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The Reach Free School Pupil Premium Strategy and Spending Plan 2017-18
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is funding specifically targeted at raising achievement and improving outcomes for our more disadvantaged pupils. The level of funding is based on the number of pupils that a school has on roll who were eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as “Ever 6 FSM”) schools also receive funding for children looked after or children of service personnel.
The DfE has given schools the freedom to use the Pupil Premium grant as they see fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupils’ needs. However, we are accountable for the use of this funding.
Here at The Reach Free School our pupils are at the centre of our approach to closing the gap. We pride ourselves on having high aspirations and ambitions for all our pupils and we are dedicated to ensuring all of our pupils strive for and achieve their very best in all they do both in the classroom and beyond.
Quality First Teaching & Intervention
The Reach Free School recognises the value and uniqueness of every pupil, and we understand that some pupils need more support to ensure that the community is inclusive and equal. Quality first teaching is essential for pupils to succeed; it is the lesson by lesson progress that pupils make that is essential for pupils to succeed. We will work towards removing any barriers to learning pupils may face such as, poor attendance, weak literacy and numeracy and any emotional and behavioural difficulties.
The key objective is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. However, we never confuse eligibility for the Pupil Premium with low ability, we support all disadvantaged pupils to help them achieve the highest levels. Expenditure and everything that we do with the Pupil Premium Grant ties into our ethos, ACE; Achievement, Community and Enjoyment.
Total number of pupils on roll as of April 18: 518
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG: 135
Total number of PPG received for 2017/18: £130,677
Estimated total spend for 2017/18 so far is: £115,731
Franklin Scholars Contribution is: £5,000
Pupil Premium Data
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11||Total|
|Number on roll||112||119||117||97||73||518|
|% of Cohort||25.9%||26.1%||26.5%||21.6%||31.5%||26.0%|
5.1 At The Reach Free School we aim to:
- Reduce the Pupil Premium attendance gap from 2.3% to 1.5%
- Support Pupil Premium pupils to meet their attainment targets in English and Maths, to narrow the gap against attainment of non-pupil premium pupils.
- Reduce the proportion of Pupil Premium exclusions from the current figures of
- 51% (of total exclusions)
- Pupils 12/23 (52.2%),
- Incidents 14/27 (51.9%),
- Days 23.5/45 (52.2%)
5.2 As well as our longer term goals stated above, in the near future we will be
- Introducing Deputy Heads of House with responsibility for supporting eligible pupils in their House
- Developing effective tracking of progress data in order to ensure timely intervention
- Building upon existing relationships with SEN support to enhance KS3 Maths and English intervention
- Raising aspirations by working with local partners such as Watford FC
5.3 Our Pupil Premium Grant is used to support our pupils in the following areas:
Achievement: Differentiated teaching strategies and specific intervention to enable pupils to make rapid progress, with a focus on English & Maths
Community: Address effects of economic disadvantage to ensure all PP pupils learn valuable life skills and take pride in being part of our community
Enjoyment: Provide pastoral support and care for all PP Pupils, ensuring that pupils are happy, confident and enjoying school life
Strategies & Interventions 2017/18
|Year Group||Item/Project||Action||Cost||Expected Outcomes|
|All||Pupil and Family support||All pupils given support to improve their learning, attendance, engagement & wellbeing, Support given to all pupils but focus is on pupil premium.||£33,605||Improved attendance, behaviour & attainment and emotional wellbeing. Increased parental engagement. Reduced exclusions|
|All||In class support and attendance officer||AT to work with teachers to raise the
learning & attainment of PP pupils while also promoting their independence, self esteem
and social inclusion. School will be engage with persistent absentees & parents
|£47,984.80||Pupils will have access to the curriculum, participate in learning and experience a sense of achievement. Pupils will be in school and have access to learning and will increase in confidence.|
|All||Pupil Support coordinator to work with Lead Teachers/ teachers||PS coordinator to use interim data to assess support and intervention. To plan and hold regular meetings with lead teachers to discuss pupils progress||As Above||Successful interventions put into place so pupils are able to engage in learning, behaviour support within lessons|
|All||Reduce the impact of exclusions||PS coordinator to work with every PP pupil, liaising with Head of House. PS coordinator to attend reintegration meetings after exclusions for PP pupils to offer support and interventions||As Above||Increased parental engagement/family support, reduced exclusions.|
|All||Quality first teaching||Provide a consistently high standard, through setting expectations,
monitoring performance, tailoring teaching and support to suit their pupils and sharing
|Teaching is good to outstanding, pupils are receiving quality feedback, staff are able to meet the needs of all pupils, improved progress in lessons|
|All||Uniform Subsidy||Items of Uniform purchased for PP Pupils||£204.72||Pupils do not feel isolated and are part of the school community|
|All||Lunch Club/Electives||Continue and build on the success of lunch club and electives, it provides social and emotional support to pupils||£247.42||Increased confidence and social skills|
|Year Group||Item/Project||Action||Cost||Expected Outcomes|
|All||Equipment & materials||Items of school equipment/materials||£456.42||Purchased academic “kit” pencil cases/calculators as needed to help pupils fully participate in lessons/exams/homework|
|All||ICT (Chromebooks, iPads)||Technology provided to pupils who do not have internet access or a device at home||£166.66||Pupils able to complete homework and fully participate in lessons|
|All||Residential trips subsidy||To provide up to 50% off the cost of trips for pupil Premium pupils||£1,860.00||Enable equal access for all pupils on school trips|
|All||Revision Guides & support||Revision guides brought for Yr. 10 English and Science pupils||£1,121.50||Improved progress in these subjects|
|All||Raising Awareness||CPOMS||£995.00||CPOMS will monitor a whole range of Pastoral issues including Pupil Premium Pupils|
|All||Support for pupils||Counselling & Hypnotherapy||£1,854.00||Emotional support for our pupils|
|All||Kip Education||Self Esteem workshop||£150.00||Workshop for 10 pupils, varied activities to encourage pupils to think positively & challenge their own assumptions through discussion and interactive resources.|
|All||Hardship Fund||Taxi||£311.80||Increased attendance to school|
|Estimated spend so far:||£93,196.32|