Notton House School: Pupil premium report
The Government introduced the term “Pupil Premium” to encompass all students who are either In Care, in receipt of Free School Meals or whose parents are actively serving in the Armed Forces. Recently, the Service Premium has been extended to include those whose parents have died in action and those whose parents have left the Service since April 2011 for other reasons, including injury.
This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. At Notton House we support all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required.
Record of PPG spending 2016/2017 by item
|Cost||Objectives and Outcomes|
|Speech and Language Therapy||£7560.00||All pupils have had a basic SaLT screening which has shown that no pupils at Notton have age appropriate language and communication skills. All curriculum staff have received training to address these issues in the classroom and in their planning. Seven pupils now receive specific one to one interventions. All boys have a ‘Communication Profile’ which all staff have access to in order to inform planning and general communication. Pupils will be rescreened annually and progress will be tracked and interrogated. The percentage of pupils with improved reading and spelling ages has increased by 12% and 6% respectively. Two pupils receiving one to one intervention have improved their reading ages by 6 and 14 months respectively.|
|SEN Resources to support SaLT||£1101.66||Resources and test kits were purchased to support the whole school ‘Communication Commitment’.|
|Family Support worker||£3023.61||9 families have received one to one sessions to support them. 2 families have been signposted to outside agencies. Termly coffee mornings have been held to support, inform and allow parents and carers to network with each other. All new families have been supported with the transition from day to residential school. 4 families are supported to visit pupils in the evening for tea. The impact of all of this work is an improvement in engagement of parents with the school as well as smoother supported transitions to life at Notton. Two of these pupils have shown improvements both in their progress data as well as attendance and decreased negative behaviours.|
|Kandu Arts||£735.00||Two terms of taster sessions for lower school to improve engagement in learning. This has contributed to improved engagement in lessons and an ongoing trend of improved behaviour.|
|Larkrise Farm||£696.00||An individualised therapeutic support intervention for a pupil. This has reduced negative incidents from 15 in September to 2 in January. This pupil also improved both his reading and spelling ages during this period.|
|Cr8tive Mentors||£6400.00||One to one mentoring specifically with ethnic minority pupils which has improved both the pupils and parents engagement with school and other support agencies. Pupils involved show improved attendance and progress data.
|Cultivated Learning||£6400.00||One to one land based therapy with all middle and lower school pupils to improve engagement in learning, work through social, bullying and friendship issues using animals and outdoor activities. Pupils are referred via tutors and we are working towards a focused piece of work being completed each term.|
|Undercover Rock||£69.54||Lower school pupils went climbing once a week in order to provide them with a wider experience of the curriculum|
|Real Sound Studio||£840.00||All pupils were offered the opportunity to experience drumming, guitar or DJ sessions.|
|Equipment for College||£121,31||Post 16 pupils were provided with equipment to undertake college courses at Lackham.|
Total spend: £26947.12
|Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received|
|Total number of pupils on roll||46|
|Total number of pupils eligible for PPG||30|
|Total amount of PPG received||£26980|
|Previous performance of disadvantaged pupils|
|Previous year||Current year|
|% of pupils making expected progress in English||55%||47%|
|% of pupils making expected progress in Maths||55%||50%|
|% of pupils with improved reading ages||41%||53%|
|% of pupils with improved spelling ages||50%||56%|
The pupil premium is a key lever to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Its success depends on the degree to which it is spent effectively. In order to improve the effectiveness of pupil premium at Notton the following measures need to take place:
- A pupil premium spend action plan should be developed in consultation with staff and governors to plan for next year’s interventions.
- Reference should be made to the evidence provided by the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, initially published by the Sutton Trust and Durham University, and since hosted and extended by the Education Endowment Foundation. The Toolkit includes evidence on 34 categories, indicating whether or not they make measurable learning gains (expressed in months of learning value), the strength of available evidence and their relative cost.
- Improved monitoring of teaching, learning and assessment will be used to interrogate each interventions value for money and impact on the progress of disadvantaged pupils.
- A whole school overview will be developed to track each pupil’s pupil premium allocation and whether they are making expected progress in core subjects.