Disadvantaged students

FUNDING TO SUPPORT DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS – Strategy & Implementation 2018-19

Context and funding

This funding was introduced by the government in 2011, and is paid to schools to further support, challenge and raise levels of achievement for disadvantaged students who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point within the past six years; students who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months and students who are children of service personnel (Ministry of Defence, Foreign Office and GCHQ). The Department for Education (DfE) and the media use the terms ‘disadvantaged students’ and ‘students in receipt of the pupil premium grant’, interchangeably. This was not new funding but rather was ring-fenced for the specific activity as indicated above.

This funding is allocated to schools and it is for schools to decide how it is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual students in their care. This school uses the funding to address underlying inequalities, by ensuring that funding impacts on the progress of the students who need it most.

Our Funding Allocations:

Total funding in 2017/18: £198,300

Total funding in 2018/19: £195,885

Year 2018-19 2017-18
Income £195,885 £198,300
School roll (no of students) 1723 1678
Eligible students 223 222

Contextual Information (based on DfE figures and school information, as at 28/9/18):

Year Group No. of students

(2018-19)

No. of eligible students (2018-19) % of year group

(2018-19)

No. of students

(2017-18)

No. of eligible students (2017-18) % of year group

(2017-18)

7 297 45 15.1% 250 37 14.8%
8 253 38 15.0% 261 48 18.4%
9 257 46 17.9% 270 42 15.5%
10 264 42 15.9% 270 29 10.7%
11 268 29 10.8% 265 46 17.4%
12 235 20 8.5% 202 7 3.8%
13 149 3 2.0% 160 13 8.1%
Total 1723 223 12.9% 1678 222 13.2%

NB: Although Year 13 students are not flagged as Disadvantaged in the DfE database, we consider any student who was flagged as this in Year 12 will continue to be so in Year 13 and hence we would seek to support them as and when necessary. The difference in the Year 12 figures for 2017-18 and hence Year 13, 2018-19 is that some students who were flagged as disadvantaged in last academic year were on one year programmes that completed in July 2018 and hence the students have left the school.

At Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre we have two main objectives which inform our allocation of funding.

  • To provide additional educational support to improve progress, raise the standard of achievement and improve the life chances for students, eligible for funding, where clear relative underachievement is evident.
  • To close the achievement and progress gaps between those students eligible for funding and those who are not. This is continuously analysed to ensure that the funding is having a positive impact.

To achieve the above objectives and enhance the opportunities for our eligible learners we have implemented a variety of intervention strategies, on an individual student basis, which are monitored throughout the academic year. The impact of these strategies is analysed at a detailed level to ensure our objectives will be met. It is also common practice that if an intervention is not having the desired impact or if the needs of the eligible learners change, we will adapt the way in which we support that student.

Planned Expenditure 2018-19

  • An individual allowance will be given to each student to allow for them to buy resources, pay for extra-curricular activities, such as piano lessons or trips that go beyond the school day/classroom, etc. (£23,700)
  • Provision of support for each year group through a Pastoral Intervention Leader whose main focuses are attendance and the provision for disadvantaged students. (£75,000)
  • Two Teaching assistants will have designated responsibility for supporting the English and Mathematics departments to support students who were underachieving along with support from relevant post holders in the two departments. (£10,000)
  • Regular mentoring will be timetabled for students identified as requiring specific support and guidance, either 1:1 or in pairs or by teaching staff (£5,000)
  • Pastoral staff work with the most vulnerable students in their cohort to support them pastorally and track/coordinate interventions related to academic progress. (£10,000)
  • A selection of appropriate alternative off-site educational provision will be organised for a very selective minority of identified students, for whom this will be appropriate and supportive to their emotional well-being, learning and life chances. (£30,000)
  • An Attendance Officer and Attendance Support Advisor will provide intervention, support and promoted high levels of attendance for identified students. (£15,000)
  • A member of the Senior Leadership Team responsible for overseeing the spend of the PPG, will organise and present student academic data therefore ensuring additional focus and intervention where necessary. (£5,000)
  • Limited financial help will be given to ensure that school trips, visits and curriculum opportunities, all an important aspect of a child’s education will be subsidised to ensure that eligible students do not miss out on such opportunities. (£1,000)
  • The Special Educational Needs Coordinator will ensure that the students who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and were in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant are adequately supported and challenged in their academic progress. (£5,000)
  • Access to and support from Gloucestershire Counselling Service throughout the academic year. (£5,000)
  • Provision of digital resources (iPads etc.) required by eligible students to support their learning. (£2,000)
  • Access to The Brilliant Club in Year 8. Students identified through academic achievement will be invited to apply.  (£1,500)

These will be evaluated and monitored as the year progresses, with the first evaluation being conducted in January 2019.