Millais School

In Pursuit of Excellence

Pupil Premium

Millais School Pupil Premium Achievement –  November 2016

Background

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to target resources on those pupils deemed to be from a disadvantaged background. Pupil Premium students are those who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years (Ever6), children who have been looked after continuously for at least 6 months (CLA) or children whose parents are in the armed forces.                  

For the year 2016/2017 the Pupil Premium has a value of £935 per eligible pupil. Neither the government nor any government agencies have dictated how the Pupil Premium money should be spent, but what is clear is that the money should be used to promote strategies, which narrow the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils. This is precisely what we at Millais School have done with great success.  On average our Pupil Premium students now achieve extremely highly.

 

Numbers Of Pupil Premium Students At Millais And Their Prior Attainment

Millais School is a girls comprehensive school with approximately 180 students (12%) being eligible for Pupil Premium funding. Around 30% of our Pupil Premium students have a Special Educational Need (SEN) and they enter the school at substantially lower levels than non-Pupil Premium students. Indeed on average Pupil Premium students also come in with fractionally lower results in Key Stage 2 than our SEN students, which highlights the challenging nature of raising their achievement levels above SEN and in line with the school average.

Pupil Premium Funding

The total funding received by Millais School for 2016-2017 is shown below.

2016/2017

 

Funding stream

Amount (£)

Core Pupil Premium Allocation

147,000

Overall Pupil Premium Funding 171,000

 

The Pupil Premium funding is spent in a variety of ways with the direct and explicit aim of narrowing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achievers.

Pupil Premium Expenditure

Improvement Initiative  Amount (£)  Description 
Part Funding Provision of 10 Learning Support Assistants £72,000 Learning Support Assistants as the name suggests support the learning of students within and beyond the classroom. Based in curriculum areas such as English, Maths or Science they become specialists who support individuals and small groups, including Pupil Premium students (hence part funding). A key aspect of this support is focusing on improving literacy and numeracy across all subjects and supporting the completion of controlled assessment work in KS4 (Y10 and Y11).   
Part Funding Provision of two Learning Mentors £18,000 Using core funding and some PP funds, Millais recently employed two Learning Mentors to work intensively with students who experience difficulties with learning in school.  This is almost entirely PP students including Looked After Children (LACs).  Their work includes supporting organisational skills, behaviur for learning, observing in class then feeding back, developing motivation, resilience, career planning and liaising with external agencies where appropriate.
Curriculum Intervention, Support and Inclusion Staffing and Resources £50,000 Curriculum Intervention and Support enables disadvantaged students to access the curriculum and the team support individuals with the complex needs that they face. For some of these students the needs are sufficiently great that they have studied in alternative provision settings which PP money has been used to fund. We also have school counsellors which PP also part funds.  For some students we also provide additional support from subject specialists for example in music or languages. We also have a Curriculum Inclusion Manager and Director of Specialist Intervention who ensure that progress and achievement are at the heart of everything that we do to support the learning of each one of our girls and especially our PP students. 
Homework Intervention Clubs £5,000 Millais prides itself on the support we provide for independent study.  Our Learning Resource Centre is very heavily used from 7.45am until 5.00pm every day.  We also fund additional staffing for students who need extra help with homework both through a specialist IT room and through a Year 7 homework club for those who struggle with organisation.
Enrichment and Activities Coordinator £10,000 The EAC has focused on engaging students with projects beyond the classroom. In relation to Pupil Premium students, this may involve linking with enrichment projects such as charity fundraising, integration in sports or the arts both within school and the in the wider community. The Activities co-ordinator also runs a number of stretching projects for more able students such as the mock trial competition and the Njimegan 100 mile walk.
Trips and Travel  £5,000 One of the strengths of Millais is the range of enrichment opportunities that the school offers. Pupil premium students can and are supported with trips and enrichment opportunities. For example PP students in Y7 are supported with Blacklands Farm induction day, in Y8 there is support for the Canterbury trip and Science trips. At GCSE, Drama, English, Humanities and Technology trips have been supported. This allows students to engage with activities and develop academically. No PP student will miss out on a core activity. Sadly trips to China and skiing are beyond PP expenditure 
Resources To Support Intervention Programmes For Curriculum Areas £11,000 Each subject area in the school intervenes to support Pupil Premium students and ensure that they are fulfilling their potential. This includes after school SPA sessions. PP funding has been used to fund resources, rewards and refreshments (for projects that take place after school and at lunch time). Maths Passports and literacy assessments are also part funded using PP finances.
Total   £171,000  

 

OFSTED Review of Millais Pupil Premium Expenditure

During our most recent OFSTED inspection, our use of the funding was celebrated and it was observed that Millais School “makes excellent use of funding for the small minority of students supported by the pupil premium.” (OFSTED May 2014).

