Pupil Premium

We believe that the high expectations we have of all our students, the great importance placed on standards of behaviour, and the quality of teaching and learning, together with a strong partnership with parents and carers, are key contributors to our success. Similarly, a differentiated and varied curriculum which takes account of the needs and interests of learners enables all students to progress onto meaningful pathways. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our students are given every chance to realise their full potential.

In this document, you will find information outlined to show:

  1. A brief explanation outlining the Pupil Premium
  2. The LGS pupil premium allocation for the current academic year
  3. A rationale behind why we allocate money to help overcome specific barriers
  4. Details of how LGS spent the previous academic year’s allocation
  5. How it has impacted the attainment, progress, attendance and well-being of disadvantaged pupils
  6. Review of impact from previous spending and how this will be used to guide future spending
  7. Details of how LGS intend to spend the Pupil Premium allocation this year
  8. Information on how the effectiveness of this academic year’s funding will be tracked and monitored

1. What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. In 2012–13 schools were allocated a total of £1.25 billion funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. From 2018 the Pupil premium will also include funding for post looked after children, for example children who have left care subject to an Adoption Order, a Special Guardianship Order or a Child Arrangement Order. The aim of the funding is to provide disadvantaged students with opportunities to develop their confidence, social skills and ultimately to improve their attainment. Pupil premium funding is ring fenced and you will find a comprehensive review of funding (2019-20) and intended actions for funding (2020-21) below.

2. Pupil Premium allocation for Lordswood Girls’ School

Academic YearTotal number of pupils Years 7-11Total PP budget (number of pupils eligible)
2020-21747£208,190 (222 students)
Year 7 literacy & numeracy catch up budgetDate of most recent PP reviewDates for internal review of strategy
No budget given this year, replaced by catch up funding for all year groups school closuresSept 2020Interim: Termly
Final: Sept 2020
Academic YearTotal number of pupils Years 7-11Total PP budget (number of pupils eligible)
2019-20732£182,325 (195 students)
Year 7 literacy & numeracy catch up budgetDate of most recent PP reviewDates for internal review of strategy
£8,528Sept 2019Interim: Termly
Final: Sept 2020

3. Rationale and research
When planning the pupil premium strategy, a number of key pieces of research are considered by LGS to help establish the most successful use of the funding for our students. The EEF guide to the pupil premium and the corresponding toolkit help us establish how other schools have used the funding and findings to support each suggestion. Alongside this, The Sutton Trust have produced a number of useful documents to help guide our decision making process. If you would like any information regarding these documents, please visit:

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence-summaries/pupil-premium-guide/

https://www.suttontrust.com/research-paper/school-funding-and-pupil-premium-2019/

Even though this research proves helpful, the most important part of deciding on how the Pupil Premium is allocated is to review the effectiveness of spending from the previous academic year (2020-21). This enables us to understand how successfully we have allocated funding to enable our disadvantaged students to make at least expected progress, be fully supported in all aspects of school life and be given the same opportunities as non-disadvantaged students. It also allows us to establish the specific barriers in learning that our pupil premium students face here at LGS and how best to provide them with support to overcome these barriers.

4-6. Review of academic year 2019-20
The progress shown by pupil premium students at Lordswood Girls’ School continues to be significantly above the average for all students nationally. In 2018-19 the gap was -0.12 and the gap for the academic year 2019-20 the gap is -0.36. However, due to the national school closures on March 20th 2020 and the external GCSE examinations being cancelled, any comparison made against last year’s data cannot be accurately analysed. The widening of this gap is still concerning despite the mitigating factors and so through robust tracking and intervention we will aim to close the gap once again.

When analysing the progress made by PP students compared to Non-PP by subject area, English Literature (+0.1) History (+0.03) Music (+0.09) and French (+0.5) achieved excellent results. Despite the majority of whole school subject data producing positive residuals the under-performance by pupil premium students in Spanish, Geography and Computer Science has negatively impacted this data.

It is pleasing to see that our Yr7 and Yr9 PP students who are also high band have outperformed their Non-PP high band peers when using the measure of being on track in 5+ subject areas. In contrast, our KS4 PP high band students performed significantly worse than their Non-PP high band peers. Therefore, this must be a focus for improvement for 2020-21 through tracking and intervention led by the raising achievement coordinator.

The attendance of pupil premium students remains high particularly in the cases of Yr7 and Yr9. A number of PP students were placed on attendance monitoring at the start of the academic year 2019-20 and there was a significant improvement in attendance for 56% of these PP students. There are still gaps in attendance between PP and Non-PP in all year groups. However, due to the overall figures based on data up to and including March 2020, it does not account for students being able to improve their overall attendance in the summer term.

The percentage of pupil premium students receiving 5 or more praise points in KS3 has increased this year which is pleasing as we are aware that there is a direct link between consistent praise and progress. We now need to focus on ensuring that KS4 PP students are equitably praised in line with their Non-PP peers. The percentage of students receiving 5 or more alert points has increased by 1% this year which even though is not significant, still needs close monitoring to ensure that PP student behaviour is not becoming concerning.

Even though the data suggests that there is a gap between our PP and Non- PP students who attended at least one extracurricular club, It is encouraging that the gap was narrowed from last year’s figure of -16% compared to this year of -11%.

100% of the PP students who were nominated to take part in the University of Birmingham’s forward thinking project were successful in completing their respective sessions last year and this is a project that will continue this year albeit with some online parts of the course replacing the face to face sessions.

Please use the links below to download the Lordswood Girls’ School Pupil Premium Strategy Statement