The Pupil Premium Grant

The pupil premium grant is additional funding for schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. This is a priority for The Radclyffe School. We receive £935 for each of our students who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years. We also receive £1900 for children who are looked after or have been adopted from care.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit but will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

In 2016-17 Academic Year The Radclyffe School received £648,103 grant. In 2017-18 Academic Year we expect to receive £640,475

The Year 7 Catch-up Premium Grant

The Year 7 catch-up premium is aimed at Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2. Approximately £500 is allocated per pupil. In March 2017 we received £26,550 for 53 pupils.

How we use Grants

We will continue to use the pupil premium and the catch-up premium funding to support our students at The Radclyffe School to raise standards and attainment. The funding has been used in a number of different areas, including, but not limited, to the following.

Tutoring for Excellence including One-to-One Tuition

Additional Teachers and specialist Teaching Assistants have been appointed to the Maths and English Faculties which allows for small group work, called Tutoring for Excellence which includes One to One Tuition. These sessions are tailored to meet students individual needs to accelerate their progress.

Intervention Co-ordinators

In Maths, English and Science Faculties a member of staff has been designated to plan, and monitor, student interventions to raise standards and attainment for all students. There is also a particular emphasis on measuring the impact of the interventions on students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant.

Revision Sessions

The school provides regular opportunities for targeted students to attend revision and catch-up sessions both after school and during school holidays.

The Behaviour Education Support Team (BEST)

BEST is a multi-disciplinary team including school based Education Welfare and Attendance Officers and Family Support and Community Workers. The team works with students, their families and other services. They promote emotional well-being, positive behaviour and good school attendance. They will intervene as and when necessary to support students and their families. These interventions may include attendance and punctuality panels and home visits.

Mentoring

To help students achieve their full potential we have a team of 5 Learning Mentors who offer additional support to those students who need greater intervention.

Achievement for All

The grant supports the continuation of the Achievement for All initiative in The Radclyffe School. ‘The Radclyffe Way’ adds increased value to the achievement, progress and enjoyment of learning of all children with special educational needs and disabilities. The initiative has had overwhelming success by engaging parents in structured conversations and deepened parent-student-teacher partnerships. Parents have been invited into the world of their child’s education and opened a forum whereby they feel empowered to take an active role and to ask questions where they may previously have felt unable. This has led to improved wider outcomes for these children who boast better attendance, enhanced progress in their learning, better enjoyment of school, and more friends.

Home School Liaison Support

A member of staff acts as a link between home and school to support the educational attainment of vulnerable student groups.

Wider Curriculum Experience

The Grant is used to enhance the curriculum, for example to fund school trips, to ensure the students are able to participate and to give students the opportunity to experience new and challenging activities.

Resources

Additional resources have been allocated to support students including a subscription to the Accelerated Reader program, Reading Eggs, an Author in Residence and the purchase of revision guides. The funding also contributes to the Independent Advice and Guidance Service purchased to support students.

Impact

These strategies are having an impact on the gap. In 2017 there is no gap in the achievement of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students at grade 4+ in either English or Maths, and at grade 5+ in English. At 5+ in Maths the gap is 7%. At grades 7-9 in Maths the gap is 3% whilst in English it is 2%.

Summary

Grant Used

Pupil Premium Grant £553,103
The Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium grant £26,550
TOTAL GRANT £579,653

How the Grant has been used

Tutoring for Excellence / Intervention Co-ordinators

Maths Teachers £74,912
English Teachers £74,912
Science Teachers £0
Literacy Leaders £4,534
Maths Teaching Assistants £31,823
English Teaching Assistants £61,778

Revision Sessions £17,644

Progress – Lead Staff

Assistant Head – Developing Outstanding Progress £64,599
Lead Teachers Closing the Gaps £17,358
Maths Interventions Co-ordinator £8,679
English Interventions Co-ordinator £8,697
Science Interventions Co-ordinator £2,992


Independent Careers Advice and Guidance £22,276

Achievement for All

Year Managers £13,844
HSLO £2,430

BEST TEAM £96,989

Learning Mentors £47,490

Resources £9,718

Hardship Fund / Remission of Fees £18,995

TOTAL EXPENDITURE £579,652


To find out more about Pupil Premium

Free School Meals bring students extra funds.

More details can be found on the Department for Education Website: DfE Pupil Premium or by contacting the school on 0161 622 3200.

Claim your child’s entitlement to a meal at school

Café Mojo, the dining area at The Radclyffe School serves hundreds of hot meals every day, as well as healthy snacks, drinks and delicious desserts.

To be ready for learning we know our students need to be fed, and Café Mojo provides a fantastic, regularly changing menu throughout the year. To ensure that all students can take advantage of this, we encourage parents who are able to, to claim a free school meal for their child. Each day £2.28, the cost of a ‘Meal of the Day’ in the café is credited to your child’s account.

There is an added benefit to you and to the school. Students claiming a free school meal also attract Pupil Premium funding from the Government. This extra money for the school is really valuable in enabling us to provide more for students. Even if your circumstances change, this funding stays with students for up to six years.

In cases of financial hardship, fees that the school charges, for instance for visits out of school, may not be charged. Our indicator for financial hardship is when a student is currently eligible for free school meals or has been eligible in the last 6 years. Find out more from the school’s Charging and Remissions Policy

Applying For Free School Meals

Students are eligible to receive free school meals if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, where the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed the current year’s level.
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after a person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200231/grants_and_allowances/161/school_meals

For more information ring the Welfare Benefits Team on 0161 222 6688 from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.