Pupil Premium Grant Statement

De La Salle’s Pupil Premium Strategy

At De La Salle School we are committed to ensuring disadvantaged students make the same or above expected progress as their peers. We know that nationally the gap continues to widen between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students. De La Salle itself is situated in a district where children living in low income families is higher than the national average of 18%. The school neighbours the three wards (Vange, Lee Chapel North and Pitsea North West) which have over 30% of children come from low income families.

Currently De La Salle has 225 disadvantaged students from a roll of 737, this is 31% of the school’s student body. Our strategy aims to ensure that the obstacles preventing these students from making expected progress are identified and the pupil premium funding allocated to the school is spent on actions which have a meaningful and measurable impact to remove these obstacles.

We have identified four significant barriers at this present moment in time. These are:

  1. A gap already exists in KS2 performance between disadvantaged students and their peers.
  2. Disadvantaged students are more likely to be excluded or placed in exclusion.
  3. The performance gap continues to exist and sometimes widen at the end of KS4.
  4. A greater collaboration between school and home to ensure a high level of ambition and aspiration for disadvantaged students.

The school was allocated £292,993 in the academic year of 2018-19 to address and remove these barriers. The specific strategies and their costings have been set out in our spending plan below.

 

The KS2 gap

Students at De La Salle, on average, start Year 7 with a lower Key Stage 2 score than nationally. This gap is even more significant for disadvantaged students.  

KS2 reading scores in the academic year of 2018/19

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
All 105.2 103.0 100.8 28.3 28.2
Disadvantaged 105.2 102.3 98.5 27.7 27.5

 

KS2 maths scores in the academic year of 2018/19

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
All 104.3 103.6 101.3 27.4 28.1
Disadvantaged 102.3 103.5 99.1 26.4 26.7

 

Catch Up Spending

The school looks to address this by targeting any students who arrive at the beginning of Year 7 and are classified as not ‘secondary ready.’ This means they have a score of below 100 in either, or both, Maths and Reading. These students are given 1:1 and small group tuition by English and Maths teachers as well as literacy and numeracy tutors. After each assessment drop we analyse the number of students who achieve a score of 4b which the school equates to a KS2 score of 100.

In 2017-18, 30 students in a cohort of 149, started Year 7 with KS2 reading score of below 100. By the end of the first term this had reduced to 24, then 23 for the second and 19 by the end of the year.

Our target is to ensure at least 90% (26 of the 29 students) in current Year 7 achieve a 4b in English by July 2019.

For Maths there were 40 students who started in 2017-18 who were not ‘secondary ready’ but after the first term this dropped to 8, then 7 after the second and by the end of the year there were 6 students who had not achieved a 4b in Maths.

In 2018-19, 25 students have started De La Salle with score in KS2 Maths of below 100 and our target is to ensure that at least 21 of those students secure a 4b by the end of the academic year.

Those students who miss the target by the end of Year will be a priority for the first wave of intervention in Year 8.

 

 

Inclusion / Exclusion

The school exclusion figures and inclusion figures for the whole school and by sub group for 2016 to 2018 were as follows:

Student Behavioural/disciplinary records 2017-18

Fig. 1

Fixed Term Exclusions September 2016-July 2017
Exclusions Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Total
Total students 9 10 12 11 14 56
Total days 57 76 64 55 63 315
 
Boys 6 8 10 4 6 34
days 47 74 51 22 44 238
Girls 3 2 2 7 8 22
days 10 2 13 33 19 77
 
SEN 3 4 5 7 2 21
days 27 38 41 31 8 145
 
PP 5 5 6 7 5 28
days 42 59 39 37 13 190

 

 Fig.2

Fixed Term Exclusions September 2017-July 2018 Year on Year difference

17-18 compared to 16-17

% decrease/increase
Exclusions Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Total Total Difference  
Total students 9 7 7 10 8 41 -15 -27
Total days 33 30 15 41 20 139 -176 -56
 
Boys 5 5 5 5 6 26 -8 -24
days 26 16 13 23 18 96 -142 -60
Girls 4 2 2 5 2 15 -7 -32
days 7 14 2 18 4 45 -32 -42
 
SEN 4 5 6 4 2 21 0 0
days 11 16 12 31 7 77 -68 -47
 
PP 4 7 4 6 5 26 -2 -7
days 18 24 10 29 13 94 -96 -51

 

The number of days lost due to exclusion for disadvantaged students declined significantly in 2017-18 in comparison to the previous year. We are now setting a target of reducing the number of disadvantaged students being excluded in 2018-19 by a further 30%.

