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Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/18

In 2017 / 2018, we have 23 students who are eligible to receive Pupil Premium funding. At the time of writing we have received £14 960 in Pupil Premium funding, representing funding for 16/23 Pupil Premium students. Each student who is eligible for the Pupil Premium attracts £935. Pupil Premium students make up 28% of our school population. This compares with 9% of secondary aged students receiving Pupil Premium funding across Surrey as a whole.

Students who are Adopted from Care also attract additional funding called Pupil Premium Plus. This is funded at £1900 per student. We currently have 7 students who are eligible for this funding, which represents 9% of our school population. We have received £13 300 for this group.

Students who are Looked After by the Local Authority are entitled to LAC Premium, funded at £1900 per student. This is held by the Virtual School in Surrey or the child’s placing Local Authority, and we as a school can bid for funds to buy resources to ensure that students who are Looked After make the best possible progress. In 2017/18 we have 3 students who are eligible for this funding, which represents 3.7% of our school population.

We have one student who is in receipt of the Forces Premium which attracts £300.

In 2017/18 a total of 34 students (41.5%) who attend Limpsfield Grange are entitled to Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium Plus, LAC Premium funding or Forces Premium. This compares with 35% in 2016/17.  In total we have received £28 849 in 2017/18 for the various Pupil Premiums.


What is the Pupil Premium?

The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional funding, known as the Pupil Premium, to schools with students on roll that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time over the last six years. Schools are free to spend the money which is additional to the schools main budget, in a way that helps to raise attainment of students who are disadvantaged or vulnerable. The aim is to close the gap in attainment and progress between the disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students. Schools are required to publish details of how they plan to spend the funding. For more information about the Pupil Premium please click see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-conditions-of-grant-2017-to-2018/pupil-premium-conditions-of-grant-2017-to-2018


The Pupil Premium at Limpsfield Grange – our priorities

At Limpsfield Grange all of our students have Special Educational Needs. 74% of our cohort has been identified as Autistic, and many of our students have High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s. Children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities are more likely than other children to grow up in deprived households.  According to the National Autistic Society only 15% of autistic adults are in paid employment; 40% of autistic people have an anxiety related mental health difficulty and 70% of High Functioning Autistic people have mental health difficulties. Deprivation is part of the broader context for many of our families, and we believe that we have a duty to work with the girls and their families to overcome the additional barrier of socio economic deprivation.

Our aim is for all of our students to become happy, healthy, empowered and included adults, who participate in, and contribute towards society. To enable our students to be happy and active citizens we have created a curriculum underpinned by our four areas for development:

Wellbeing                    Achievement                    Communication                    Independence

The areas of wellbeing, achievement, communication and independence present the greatest barriers to learning and success for students at Limpsfield Grange. These are the areas that we seek to address for identified students when spending our Pupil Premium funding.

We use our Pupil Premium funding to address all of these areas, so that we can narrow the attainment gap between students who experience economic deprivation, and those who do not. We also focus on skills and developing attributes that will enable the girls to be socially successful, healthy, employable adults.


What will we spend the Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus and LAC Premium money on in 2017/18?

  • Literacy and numeracy interventions – including Maths Doctor 1:1 online tuition for identified students, targeted reading and spelling interventions; GCSE English interventions; 1:1 numeracy interventions delivered by our SENCO Assistant and Maths interventions delivered by a private tutor
  • Individual and group supported homework sessions for students who do not have facilities to study independently at home.
  • Emotional and mental wellbeing support including regular check ins for identified students with identified key adults; developing awareness of emotions sessions; managing anxiety check ins; developing positive  self-esteem check ins; understanding autism sessions; daily structured check ins to support attachment needs.
  • Readiness for successful learning interventions – self organization skills; developing the attributes to become a successful learner; student mentoring.
  • Cognition and learning interventions – small group sessions developing memory skills and access to technical subject based language.
  • Visit to University to raise aspirations for identified students in receipt of the Pupil Premium.
  • Resources to enable students to emotionally self-regulate.
  • Personal electronic devices including laptops and reading pens for examinations.
  • Provision of social activities at break times and lunchtimes.
  • Funding access to extra-curricular activities to promote social inclusion.


What did we spend the Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus and LAC Premium money on in 2016/2017?

In 2016 / 2017 we received £14 025 in Pupil Premium funding. Each student who was eligible for the Pupil Premium attracted £935, and 15 students were eligible, 21% of our school population.

In 2016/17 we had 7 students (9%) who were Adopted from Care who attracted Pupil Premium Plus funding at £1900 per student. We received £11 400 for this group.

