Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to help schools close the attainment gap and to ensure that students who are eligible for funding achieve their full potential regardless of their financial circumstances.

Pupil Premium Statement 2016-17

Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for eligible pupils. The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers. The funding will provide pupils with opportunities that may not always have been available to them. The Pupil Premium Grant is paid to schools for students who are: recorded as being eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years, who are ‘Looked After’ or who have a parent serving in the armed forces.

The following strategies have been introduced at the school to provide additional help and support for students, enrich their educational experience and thereby, enable them to develop to their full potential and achieve higher grades. All strategies are allocated to support the appropriate individual needs of the student.

  • De La Salle offers 1 to 1 support for pupils in English and Maths
  • Small group teaching in English and Maths during and after the school day.
  • Extended school day for KS4 learners, study & coursework support across the curriculum.
  • Additional parents evening at key transition points
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained learning support assistants, academic mentors and external tutors.
  • Support across a range of subjects including English, Maths and Science at Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • Individual mentoring and support from internal and external sources.
  • All Pupil premium students have a focused learning conversation with their form tutor after every data drop.
  • Alternative courses and additional qualifications up to GCSE level.
  • Additional examination opportunities for learners.
  • Financial support to provide revision and other learning materials as well as access to educational visits and activities.
  • Support for pupils continues throughout the academic year; homework support, revision classes, Saturday School at key points and revision school during the holidays.
  • Extra-curricular clubs such as drama, dance, DofE, football, rugby, cricket, film, to mention just a few, are offered to help build social skills and confidence.

In addition to this, staff time has been allocated for:

  • Tracking the prior attainment, current attainment and future predicted attainment of these students.
  • Tracking and supporting good attendance (Education Welfare Officer).
  • Provision mapping for all SEN students to ensure they are supported in making progress with their learning (SENCo).

  • Additional careers advice to raise aspirations, motivation and attainment and reduce the chance of NEET
  • Extra support and guidance where needed at key transition points in students’ school career.
  • Inclusion interventions
  • Home/ School liaison to ensure that families are aware of the support available and that relevant support and interventions are in place to support progress. In addition, to personally make contact and remind families of important events such as parents evenings, information evenings, exams and revision sessions.
  • The school library is open and staffed before & after school, at break and lunch times for students to take advantage of the IT facilities, quiet working and reading.
  • Free breakfast available to all FSM and Pupil Premium eligible students.
  • Continued Professional Development of staff.

Pupil Premium funding for 2016-17 is £210,375


Previous Funding Received
Pupil Premium funding for 2015-2016 was £201,024 and was allocated as follows:

  • Staffing £173,354 – part costs for additional teaching staff, pupil premium co-ordinator, counselling, chaplaincy, academic mentors, additional teaching assistants, data manager, inclusion, careers and home school liaison officer.
  • Curriculum support – £15,300 – Easter revision, Saturday School, additional curriculum, additional tuition, conferences, consultancy support.
  • Resources – £10,060 – ICT, textbooks, revision guides.
  • Enrichment – £4,000 – school visits and educational events.

November 2014 Ofsted Report Key Findings

  • ‘The proportion of students for whom the school receives pupil premium funding, at approximately 32%, is higher than the national average.’
  • ‘Students join the school in Year 7 with standards that are well below those expected of their age. They make strong progress and finish Key Stage 4 with standards of attainment which are in line with national averages’
  • The rate of progress students make across the school overall is high when compared to other schools nationally.

Impact Statement

  • The attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students continues to close; with a gap of 2.34% in English and 4% in Maths.
  • In 2016, the overall gap between pupils attaining 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths was 23%, this has remained steady for the past two years. The national figures for 2014 was 26%
  • The 2015 National Average Points Score was 67%, in Essex it was 72%, at De La Salle it was 51%. In 2016 the APS at De La Salle was 50.48%.
  • The majority of disadvantaged students exceeded national expected levels of progress in English and Maths.
  • In 2016 the Progress 8 Gap was -0.04 for De La Salle, with PPG students achieving on average half a grade more than national averages.
  • In 2016, the percentage of disadvantaged students who achieved the English Baccalaureate, was greater than non-disadvantaged students. In 2014, the number of EBacc students who were disadvantaged, significantly exceeded the national average.
  • At KS3, the majority of pupils receiving one to one tuition in maths made expected levels of progress.
  • The whole school attendance gap has remained steady at around 2%.
  • There are more disadvantaged students now participating in music lessons.
  • The participation rate of disadvantaged students taking part in sporting activities has increased.

Year 7 catch-up premium expenditure: 2015/16

Year 7 catch-up premium statement

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium, is additional funding provided by the Government, which gives schools extra funding to support all year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.

All eligible pupils receive intensive small group or one to one sessions in the autumn term as per their individual needs in either English and / or Maths.

Overview of the school

Number of pupils and catch-up premium received

Total number of pupils on roll: 749

Total number of pupils eligible for catch-up premium funding: 33

Amount of catch-up premium funding received per pupil: £500

Total amount of catch-up premium funding received: £25,000

Impact of catch-up premium spending

81% of pupils in receipt of catch-up tuition in English and 68% in Maths made expected levels of progress, with nearly a half making more than expected levels of progress.

The Average Points Score of pupils who took part in the Catch Up activity day increased by nearly 4% in English and over 2% in Maths.

90% of students who took part in the Catch Up activity day said that the focused sessions had helped them improve in Literacy & Numeracy.

Lesson observations and learning walks showed increased confidence in literacy and numeracy and greater pupil engagement.

Planned Catch up Spending for 2016/17

Summary of planned spending:

Focused Catch-up activity days in the Autumn and Summer terms.

Literacy Training – Providing training and support to both teachers and students to deliver improved literacy across the curriculum.

Additional resources for literacy and numeracy sessions. Staffing in English and Maths

Acute Literacy intervention: Catch-up Scheme and investment in reading programmes – Accelerated Reader.

Additional TA time and training within English and Maths.

Whole school literacy co-ordinator.

Whole school approach to dedicated reading time during registration period.

1:1 during am registration and small group tuition in English and Maths, during and after the school day.

Dedicated Teaching Assistant in English and Maths.