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Pupil Premium Statement

Academic Year 2015/16

The College fully utilised Pupil Premium in an attempt to improve outcomes for the most disadvantaged students. Engage had seven pupils on roll who received pupil premium in 2015/16, which amounted to £6,545.

The income was utilised to purchase counselling services, educational and inspirational trips, visits and to reduce class sizes. The rationale for reducing the number of pupils in the class was that this would improve the quality of teaching and learning, for example by increasing the amount one to one attention learners receive. The trips were to provide motivation for learners. Counselling services were utilised to assist in the removal of barriers to learning.

71% of learners, in receipt of Pupil premium achieved in maths and English with two learners completing two levels.

The Current Year 2016-2017

The current forecast for the amount of pupil premium the school will receive in the academic year 2016-2017 is £11,220. This is an increase in the amount of funding from the previous year with twelve students in receipt of funding. We intend to ensure the money is fully utilised to narrow the achievement gap between pupil premium students and their peers and to further improve on the successes seen last year. The strategies in place are designed to impact over the long term on outcomes for students.

60% (£6,732) is allocated to actions focussed on learning in the curriculum this includes: contribution towards staffing of small groups for maths, English and Science, resources to aid learning.

20% (£2,244) is allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural issues: counselling service, provision of uniform - to ensure that all students feel like they belong.

20% (£2,244) is allocated to actions focussed on enrichment beyond the curriculum: trips to raise aspirations, rewards for positive contribution, awards.

Academic Year 2017/18

Total amount received £13,900. Increase of £2680 with 14 students in total in receipt of funding.  As in previous years we intend to ensure the money is fully utilised to narrow the achievement gap between pupil premium students and their peers and to further improve on the successes seen on previous years. The strategies in place are designed to impact over the long term on outcomes for students. During the academic year students scored in line with their peers however their attendance was lower on average due to long term unauthorised absences. Spending to improve the attendance gap and to improve overall achievement went as follows.

60% (£8,340) is allocated to actions focussed on learning in the curriculum this includes: contribution towards staffing of small groups for maths, English and Science, resources to aid learning.

20% (£2,780) is allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural issues: counselling service, provision of uniform - to ensure that all students feel like they belong.

20% (£2,780) is allocated to actions focussed on enrichment beyond the curriculum: trips to raise aspirations, rewards for positive contribution, awards.

2018/19

We drew down a total amount of £14 025 for pupil premium students. This was an increase of £125 with 15 students in total in receipt of funding.  As in previous years we ensure the money is fully utilised to narrow the achievement gap between pupil premium students and their peers through support and resources. The strategies in place are designed to impact over the long term on outcomes for students.

Over the year we saw a slight improvement on the previous year with Pupil Premium students scoring in line with peers however their attendance improved on the last academic year equalling that of their peers.

To improve the achievement and attendance gaps, spending was allocated as follows:

60% (£8,415) is allocated to actions focussed on learning in the curriculum including: contribution towards staffing of small groups for maths, English and Science and resources to aid learning such as on-line resources and specialist equipment.

20% (£2,805) is allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural issues: counselling service, provision of uniform - to ensure that all students feel like they belong and PPE allowing students to access vocational lessons.

20% (£2,805) is allocated to actions focussed on enrichment beyond the curriculum: trips to raise aspirations, rewards for positive contribution, awards and guest speakers

2019/20

We drew down a total amount of £24 310 for pupil premium students. This was an increase on the previous year of £10 205 and an increase of 11 students totalling 26 together. The reason for the vast increase is the opening of the additional provision at Houghall Campus. As in previous years we ensure the money is fully utilised to narrow the achievement gap between pupil premium students and their peers through support and resources. The strategies in place are designed to impact over the long term on outcomes for students.

This year we saw an unprecedented number of students achieving their qualifications and Pupil Premium Students scored very nearly in line with their peers. The achievement rate for PP students was 97.5% compared with an overall score for the entire cohort of 98.1%. This is an encouraging sign that the interventions we are putting in place are having a positive effect. Additional to this, the retention rate was very positive at 98.8% compared with 91.9% for the whole group.

This year we saw lock downs affecting education in an extreme and unexpected manner. To assist students working from home and ensure they received support and education we invested funds into online resources and equipment as well as the usual expenses as laid out below.

To improve the achievement and attendance gaps, spending was allocated as follows:

60% (£14 586) is allocated to actions focussed on learning in the curriculum including: contribution towards staffing of small groups for maths, English and science and resources to aid learning such as on-line resources and specialist equipment including kerboodle/ Hegarty and Canvas.

20% (£4862) is allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural issues: counselling service, online behaviour support package SNAP B, provision of uniform - to ensure that all students feel like they belong and PPE allowing students to access vocational lessons.

20% (£4862) is allocated to actions focussed on enrichment beyond the curriculum: trips to raise aspirations, rewards for positive contribution, awards and guest speakers.