Walthamstow School for Girls

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Report to Parents – Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) 2012/13

Introduction

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was allocated to our school on the basis of our Ever Six Free School Meals (FSM) count from our school census. The Ever Six FSM measure is a new measure which identifies any student who has been eligible for FSM in the last six consecutive academic years. The funding was £623 per pupil for the 2012/2013 financial year. The total amount of PPG was £228,018. The purpose of the funding is to help support the school in narrowing the achievement gap for disadvantaged students. We are required by the Department of Education to report to parents annually on the usage of the PPG at our school.

Overview of WSFG’s PPG Allocation

Students on Roll: 900

Total number of students eligible for PPG: 366

Amount of PPG received per student: £623

Total amount of PPG received: £228,018

Principles for PPG Allocation at WSFG

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the students
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for students who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged students, we recognise that not all students who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals
  • We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any student or groups of students the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals

Usage of the PPG at WSFG

Activity/Project

Objective

School Counsellor

Provide targeted support to students to who require specific emotional support/intervention

KS3 Literacy Support

Narrowing the literacy gap for Year 7 students on entry through a tailored programme of literacy support

KS3 Interventions

Additional after school classes and clubs.

KS4 Revision Sessions

Staffing resources to support FSM students during their Year 11 examination preparation in Easter vacation and May Half-term

Year 11 Maths Interventions

Additional resources and staffing to support specific Year 11 students who are falling behind

ICT Lunchtime Supervision

Employment of Lunchtime Supervisors to allow access to ICT for students who do not have easy access to ICT and Internet resources at home

Clubs and Enrichment

Enrichment activities for FSM students

Music Lessons

Subsidising of music lessons for students who qualify for FSMs or where parents/carers have requested financial support

1:1 and 1:3 Maths Tutoring Sessions

Narrowing the achievement gap for KS4 Mathematics students through a tailored programme of tutorial support

KS3 & KS4 Mentors

Two members of staff providing dedicated mentoring support to students

Easter Project

Courses run for students to attend a variety of courses including crafts and catering projects

Summer Scheme Projects

Courses such as self-defence, cooking, arts/crafts, photography and First Aid to targeted KS3 students

Saturday School

Literacy and numeracy support for targeted underachieving students

School Trips

Subsidising of curriculum-enriching trips for students whose parents/carers have requested financial support

Educational Welfare Support

Additional staffing to support in-house delivery of educational welfare support to students

Parenting Course

Support for hard to reach parents and those who need strategies for dealing with poor behaviour in the home

 

Impact of the PPG at WSFG

At WSFG, our inclusive ethos, which is at the core of our work, is translated into making a difference to the life chances of all of our students, irrespective of background. This is borne out in the positive data below which relates to the attainment and progress of students at our school in relation to similar groups of students nationally.

The Value Added figure for our Pupil Premium students is 1027.9 which compares extremely well with the national average for Pupil Premium students of 983.3. This is slightly less than our overall school figure of 1029.5, a figure which places us in the top 8% of schools nationally for student progress.   However our Pupil Premium students considered as a separate group alone would still be in the top 10% nationally for student progress amongst all students.   This demonstrates that at Walthamstow School for Girls our Pupil Premium students make excellent progress between KS2 and KS4 despite a national trend for such students to make significantly less progress than their peers.

  • Our headline (5 A * to C inc English and Mathematics) figure gap for 2013 was only 9% (64% to 73%)
  • In ten GCSE subject areas the performance gap for A* to Cs was less than 10% with Pupil Premium students outperforming others in English and Drama
  • Only six GCSE subjects still have a gap exceeding 10%

Plans for Usage of the PPG in 2013/14

 

The school will receive approximately £332,100 of Pupil Premium funding in the 2013/14 financial year. We will use the PPG to provide:

 

  • More student counselling sessions
  • Additional KS4 interventions in English and Mathematics through additional after school targeted classes
  • Part or fully subsidised music tuition
  • More student learning mentoring sessions
  • A summer school for Year 6 to Year 7 transition
  • A Saturday school for targeted students
  • A Pupil Premium ring-fenced fund for all faculties to bid into substantial intervention projects which aim to narrow the gap
  • Additional targeted support in English at KS4
  • Year 9 Sound Reading Literacy Programme
  • A breakfast club
  • Humanities initiative to improve SPAG at Year 11
  • Additional mentoring support for students from hard to reach families
  • Purchasing of brass musical instruments for Pupil Premium students
  • Additional support for Year 8 SEN/Intervention COP Stage students
  • Residential activities for targeted Year 11 students
  • STEM projects
  • A greater focus on Pupil Premium students in data tracking exercises in all faculties
  • A Financial Assistance fund to support access for Pupil Premium students to access enrichment activities such as activity weekends, ski trips and other events
 

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