The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to:
Our allocation for the 2016/2017 financial year is £423,555. As of September 2016, 50% of our cohort were eligible for the pupil premium grant.
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
£935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.
Parents: If your child has been adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005, a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991 please let us know. The information will be treated in strictest confidence but will enable us to provide more for your child.
Closing the gap is central to everything we do at Babington and has been for many years. We have a moral commitment to ensure that our students from disadvantaged backgrounds have the support to accelerate their progress to achieve their full potential. We are continuing to build upon our previous success this year, strengthening our PP offer whilst also taking an active role in supporting other schools in their efforts to narrow the gap; presenting at conferences and delivering bespoke NTG sessions to schools.
Our whole school approach includes; funding a Vice Principal responsible for our closing the gap strategy, all staff having a ‘Closing the Gap’ appraisal objective and class context sheets include lesson actions for CtG. We have developed the ‘Babington way for Effective Feedback’ used by all staff in lesson aimed at developing formalised language whilst ensuring all students receive outstanding feedback. All teachers are trained in meta-cognition strategies and use these in lessons. These strategies are all based in research and have been developed following reviewing the Sutton Trust Toolkit.
In addition to those whole school strategies mentioned, we have countless strategies/initiatives in place to ensure each of our students get what ‘they’ need to succeed. Our strategies can be split into three areas:
These initiatives, whilst being aimed at our PP cohort, also have a direct impact on all of our students with the aim of raising the bar, e.g. ‘Dare to Dream’ raising aspirations work and ‘Find your Talent’ programme. To target our most disadvantaged, upper ability students we have developed a Genius2 Programme, this is a key area of focus this academic year.
For a full breakdown of the strategies in place at Babington please take a look at ‘The Babington Toolkit’ attached.
Over the past five years our strategies to close the gap have had a massive impact, eradicating the within school 5+ A*-C (with EM) attainment gap between our PP cohort and their Non-PP counterparts. The gap stood at 17% (2011) and has closed rapidly, the 2016 results showing that our PP cohort now outperform their Non-PP counterparts with a +6% gap. 53% of our PP cohort achieved 5 A*-C with EM this academic year. National figures are not available yet for 2016 to enable direct comparison however the 2015 national other figure was 63% therefore, if this remains stable, it indicates that we have made very positive steps to close the gap.
Our 2016 PP Attainment 8 scores have also improved by 3.1pts from 2015 and the gap has now been reversed so that PP students outperformed non-PP students by 4.3. The within school basics gap also favours PP students with a +6% gap.
The PP EP figure for maths, 68%, highlights a big improvement on 2015 (57%). The within school gap has been reversed to favour our PP cohort at +7% (2015 -13%). 68% represents a -4% gap against the 2015 national other students figure, we are awaiting 2016 national figures.
The 2016 English EP figures for our PP cohort remains strong at 78%. This figure compares very favourably against the 2015 national other EP figure at 74%.
The improvement in outcomes for our disadvantaged students is testament to our whole school strategy to close the gap. Closing the gap remains a high priority for us at Babington given the context of the college and that 50% of our cohort are eligible for the PP grant. A particular focus for this academic year will be closing the P8 gap and the performance of our most able disadvantaged students.
Our work to close the gap at Babington continues to have national recognition. We were awarded the secondary school regional Pupil Premium Award in 2013 and this was presented to us by the Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister.
NB. Please be aware that we are awaiting the 2016 national data therefore the 2015 data and performance measures have been used in the meantime to benchmark our performance.
Closing the gap for our disadvantaged students is a core drive at Babington and we are very aware that, especially in this area of Leicester, all other schools are also challenged by this issue and are doing some great work to challenge this gap. As such, two years ago we established a closing the gap partnership programme as we believe working together is the key to really moving things forward for the Leicester community. The partnership was about working collaboratively, cross-phase, to get to the root of the issues around the FSM gap and jointly developing strategies and interventions to challenge that gap. As a partnership we established some very effective strategies which now form part of our Learning without Limits Academy Trust PP offer such as the WAGALL programme. The WAGALL (What a good attitude looks like) programme will be launched with students eligible for the PP grant in October 2016 through a conference.
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