Whitley Bay High School

'All groups of students make outstanding progress from their starting points' Ofsted

Pupil Premium and Covid Catch Up Premium (inc 16-19 Tuition Fund)

Pupil Premium 

Pupil Premium Report and Action Plan 2023-24 

 Our aim is to raise the ambition, attainment, self-esteem, and resourcefulness of DA/PP students so that they achieve excellent outcomes comparable with their peers and make a successful transition to the next phase of learning. 

Key priorities:  

  • To have high expectations of each individual learner whether Disadvantaged or non-Disadvantaged. 

  • To raise the achievement of Disadvantaged students. 

  • To continue to aim to meet or exceed National figures for % achieving English and Maths and P8 averages and to close the gap between Disadvantaged students and their non-Disadvantaged peers (attainment and progress), working towards a smaller gap at WBHS than national across all GCSE measures. 

  • To increase the selfesteem, confidence and ambition of Disadvantaged students by enhancing their culture capital, ensuring they have access to a wide range of opportunities including trips, curriculum Raising Achievement events and SMSC experiences. 

  • To work effectively and closely in partnership with the parents of Disadvantaged students. 

  • To continue to improve the effectiveness of transition work with the 4 feeder Middle Schools in relation to Disadvantaged students including a tailored transition plan. 

  • To maintain a record of no NEETS by continuing to provide high quality Post 16 guidance, advice and support from members of the LT. 

  • To improve attendance rates of Disadvantaged students through individual or group initiatives. 

 Pupil Premium Funding Allocation:  

PP allocation for 2023-24 
PP funding 
Recovery premium 
£30,583 – as of Sept 2023 

 Pupil Premium Numbers: 

2022 Year group 
PP students 
% of PP students 
  31 (previously PP) 
17 (previously PP) 

Who is eligible: 

Disadvantaged Students: 

  • Any child who used to be eligible for free school meals – FSM Ever 6 

  • Any child current eligible for free school meals – FSM 

  • Looked after children (foster care) - LAC/CIC 

  • Previously looked after children (adopted children) - PLAC 

 Service Children: 

  • Parents in the armed forces - SPP 

 We will be building on the 2022-23 initiatives and filling any gaps in learning in the following ways: 

Year 8 – transition activities: 

  • Transition project with Middle Schools to ensure no ‘dip’ in performance Years 8 to 9. Liaison with Middle School PP leaders to discuss students joining in Year 9. 

Year 9: 

  • Attendance monitoring and reward scheme for those with under 90% attendance across all year groups. 

  • Careers and options guidance with dedicated members of staff. 

  • Year 9 raising achievement initiatives cross curricular projects – Autumn term 

  • Targeted cross curricular project – summer term.  

Year 10: 

  • Purchase a set of subject Revision Guides, where needed, for Year 10 students to aid with revision as well as any essential equipment and additional subject specific learning tools 

  • ‘Out of your comfort zone’ trips- to build confidence, team working and self-belief for students in Year 10. 

  • Arrange Connections career appointments for Year 10 students in the summer term 

  • Aspirational progression pathways, connexions interview - visits to employers, local colleges, and universities. 

  • Targeted raising achievement and attendance groups following triage.  

Year 11: 

  • Continue to allocate each Year 11 PP student a key worker/mentor to support learning and help in preparations for GCSE. 

  • ‘Out of your comfort zone’ trips- to build confidence, team working and self-belief for students in Year 11. 

  • Small group additional tuition in Maths and English for Year 11 students not making expected progress - starting in the autumn term. 

  • Sixth Form mentoring across a range of subject for Year 11 students not making expected progress. 

  • Pre St James’ Park visit to ensure all students make the most of this opportunity 

  • Year 11 Learning Conference at St James’ Park with a motivational speaker and job interview – pre SJP visit for specific target groups. 

  • Create additional assessment opportunities where funding may be a barrier i.e. GCSE PE climbing. 

  • A ‘Boost’ event following trial examinations in March 2024. 

All years: 

  • Regular training for all staff and trainees on the Pupil Premium and supporting students. 

  • Whole school, departmental and individual Raising Achievement initiatives and trips 

  • Targeted revision/catch up workshops and breakfast clubs. 

  • Funded music lessons and financial support for extra-curricular trips where appropriate. 

  • More frequent monitoring and contact with parents regarding progress and students’ attendance at support sessions. 

  • Nutritional support where needed.  

  • Access to uniform and PE kit.  

  • Bespoke intervention for groups and/or individuals where needed. 

Previously looked after children & children in care: 

  • All students are allocated with a specialist non-teaching keyworker who supports teaching and learning, and their social emotional and mental health. 

  • Pupil Premium Strategy (including evaluation) 2022-2023 Download

Academic Year 2020/21 - Phase One

Our Catch-Up strategy was designed to overcome the barriers created by both the enforced closure of the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, and the periods of self-isolation from September 2020 onwards. Some of our strategies involved the whole year group, others were more targeted towards students whose academic progress is behind where it should be because of these circumstances. Please note this list is not exhaustive.

