Pupil Premium

Use of the Pupil Premium in 2015-16

Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to students who:

Have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (£935)
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority or children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order (£1,900); however £1000 will be retained by the Virtual Headteacher in the Local Authority.
Have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges (£300)

We have been allocated £396,000 for the academic year 2015-16. We receive this money in regular installments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant). At Carlton Community College, we have many robust intervention strategies which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their potential. We believe that these strategies are ‘narrowing the gap’ between different groups of students and fulfil one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”. We believe that this is a particular strength of the school.

Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students. The intervention strategies exceed by far the total amount we receive for the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium is used to support all of these strategies:

Curriculum support:

Revision sessions for students who are examined are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the school day as well as evenings, weekends and during holiday time.
Revision guides for English, Maths and science. Pen drives with resources, scientific calculators.
Accelerated Reader, Lexia and Lucid are used to raise literacy across the Academy. Extra lessons in English (and Maths) in Year 7 and 8 also facilitate this.
Directors of English, Maths, Science, Humanities, French and the Arts have been deployed from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust to support students in making 3 levels of progress and beyond in these subject areas.
Option English, Option Maths, are additions to the core curriculum for these subject areas.
SLT support is provided in all Year 11 English and Maths lessons.
121 intervention post holders in Maths and English providing high quality 121 intervention in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Additionally small group intervention occurs in VMG time for Maths, English and Science.
Additional small group interventions occur through the Bridge, PLC and Resource Provision Unit.
‘Maths Makes Sense’ and ‘Fresh Start’ interventions occur to support students with low level numeracy and literacy at KS3.
Students who qualify for Pupil Premium are also supported, when necessary, with music lessons, specialist equipment and trips to enhance their learning experiences.One to one reading scheme
VMG Lexia support
One to One maths and English for Looked After Children
A consolidation period into the curriculum to support specific needs.

Uniform:

Uniform is provided for all year 7 students and all students new to school will receive a free uniform, so that all students are starting from the same point.

Careers advice and guidance for Y9, 10, Y11:

An independent careers advisor (Careers Inc) has been employed for two days per week to work with students in all year groups. A referral process is in place for all applications to Barnsley College to be completed with a representative from the College. Work is taking place with Y9, Y10 and Y11 students, in particular with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs. Students who are identified by the above criteria are all given time with the careers office with a focus on their future and choices. Following the 2015 results we had no students whole fell into the NEET category.

Pastoral Care:

The Inclusion Manager, Learning Managers, Teaching Assistants, Consequences Manager, Bridge Manager and PLC Manager, Teacher in Charge of RP and Student Support Officers make up a highly skilled and experienced team whose focus is the achievement of all students. Weekly meetings ensure that vulnerable students are making the progress they should and any form of intervention that is needed is in place. Our school nurse works with students and is a valuable resource to offer support and medical advice. The peer mentor team (mentors in VMGs) is providing one to one support for vulnerable students in Key Stage 3 and 4. Daily morning, break and lunch clubs for all vulnerable students in the Bridge.

Outcomes for students – Results

The percentage of PP students achieving 5A*-C including English and maths, at 40% is higher than the national average of 36%.

The gap in progress made between PP and non PP students in Maths and English is closing AND the performance of all students is improving.

Future Plans

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance:

A variety of activities in relation to careers and future learning for students to take part in and also a Careers Event to give independent advice and guidance as well as an online resource.

Attendance:

Attendance incentives will provide an even greater focus will be used to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95% attendance.

Pupil Premium spending is tracked using the pupil premium tracker and outcomes for these students are measured through our Praising Stars© reporting system which is updated every six weeks and shared with parents.

The pupil premium strategy will be formally reviewed each September.