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PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT (pre 2017/18)

 

PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT (pre 2017/18)

Academic Year 2016 - 2017

Phoenix Collegiate was allocated a pupil premium grant of £580,030 and a Year 7 catch-up premium of £41,272 for 2016-2017. This was in addition to the main school budget. The spending plan for this funding along with the subsequent evaluation of its impact upon the progress of students can be found here. 

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Phoenix Collegiate was allocated a pupil premium grant of £524,835 for 2015-2016. This was in addition to the main school budget.

We invested our Pupil Premium funds for 2015-2016 as follows:

Area & Funding
Actions
Impact
Primary Transition Curriculum
£113,074
We will continue to develop our transition curriculum to support pupil premium students who have not achieved to the level expected to be considered 'secondary ready'. The programme involves the deployment of two primary trained teachers and a HLTA to provide additional support. The programme will engage students in a hybrid curriculum model that reflects the practice of KS2 and KS3. Students will be exposed to a style of teaching rarely experienced in a secondary school designed to deliver accelerated progress in English and maths.

Internal monitoring, moderated by the English department shows students making an average of 3.2 sublevels progress in writing and 2.6 sublevels in reading over the course of the year.  In maths, progress was assessed through the weekly basic skills tests provided by the maths department and students moved an average of 3.6 sublevels in one class and 2.9 in the other with an average of 3.25 sublevels progress across the two transition classes.  3 sublevels is judged to be accelerated progress, therefore students within the transition project are judged to be making accelerated progress in English and maths.

Literacy Centre
£43,500
For the third year we will continue to invest in addressing the significant literacy issues that our students have. The vast majority of our students have reading ages well below their chronological age when they join us. The work of our literacy centre, form tutors in 'reading time', Lexia and Renaissance are all designed to address this issue. In doing so we improve the reading, comprehension and oracy of our students and as a consequence their access to examination papers and improved KS4 outcomes.

Analysis of the reading skills tested through Lexia show that of the 66 students (Year 7 and 8) who worked intensively with the literacy centre team, 12 made less than expected progress, 0 made expected progress and 51 made greater or much greater than expected progress, it was not possible to assess 3 students because they either left the school or were absent.

Development of EAL
£95,000

The number of EAL students who attend Phoenix is growing year on year. A significant proportion of these are also eligible for pupil premium. We have developed a strong induction programme for EAL students joining our school and will continue to invest in this aspect of our work to ensure that they have full access to the curriculum.

The pupil premium funding for EAL students has continued to be invested in the staffing of this department. The comparative data which demonstrates the imapct of this funding is:
Progress 8
English first language -0.43
EAL - +0.45

English
English first language -0.45
EAL - +0.19

Maths
English first language -0.85
EAL - +0.23

One to One tuition Programme
£52,000
We continue to invest in one to one and small group tuition for disadvantaged students at risk of not achieving their expected progress. This has proven to be a successful strategy in the past and one worthy of further investment this year.

Pupil premium funding was spent on the delivery of 1:1 tuition within English and science.

The impact of the spend was 66% of the cohort achieved A*-C in English (This was on a cohort entry of 99% compared to 96.5% nationally). In science 55% of the cohort achieved A*-C (this was on a cohort of 98% compared to 88% nationally).

Although the progress measure for English overall needs further work the PPvNPP gap was only 0.01.

In science the progress was only slightly negative at -0.04, however the PPvNPP gap for double science was an encouraging +0.05.

Alternative Curriculum
£41,604
In the past we have sourced our alternative curriculum programme externally. All too often this has led to poor student outcomes at a very high cost. Disadvantaged students are often those most in need of this provision and so we have taken the decision to deliver it in-house. We have set up an alternative curriculum department that provides for students at risk of exclusion. The department caters for a wide range of student need, providing individual programmes of study on a long and short term basis. The aim of the department is always to return the student to a mainstream curriculum and to secure improved outcomes for them all.

The funding allocated to this area was spent as follows:
 

Making Learning Work £28,500 Staffing costs £12,500
WEX Placements
Citizenship & Hospitality Qualifications
Holiday Revision Sessions
£23,200
Phoenix provides a range of holiday activities that support students' attainment. This is an important element of the curriculum that extends the academic year and provides the opportunity for valuable intervention input for those students at risk of under-performing.

Revision sessions offered – October ½ term, February ½ term, Easter and May ½ term. 54 sessions held across Easter period from most subject areas.