Our Catch-Up Premium was £90,360, based upon a per pupil allocation of £80, awarded in three tranches spanning autumn 2020, spring and summer 2021. The Catch-Up Premium did not meet all costs associated with the catch-up programme, so the shortfall was met through redirecting our existing funds. We monitored the attainment of our pupils through our usual reporting and data cycle and will continue to do so going forward.

Catch-up funding was spent on the following:

· Strategy 1: Extra core subject sessions

· Strategy 2: Option subject catch-up sessions

· Strategy 3: Small-group tutoring (including 16-19 Tuition Fund)

· Strategy 4: Raising Achievement groups for students in receipt of the pupil premium

· Strategy 5: Targeted mentoring

· Strategy 6: Laptops

· Strategy 7: Support group

· Strategy 8: Other intervention groups

· Strategy 9: Adapted curriculum

Academic year 2021-2022 – Phase Two

We received the following Covid recovery funding streams:

1. School – led tutoring – £18,551.25

2. Catch-Up Premium – including carried forward money from 2020-2021 – total allocation of £34,460 broken down into £30,860 – Years 9 to 11 and £3,600 for post 16 tuition

3. National Tutoring Programme – Tuition Partners - £2,637.60

4. Recovery Premium for our Pupil Premium Students - £17,264

School-led Tutoring

From November 2021, students who were identified by their teachers as behind their expected level in English, Maths, Science, MFL and Humanities were invited to small group tutoring sessions designed to improve specific skills. This was extended in January 2022 to include Technology and PE to support with NEA tasks. Generally, students who were ‘currently working at’ a level 1 or 2 grades below expectations, including students with SEND and those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding received this tutoring.

In the Summer term, we used this grant to fund an external member of staff who completed 8 hours each of English tuition with 29 Year 10 students.

In total 238 students received mentoring – 209 in Year 11 and 29 students in Year 10.

We also employed an external tutor to carry out intervention in the core subjects for those most impacted by lockdown. (£21506.25)

External tuition was broken down into the following target groups:

Autumn Term

1 - 39 Year 9 students in both English and maths – identified as in need of support from Middle Schools – 5 hours of maths and 5 hours of English per student – 70 hours of tutoring delivered in total.

2 - 38 Year 9 students in English and Maths – identified by teacher assessment – 5 hours of maths, 5 hours of English per student – 53 hours of tutoring delivered in total.

Spring Term

21 Year 11 students – identified by their teacher - 168 hours of tutoring delivered in total (109 hours of maths, 37 hours of English, 22 hours of science).

Summer Term

37 Year 9 students identified by their reading age, teacher and internal assessment – 6 hours of maths and 6 hours of English tuition per student - 58 hours of tutoring delivered in total.

Catch-Up Premium – carried forward funding from 2020-2021

Catch-Up Premium has helped in the appointment of a dedicated Attendance Officer external tutor, Boys/ Girls Network scheme including catering – to encourage participation and our Year 9 English and Maths intervention sessions – including stationery and catering.

National Tutoring Programme – Tuition Partners

The NTP was intended to help close the educational gap which widened as a result of COVID-19 and initially was designed for Pupil Premium students but was extended to include all students.

We used Mannings Tutors to provide both remote and face to face tutoring

English – 14 students received 18 hours tuition via a tutor in school

Maths – 15 students received 15 hours tuition remotely

Science – 15 students received 15 hours tuition remotely

Total school contribution-£2,637.60 (70% of the total cost was subsidised government funding.)

Recovery Premium for our Pupil Premium Students 

Recovery Pupil Premium is a separate grant of £145 per student, allocated based on our Pupil Premium numbers.

This has been used to support school-led mentoring, NTP tuition, communication via text message to parents, food, motivational incentives, uniform, study resources and to fund our Boost event. This spending is reflected in our Pupil Premium Strategy and Evaluation documents

Post 16 Catch Up Funding

In 2020 we received £1,803 to support students in the sixth form who have achieved a grade 4 in English and or Maths. Between January and May half term these students were in a programme of monitoring, support and intervention. The programme is dependent on the context of the student, but included (illustrative, not exhaustive):

· Monitoring of progress v expected progress

· Group activities

· Individual mentoring

· Brokering of additional support within subjects.

WBHS is in receipt of funding to facilitate “catch-up” tuition for post-16 students. 2021-22 - £7,677. The criteria for identifying students who should receive this support includes:

· Those who meet the criteria for disadvantage

· Those who achieved grade 4 or lower at GCSE in English or maths

· Those whose progress in the sixth form we have identified as being less than expected for a student with their academic profile

The funding has been spent on a combination of the following support:

· 1-1 tutoring

· Small group tutoring

In total 107 sixth form students received 434 hours of tutoring in 2021-22

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