How do we use the “Pupil Premium Grant” at GCA?
Since 2012, GCA has been able to access additional resources via the Pupil Premium Grant to support the education of our students who have claimed free school meals during the previous 6 years.
In the current financial year, our Pupil Premium resources are being used to:
- Employ a Pupil Premium Progress Leader to champion the curricular and extra-curricular engagement and achievement of our Pupil Premium students
- Employ an independent Careers Advisor to support our Pupil Premium students as they transition from GCA to post 16 destinations
- Employ full time Inclusion staff to support the wellbeing of our Pupil Premium students who are struggling in school
- Provide additional English, Maths and Science staffing in Key stage 4 to improve the learning experience and outcomes of our Pupil Premium students
- Deploy Teaching Assistants to support the complex emotional and behavioural issues of some of our Pupil Premium students
- Deploy a Senior Leader and a specialist Governor to oversee the provision and outcomes for our Pupil Premium students
- Employ a KS3 Pupil Premium Mathematics project Leader to drive forward our Pupil Premium students’ achievement in Mathematics at KS3
- Deliver discrete Mathematics Catch-Up in Key Stage 3 to address the specific learning needs of some of our Pupil Premium students
- Employ a KS3 Pupil Premium English project Leader to drive forward our Pupil Premium students’ achievement in English at KS3
- Deliver discrete Literacy Catch-Up in Key Stage 3 to address the specific learning needs of some of our Pupil Premium students
- Ensure that specific Pupil Premium students access additional opportunities for “reading for pleasure” via our “Reading-Buddies” initiative
- Ensure that our Pupil Premium students benefit from the Science ipads pilot
- Provide an additional budget allocation to enable our Pupil Premium students to access our extra-curricular programme more easily
- Purchase and operate student tracking software to enable us to monitor the progress and attainment of our Pupil Premium students more effectively
What is the impact of our “Pupil Premium Grant” spending?
In 2013, our Pupil Premium students attained an average points score (367.4) which was higher than the national non-Pupil Premium average (350.3). In other words, our most disadvantaged students performed across 8 subject areas including English and Maths, on average, better than their advantaged peers nationwide.
In addition, our Pupil Premium cohort achieved a Best 8 Value-Added score (1038.3) in 2013 which was higher than their non-Pupil Premium peers (1033.8) within GCA. In other words, our most disadvantaged students made more progress across 8 subjects, including English and Maths, than our own advantaged children, and, moreover, made more progress than Pupil Premium students than in any other school in Lancashire.
According to our most recent internal tracking data, the gap between the performance of Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students is continuing to close.
In 2014, our Pupil Premium students’ academic achievements were recognised by the Minister of State for Schools (see the letter below).