St George Use of Pupil Premium Grant 2019-20
“At St George we pride ourselves on supporting the individual. Understanding our students’ needs is key to supporting them the best we can. As such, we offer support to all our students who are vulnerable or in need. We use our monitoring and pastoral systems to allocate the pupil premium funding to individuals and groups that have been identified as a priority.”
1. The amount of the school’s pupil premium funding
The pupil premium funding for 2019- 2020 for St George Catholic College has been provisionally allocated at £169,875.
2. A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school
The main barriers to achievement have been identified at St George as:
- Low literacy levels preventing students from accessing the curriculum particularly in English
- The return of 100% terminal examinations coupled with the new greater knowledge/depth 9-1 GCSEs
- Opportunities for instant feedback/support in whole class environment
- Attitude towards learning - behaviour for learning and classwork
- Attendance and punctuality affecting students’ ability to engage in lessons
- Completion of homework to consolidate knowledge and skills covered in lessons
- Emotional issues such as behaviour or anger management difficulties
- Self-esteem issues where pupils do not feel they are able to achieve due to low self-confidence, anxiety and in some cases the absence of a positive role-model
- Access to resources outside of school and enrichment experiences within school
These barriers are not exhaustive and do not solely affect pupil premium students. Strategies to address them will also benefit other pupils.
3. How the pupil premium allocation is to be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach:
- Providing additional KS3 intervention classes and Accelerated Reader package to improve both reading and writing skills
- Employ additional teaching staff to deliver a bespoke KS4 curriculum and timetable over 3 years, for students to maximise engagement and progress in their final examinations
- Provide small group intervention tuition with subject specialists in English and Maths
- Employ additional support staff to provide targeted support in lessons
- Improve behaviour for learning and attendance through a range of engagement opportunities delivered by Progress Leaders, inclusion staff and outside agencies
- Provide supervised after school Homework club with teacher support
- Employ ELSA support for emotional support and strategies to improve self-management
- Carry out regular support meetings to identify goals and any resources needed with individual in-school mentors who are senior/experienced staff with prior knowledge of the students.
- Provide SLT mentors to offer support and guidance on life after school as well. Offer expert careers advice starting in Year 9 to provide a goal for students to aim at. Provide an educational psychologist to support exam well-being for Year 11 students
- Subsidise instrumental tuition and educational visits, including residential trips. As well as provide resources for learning e.g. calculators, revision guides and art equipment.
4. How the school is to measure the impact and effect of its expenditure of the pupil premium allocation:
The effectiveness of the above activities will be evidenced through the impact of the students’ progress through the school using in-school tracking systems and also using outcomes at KS4.