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Pupil Premium

The following Pupil Premium documents are available to view or download, please click on the relevant link below.
All documents were reviewed and where necessary updated during academic year 2017-18.

25 October 2017

We are writing to the parents and carers of all pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium (PP) funding. This is additional funding received by schools and is described by the government as “additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils”. Whilst this is the phrase that the government uses, disadvantaged is not a word that we use here in school. However, whatever the phrase we choose to use, pupils who qualify for PP funding perform worse on average at GCSE than pupils of the same ability but from non-PP circumstances. This is true both nationally and at Mount Carmel. We are writing to the parents and carers of all pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium (PP) funding. This is additional funding received by schools and is described by the government as “additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils”. Whilst this is the phrase that the government uses, disadvantaged is not a word that we use here in school. However, whatever the phrase we choose to use, pupils who qualify for PP funding perform worse on average at GCSE than pupils of the same ability but from non-PP circumstances. This is true both nationally and at Mount Carmel.

Who qualifies for the Pupil Premium?

Pupils qualify for this funding for four possible reasons:

  • Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Free School Meals (FSM) or Ever 6 FSM (Free school meals at any time in the last 6 years)
  • Looked after children (LAC) defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence

At Mount Carmel we receive this grant for approximately 300 pupils who qualify for one of the above reasons. This is almost 40% of our entire school so pupils who qualify are a significant proportion of the overall school population.

Why are we focusing on the Pupil Premium?

Raising attainment and Progress of Pupil Premium pupils is a national strategy for all schools. For us that means being held to account by the Local Authority, by Salford Diocese and by Ofsted for the results of these pupils.

You will no doubt be aware of our last Ofsted report. This highlights the need for our school to “Increase the attainment and progress of students across the school, particularly for … disadvantaged students…”

Also, during our recent PP review by Lancashire Education Authority, findings suggested a lack of sufficient progress of many PP pupils when compared to non-PP pupils.

It is however, not all bad news. Having focused considerably on the attainment and progress of PP pupils we can report some success. In 2016 Pupil Premium pupils (PP) were 1.00 points on average behind non-Pupil Premium pupils (NPP) in the Government’s Progress 8 measure for final GCSE grades. In 2017 this gap has closed somewhat and PP pupils are just 0.62 points on average behind NPP pupils. Whilst this is an improvement you can see there is still a gap and we still have much to do to ensure that there is no attainment gap.

What do the pupils say? 

After Y11 had finished their exams this summer, a pupil survey was undertaken. This was a survey covering a range of abilities, ethnicities and genders from both PP and NPP pupils. The main findings were:

  • PP pupils started their revision much later than NPP
  • PP pupils are less likely to stick to their revision timetable than NPP
  • PP pupils spent less time on revision in comparison to NPP
  • PP pupils did less revision with parents or an older sibling

In addition, school data shows:

  • PP pupils attend school less frequently and are more often late to school than NPP
  • PP pupils acquire more behaviour points than NPP
  • PP pupils show a poorer grade for attitude to learning (ATL) on reports than NPP

Last year we introduced a whole school revision plan which was a ten week programme of revision culminating in the summer exams. The plan included revision sessions for three subjects per night, six nights a week for the duration of the ten weeks. In the light of improvements in the overall school results and the findings of the pupil survey, we intend to repeat the revision plan as well as introduce a shorter four week plan for the Y11 mock exams.

In order to further close the gap between PP and NPP pupils we intend to monitor more closely the completion of the plan by PP students through mentors, subject teachers, and tutors and to engage PP parents more with the revision plan.

What else do we offer PP pupils?

We use our additional funding to provide PP pupils with:

  • A mentor for the duration of Y11 who will meet with the pupil and a nominated family member on a regular basis to provide additional advice, support and guidance.
  • Saturday morning maths lessons for high achieving PP pupils.
  • Free KS4 revision guides for all GCSE subjects.
  • Half-price for all educational trips including one half-price overseas residential trip in the pupils’ time at Mount Carmel.
  • 1 hour extra of English and 1 hour extra of maths intervention each week during Y11 after school in a small group.
  • Closer monitoring and support for attendance, behaviour, attitude to learning in lessons and homework support.

To close, what we sincerely don’t want to do is label our pupils. As with any categorization or classification, there is always a danger of attaching a stigma to the pupil or group of pupils. Whilst Government have given us a clear steer with regards to PP and this is something that we cannot avoid, we will always try our best to avoid any unnecessary labelling which could have a detrimental effect on any of our pupils.

On a final note, it is also important to mention that some of this last summer’s truly wonderful GCSE achievements were from both PP and NPP pupils. Success is only predetermined by hard work and resilience and not any government imposed description.

Xavier Bowers, Headteacher

John Hill, Assistant Headteacher (PP Lead)

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