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Pupil Premium Report 2011-2012

Lipson Community College  2011 - 2012

General Context:

The Pupil Premium is funding which is provided as a way of addressing inequalities in educational outcomes and in ensuring that all students can achieve academically. The level of funding in 2011 – 2012 is £480 per student who is in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or is a looked after child. In addition, children from service families are funded at a level of £200 per child. This funding is made available to the school to ensure that these children are able to fulfil their potential through access to additional materials, support or experiences which enhance their educational opportunities and thereby their outcomes. The DfE allows for schools to spend this funding as they see fit based on their knowledge of pupil needs.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium , allocated to schools per FSM is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. (Source: DfE website)

Lipson Context:

Students on roll:              1345 (September 2012)
Students in receipt of Free School Meals:    24% (September 2012)
Students in care (CIC):   1.1%
Students from service families:   1.1%

These figures indicate that Lipson has relatively few children in the CIC and Service families categories but are considerably above the national average figures for students on Free School Meals which has been quoted as 15.9% for 2011 (source: DfE 2011). These figures led to an allocation in the financial year 2011 – 2012 of £141,056 which was earmarked to accelerate academic achievement of the students targeted by the college as needing extra support.

Funding received April 2011 – March 2012:  £141, 056


As with many schools, a sizeable chunk of the allocation was used for additional staffing with the express remit of addressing educational inequalities, especially in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy and Science.


Lipson Community College: Use of the Pupil Premium in 2011/12


We were allocated £141,056 for the academic year 2011/2012. We received this money in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).

Curriculum support: £10,318

Ofsted (2012) identified that Lipson Community College ‘has an innovative curriculum which makes very creative use of time to provide students with a wide range of learning opportunities.’ This includes a range of intervention staff who support students’ learning both in the classroom and through extraction sessions, especially in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. Weekly and holiday revision sessions were organized for students in Year 11 and Year 10 on both the C / D  borderline and ‘Aspiring A grades’;  these were well attended. Additional revision materials were provided for all students attending these sessions. Professional Development was also arranged for core faculty staff on specific examination skills and how to enable students to achieve more highly in examinations.

KS3 Intervention plan: £26, 500

Students in KS3 are closely monitored to ensure that progress is at the expected level and that any student who is flagging as a concern receives the appropriate intervention. Initially this is monitored by the Head of Faculty. Interventions are initially undertaken by specialist staff HLTAs in the core or by EAL through extraction and booster sessions. Students who still cause concern are referee to the RAP meetings.

We also run the Renaissance Reading which is a programme that is delivered through English lessons; approximately a third of English curriculum time is used for this scheme highlighting its importance. It is a reading programme for all year 7 pupils regardless of reading age reading age whereby students are assigned a book appropriate to their reading age. Pupils are assessed online and then move on to the next level. This programme also benefits all readers across the ability range as it is personalised and encourages greater engagement in reading. Ofsted (2012) identified that the interventions in KS3 ‘are beginning to have a positive impact’.

Identification of need and allocation of additional support: £8,000

The College’s Raising Attainment Group (RAP) meets weekly and provides the main conduit for discussions on students who raise concerns about meeting levels of progress.  Heads of Guild, Heads of Faculty for English and Mathematics, SENCO, Attendance Officer and members of SLT discuss student progress and put the relevant measures in place to support student outcomes. A programme of Assertive mentoring, intervention and ‘one–to-one’ tuition is accessed via the RAP meetings to support students in meeting the expected levels of progress.

Gifted and Talented: £11,425

As a college, Lipson is fully committed to ensuring that the needs of all students are being met and that all students are able to make progress in their learning. The register of ‘Gifted and Talented’ students is regularly updated and their specific needs are met in various ways: liaising with departments to ensure the curriculum is challenging, monitoring the progress of targeted students, interviewing students and working with Heads of Faculty on appropriate interventions to ensure that students meet their targets. This has included widening the number of students talking separate Sciences and those progressing to AS level in Year 11. A range of enrichment activities in the form of visits to universities, booster sessions with specialists and master classes have also proved very successful at deepening understanding of subjects and raising aspirations.

Enrichment and Developing Aspirations: £19,172

The importance of enrichment is strongly held. This has led to an expansion of the specialist tutor groups, following  ‘Knowledge is Power’  (KIPP) groups whereby students develop their expertise in areas such as Music, Performing Arts, Mathematics, MFL, English and Sports. These tutor groups are designed to raise aspirations and to encourage expertise; excellence is to be pursued and celebrated across a wide sphere.  In addition, a programme was launched to support any child on Free School Meals (FSM)  to learn to play a musical instrument to raise their aspirations and develop their skills and resilience ready for application across the curriculum. Students were offered a wide variety of opportunities in 2011 – 2012 such as study days, external trips, theatre experiences and visiting expert speakers to enhance the educational experience and foster full engagement in learning.

Staffing costs to facilitate the above programme: £65, 641