Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding. It is used to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. Schools decide how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made in supporting individual pupils.

Our aim at Wright Robinson College is to ensure that provision is in place to help all students to achieve their potential by further increasing the focus on the progress and attainment of Pupil Premium pupils. We aim to ensure that the provision for Pupil Premium students is seen throughout everything we do at Wright Robinson in terms of teaching and learning, and pastoral support, and is not an ‘add on’ to what we already provide as a College. Our priority is Quality First Teaching, which ensures that every student, regardless of ability or barriers to learning, has excellent day-to-day experiences in lessons. Wider support is also seen through the excellent provision in terms of safeguarding and pastoral care.

52% of our students at Wright Robinson College are eligible for Pupil Premium which is significantly higher than the national figure. Wright Robinson recognises that each individual student has different needs, concerns and aspirations and we aim to ensure the best outcomes for everyone irrelevant of their background and disadvantages. For some students, this may be supporting their progress in reading, whilst for others it may be providing support for individual music lessons, or access to ICT for example.

Over recent years, the college has been highly successful in supporting disadvantaged students. According to available data, this particularly cohort of students does better than all students nationally. The College continues to be committed to closing the attainment and achievement gap across a range of measures for our disadvantaged students, and the additional funding will be used to support this aim.

School overview

Metric Data
 School name Wright Robinson College
Pupils in school 1807
Proportion of disadvantaged pupils 52%
Pupil premium allocation this academic year £877,000
Academic year or years covered by statement 2019/20 – 2020/21
Publish date December 2020
Review date December 2021
Statement authorised by M Haworth
Pupil premium lead P Nicholls
Governor lead J Marshall

 

It is the college’s belief that no interventions can make up for anything less than high quality teaching and learning. Therefore, the aim at Wright Robinson College will always be to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students, as all evidence shows that this has a bigger impact on the most disadvantaged.

All staff aim to diagnose barriers to learning, and put in place strategies to ensure that these are addressed as soon as possible, These barriers may be subject specific, or more wider barriers such as attendance or behaviour.

Disadvantaged pupil performance overview for last academic year

  • Due to the ongoing CVD19 health crisis, and in line with government guidelines, information from Performance Tables 2020 is not published and should not be shared.
  • However, internal data shows that disadvantaged students in 2020, not only maintained their excellent progress, but improved from the 2019 cohort.
  • The information below is from the last available verified data (2019)
Progress 8 +0.13

 

(National average for this cohort is – 0.67, and -0.63 for the North West)

Ebacc entry 51%

 

(Nationally 40% for all students)

Attainment 8 43

 

(Nationally 46.3)

% Grade 5+ in English and maths 36%

 

(Nationally this figure is 43%, and 36% for all students in the Local Authority)

In addition, the EEF publishes data for ‘families of schools’ . These are schools with roughly similar statistics in terms of size, intake etc..

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/tools/families-of-schools-database/

As can be seen from the following graphs, Wright Robinson College does particularly well with students eligible for Pupil Premium funding. This shows that the funding has been allocated correctly to have the maximum impact on students eligible for Pupil Premium.

This first graph shows Progress 8 for disadvantaged students representing 2017-2019. Wright Robinson students are represented by the highlighted orange bar.

 

 

This second graph shows Attainment 8 for disadvantaged students – 2017-19

 

 

 

 

This final graph shows the basics (English and Maths 4+) for disadvantaged students at Wright Robinson College – 2017-19

Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils

Aim Target Target date
Progress 8 To further improve the positive progress made by disadvantaged students in college Sept 21
Attainment 8 To close the attainment gap between students eligible for Pupil Premium at Wright Robinson and all students nationally Sept 21
% Grade 5+ in English and maths To close the gap between English and maths 5+ scores for students eligible for Pupil Premium and the non-eligible cohort Sept 21
Ebacc entry Continue to maintain the high entry for disadvantaged students compared to the national average Sept 21
Access to ICT To ensure that all students have access to high quality online lessons and resources December 2020

