Walthamstow School for Girls

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Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) 2014/15

In 2014 there was national attainment gap of 27% between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. This is in relation to the performance indicators 5+ A*- C  GCSE grades including English and Maths.

The government has identified "disadvantage pupils” as those who have received free school meals at some point in the past six years. On this basis 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 funding was £935 per pupil for the 2014/2015 financial year. The total amount of PPG was £315,125. The purpose of the funding is expressly to help support the school in narrowing the achievement gap for disadvantaged students.

Walthamstow School for Girls has a commitment to ensuring every young person in our school community reaches or exceeds their potential whilst studying at the school. Our school motto, "Neglect Not the Gift That is in Thee" underpins all of the work that we do and ensures that our vision is much greater than just simply narrowing the attainment gap. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that all students, irrespective of background or prior attainment achieve their potential.

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

Use of the Pupil Premium

We have used the Pupil Premium funding to deliver a wide range of structured interventions, activities and support in order to raise achievement and accelerate rates of progress for “disadvantaged pupils”. We believe in a whole school collaborative approach in which teachers, support staff, the senior leadership team and governors all have a shared understanding of expenditure and impact.

 

 

 

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

Targeted Intervention

A variety of targeted interventions for Pupil Premium students in all faculties

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

KS4 Geography and PE Residentials

Support for GCSE residential ‘field’ activities designed to narrow the attainment gap and improve performance

 

Impact of the PPG at WSFG

Pupil Premium students At Walthamstow school for girls outperform pupil premium students nationally. In 2014 this was by 9%. However there is an attainment gap between students supported by Pupil Premium funding and those not supported by pupil premium funding. Narrowing this attainment gap continues to be one of our whole school priorities.

Our emphasis is always on improving student outcomes and in order to do this we monitor the progress of our Pupil Premium students on a regular basis in order to measure the effectiveness and success of our interventions and 'fine tune' them accordingly. All faculties have to submit Intervention Plans which are carefully scrutinised to ensure that the impact will be maximised.

And targeted interventions have seen accelerated rates of progress in Maths and English at KS4 but have also seen good progress across all option choices as well. The use of targeted one to one and three to on support in Maths has also seen accelerated rates of progress. The half term and Easter study sessions have had a huge impact on the overall school GCSE performance.

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 in 2014 was 1031 which compared extremely well with the national average for Pupil Premium students of 978. We are still awaiting the 2015 Value Added information to be calculated by the Department for Education (DfE). Our Pupil Premium students considered as a separate group alone would still be in the top 5% 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 * - C including English and Mathematics) figure gap for 2015 was only 8.5%
  • In fourteen GCSE subject areas the performance gap for A* -  Cs was less than a third of a grade with no gap in four subject areas.

Plans for Usage of the PPG in 2015/16

 

The school will receive approximately £313,000 of Pupil Premium funding in the 2015/16 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 for all year groups
  • 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

 

We will also look to continue with a bidding process for target Pupil Premium Interventions in the 2015-16 academic year.

 

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