provide a safe place between school and home.
- Families and communities: These actions are intended to help parents provide better support to their children by engaging them in their children’s learning and/or providing them with the knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
- Alternative learning pathways and curricula: This provision comprises of alternatives for pupils who are having difficulties with the traditional learning pathways.
The appendix here outlines a breakdown of Pupil Premium spend for the five key objectives - Autumn term 2016
|Learning in the curriculum||£34,122|
|Behaviour, Emotional & Social Development||£15,270|
|Enrichment beyond the curriculum||£9,555|
|Families and communities||£2,018|
|Alternative learning pathways and curricula||£9,791|
|Total PP spend||£70,756|
We ran a pupil premium / transition summer school (Rivi Time Explorers) for two weeks from the 1st August 2016 until and inclusive of the 12th August 2016. Thirty four young people attended.
Activities that took place were:
- Art & Design: Designing a summer school medal and producing a tonal watercolour painting of the school which celebrated 450 years of the schools heritage
- Sports/outward bound activities: students took part in old style and new team sports, including mountain biking and Geo-caching.
- Enrichment: a trip to Brockholes Nature Reserve where they learnt Bushcraft and survival skills.
- A reward trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Throughout the week, young people worked in teams, testing their skills in both teamwork and leadership – this helped them to make friends as they worked to collect rewards points for their teams. A celebration rewards assembly was held on Friday 12th August 2016 when parents came into school to view the awards being given to students. It was a fun two weeks for all young people attending with lots of learning having taken place.
2015/2016 catch-up premium allocation
We received £500
per pupil who did not achieve level 4 or better at Key Stage 2 in
reading and/or maths in January 2015. We have continued with our
intervention programs as detailed above using the extra staffing to
allow us to tailor interventions to fit the individual needs of the New
Year 7 pupils.
In Year 7 (2015-2016) at Key Stage 2 there were 33
students who achieved Level 3 or below in Maths, 27 achieving Level 3 or
below in their English and of these pupils 13 students achieving Level 3
or below in both subjects. This meant that we had a cohort in 2015/16
of 47 students . We received catch up funding for these students of
£24,000 in the year 2015/2016. We are currently analyzing the data and
will post the impact in due course.
We will continue to review the measures listed to ensure the money spent has had an impact on the educational attainment and progress of the pupils who attract this funding.
2014/2015 catch-up premium allocation
In 2014-2015, Rivington and Blackrod High School was allocated £21,500 in funding as part of the literacy and Numeracy catch-up premium. This funding provides schools with an additional £500 for every Year 7 pupil achieving below Level 4 in the Key Stage 2 Reading and/or Mathematics tests at the end of Year 6.
We have used the funds to support students in catching up across their first two years at school.
In Year 7 we have used the funding as a boost to numeracy and literacy as students begin secondary education and then to further consolidate this progress and support the transition between sites when the students move into Year 8.
In Year 7 we delivered extra English reading and writing lessons in small groups (six pupils) each week over the first term.
In Year 8 we employed an additional specialist English Teacher who has delivered extra classes alongside the regular curriculum but in small groups of less than ten students, following specialist and individualised schemes of work to support students in “catching up”. We have also held additional booster Maths sessions and targeted intervention.
Those students reaching the end of Year 7 (funding allocation 2014/15)
who will receive the same support moving into Year 8 this year.
12% of the pupils made 4 or more sub-levels progress from Key Stage 2.
62% of the pupils made 2 or more sub-levels progress from Key Stage 2.
54% of pupils were level 4 or above by the end of Year 7.
7% of the pupils made 4 or more sub-levels progress from Key Stage 2.
48% of the pupils made 2 or more sub-levels progress from Key Stage 2.
24% of pupils were level 4 or above by the end of Year 7.