Teaching priorities for current academic year

Measure Activity
Priority 1 Support students in in their re-introduction to full college life following the national lockdown due to CVD19
Priority 2 To ensure that all students have access to ICT to enable remote learning
Barriers to learning these priorities address Ongoing CVD19 health crisis

Student engagement

Projected spending See additional appendix

Targeted academic support for current academic year

Measure Activity
Priority 1 To ensure that any gaps in learning are addressed in individual subject areas in preparation for examinations in 2021
Priority 2 To ensure that individual students have the specific resources and strategies needed to access and engage in lessons
Barriers to learning these priorities address Ongoing CVD19 health crisis
Projected spending See additional appendix

Wider strategies for current academic year

At the time of writing, the CVD19 health crisis is ongoing. The college will amend plans to ensure that the most disadvantaged are supported at all levels to ensure they are safe, happy and engaged in their learning. This will include staff and student training to ensure that any future disruption to learning is kept to an absolute minimum.

Monitoring and implementation

Area Challenge
Teaching Ensure all staff at every level have access to high quality professional development.

 

This includes internal CPD and external organisations (e.g. PiXL)

 

Ensure all staff are trained and supported in the delivery of remote lessons

Targeted support Ensure students and families are supported in the ongoing CVD19 health crisis. This includes early identification of and elimination of barriers for individual and targeted students. This involves tailored support for students and families where appropriate.
Wider strategies Ensure students have access to ICT and high quality remote teaching and learning

 

Ensure that staff and students are trained in the use of remote learning packages

 

Ensure that parents and carers are able to communicate with school via remote Parents’ Evening

Review: last year’s aims and outcomes

Aim Outcome
Achieve positive Progress 8 score for disadvantaged pupils Although Performance Tables will not be published, internal data shows that disadvantaged students at Wright Robinson improved their progress compared to 2019 – previously +0.13. See information above.

 

This shows that disadvantaged students at Wright Robinson College make better progress than all students nationally.

 

This is due to good and outstanding teaching for all students and support for all students – but particularly the most disadvantaged.

In view of the national lockdown in 2020 due to CVD19, the college ensured academic and pastoral support for all students – particularly the most disadvantaged.

 

The college continues to recognise that this is a national challenge that impacts particularly on the most disadvantaged. Therefore, the college looks to support all families going forward – principally the most disadvantaged.

Students engaged well with staff over the lockdown period. This has been evidenced in the excellent attendance figures from the start of September, and the outstanding engagement in lessons.

 

Proposed spending – 2020-21

Action Detail Spend Impact
Roll out of ICT equipment to targeted disadvantaged students The college will identify students that need additional support in terms of ICT equipment and endeavour to supply appropriate resources
Learning Support Assistants These additional roles have been developed to work with students across the College on a range of specific interventions £46,092
SLT Support PP A member of SLT has been given responsibility for improving outcomes for PP students across the college. £45,888
English Teacher Additional staffing to provide targeted teaching of PP students where appropriate, flexibility of setting and increased opportunities for detailed feedback to students. £51,276
Maths Teacher Additional staffing to provide targeted teaching of PP students where appropriate, flexibility of setting and increased opportunities for detailed feedback to students. £46,294
Additional TLRs for English, Maths and Science

 

(and other Faculty areas where appropriate)

Members of Key Faculties have a specific responsibility for the outcomes of PP students £10,000
Lexia Reading software Reading software will be installed in college and used primarily with Pupil Premium students to improve progress £12,000
Staff Development A range of CPD opportunities to allow all teachers to improve their skills including in-house training, sharing of resources, collaborative planning and other interventions. £15,000
Lunchtime, after school clubs and other sessions Specific attainment raising interventions are in place as well as cultural and social activities. For example visits from outside agencies, motivational speakers, Debate Mate, as well as a full range of subject based clubs (Music, Sport, Drama, etc…)

 

£50,000
Enrichment and additional extra-curricular activities Funding and support for additional cultural and social activities. For example Kingswood visit, Duke of Edinburgh, Maths Pupil Premium trip to Ghyllhead and Spanish trip. £46,487.00
Student Support and Safeguarding The College pays for two additional buses and  supervision by staff £40,000
Attendance Officers These roles work to ensure attendance of Pupil Premium students is a priority and looks to address any barriers to attendance. £108,782
Data Manager & General Resources The partial funding of this role allows analysis and intervention in the underperformance of students.

