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Brentwood Academies Trust

St Martins School

  • The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  • The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium from 2012-13 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years (PPEv6).
  • Research showed that, as a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
  • Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.

How much is awarded for the Pupil Premium?

  • The level of the premium in 2015/16 is £935 for FSM and ever6 students.
  • Students who have been looked after continuously for more than six months are entitled to a premium of £1900.

Pupil Premium Budget

  • In the financial year 2014-15 the grant was £135,545 out of a total budget of £8.6m and a similar figure is expected for the academic year 2015/16.

Expenditure of Pupil Premium budget

  • At St Martin’s School all pupils who are eligible for FSM also receive a free breakfast every day, the canteen opens from 7.50am to 8.20am.
  • Parents of those pupils in Year 7-11 who are eligible for FSM or ever6 have been informed that the school is in receipt of the Pupil Premium and they can request the manner in which it is spent. For example, if a pupil wants to go on a school trip and they can demonstrate that it will have an effect on their level of attainment then the school can fund all or part of that trip using these additional funds.
  • Pupils in receipt of FSM will receive extra tuition in English, Mathematics or Science depending on their greatest need.

Strategy Impact
Staffing. This ensures that class sizes remain at an average of 24 so that students are able to have more support in lessons.  Employing a member of staff to be able to oversee the Pupil Premium programme has also ensured that the money is being spent fairly, effectively and allows parents a point of contact at the school.

School equipment: revision guides, school uniform, food technology ingredients, stationery.

All students have the opportunity to access extra support materials to further enhance their understanding of the curriculum.  The introduction of stationery packs in Year Administrator’s offices ensures that students are equipped and ready to learn.  Promoting the importance of self esteem and confidence.

Extra Curricular activities: music tuition, Sports Day, Duke of Edinburgh, residential and day trips.

Students from lower income backgrounds do not necessarily have access to a wide range of extracurricular activities outside of school.  We therefore give students the opportunity to experience new things and learn or enhance their skills in extracurricular activities.  This also helps to improve motivation, organisation and dedication to their school experience.  Parents have commented on the positive impact these trips have had on their children and the renewed enthusiasm and confidence it brings.

Teachers Tutoring 1-2-1 and small group tuition.

Sessions are used as a support to their classroom studies and therefore take place when they are needed.  These are used to build on the learning in class and support is targeted to individual students’ needs.  We have seen a significant improvement in attainment as a result of these sessions with an 82% pass rate in maths at GCSE and 86% in English - significantly above the national average.  (The whole school outcome was 88% for maths and 92% for English).

Students Tutoring: 1-2-1 and small group tuition.

Sixth formers are carefully selected to become tutors and build a strong rapport with their tutees as they have a clearer empathy with the younger years having recently gone through it themselves.  They also act as excellent role models and give the students something to aspire to. 

SEND: exam testing, classroom equipment for specific students.

Students are closely monitored by the school SENCO (Miss Negri) and then key areas for development are identified.  This allows the Pupil Premium budget to be spent with specific student needs in mind.  Classroom equipment and exam testing allows students to be able to access the curriculum in such a way that allows them to close the gap with their peers.  The extra time has proved vital in Controlled Assessments and mock examinations.

Technology: Laptops, printers, iPads, internet dongles, keyboards, USB, etc.

Students are able to access the curriculum at home and complete class assignments on the computer.  Technology is an integral part of modern society and it is crucial that students have the opportunity to be able to develop these skills.  Parents have also commented on the importance of allowing their children to access the work independently. 
 

Breakfast and lunch.

 Free School Meals are offered to those on the FSM register and some additions for Pupil Premium students in certain circumstances.  Ensuring a balanced diet and getting a variety of nutrients has been widely recognised as having a direct impact on student progress in schools.  The House of Commons has recently published a briefing paper which discusses the importance of school meals and nutritional standards on the classroom learning.
 

Supporting literacy: Letterbox Club, Kindles.

 As with the SEND support this initiative also allows students to bridge the gap with their peers by improving their literacy and numeracy.  The Letterbox Club packs arrive monthly with a range of activities and resources to support and develop student progress.  This has seen an increase in reading age for all students.  80% of students involved in this scheme achieved their target grade or higher in English and maths. 
Curriculum support: IGCSE, lesson resources. Pay for IGCSE Coordinator role, pay for IGCSE Specialist for exam preparation, coursework moderation and Speaking and Listening support.

 

 A variety of resources have been purchased for use in lessons to help improve academic achievement.  The IGCSE qualification has been extremely successful with 50% getting at least one grade higher than their achievement in the AQA qualification. 
 Supporting our Most Able: Mensa testing, NACE membership.  The Pupil Premium is used to not only close the gap at GCSE but also that with our high achieving students.  The Most Able register has been cross referenced with that of the Pupil Premium and a range of strategies have been implemented to help increase attainment for our brightest students.  Mensa testing and NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) membership are part of our commitment to challenging and developing our Most Able Pupil Premium students as well as promoting high aspirations and forging links with universities.  88% of GCSE students got 5 A*-B, this was 8% higher than the NPP Most Able of 80%.  PP students achieved 75% 5 A*-B EM.

Lead Practitioner – Mrs Fernandez

  • St Martin’s School has appointed an experienced Lead Practitioner who will oversee the 'closing the gap' strategy which will determine how the additional funding is spent.
  • Mrs Fernandez also monitors the attainment and progress of those who are in receipt of the grant.
  • Requests on how the school spends the grant should be directed to Mrs Fernandez in writing.
  • Whilst the school is encouraging ideas on how parents would like to spend the grant the final decision on how the grant is spent rests ultimately with the school.
  • Email address: sfernandez@st-martins.essex.sch.uk

 

Outcomes for Pupils in Receipt of the Pupil Premium

The documents below summarise the impact of the Pupil Premium for pupils at St Martin's: