Writhlington School welcomes the additional funding provided by the government through the Pupil Premium grant which enables us to support pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, the targeted use of the Pupil Premium grant is enabling us to better understand the teaching and learning and support strategies that are the most effective in terms of improving learning outcomes.
We are pleased to document the impact of the spending during the academic year 2014-2015.
Attainment and Progress:
At the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11 2015):
- 4% closure of the gap in 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths.
- Average points score Capped 8 GCSE only; gap decreased by a further 5 points.
- 9.6% increase in the number of disadvantaged pupils achieving A*-C in English (within 6% of national average).
- 4.5% increase in the number of disadvantaged pupils achieving A*-C in Maths (within 9% of national average).
- The number of disadvantaged pupils achieving 3Levels of Progress (LOP) in English remains similar to 2014.
- 13% increase in the number of disadvantaged pupils achieving 4LOP in English, closing the gap on the national 2014 figure by 13%.
- 3.8% more Pupil Premium (PPI) students achieved the English Baccalaureate than in 2014.
- In mathematics, 1.5% PPI students achieved 3LOP than in 2014.
- 11.4% more disadvantaged students achieved 4LOP in mathematics than in 2014, closing the gap on the national figure by 11.5%.
Key Stage 3 (2015):
- In year 7, 2.9% more PPI students made expected progress than non PPI students. PPI average progress is 1.09 against 1.05 for non PPI.
- In year 7, the percentage of PPI students making expected progress is higher than non PPI students in the following subjects: Art, English, French (+26%), Geography, History, Computing and Technology.
- In year 8, a higher percentage of PPI students achieved greater than expected progress than non PPI students in Art, Drama, PE and Music.
- In year 9, the gap between PPI and Non PPI pupils achieving 5 Level 5’s with English and Maths reduced to -4.6%.
- In year 9, the gap between PPI and Non PPI pupils achieving 5 Level 6’s including English and Maths reduced to -7.9%.
- In year 9, 46% of PPI students achieved greater than expected progress in maths (46.2%), thus outperforming non PPI students.
Wellbeing and Engagement:
- Increase in disadvantaged pupils attendance (years 7-11) from 90% (end of term 2) to 91.6% (end of term 5).
- Attendance Gap between PPI and Non PPI Year 11 students narrowed by 2.27% from 2014.
- Improvement of Year 11 PPI attendance of 6.59% from 2014.
- A decrease in the percentage of PPI students who are late or have unauthorised absence by -0.47% and -0.5% respectively.
- The number of PPI students who have been excluded this year has halved, with a corresponding 11% decrease in the percentage of overall exclusions being apportioned to PPI students. 43% reduction in the number of days PPI students are excluded for.
For the current Year 11 cohort, the Pupil Premium is focussed on supporting interventions that are confidently expected to lead to:
- A further increase in the percentage of the PPI cohort successfully achieving the the E-Bacc qualification.
- A further improvement in 3 Levels of Progress in English and Maths.
- A further closure of the gap for 5A*-C including english and maths, with an expectation that the gap will be halved.
- A further increase in the percentage attendance of PPI pupils.
- A further reduction in the number of exclusions for PPI students.
- A greater involvement of PPI pupils in school life and increased access to enrichment activities by seeking the opinions of pupils and parents through the use of pupil and parent forums and Achievement for All.
For a report on the intentions for the current round of spending (2015-2016), please see the following document: “Use of the Pupil Premium 2015-2016”.