SISRA software training and additional licences as appropriate

£30,000.00
Alternative Learning Pathways and Curricular This provides support for students who are at risk of underperforming for a range of reasons – behaviour as well as academic concerns £165,336.00
Specific Intervention Fund for Subject areas This provides funding for agreed curriculum projects that are specifically aimed at improving the progress and attainment in subject areas. £20,000

 

Spending breakdown – 2019-20

Action Detail Spend Impact
Appointment of additional support staff The College has appointed and/or retained non-teaching staff who provide support where appropriate. £164,373 Reduced attainment and progress gap – see Performance Tables, SISRA and internal data
Learning Support Assistants These additional roles have been developed to work with students across the College on a range of specific interventions £46,092 Reduced attainment and progress gap – see SISRA and individual student data

LAP students make the most progress against MAP/ HAP students in school

SLT Support PP A member of SLT has been given responsibility for improving outcomes for PP students across the college. £45,888 Improved staff awareness of Pupil Premium issues and strategies to reduce the attainment and progress gap.
English Teacher Additional staffing to provide targeted teaching of PP students where appropriate, flexibility of setting and increased opportunities for detailed feedback to students. £51,276 Reduced attainment and progress gap – see SISRA and internal data
Maths Teacher Additional staffing to provide targeted teaching of PP students where appropriate, flexibility of setting and increased opportunities for detailed feedback to students. £46,294 Reduced attainment and progress gap – see SISRA and internal data
Additional TLRs for English, Maths and Science

 

(and other Faculty areas where appropriate)

Members of Key Faculties have a specific responsibility for the outcomes of PP students £10,000  Improved communication and liason between staff leading to sharing of outstanding practice
Lexia Reading software Reading software will be installed in college and used primarily with Pupil Premium students to improve progress £12,000 Measurable improvement in reading ages and specific skills for Yr7 – Yr10 students.
Staff Development A range of CPD opportunities to allow all teachers to improve their skills including in-house training, sharing of resources, collaborative planning and other interventions. £15,000 Wide range of resources and outstanding practice shared and developed in College
Lunchtime, after school clubs and other sessions Specific attainment raising interventions are in place as well as cultural and social activities. For example visits from outside agencies, motivational speakers, Debate Mate, as well as a full range of subject based clubs (Music, Sport, Drama, etc…)

 

£50,000  All Pupil Premium students have the full range of academic, sporting and cultural opportunities.

 

Enrichment and additional extra-curricular activities Funding and support for additional cultural and social activities. For example Kingswood visit, Duke of Edinburgh, Maths Pupil Premium trip to Ghyllhead and Spanish trip. Sports trips to Spain and Italy £46,487.00 All Pupil Premium students have the full range of academic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
Student Support and Safeguarding The College pays for two additional buses and  supervision by staff £40,000 Students are safeguarded and happy to attend College. See attendance data.
Attendance Officers These roles work to ensure attendance of Pupil Premium students is a priority and looks to address any barriers to attendance. £108,782 See internal attendance data. There is a trend of reduced attendance gap between PP and NPP students.
Data Manager & General Resources The partial funding of this role allows analysis and intervention in the underperformance of students.

SISRA software training and licences

£30,000.00 Interventions for all students are timely and lead to specific interventions.

All staff are fully trained in the intelligent use of data to improve academic standards.

Alternative Learning Pathways and Curricular This provides support for students who are at risk of underperforming for a range of reasons – behaviour as well as academic concerns £165,336.00 Students are given the opportunity to continue their education in an alternative setting. This allows them to gain qualifications (see SISRA) and avoid NEET.
Specific Intervention Fund for Subject areas This provides funding for agreed curriculum projects that are specifically aimed at improving the progress and attainment in subject areas. £20,000 Staff have targeted key students and bid for resources that will improve results and inspire students [For example, Science revision guides, individual music lessons and Camranger/ Pixelstick in Art]