Pupil Premium Statement
Pupil premium: 2015-16
Bury Church of England High School receives a Pupil Premium grant for each Looked After Child and for any child who has received or been entitled to receive free school meals at some point during the last six years. The Pupil Premium grant for Bury Church of England High School for 2015 – 16 was £114,610.00, although the figures are apportioned and arrive on the basis of the financial year rather than the academic and therefore the final accounts will not be published by the school until August 2016.
There are the following numbers of pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding in school:
Year 7: 14
Year 8: 34
Year 9: 29
Year 10: 18
Year 11: 17
With the support and authorisation of the Governing Body, it was agreed that this grant was to be allocated in the following ways in 2015-2016:
- To support the cost of the employment of sufficient staffing in our teaching body to offer intervention support to small groups or to provide booster work to groups and individual tuition programmes. This intervention was to be cross-curricular as well as booster work focused on literacy and numeracy
- To support the employment of a special needs teacher to deliver support programmes as appropriate to the pupil premium recipients.
- To support the cost of employment of subject teaching assistants to provide individual and small group intervention in specific subjects; these assistants are tasked to support pupils in overcoming underachievement occasioned by a wide range of factors, including deprivation.
- To support the cost of employment of the team of pastoral leaders and workers who work to help pupils overcome barriers to learning and to support pupils’ emotional and physical wellbeing.
We also use pupil premium funds to provide:
- Resources to support the education of the pupil premium recipients, including the support of the funding of school trips and educational experiences, extracurricular activities and learning booster provision and resources to support learning.
- Assessment materials to develop knowledge of reading skills and levels and also to obtain Cognitive Ability scores and projections so that we can identify underachievement and monitor core literacy skills amongst pupils, particularly in the Pupil Premium cohort.
The decisions to make these the priorities for our pupil premium funding was based upon our analysis of the previous year’s data regarding progress and attendance of pupil premium pupils and current reading scores for this tranche of pupils. It is clear that the reading and intervention programmes are beginning to have a positive impact but needed to be extended and pursued. Attendance data was heavily skewed by individual cases impacting upon group analysis, but also in our evaluation demonstrated that the use of money to support pastoral support was warranted and necessary.
The money was divided as follows. 65% or £74,987.41 of the total funding supported salaries for staff working specifically with pupil premium pupils or to enable their greater support in the school systems. This included money to support maths and English teaching with provision for 40% of a part time maths teacher and 33% of a part-time English teacher as well as 25% of a full-time English teacher. There was also 25% of a SPLD part-time teacher salary. Our pastoral staff all had a contribution towards salary costs of 12% – 50% (7 at the lower level, including two teachers where the 12% is of the management allowance and one pastoral staff member at 50%) Three administrative staff, one for pastoral reporting, one for attendance reporting and one developing assessment systems and progress reporting had a 12% contribution to the salaries from pupil premium funding. Finally, 12% of the teaching assistant costs in English and maths were funded by PP money.
The rest of the money was divided in a number of ways. Further staffing was provided in addition to the 65% funding for resourcing intervention programmes. The most substantial was that teaching staff were designated to offer in class support or small group withdrawal to work on literacy. Agency and external operators were used to provide revision sessions. This agency provision came to £2400 and internal intervention provision was 25% of a teacher cost. £590 was spent on purchasing revision guides for PP pupils. Specialist courses such as music lessons and external college courses were provided to some pupils at a cost of £1800.
A more detailed account of our spending on pupil premium and the outcomes will be published at the end of the academic year when it becomes possible to evaluate the impact of the spending and the strategies employed.
Pupil Premium statements for previous years can be found here.