Pupil Premium

How we put the money to good use

At Park Community School we are committed to providing ALL students with a great education; securing strong academic outcomes alongside experiences of the curriculum and the world around us which broaden horizons and encourage a love of learning. We encourage students to discover what they love and therefore invest heavily in developing the quality of teaching and enabling all students to access a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes a wealth of experiences outside of the classroom.

Our Pupil Premium Strategy is focussed on 4 broad areas:

  1. High quality teaching which develops independence
  2. A broad curriculum which develops Cultural Capital and student leadership
  3. Behaviour for Learning
  4. Parental engagement and attendance

Our Pupil Premium strategy is based on a comprehensive understanding of our students, their families and the community. We regularly review its impact using internal and external data and current research produced the Education Endowment Foundation. Park Community School participated in the ‘Improving Outcomes for Disadvantaged Learners’ project with Hampshire and Rosendale Research during 2017-18.

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For 2018/2019 our allocated budget is:

Pupil Premium £405,790
Service Children £2,400
Post Looked After Children £0

Grant Allocation:

In 2017/2018 the school received £431,970 for Pupil Premium (PP) plus £2,100 for Children in Care.

The school spent £475,095 providing additional support for PP students. The pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the school’s Delegated Budget. The school chooses to invest additional funding from its delegated budget to support pupil Premium funding.

The Pupil Premium is allocated by calculating the number of students who are on Free School Meals (FSM) or have had FSM in the last six years. Students who have been in care continuously for more than six months or have a parent in the Armed Services also lead to some additional funding for the school.

In 2018 the gap in achievement between non PP and PP students in GCSEs was -0.12 for Progress 8 (PP-0.88, non PP -0.76)

Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible students could include:

  • Low aspiration
  • Gaps in learning
  • Parents who have poor experiences of school, or have not completed further education or in some cases do not value education
  • Large number of siblings
  • Often in single parent families
  • May have experienced significant trauma in earlier years eg alcohol abuse, domestic violence
  • Lack of trust in, or significant dependence on, outside agencies
  • Inconsistent attendance at school
  • Personal health related and well-being issues
  • Low self-esteem

This is not an exhaustive list and by no means applies to all students who may qualify for Pupil Premium.

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Pupil Premium interventions

  • Teaching & Learning
    addressing student low aspiration and gaps in learning

    • Emphasis on effective feedback and marking
    • Focus on collaborative learning
    • Explicit teaching of memory and revision
    • Residential visits
    • Staff focus on success for all PP students
    • 1 : 1 Mentoring
  • Curriculum experiences at school farm and printing unit
    addressing student low aspiration and gaps in learning

    • Numeracy programmes
    • Period 6
    • Literacy programmes
    • Interventions to support learning
    • Enrichment activities
    • International visits/trips
    • Social & cultural visits/trips
  • Inclusion (could be used)
    addressing vulnerability arising from mental health and trauma within the families together with a lack of trust in, or significant dependence on, outside agencies

    • Home Liaison team; fortnightly referral meeting to follow up targeted PP students
    • Referral meeting attended by Key Stage leaders, Lead WSG behavior, Lead WSG pastoral, SENCO, Deputy Headteacher pastoral, Medical officer. Focus:
    • Nurture programmes
    • Individual programmes
    • Communitas: Youth Workers available during school day
    • Medical & Emotional support
  • Community & Partnership
    addressing education/low aspiration

    • Interventions to support families (those families identified on the Supporting Families programme; Attendance where there is family history of poor attendance)
    • IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) support & intervention
  • Attendance & Behaviour
    addressing inconsistent attendance at school, personal health related and well-being issues and low self-esteem

    • Attendance groups
    • 1:1 Support and intervention

How the impact of Pupil Premium is measured

  • Improvement in overall attendance - monitored daily by Attendance Officer

  • Reduction in the number of persistent absentees and/or improved attendance - monitored weekly by Attendance Officer

  • Reduction of truancy from lessonsmonitored by ‘alerts’ recorded lesson by lesson. Follow up by WSG/on call

  • Academic progress and attainment datamonitored by HODs, HOYs, mentors and Year 11 intervention team

  • Reduction in number of behaviour pointsanalysed and followed up by HOYs weekly
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