 

66% A* to C in English.

Leadership Development
£26,000
Effective leadership is at the heart of school improvement and better outcomes for students.  In pursuit of better outcomes for our disadvantaged students we have made several management appointments that will ensure that the needs of this group in the core curriculum is always a priority.
This funding contributed to the significant cost incurred to strengthen and stablise the school's leadership team. Key appointments were made in science, business and maths to address and extend capacity  in subjects where pupil premium students outcomes were vulnerable. Appointments made:
AHT Science
Deputy Ldr. of Business
Maths Lead Practioner.
Pupil Premium students have closed the gap in progress compared to their peers nationally. 
Extended Curriculum opportunity
£24,000
For a small group of pupil premium students, the provision of an extended curriculum that provides them with opportunities and experiences that we are unable to deliver, is making a difference to their basket of qualifications. Students are carefully selected for this programme which sometimes works in conjunction with the alternative curriculum department. Currently offering Citizenship and Hospitality level 2 qualifications, we expect this programme to make a significant difference to the achievement of disadvantaged students.

54 students achieved GCSE Hospitality and 7 students in Citizenship without which those students will have not achieved in either 5 or 8 subjects.

Attendance team
£94,472
Our attendance and persistent absence is now better than the national average. This has been achieved through the employment of a skilled and dedicated team of attendance officers. We recognise that students can only learn if they attend school. Our investement in an effective attendance team is essential if we are to continue improving the attendance of students year after year.

Attendance 95.1% National average 94.8%.

PA 9.2% National average 13.01%.
Our attendance and persistent absence is better than the national average. This has been achieved through the employment of a skilled and dedicated team of attendance officers. We recognise that students can only learn if they attend and our attendance strategy is reviewed annually.

Pupil Premium Reserve
£13,000
A small amout of pupil premium funding has not been allocated. This will be held in reserve to support additional requirements of disadvantaged students.

Carried forward to the 2016/17 academic year

 

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Phoenix Collegiate was allocated £548,375 for academic year 2014-2015. This was in addition to the main school budget.

Area & Funding

Action

Impact

Improve the quality of Teaching & Learning
£20,000
To support a high quality programme of professional development for teachers and support staff that will secure consistently good and outstanding provision for pupil premium students.
Value added for our disadvantaged students rose from 937.0 to 961.8. This is a significant improvement closing the gap between the school and national attainment.
 
The value added scores of disadvantaged students in EBacc subjects was above national in English and humanities, broadly average in science and below in maths and languages.
Transition
£75,000
Aim: To improve transition outcomes for pupil premium students; bringing their attainment in line with national levels of progress, by the end of year 7.

The development of an innovative and rigorous transition programme which begins in year 6 and spans four terms.
The transition project is a long term investment in the attainment of disadvantaged students across KS2-4. The data shows that 66% of students made accelerated progress in their English and maths; the remainder making expected progress.

Improving Literacy
£40,000

To establish a culture of reading across the school, which underpins our vision to ensure that all pupil premium students have a reading age that is rapidly approaching, or higher than their chronological age; supported by the provision of Lexia and Renaissance to targeted cohorts of students.
 
Continued development of the literacy centre and its team of staff.
 
Six form reading partners support Year 7 students.
There has been impact in terms of improved reading ages and in the confidence of those students involved. This is reflected in students' willingness to engage more fully in the classroom.
 
We now have a rigorous tracking system in place to monitor students progress.
Improve attainment in English, maths and science.
£70,000

To ensure that all pupil premium students are making the expected levels of progress between KS2 and KS4 in English, mathematics and science.

  • Departments resourced to an enhanced level
  • Exam board expertise utilised effectively
  • One to one tuition programme
  • University undergraduate one to few, small group sessions
  • Dedicated literacy and numeracy coordinators
  • Smaller group sizes
The impact of this investement has been mixed. English has seen the performance of disadvantaged strengthen, however the same cannot be said for maths and science.
 
Our school self evaluation process has identified the underlying causes of this and we have addressed them.
 
