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The Dorchester Learning Centre is an alternative provision school working with some of the most challenging and vulnerable young people in Dorset.  Before the pupils join our school, the majority of them have already been identified as having significantly low school attendance.  DLC offers a tailored timetable to each individual pupil and that in itself leads to increased attendance, good progress and positive outcomes in terms of achieving a range of qualifications, including GCSE English and Maths.  However, there are still a high percentage of our young people who fail to engage for reasons often unconnected with school.  These reasons may include turbulent and traumatic living arrangements, poor mental health and difficult social relationships with peers.  These young people are often in receipt of pupil premium, and it is this group that have been identified as “hard to reach” that the school wishes to target.

The school recognises that whilst the primary function is to provide education, if it does not in some way alleviate or remove the barriers to learning that are in our young people’s homes or local community, then we will not be able to reach them.  Experience tells us that what makes a difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged learners is passionate, committed people working with them. 

 

In 2017/18 the funding for a pupil attracting pupil premium was:

 

  • £1320 per pupil in reception to year 6
  • £935 per pupil in year 7 to year 11

 

The funding has aided the employment of 3 safeguarding/family key workers.  The role of these staff members is to support young people and their families with non-educational problems.  Significantly these keyworkers are managed by our designated safeguarding lead and this allows the DSL to monitor situations and provide information and evidence indicating when referrals to agencies, such as social care, may be appropriate.  As part of our development of student’s personal, social and mental wellbeing a range of resources were also purchased.  We have also invested in an online child protection monitoring system.  The impact of this team is intended to:

 

  • Improve the attendance of pupil premium pupils
  • Offer support and welfare
  • Encourage positive relationships
  • Increase engagement in education

 

Pupil Premium Guarantee

 

  • Guaranteed access to individualised timetables
  • Guaranteed access to vocational and enrichment activities
  • Guaranteed access to interventions such as tutoring and mentoring
  • Guaranteed access to small class sizes
  • Guaranteed access to 1:1 support for Literacy and Numeracy
  • Guaranteed access to therapeutic interventions such as Thrive
  • Guaranteed access to a pastoral/family key worker
  • All requests for support for trips and activities considered
  • Support for individual packages for engagement and welfare of students
  • Guaranteed access to a Careers Advisor from years 10 to 11
     

 

Pupil Premium Impact Report 2017/18

 

Analysis of Exam results

 

Examination outcomes for pupil premium students who took exams were very successful and can be seen below:

 

  • PP students who gained 1 GCSE at 9-1 = 93%
  • PP students who gained 5 GCSE at 9-1 = 64%
  • PP students who gained  5 GCSE at 9-1 including English/Maths = 64%
  • PP students who gained 9-1 English = 79%
  • PP Students who gained 9-1 Maths = 93%
  • PP students who gained 9-1 English/Maths = 86%

 

Students also performed well in subject areas as can be seen below:

 

 Subject

 9 - 1 or equivalent (%)

 PP 9 - 1 or equivalent (%)

 English

 86% (19/22 students)

 83% (10/12 students)

 English Literature

 86% (6/7 students)

 67% (2/3 students)

 Maths

 91% (21/23 students)

 100% (13/13 students)

 Art

 100% (19/19 students)

 100% (7/7 students)

 Citizenship

 91% (10/11 students)

 86% (6/7 students)

 Geography

 100% (1/1 students)

 100% (1/1 students)

 ICT

 81% (13/16 students)

 71% (5/7 students)

 Photography

 100% (3/3 students)

 100% (3/3 students)

 Religious Studies

 83% (10/12 students)

 71% (5/7 students)

 Science

 100% (18/18 students)

 100% (10/10 students)

 Statistics

 100% (1/1 students)

 N/A

 

Impact report for the use of Pupil Premium Grant 2017-18

 

Pupil Premium

Used for

Summary of intervention/action

Impact

RAG

Employment of safeguarding/family workers

Targeted support for improving attendance of students.

There has been a positive impact through the pastoral team both in terms of procedure (i.e. home visits, liaison with parents, following of attendance protocol) whilst also an improvement for individual students.  Last academic year there was no significant gap between PP and non PP students in terms of whole school attendance. Moreover, PP attendance in year 10 was 23% higher than non-PP students. 78% of PP students improved their attendance from their last educational setting.

 

Employment of safeguarding/family workers

Support for vulnerable students who needed safeguarding actions

This has had a positive impact, in that the interventions that are put in place for vulnerable students can be tracked and monitored appropriately. 100% of PP students received pastoral support at least on a weekly basis. 87% received a referral to a form of external agency such as CAMHS, social care or targeted youth. 56 % of PP students received intensive daily support.

 

Purchase of online child protection system

Support for vulnerable students who needed safeguarding actions

There has been a positive impact since the introduction of My Concern. Staff are more vigilant in their primary aim of safeguarding students. These concerns are easy to record and thus allow early intervention to occur both within school and through external agencies. 100% of PP students received pastoral support at least on a weekly basis. 87% received a referral to a form of external agency such as CAMHS, social care or targeted youth. 56% of PP students received intensive daily support.

 

Employment of safeguarding/family workers

Engagement within lessons, welfare of students and lower attainment of PP students.

A positive impact within lessons has been noted and this impact can be demonstrated within the current academic data. Year 11 data would demonstrate there was no gap between PP and non PP students achieving 5 GCSE’s at 9-1. GCSE results for PP students was excellent and 64% of PP students achieved 5 GCSE’s at 9-1 with English and Maths.  Moreover, current progress data in year 10 would demonstrate that PP students make more progress than non-PP students in all core subjects (English, Maths, Science).

 

  

When reflecting and assessing the impact of the interventions that have been implemented through Pupil Premium, we have looked at the GCSE outcomes and internal tracking but also senior staff have made judgements.

Green indicates that the intervention has been successful

Amber indicates that whilst the intervention has been successful there are some areas that need developing within it or that after looking at data the impact has not been significant.

Red indicates that the intervention has not made any impact on attainment and progress and therefore will not be continued moving forward.

 

Pupil Premium Strategy for 2018-19

 

Click here for our current Pupil Premium Strategy.