UTC BOLTON

PUPIL PREMIUM SPEND

 Pupil Premium Report 2017-2018 – October 2017

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. The premium is 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

The money is not ring-fenced and as such the UTC can use the funds in a variety of innovative and creative ways as it deems necessary. Spending of the Pupil Premium is closely monitored as all schools are accountable for the impact of the money spent. UTC Bolton is committed to ensuring that use of the Pupil Premium enables there to be a ‘level playing field’ for those students for whom it receives funding.

The ultimate outcome would be to ensure that students who might have experienced economic disadvantage in their families are NOT disadvantaged in their education. Thus the attainment levels and educational experiences of a student should be no different whether they have been ‘identified’ as Pupil Premium or not. The ‘gap’ between results for Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students, should be eliminated as far as possible.

External data demonstrates that 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 2016-2017 there were 79 students (38%) entitled to Pupil Premium funding providing £73,865.

In 2017-2018 48 students (38%) are currently eligible for Pupil Premium funding at KS4 providing £44,880. At KS5 a bursary is provided for pupils. There are 13 pupils who are identified as disadvantaged/Pupil Premium at KS5.

The UTC takes a holistic approach to enabling Pupil Premium students to achieve as well as their non-Pupil Premium peers.  Such an approach involves the Director of Inclusion and Student Services, the Synergy team, the SENCO, the Attendance Officer, KS4 and KS 5 Pastoral Leaders, KS4 and KS5 Progress Leaders and Academic Mentors. This approach has a demonstrable impact on the progress and outcomes of Pupil Premium students.

Pupil Premium students are closely monitored as a sub-group of vulnerable students through a range of timetabled QA procedures which include lesson observations through Learning Walks and Work Scrutiny. The monitoring enables the progress and attainment of Pupil Premium students to be identified and a range of intervention strategies quickly implemented.

In addition, the UTC has a ‘positive discrimination’ approach to providing equal access to the curriculum; Pupil Premium students have ‘first refusal’ with regard to extra-curricular activities and trips as well as specific academic interventions.

Independent careers advice and guidance ensures that Pupil Premium students have early and regular opportunities to discuss their career options, thus raising their aspirations and motivating them to succeed in their academic and technical subjects.

A dedicated Attendance Officer closely monitors the attendance of Pupil Premium students and engages them and their families before they become persistent non-attenders and Parent Panels are held when required.

The table below demonstrates how spending is forecast for the current academic year.

Income for 2017-2018 is estimated at £44,880

 

Aspect Focus of Work Impact Rationale
Academic Support Use of data to inform planning, teaching and assessment Baseline testing identifies areas for intervention/allowed teachers to target work at individual needs in lessons and in intervention sessions. Provides tailored support for all students and opportunities for gaps in students’ knowledge and understanding to be filled; particularly vital in Year 11 with new curriculum

 

  Intervention strategies to improve progress Regular and systematic monitoring of students’ progress in Mathematics and English through ‘challenge’ meetings

enables timely interventions to take place.

Students are prioritised and personally invited to participate in specific interventions ‘over and above’ the regular programmes e.g Easter school, Saturday conference

 

Ensures consistent and targeted support is provided

 

 

 

 

 

Students understand their needs are being met

 

Adverse external factors are mitigated

 

Students’ motivation and commitment is increased

 

 

  Differentiation of need Clear and appropriate differentiation evident in lesson plans

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Start Reading scheme purchased for one Pupil Premium student with a very low reading age

 

Strategies to ‘diminish the difference’ are evident in lesson plans

 

Learning is tailored to the needs of individual students

 

  Use of feedback and target setting

 

Students know what they have to do to improve

 

Academic Mentors coach students to develop a positive mind-set

 

Students have ownership of the learning process

 

Coaching is used consistently across the UTC

  Reading for Pleasure strategy

 

Every student is provided with a book of their choice from a prescribed list

 

All students have a tour of the University of Bolton library

 

All students encouraged to join UoB library

 

Accelerated Reader Scheme purchased and poor readers identified

 

Paper-based Reading Tests purchased

 

Reading Scheme purchased for low ability readers

 

 

 

 

Adverse external factors are mitigated

 

Students’ literacy skills are enhanced

 

Reading ages shared with all staff

 

Reading ages for students on Accelerated Reader Scheme improve over year

 

Individual reading scheme improves reading age

  Careers Advice and Guidance

 

Students’ careers action plan identifies a preferred career destination

 

Students’ early work with careers professionals ‘Altogether’ provides a framework of actions, raises aspirations and motivation

 

Adverse external factors are mitigated

 

Students are ‘career-ready’

 

The UTC has a commitment to no NEETs

 

 

Amount

 

Intervention support programme                                           2,000

Purchase of books                                                                   700

Careers Advice and Guidance – ‘Altogether’                        6,000

 

Total                                                                                      8,700

 

 

 

Targeted Support Provision of specific CPD Needs of individual staff and whole staff are met

 

Individual provision for students’ needs

 

Teachers’ practice is research-informed

 

Development of student profiles enable a holistic approach to students’ progress and attainment

 

Staff fully understand the rationale and drive behind accelerating the progress of students

 

  Students’ Progress

 

Appointment of KS4 and KS5 Progress Leaders provides up-to-date knowledge of the progress of individual students.