In addition “Year 7 catch-up funding has been used to give students extra literacy and numeracy support. This has resulted in these students making at least good and sometimes outstanding progress in mathematics and English.” (OFSTED May 2014)

Overall “Governors manage the school’s finances well, including the pupil premium and Year 7 catch-up funding. They check that this funding is spent wisely and contributes to individual students’ success.” (OFSTED May 2014)

Additional Actions Being Carried Out

In addition to the expenditure outlined previously, a range of interventions are being carried out to raise the achievement levels of Pupil Premium students. This includes the following:

  • Photos of all PP students are on display in the offices of pastoral and curriculum teams to visibly remind staff which students are PP.

  • All tracking sheets and electronic mark books have PP students highlighted.

  • Directors of Learning (DOLs) regularly analyse data of how PP students are achieving in each of their subjects in every year group. This data has been shared with subject teachers who have been targeting interventions to raise the achievement of PP students,

  • Assistant Directors of Learning (ADOLs) are carrying out intervention projects within curriculum areas aimed at developing the achievement levels of PP students.

  • All form tutors have reviewed data for their tutor groups on the progress of PP students and have set up interventions to raise standards.  This has included meeting with the students.

  • Directors of Year (DOYs) review the attendance and achievement data of PP students, monitor their progress and facilitate interventions using tutors, the pupil support team, learning mentor, counsellor and external agencies.

  • Some PP students receive support from alternative provision.

  • Peer mentoring works to target PP students to develop skills and raise achievement.

  • PP students have been targeted in Maths to receive additional support and lessons during core PE.

  • PP students have received revision and study guides across all curriculum areas.

  • Music have publicised 'free' music lessons for PP students aimed at raising the numbers of PP students who play an instrument.

  • Science have organized enrichment activities aimed at fostering interest in Science amongst PP students.

  • PP students have been supported on trips including subsidized rates on core trips that all students are expected to go on.

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

As part of the Year 7 Catch Up project the government allocated £16,500 to Millais to support numeracy and literacy.  This literacy and numeracy catch up money has been spent on a small part of an LSA salary, a small part of the salaries of teachers in SEN, Maths and English.  Staff have targeted students for a range of interventions aimed at raising the reading ages of targeted students and developing numeracy.  They have been used for withdrawal lessons and individual support to raise achievement for less able and pupil premium learners.

 

  • Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) have been employed to run literacy intervention groups outside of regular lessons.

  • SEN specialist teachers and literacy specialists have been employed to run intervention sessions which have substantially raised the reading ages of targeted Year 7 learners.

  • A Maths teacher has been employed to bridge the gap between Year 6 and Year 7.  She has been doing outreach work with Year 6 students in Primary Schools and with Year 7 learners to raise achievement levels in numeracy.
  • Maths LSAs have been withdrawing students from lessons to do additional interventions to raise numeracy levels.

  • English teachers and LSAs have worked on Spelling and Grammar and improving reading ages.  Reading has improved although comprehension of that reading can develop further and is a key part of our intervention in 2015-2016.

 

All those Y7s targeted for literacy intervention (in 2015-2016) have increased their reading ages by a minimum of two years during Year 7.  Numeracy levels have increased beyond progress levels made nationally although a gap with some other learners still exists due to the outstanding levels of progress made by students at Millais across all ability levels.

Existing Students Progress and Attainment

Students Making Expected Progress based on PCTL (Progress and Commitment To Learning) data.  APS stands for Average Points Score.  This is calculated by looking at achievement and the individual student's flight paths across all subjects.

Data is based on final summer assessments.  The current Y10 will therefore be based on KS3 data.  Pleasingly the achievement gap closes as students progress through the school.  The number of PP students and ability levels do vary quite considerably by year group so one is not truly comparing like with like.

