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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 2018/19 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.  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
  • Guaranteed access to a Careers Advisor from years 10 to 11
     

 

Pupil Premium Impact Report 2018/19

 

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 = 100%
  • PP students who gained 5 GCSE at 9-1 = 70%
  • PP students who gained 5 GCSE at 9-1 including English/Maths = 70%
  • PP students who gained 9-1 English/Maths =70%

 

Students who were entered for exams also performed well in subject areas as can be seen below:

 

  Subject

9-1 or equivalent (%)

PP 9-1 or equivalent

  English Language

100%

100%

  English Literature

71%

71%

  Maths

100%

100%

  Science

100%

100%

  Citizenship

100%

100%

  Geography (1 student)

100%

100%

  ICT

  87%

100%

  Art

100%

100%

  Textiles

100%

100%

  Photography

100%

100%

  

Impact report for the use of Pupil Premium Grant 2018-19

 

Pupil Premium

Used for

Summary of intervention/action

Impact

RAG

 

Employment of 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 PP students attendance (87.20%) was significantly better than non-PP (78.53%).

 

 

 

Employment of family workers

 

Proportionally fewer behaviour incidents

 

There has been a positive impact through the employment of family workers with 63% of PP students improving their half termly cumulative behaviour totals from Autumn term 2 to Spring term 2. However, due to a new behaviour management system there has been an increase in Fixed Term Exclusions and this will be a focus for this academic year’s SDP.

 

 

 

Employment of family workers

 

Improved rates of progress for PP students

 

There has been positive impact in progress for PP students. Furthermore, in GCSE exams PP students performed “on-par” with their non-PP counterparts in the 5 GCSEs including English and Maths measure. Also in all subject areas apart from Maths PP students on average exceeded DLC expected progress.

 

 

 

Jigsaw PSHE resource

 

Improved social and emotional wellbeing of primary students

 

Although Thrive assessments would demonstrate an improvement in social and emotional wellbeing, the use of the Jigsaw resource was limited and this is an area that has been investigated further through a different resource this academic year.

 

 

  

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 2019-20

 

Click here for our pupil premium strategy statement 2019-20.