 

Students’ progress is rigorously and regularly monitored by Progress Leaders and the SENCO

 

Provision for students is mapped and revised according to outcomes from progress monitoring

 

Amount

 

Staff CPD                                                                   8,000

 

Total                                                                           8,000

 

Support for Students’ Well-being

 

Attendance Appointment of an Attendance Officer impacts positively on student attendance through timely and focused interaction with students and their parents/carers

 

Attendance Panels positively reinforce importance of regular attendance and attendance improves

 

  Attendance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance Tracker records interventions

 

Progress and Pastoral Leaders at KS4 and KS5 have a holistic understanding  of the number of PAs and interventions used

 

Approaches to address students’ attendance concerns are consistent and timely across a number of staff

 

 

 

  Personal development and welfare Appointment of KS4 and KS5 Pastoral Leaders provides regular and up-to-date knowledge of the well-being of individual students

 

Weekly Synergy meetings monitor students on the ‘Live’ list, clear actions are set within a specific timescale and shared with all relevant colleagues to ensure consistency
  Induction

 

Programme of induction provides information through baseline assessments

 

 

 

External engagement with employers reinforces the UTC ethos

 

External engagement with employers raises students’ career aspirations

 

Students’ individual needs are captured in a coherent and systematic manner

 

Students’ individual needs can be quickly identified and actions taken to address them

 

Students feel part of the UTC community from the beginning

 

Students become aware of career opportunities available to them

 

  Provision of extra-curricular activities and visits

 

‘Positive discrimination’ enables students to have equal opportunities to access the curriculum Adverse external factors are mitigated

 

Students’ career options are enhanced

 

  SENCO CPD SENCO carries out testing to identify specific needs of students.

 

SENCO applies for examination access arrangements where required.

 

 

Students have greater confidence in the examination process.

Students’ needs are quickly identified and strategies promptly shared with staff.

 

Students have access to examination access arrangements, creating ‘a level playing field’

 

 

Amount

 

Contribution to Attendance Officer salary                           8,000

Salary ‘uplift’ for KS 4 and KS5 Progress Leaders             5,000

Salary ‘uplift’ for KS 4 and KS5 Pastoral Leaders              5,000

SENCO CPD                                                                      3,200

Induction Week                                                                   1,000

Activities and trips                                                                  800

 

Total                                                                                   23,000

 

 

Contingency Fund £5,000

 

Total estimated spend                                                   £44,700

 

 Impact of Interventions 2016-2017

Validated data for 2016-2017 was published in January 2018 and showed that Pupil Premium students’ progress was below that of students who were not Pupil Premium.

From the UTC’s own data (which measures the students’ progress from their baseline entry in the UTC) there is evidence to show that provision for Pupil Premium students has had a positive impact on academic outcomes and career destinations.

  Literature Language Maths Biology Chemistry Physics Science Add Science core Business Comp Science French Geography History PE Spanish
All Mean progress 0.262 -0.068 1.157 3.196 3.261 3.391 1.697 1.691 -1.281 -0.467 0.783 1.094 1.590 -1.340 0.581
Expected progress % 56.9% 43.1% 80.7% 95.7% 95.7% 95.7% 91.9% 91.9% 19.2% 38.3% 75.5% 78.1% 79.5% 22.2% 58.1%
Expected progress % by subgroups PP 57.4% 48.9% 80.9% 90.0% 90.0% 90.0% 91.9% 89.2% 22.2% 23.5% 68.4% 69.0% 78.3% 6.7% 48.3%
Non-PP 56.5% 38.7% 80.6% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 91.8% 93.9% 17.6% 46.7% 80.0% 84.1% 81.0% 41.7% 66.7%
HA PP 50.0% 41.7% 83.3% 88.9% 88.9% 88.9% 80.0% 86.7% 0.0% 36.4% 70.0% 66.7% 84.6% 0.0% 42.9%
HA non-PP 66.7% 51.9% 88.9% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 88.9% 94.4% 25.0% 80.0% 80.0% 93.8% 90.9% 57.1% 78.6%

Impact of Interventions 2017-2018

  • Internal data for Pupil Premium students will be monitored every term by KS4 and 5 Progress Leaders.
  • KS4 Progress Leader will implement CSI plans for underachieving students
  • Specific Learning Walks will take place each term to monitor learning/progress/teaching strategies used for Pupil Premium students.
  • Attendance for Pupil Premium students will be monitored daily by the Attendance Officer and a range of strategies including parental meetings, will be implemented as necessary to address any attendance issues
  • Specific Work Scrutiny will take place termly for Pupil Premium students to monitor the quality of work/teaching in books.
  • Staff will be more aware of the purpose and focus of Pupil Premium funding
  • Staff will contribute to the creation of Pupil Premium profiles and develop greater knowledge and understanding of the range of strategies being implemented across the UTC, for example, marking books of Pupil Premium students as a priority