 
Pupil Premium


Non Pupil Premium

All

Gap

Y7 APS
 
 PCTL Data will be collected and analysed shortly.
 KS2 information is of variable quality and value

Y8 APS


 66.68

83.68

81.38

-17

Y9 APS


 69.12

84.17

82.57

-15.05

Y10 APS

 
73.22

86.53

84.86

-13.31

Y11 APS

 
47.33

57.22

56.3

-9.89

 

2016 GCSE Progress and Attainment

On average Pupil Premium students enter the school at substantially lower levels than Non Pupil Premium students. It is therefore unsurprising that when they leave Millais on average, despite making very good progress (and better than both PP and many Non PP students nationally) they also do less well than non Pupil Premium students. Our challenge is to close this achievement gap.

In Y11 there were 36 Pupil Premium students in 2016.  Their progress 8 score is 0.49 which is truly exceptional. One of the best scores in the country.  This means that Millais PP students achieve 1/2 a grade above what all students of their ability achieve nationally across all subjects.  For a typical student achieving 10 GCSEs this means that they are 5 grades higher than the average nationally.  A 10C student nationally would achieve 5Bs and 5Cs at Millais.  Millais girls do better than non PP students nationally and massively better than PP students nationally.

This outstanding progress far exceeds Pupil Premium students nationally who (on average) do very poorly overall.  The Pupil Premium strategy at Millais is clearly working well.  Achievement is outstanding by almost any measure.  Progress is also very high.  We still have work to close the gap however and cannot rest on our laurels.

 

 

 Y11 Performance Summary 2016

(Based on working at levels)

Pupil Premium

Non Pupil Premium

All

Gap

 
Progress 8 Score

0.490.820.78-0.33
 
Attainment 8 Score

5061.259.9-11.2

5ACEM

58.3%

81.9%

79%

-23.6%

English Bac

19.4%

61%

56%

-41%

English A*-C

80.6%

93.6%

92%

-13%

Maths A*-C

58.3%

83%

80.1%

-24.7%


 

Attainment In English and Maths in current Y11

These figures compare the attainment of Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium students.

On entry to KS4 Pupil Premium students attain significantly lower than Non Pupil Premium students, indeed fractionally below SEN students.

Y10 English

(Based on current working at levels)

Pupil Premium

Non Pupil Premium

All

Gap

Expected Progress

94%

97%

96%

-3%

Good Progress

63%

71%

70%

-8%

Levels of Progress

3.7

4.2

4.1

-0.5

 

Y10 Maths

(Based on current working at levels)

Pupil Premium

Non Pupil Premium

All

Gap

Expected Progress

72%

85%

83%

-13%

Good Progress

31%

49%

31%

-18%

Levels of Progress

3.0

3.4

3.4

-0.4

 

Both PP and Non PP students at Millais make substantially better progress than students nationally and all other schools in West Sussex.  Achievement at Millais is truly 'Outstanding'.

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

As part of the Year 7 Catch up project the government allocated £17,500 to Millais to support numeracy and literacy. This Literacy and numeracy catch up money has been spent on a small part of an LSA salary, a small part of the salaries of teachers in SEN, Maths and English. Staff have targeted students for a range of interventions aimed at raising the reading ages of targeted students and developing numeracy. They have been used for withdrawal lessons and individual support  to raise achievement for less able and pupil premium learners.

  • Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) have been employed to run literacy intervention groups outside of regular lessons.

  • SEN specialist teachers and literacy specialists have been employed to run intervention sessions which have substantially raised the reading ages of targeted Year 7 learners.

  • A Maths teacher has been employed to bridge the gap between Year 6 and Year 7. She has been doing outreach work with Year 6 students in Primary Schools and with Year 7 learners to raise achievement levels in numeracy.

  • Maths LSAs have been withdrawing students from lessons to do additional interventions to raise numeracy levels.

  • English teachers and LSAs have worked on Spelling and Grammar and improving reading ages. Reading has improved although comprehension of that reading can develop further and is a key part of our intervention in 2015-16

    All those Y7 targeted for literacy intervention have increased their reading ages by a minimum of two years during Year 7. Numeracy levels have increased beyond progress levels made nationally although a gap with some other learners still exists due to the outstanding levels of progress made by students at Millais across all ability levels.