The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional funding, known as Pupil Premium, in order that specific groups of pupils aged between 5 and 16 years, who may be disadvantaged because of family circumstances, can be supported to achieve and make good progress.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools according to :
The number of pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point over the last six years
The number of pupils who are or have recently been ‘looked after’
The children of service personnel
Pupil Premium funding is extra to the school’s main funding. It is not allocated to individual pupils. Schools have the freedom to decide how it can best be spent on eligible pupils to maximise their learning.
Pupil Premium funding therefore aims to ‘close the gap’ as research demonstrates that across the country, pupils who fall into the three categories outlined above, achieve less well than their peers who are not disadvantaged in this way.
At St Ann’s, only students in Years 8 to 11 inclusive are eligible to receive Pupil Premium payments. Students in Years 7, 12, 13 and 14 do not receive Pupil Premium even if they are, or have been, in receipt of Free School Meals.
The amount of Pupil Premium allocation for 2016/2017 was £28,985 for 31 pupils (£935 per student) the focus for the Pupil Premium cohort will be on improving each young person’s communication skills through providing additional creative curriculum opportunities. Provision mapping clearly indicate which aspects of the creative curriculum were made available to each young person in receipt of Pupil Premium eg pottery, art, dance, music, interactive poetry, drama…..
The impact of this specialist provision was assessed qualitatively through video and photographic evidence and quantitatively through progress against each young person’s MAPP communication Learning Intention.
Student progress was monitored by St Ann’s Extended School Leadership Team and the Curriculum and Pupil Progress Committee of the Governing Body. The table below shows how The Pupil Premium 2016/2017 was allocated:
Allocation of Pupil Premium Grant 2016/2017 : £29,985
Pupil Premium 2016/2017
Utilising St Ann’s primary assessment tool MAPP (Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress) and St Ann’s definition of good progress (see below) St Ann’s Pupil Premium cohort 2016/2017 made broadly similar progress to their peers.
At St Ann’s the definition of ‘good progress’ is shaped by the following factors :
A personalised learning programme which reflects the young person’s interests, the nature of his/her special educational needs and any identified barriers to learning.
Happy, confident young people who are motivated to learn.
An aspirational learning environment with high staff expectations
Consistently Good and Outstanding teaching
The judgement and professionalism of individual teachers who have in depth knowledge about each of their students
High quality multi-disciplinary working and close liaison between home and school
The ability of the multidisciplinary team to identify appropriate, challenging, high quality learning intentions which reflect the priority learning needs of each individual student
Consistently applied rigorous internal and external moderation systems which scrutinise both baseline and termly assessment judgements
At St Ann’s we have determined that ‘good progress’ within MAPP is achieved if the young person over the course of one academic year :
has an average MAPP Progress Score of three or more developmental steps (percentage range 33%- 65%)
and shows progress against each Learning Intention ie incrementally moves through the developmental steps within the Continuum of Skill Development for all four strands : Prompting, Fluency, Maintenance and Generalisation.
and moves upwards by one MAPP Continuum of Skill Development Block, (denoted by figures 1,4,7 and 10) in at least three of the four strands in each Learning Intention.
and demonstrates the capacity to build on previous learning during the next academic year.
MAPP Flag Key
On the Pie Charts below we have represented the progress that the Pupil Premium cohort has made. Figure 1 denotes the Average MAPP Progress (number of Developmental Steps) across all five Learning Intentions and Figure 2 denotes the Average MAPP Progress against students’ communication Learning Intentions.
All Pupil Premium students (except for one individual with highly complex medical needs) made good or better progress against their communication Learning Intention and against all five personalised Learning Intentions.
In order to bridge the gap for Pupil Premium cohort students we were keen to ensure that these students had enhanced access to the creative curriculum. This was monitored through a Curriculum Enrichment Mapping exercise 2016/2017 which clearly demonstrated whether there was a proportionate distribution of creative arts provision that matched student need. Although this is work in progress and Year one of a two year cycle, there is no doubt that access to an innovative creative curriculum is highly motivating and empowering for all students and particularly for those who experience significant challenges. The MAPP data supports the hypothesis that this personalised creative curriculum provision helps to support Pupil Premium students to perform as well as their peers.