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Gumley House School FCJ

Pupil Premium

Gumley House School FCJ Pupil Premium Funding

Ethos

Gumley House School FCJ exists to provide a Catholic education for all students. In partnership with parents, we help each student to develop with dignity as a person in relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.

We value each and every member of the community as unique and take every opportunity to recognise their contribution and achievement. No one should be excluded from participating in school - neither academic nor extra curricular activities - because of financial constraints. 

At Gumley we believe that the use of the Pupil Premium funds in appropriate and measured ways is fundamental to student and school progress, the raising of educational standards and to increasing inclusion. The words, beliefs and actions of Marie Madeleine d’Houet, foundress of the FCJ Community, provide us all at Gumley with the clearest guidance as to our responsibility to those in our care.

The six FCJ values are at the core of the Pupil Premium Policy at Gumley: 

  • Companionship,
  • Dignity,
  • Excellence,
  • Gentleness,
  • Hope and - 
  • Justice

‘Let the morning find you more advanced than the day before and in the evening be further still.’

The Achievement Gap:  Pupil Premium Funding

What is Pupil Premium? 

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to the school to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  

To be able to access the Pupil Premium the child needs to be receiving free school meals (FSM) OR have received free school meals at any time in the past six years (this is called 'Ever 6') OR be a child of parents who are Service Personnel (in, or a veteran of, the UK Armed Forces) OR be a Looked After Child ((LAC) a child provided with care and accommodation by children's services).

What is FSM? 

FSM was an indicator of deprivation, though now it refers to those entitled to Free School Meals

What is Ever 6? 

Anyone that has been on FSM during the past six years – Year 6 in Primary equals full secondary career on Pupil Premium

What do we expect to see? 

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • Access alternative support and intervention
  • Have full access to our curriculum
  • Access our extra-curricular provision.

How are we doing this? 

At Gumley House we know that each pupil has specific needs and so we use flexibility and our robust pastoral and academic systems to support for our students. We know that what works well for one student may not necessarily work for another; for example, some students benefit enormously from small group work, whilst some need one-to-one attention.  We believe these approaches that include curriculum design, targeted learning provisions, pastoral and family support as well as extra curricular opportunities are essential to the success of our Pupil Premium students.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of provision that we have made or may make use of at Gumley House:

  • One-to-one tuition
  • One-to-one mentoring/counselling/emotional support
  • One-to-one learning support
  • PP a focus in Line Management discussions with SLT Link
  • Small group learning
  • Intervention classes
  • Assistance with the cost of school trips/visits/residentials
  • Educational assessments
  • Assistance with instrumental lesson costs
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award costs
  • ICT equipment
  • Learning opportunities outside the normal school day – includes Saturdays and holidays
  • Assistance with costs for certain curriculum needs e.g. Food Technology ingredients
  • Transport to and from school
  • Providing a range of resources for use at home and in lessons
  • Support for families – our Parent Partnership
  • Working with outside agencies 
  • Further Education visits and workshops

Our plans  

Pupil Premium is funding which has been allocated by the government to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. 

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school’s budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable students.

Pupil Premium funding is allocated on the number of students eligible for Free School Meals, currently and in the last six years and pupils who are looked after (CLA). Schools receive £1,900 (Pupil Premium Plus) for each student who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

In 2016-2107 the government funding for Pupil Premium is as follows:

  • £935 for students in year 7-11.
  • £300 for Service students in year 7-11.

The amount of Pupil Premium funding allocated to Gumley in 2016-2017 was: £174,845

In 2016-2017 the school used Pupil Premium Funding to support overall provision for Vulnerable groups; Free School Meals (FSM), and Children Looked after (CLA) through:

  • One-to-one tuition
  • One-to-one mentoring/counselling/emotional support
  • One-to-one learning support
  • PP a focus in Line Management discussions with SLT Link
  • Small group learning
  • Intervention classes
  • Assistance with the cost of school trips/visits/residentials
  • Educational assessments
  • Assistance with instrumental lesson costs
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award costs
  • ICT equipment
  • Learning opportunities outside the normal school day – includes Saturdays and holidays
  • Assistance with costs for certain curriculum needs e.g. Food Technology ingredients
  • Transport to and from school
  • Providing a range of resources for use at home and in lessons
  • Support for families – our Parent Partnership
  • Working with outside agencies 
  • Further Education visits and workshops

We have also allocated staff time to:

  • Tracking prior, current and future attainment of all groups particularly those identified as vulnerable in any way.
  • Mentor targeted students in KS3/ KS4
  • Ensuring that appropriate support and guidance is in place at key transition points particularly for those at risk of NEET (Not in Employment or Training)

The gap between Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) students and Non Disadvantaged (non-Pupil Premium) students is 0.08 overall.

We plan to continue to use the funding for 2017-18 in the ways outlined for 2016-2017 but will enhance our provision in 2017-18 by:

  • Increasing the external support for English and Maths at KS4 (i.e. increased number of Intervention days, external tutoring and revision programmes.
  • Appointing a teacher to the post of the transition support. This is designed to ensure support is front loaded, embedded and engrained so that we begin to close that gap for our Disadvantaged students from the start of Year 7.
  • Using a toolkit of interventions which will be distributed to staff. The focus here is to ensure intervention takes place in the classroom and Disadvantaged Pupils remain a high profile across the school.
  • Ensuring that every Disadvantaged student completes a 360 questionnaire and interviewed in order to gather more data about them to further develop and inform interventions.
  • Exploring the use of examination designated e learning platform to provide another level of support for our Disadvantaged students at home.