The % of disadvantaged students making expected progress in English was 72% compared to 57% nationally. Maths performed less well achieving 40% compared to the national figure of 49%.
Improve attendance
£90,000
Implement strategies to address the attendance and long term absence gaps between Pupil Premium students and their non-pupil premium peers.
Attendance overall is now above the national average and persistent absence (PA) is below. This is true of disadvantaged students with PA being less than half of the national average for their peer group.
Enhance the extended and out of hours curriculum
£30,000
Enhance the opportunity of Pupil Premium students to experience educational and residential trips and to engage in a wide range of out of hours activities.
  • Expansion of the DofE award
  • Subsidise school trips and residential visits and support with the purchase of food ingredients in technology.
  • Holiday revision/intervention
  • Out of hours sports provision.
  • The % of disadvantaged students in sustained employment, education or training was in line with the national average.
  • The DofE Award programme now engages over 50 students, many of whom are disadvantaged. This has been hugely successful in developing students self confidence, determination and resilience.
  • Holiday revision sessions have been held during half terms and the Easter holidays. Individuals at risk of underperforming have been targeted to attend.
Develop our provision for EAL students
£60,000
We have employed a team of 3 EAL teachers who provide an induction programme to new students, staff training and one to one/small group support. 
Our EAL students performed well in 2015 achieving a value added score of 1011.5 compared to the school average of 976.5. This was broadly in line with the national average for their peer group.
Leading the improved performance of disadvantaged students
£26,000
Effective leadership is at the heart of school improvement and better outcomes for students.  In pursuit of better outcomes for our Pupil Premium students we have made several middle management appointments that will ensure that the needs of this group of students in the core curriculum is always a priority.
Staff in key areas of the curriculum have held specific responsibility for the performance of disadvantaged students. 

School Examination Data 2015

Pupil Premium Student Achievement compared to National Data
Pupil Group 5 A*- C inc.
English & Maths
Basics
(English & Maths)
5+ A* - G inc.
(English & Maths)
EBacc
Phoenix 33% 34% 81% 9%
National 36% 38% 87% 11%
Difference -3%

-4%

-6%

-2%

 

Academic Year 2013/2014

Funding per student: £900     
Number of Students: 629      
Total Funding: £566,400

Activities

The Pupil Premium was used at Phoenix to pay for a range of activities and staff within the school, that provided direct support and provision for students who were defined above. Examples include:

  • Dedicated intervention in English
  • Dedicated intervention in mathematics
  • Dedicated intervention in science
  • The provision of alternative and extended learning experiences
  • One to one tuition
  • Support for improving attendance
  • Enhanced SEN provision
  • The development of a dedicated literacy centre staffed by specialists
  • Programme of mentoring
  • Holiday/summer school
  • Parental involvement - LPPA

2013/14 examination results:

Attainment

The Percentage of pupils attaining 5 or more A*-C GCSE (or equivalent) including E&M at Key Stage 4

National GAP -27%

The Percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in English at Key Stage 4

National Gap =0%

The Percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in mathematics at Key Stage 4

National GAP -17%

 

Academic Year 2012/2013

Funding per student:     £623

Number of Students:     681 

Total Funding:               £424,263

Activities

The Pupil Premium was used at Phoenix to pay for a range of activities and staff within the school that provided direct support and provision for students who were defined above. Examples include:

  • Dedicated intervention in English
  • Dedicated intervention in mathematics
  • Dedicated intervention in science
  • The provision of alternative and extended learning experiences
  • One to one tuition
  • Support for improving attendance
  • Enhanced SEN provision
  • The development of a dedicated literacy centre staffed by specialists
  • Programme of mentoring
  • Holiday/summer School
  • Parental involvement - LPPA

Attainment

The Percentage of pupils attaining 5 or more A*-C GCSE (or equivalent) including E&M at Key Stage 4

National GAP - 27%

The Percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in English at Key Stage 4

National GAP -13%

The Percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in mathematics at Key Stage 4

National GAP -28%

CLA value added KS2 - 4.           2012 - school - 958.6, national 951.6         2013 - school 1042.4, national 949.6  

 

Academic Year 2011/2012

Funding per student:     £488

Number of Students:     414

Total Funding:             £202,432

Attainment

The Percentage of pupils attaining 5 or more A*-C GCSE (or equivalent) including E&M at Key Stage 4

National GAP -24%

The Percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in English at Key Stage 4

National GAP -26%

The Percentage of pupils achieving expected progress in mathematics at Key Stage 4

National GAP -18%

 

 

Phoenix Collegiate

Mrs M Bytheway
Phoenix Collegiate
Clarkes Lane,
West Bromwich,
West Midlands,
B71-2BX

T: 0121 588 8384E: info@phoenix.sandwell.sch.uk