New Rush Hall School

Ofsted outstanding

Ofsted outstanding

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium funding rose to £1.875 billion in 2013-14, with schools attracting £900 per disadvantaged child, with an additional payment of £53 for primary-aged pupils.

In 2014-15, the funding will rose to £2.5 billion, with £1300 for primary-aged pupils, £935 for secondary-aged pupils and £1900 for all looked after children, adopted children and children with guardians.

"NRH curriculum is well tailored to meet individuals' high-level needs, including literacy. It nurtures and sustains a deep involvement of pupils in NRH values in a way that for many is life-changing." (QAR Review 2014).  

Pupil Premium 2015/2016

The pupil premium grant for the financial year 2015/2016 including LAC pupil premium was £47,796.

The benefits of horse-riding for primary pupils are evident and it has been decided to use £3,000 of the grant this year to fund this activity again.

The literacy/numeracy programme offers one to one tuition for pupils.  We believe that if pupils can improve (and enjoy) their literacy and numeracy skills they are more likely to engage in all other areas of the curriculum, as well as acquire a life long skill.  For this reason we are contributing £25,000 towards the cost of employing a literacy/numeracy specialist.

We have also allocated £3,500 to cover the allowance paid for a LAC and Achievement Co-coordinator. This person performs a key role in terms of co-ordinating arrangements, specifically in relation to LAC pupils and ensures clear communication between all agencies, including the provision of performance and attainment data.

The school procures the services of The Tavistock Clinic who provide qualified one to one child psychotherapy sessions as well as offering support to parents/carers.  A small proportion of the cost of this service - £5,000 - is funded by the pupil premium grant. 

We believe that the residential trips have had a tangible impact in terms of social, emotional and academic development. These experiences provide pupils with the opportunity to engage interactively with each other and with the staff, also creating a better understanding about the value of teamwork. The pupil premium grant provided £7,500 towards the cost of the Glasbury trip this year and a further £2,500 towards the Spanish trip.

The balance of the grant was  invested in a range of smaller scale initiatives and according to need, with an intention to help close the gap in attainment.  This included a range of interventions, such as providing laptops and additional resources to some children and supporting after-school clubs for others.

Analysis of our progress data shows that pupil premium-eligible pupils are making better progress in Writing, Maths and Science than their non-eligible peers. We are continuing to work on closing the gap on the percentage of pupils who achieve at least 1 level of progress in reading at KS2.

There is no difference in the levels of progress in Reading for KS3 pupils, except that 40% more pupil premium-eligible pupils make at least 2 levels of progress than other pupils. In speaking and listening 20% more other pupils make at least 1 level of progress – other levels are consistent with each other. In writing 20% more pupil premium-eligible pupils make at least 1 level of progress but 20% more other pupils make at least 2 and 3 levels of progress.

At KS4 there is no difference in progress between the two groups in Maths. However, other pupils make better progress in English and Science than pupil premium eligible pupils.

These statistics have helped to inform the focus for the pupil premium grant next year.

Pupil Premium 2016/2017

The pupil premium grant for the financial year 2016/2017 including LAC pupil premium is expected to be £50,280.

As the benefits of horse-riding for primary pupils are evident and it has been decided to use £3,000 of the grant this year to fund this activity again.

The literacy/numeracy programme offers one to one tuition for pupils and is an ongoing programme, for this reason we are continuing to contribute £25,000 towards the cost of employing a literacy/numeracy specialist.

We have also allocated £3,500 to cover the allowance paid for a LAC and Achievement Co-coordinator again.  This person performs a key role in terms of co-ordinating arrangements, specifically in relation to LAC pupils and ensures clear communication between all agencies, including the provision of performance and attainment data.

The school procures the services of The Tavistock Clinic who provide qualified one to one child psychotherapy sessions as well as offering support to parents/carers on an ongoing basis therefore a small proportion of the cost of this service - £5,000 - will continue to be funded by the pupil premium grant.  

We have allocated £5,000 towards trips.  Ensuring pupils take part in field trips helps provide a richer, more engaging curriculum.

The balance will be used for small initiatives and interventions as required as gaps become evident throughout the academic year.

The School will next review its pupil premium strategy March 2018.