In 2016/17 2 students (3% of population) were Looked After and we accessed up to £1900 from the Virtual School in additional LAC Premium funding.

One student was eligible for the Forces Premium which attracted £300.

In 2016/17 a total of 25 students (35%) who attended Limpsfield Grange were entitled to Pupil Premium or Pupil Premium Plus LAC Premium or Forces Premium funding.

 

Activities and Outcomes (and identified area for development)

Maths Doctor 1:1 tuition
12 students (6PP) from across Years 11, 10 and 9 accessed Maths Doctor to provide additional support to develop Maths skills knowledge and understanding. (Achievement)

Maths tuition for more able PP students in KS4
Small group tuition for identified students in Years 10 and 11.  Student in Year 11 gained a GCSE grade 5 in Maths, which was the highest grade she could achieve on the lower paper.  Year 10 student (PP) is currently on track to make expected levels of progress in Maths in her Maths GCSE. (Achievement)

1:1 and small group numeracy interventions for KS3 students
Short focused interventions focusing on a specific area of difficulty of gaps in Maths knowledge.  100% students achieved the SMART target set at the outset of the intervention. (Achievement)

1:1 reading and spelling interventions
Interventions for identified students with a reading or spelling age of less than 10 years leading to improvements in reading and spelling ages.  (Achievement)

Homework support for PP students
32% of residential students were in receipt of the Pupil Premium across 2016/17.  Homework support in our residential provision enabled students to develop independent study skills, and transfer skills, knowledge and understanding across different contexts.  Identified day Year 11 students in receipt of PP accessed 1:1 and paired homework support.  Year 11 PP students made better progress across a range of GCSE subjects that their non PP peers (see below).  (Achievement/Independence)

Emotional and mental wellbeing support
Bereavement counselling; supporting a young person in receipt of the Pupil Premium with a terminally ill parent to access CAMHS support and intervention; regular check ins with a wide range of students to enable them to manage their anxiety and emotions across the school day, leading to increased participation and engagement in learning.  (Wellbeing)

Access to Therapeutic Horticultural setting for identified LAC student
To promote independence, to enable young person to transfer skills across settings, to provide support re: mental wellbeing and attachment needs.  (Independence/Wellbeing)

Funding to attend a University link day 
To ensure identified PP students were aware of University courses, facilities and progression to University.  (Independence)

Funding places on school trips and activities
To enhance the curriculum and ensure that students were able to participate and be included in their school, and the wider community activities.  (Wellbeing/Independence/Communication)

Step up to boarding package for students in receipt of Pupil Premium Plus, with attachment and complex social, emotional and complex social emotional and mental health difficulties
After a term the student was able to join our residential program, access our supported homework provision, participate in independence and wellbeing activities.  (Achievement/Independence/Wellbeing)                               


Attainment of Year 11 students in receipt of the Pupil Premium making nationally expected levels of progress relative to start points

  English Lan Eng Lit Maths Add Science Catering H&SC Art ICT
PP 100% 66% 0% 0% 100% 100% 66% 50%
Non PP 50% 50% 22% 16% 75% 67% 16% 50%
Overall percentage of total cohort meeting NE 67% 56% 22% 13% 86% 78% 44% 50%

NE =  National Expectation; this is the level of progress expected of typically developing young people in mainstream schools at the end of Yr 11, relative to their starting points

With the exception of Maths and Additional Science, students in receipt of the Pupil Premium out performed their non PP their peers. It should be remembered that all students who attend Limpsfield Grange have a range of complex special educational needs, and that for all of our students their SEND presents the biggest barrier to learning and progress rather than their experience of socio economic disadvantage.


Review of the Pupil Premium Strategy:

The Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed annually, and we assess the impact of our Pupil Premium spending through:

  • Attendance – students in receipt of the Pupil Premium should have rates of attendance in line with or better than their non PP peers at Limpsfield Grange, and in line with the schools attendance target of 94% attendance.
  • Achievement – students in receipt of the Pupil Premium should make progress in line with their non PP peers at Limpsfield Grange (across our 4 areas of development) and also against national averages for similar students (ie: girls with EHCPs in receipt of the Pupil Premium).
  • Participation – 40% of residential students will be in receipt of the Pupil Premium over the year; 100% of Pupil Premium students across all year groups will participate in at least one whole school activity and one educational visit across the year in the academic year.
  • Transition – 100% students in Year 11 in receipt of the Pupil Premium will transition to education employment or training at the end of the academic year.

 

The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in November 2018.
If you would like to discuss the way we use this funding please contact the school and we would be happy to speak to you.

Sarah Wild
Headteacher – November 2017