Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

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The Pupil Premium is an allocation of money that is given to schools to specifically assist children from low income families. Schools receive the Pupil Premium funding to help pupils who  are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM), those who have been eligible within the last six years for FSM, looked after children (LAC) and children who have parents serving in the Armed Forces (SC).

The aim of the Pupil Premium funding is to reduce the gap in attainment between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students. School have the autonomy to spend the funds as they see fit, whilst being fully accountable to both governors and the Government. Schools are required to publish information on their websites on how the Pupil Premium funding is spent and the impact of the funding.

At Testbourne Community School, a member of the Senior Leadership Team has the responsibility for leading and monitoring strategies to reduce the gap in attainment for Pupil Premium Students. Improving the outcomes for Pupil Premium students will be a key focus for the whole school.

The strategies which we choose to implement are informed by the latest educational research. Sources include the Department for Education, Ofsted, Education Endowment Foundation and the Sutton Trust. Overall, the research indicates that the most effective strategies for reducing the gap in attainment between disadvantaged and other pupils include;

  • Highly effective teaching
  • Acting on constructive feedback
  • Small group tuition and peer tutoring
  • Regular, good quality homework
  • Behaviour support and intervention
  • Transition support

We are planning to employ a wide range of strategies to help us improve performance within the identified groups and these include recommendations from published sources e.g. Teaching and Learning Toolkit by the Education Endowment Foundation, Pupil Premium Reports by the Sutton Trust and publications from Ofsted.

Strategies used at Testbourne include;

  • Over staffing and reduction of class sizes in core subjects
  • Access to after-school extra-curricular activities
  • Support for compulsory educational visits
  • One to one or small group tuition in English and Maths
  • Access to our school counsellor, student support and pastoral team
  • Priority access to our careers advisor
  • Homework clubs
  • Holiday revision sessions during February half term, Easter and May half term
  • Parent information evenings, study skills and curriculum evenings
  • Literacy and numeracy support
  • Attendance rewards and support
  • Assessment and feedback stickers
  • Alternative curriculum/ outreach support
  • Provision of online learning resources and apps
  • Use of Show my Homework to record homework
  • Specialist resources and intervention programmes

Number of students eligible for the Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Non-Pupil Premium % of Cohort
Year 7 23 154 13
Year 8 35 143 20
Year 9 29 130 18
Year 10 30 132 19
Year 11 20 139 13
Total number of PP students 137

How much has Testbourne been assigned for the 201718 academic year?

Total Received (£)
Pupil Premium FSM/Ever 6 935.00
Service Child 300.00
Post LAC 1,900.00
Total 111,480

Costs and Rationale

What are our aims for using Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the attainment for eligible pupils. The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers both locally and nationally.

Targeted Support What does it do? Costs (approx.)
Curriculum support
  • Intervention at February and May half terms and Easter holidays
  • Targeted lunch and after school PP intervention
  • Governor link
  • Parent information evenings
  • Financial support for compulsory trips
  • Pupil premium working party
Pastoral support
  • Collaborative support and the removal of barriers to achievement are recognised as important. These include;
  • Pastoral Support Worker/ Personal development adviser
  • Attendance rewards
  • Pastoral team including Heads of House and Pastoral Support Assistants
  • Careers adviser –priority PP appointments for careers interviews and post 16 guidance.
  • Uniform
  • Equipment
  • Attendance rewards
Academic support
  • Learning support assistants
  • GCSE  Maths and English – small group tuition and assistance
  • Assistant Head leadership responsibility
  • Over staffing in core subjects to reduce class sizes.
  • Learning detectives programme
  • Year 11 Mentoring
  • After school intervention
  • Lunch and after-school clubs
  • Transition days
  • Transition Plus Support days
  • Year 7 tutor evening
Staff development
  • CPD for whole school on Teaching, Learning and Achievement
  • Identification of PP students – use of MINT class
  • Department use of Pixl PP strategies
  • Share good practice across local school
  • Test Valley PP working party
  • Pixl Membership
Behaviour Watch
  • Online system for recording and monitoring behaviour. Allows for in depth reporting and analysis of behaviour patterns.
  • Allows detailed analysis of all reporting and exam data to track progress and attainment of PP and non PP students.
Show My Homework
  • Allows staff, parents and students to monitor homework being set online.
Alternative provision
  • When appropriate to the needs of the individual, support from alternative provision allows highly specialized intervention to take place. This is for a fixed period and allows students to tackle issues before returning to school.
Literacy and numeracy support
  • Tutor time and additional tuition for literacy and numeracy
  • Numeracy Ninja programme
Feedback stickers
  • Whole school assessment for learning strategy
Revision and intervention software
  • Includes MyMaths, Kerboodle and other online learning platforms.

Pupil Premium Destination Information 2016

Post 16 Provider No. %
BCOT 3 15
PSC 6 30
QMC 5 25
Newbury 2 10
Sparsholt 2 10
Andover 3 15
Academy of Contemporary Music 1 5
NEET 0 0

Pupil Premium Attainment 2017

Pupil Premium Non Pupil Premium Difference
Progress 8 -0.29 -0.19 -0.10
Attainment 8 43.67 49.40 -5.73
% Achieving 5+ in English and Maths 52.4 58.6 -6.2
% Achieving 4+ in English and Maths 66.7 82.8 -16.1