 

The figures for students in inclusion over the same period is as follows:

  Students in Inclusion Days in Inclusion Non PP PP SEN

Register

Sept 2016 – July 2017
Year 7 Girls 9 40 6 3 1
Year 7 Boys 19 69 15 4 6
Year 8 Girls 9 19 4 5 5
Year 8 Boys 23 81 19 4 15
Year 9 Girls 9 12 3 6 2
Year 9 Boys 26 55 13 13 8
Year 10 Girls 30 97 22 8 7
Year 10 Boys 25 73 18 7 10
Year 11 Girls 14 73 7 7 0
Year 11 Boys 28 99 25 3 7
Total 192 618 132 60 61

 

    Fig. 4 

  Pupils in Inclusion Days in Inclusion Non PP PP SEN

Register

Sept 2017 – July 2018
Year 7 Girls 6 19 3 3 3
Year 7 Boys 12 52 9 3 3
Year 8 Girls 9 22 5 4 1
Year 8 Boys 18 68 9 9 8
Year 9 Girls 5 15 1 4 2
Year 9 Boys 17 45 12 5 6
Year 10 Girls 10 30 7 3 1
Year 10 Boys 16 35 12 4 1
Year 11 Girls 8 25 6 2 3
Year 11 Boys 16 33 12 4 5
Total 117 344 76 41 33

Again there has been a decline by a third in disadvantaged students being placed in inclusion and we aim to cut this by another 30% as well this academic year.

 

The attendance of disadvantaged students remains near the same level as all students at De La Salle School as the table below shows:

Attendance – September 2018 – October 2018
  year 7 year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 Total
Total students 97.9 96.7 94.3 96.5 95.7 96.2
Boys 98 96.7 94.9 97.5 95.9 96.6
Girls 97.8 96.6 93.7 95.6 95.5 95.8
SEN 97.9 100 95.4 98.2 97.7 97.3
PP 98.3 98.6 94.2 96.1 96.9 96.6
CIC 100 100 100 98.1 100 99.3

 

 

Progress at Key Stage 4

Over the last few years disadvantaged students have made positive Progress in comparison to the national trend. However, like the national trend it has been one of decline and in 2018 our Progress 8 score dipped further to become a negative progress figure. Whilst this may be above the national figure of -0.39 our aim for 2018-19 is to ensure that this not only goes back to being a positive Progress 8 but one which closes the gap to within +0.1 of the whole cohort score.

 

  2016 2017 2018 2019 (target)
Progress 8 score for disadvantaged students +0.35 +0.15 -0.22 +0.2

 

School and parental collaboration

At De La Salle we are constantly striving to increase the level of parental engagement to support our student’s learning and increase the fostering environment of ambition and success. Our parent evenings are well attended and surveys consistently show that the vast majority of parents would recommend this school to other parents (latest figures from the Year 7 evening)

Moodle now allows parents and carers to track and monitor the progress of their child at school with half termly data drops to show their Attitude to Learning, assessment data at the end of each term and Pixl grades every two months in Years 10 and 11. In addition to this, parents and carers are able to see the homework their child has been set using Moodle as well.

In Year 11 an information evening is held for parents and carers so that they are aware what will be taking place over the course of the academic year and guidance is given in how they can best support their child leading up to the examination period and how to plan ahead for life after De La Salle.

In Year 7 parents and carers are invited in to meet their child’s form tutor after the first half term to discuss how their children have settled at De La Salle.

The school is considering a number of new initiatives in the following two terms of this academic year.

 

 

Duration of FSM

Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between the length of time a student is on Free School Meals and their level of attainment at Key Stage 4. At De La Salle we understand that all disadvantaged students need to be monitored and tracked to ensure they make the best possible progress. However, we also feel it is beneficial to analyse how long students have been disadvantaged for and look to see where extra support may be required where necessary.

 

 

Additional care and support

At De La Salle we understand that there are times where extra support helps our students and families remove barriers in achieving their potential. This might be to obtain a part of school uniform or access an extra-curricular activity. Consequently we have produced a package that every disadvantaged student can use during the academic year. This consists of:

A £10 stationary pack given to each student in September

A voucher of £90 for school uniform and PE kit

£50 to help contribute towards school trips

Locker hire £10

In KS4 £25 of revision guides for RE and MFL

A £20 provision for technology in KS3, increasing to £30 in KS4 for Catering students

All disadvantaged students have access to 1:2:1 tuition

 

The school will continue to monitor the uptake of this package and take decisions on whether to increase or decrease the amount of money committed to it depending on the uptake of this package.

 

Click here to download the: Pupil premium strategy 2018