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Intended use of the Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch up Intended Spend

2018-19 (Academic Year)

The achievement of pupil premium students is a major school priority. Research from the Sutton Trust and others shows that outstanding teaching and learning are the key factors affecting the outcomes of all students, and pupil premium students in particular.

During 2018-19 Pupil Premium funds are being used to improve student achievement either directly or by increasing student engagement in education. We aim to use funds in ways that are in line with best practice, as identified by Sutton Trust and others.

For this reason the following developments will continue/will be a focus for 2018-19:

  • TEEP Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme
  • Graduated Response Plan has been implemented to monitor student progress across KS3 & KS4
  • Marking; assessment and feedback have been improved.
  • Staff training has focussed on: effective use of feedback; improving independent learning; strategies for supporting students and sharing insights.
  • A toolbox of strategies has been developed to support teaching and learning.
  • There has been a programme of sharing best practice across the school.
  • Collaboration with other schools in the area has enabled broader sharing of best practice.
  • Pupil premium students have been more closely tracked, facilitating swift intervention.
  • Seating plans indicating vulnerable groups of students are in place and shared with teaching assistants who are supporting in lessons.
  • Teaching assistants are more aware of vulnerable groups across the school and support accordingly.
  • Pupil premium profiles of need are being implemented as required.
  • Closer support has been provided to pupil premium students during exams.
  • Continued CPD with Marc Rowland to ensure the school is up-to-date on best practice for disadvantaged students.
  • Monitoring & evaluation of interventions used across the school to ensure progress is being measured accordingly and the interventions used provide good value for money.

Our robust graduated response of interventions includes: 1 to 1 tuition in maths and English; group tuition in maths and English; Corrective Reading; Year 11 mentoring; Spelling by Morphographs and a range of interventions which help to support SEMH needs.

Pupil premium funds are also being used to support programmes that aim to improve student engagement in education. They include: primary liaison work; careers advice and guidance; vulnerable intervention support; parental support and the Villiers Park programme. By raising aspirations and engagement, these programmes allow students to improve their learning.

Quality First Teaching & Intervention

The Commonweal School recognizes the importance and individuality of every student, and we understand that some students require additional provision to ensure an inclusive and equal learning experience for all. At The Commonweal School, we ensure that all staff are highly trained and have access to an ongoing and effective CPD programme.

The Commonweal School is mindful that the key to success for all students is ensuring that all day-to-day teaching is tailored to the needs of each learner. Our staff are committed to ‘The Commonweal Toolbox for Learning’ which includes successful Wave 1 tips for working with vulnerable/Pupil Premium students.

As a school we track students termly and reasonable adjustments such as a support and interventions are made in a timely fashion. The use of ongoing assessments and  ‘The Green Pen of Power (GPOP)’ allow teachers, students and peers to provide effective feedback so each student is mindful about how they can make progress.

During the academic year 2017-2018, the Graduated Response Plan (GRP) was a school priority to improve outcomes of our underachieving students. The GRP model tracks KS3 & KS4 students. This process will continue for 2018-19.

The Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP) continues to be a whole school focus for 2018-19. TEEP is an effective whole staff continuing professional development programme which will supports teaching and learning.

Full report and previous years information can be downloaded below.