The Pupil Premium grant is used to enhance the learning of students whose families who have qualified for free school
meals (FSM) at any point in the past six years, of students who are looked after by the local authority (LAC), and to assist financially in certain circumstances.
During the period April 2013 to March 2014, Harris Academy Merton received a total of £299,700 in Pupil Premium direct grant.
For the period April 2014 to March 2015 the sum of £330,990 is expected to support the learning of HAM Pupil Premium students.
Pupil Premium money part-funds the initiatives below. Precise amounts of Pupil Premium funding vary according to the numbers of Pupil Premium students targeted per initiative:
- Pupil Premium students who are not making expected progress in English and Maths, those who have below average grades on joining the Academy, and those with English as an additional language (EAL) needs are given targeted support on a regular basis through in-class assistance and withdrawal group teaching. We also run a literacy breakfast club, where breakfast is provided along with the targeted support. All of these initiatives have proved to be extremely successful in raising students’ achievements and attainment.
- In Years 7 and 8 we put in place an additional English group for selected students in each half of the year, many of whom are Pupil Premium students.
- The attendance of our Pupil Premium students is excellent, partly because of the excellent work carried out by our attendance team.
- All parents who are entitled to FSM for their child(ren) are given an annual £70 uniform grant for each child attending the Academy.
- We offer a very full and wide-ranging Enrichment Programme, of which every student is expected to attend at least one session per week. Many students attend multiple sessions each week as it has proved to be extremely popular.
- The Academy runs many day and residential trips and financial help is given to Pupil Premium students who have been targeted to attend the trips. Most trips are curriculum- related and those which take place in KS4 are a necessary part of the courses the students are studying. We also use some Pupil Premium money to part-fund a termly rewards trips for the best-performing students in relation to attendance, punctuality and credits received.
- Students are rewarded with a payment of £10 directly into their own bank accounts for achieving a Principal’s Commendation.
- Student jobs are advertised, interviews undertaken and the successful applicants are rewarded with additional payments onto their cashless catering accounts.
- We offer bespoke careers advice and guidance for students. Pupil Premium students often require support in this area in order to raise aspirations.
- Student Referral Centre: this provision offers guidance and counselling for students who need additional support to modify their behaviour
- Peer mentors: we run a programme of students supporting each other to improve aspiration, achievement and behaviour.
- External mentoring and tuition: HAM is working for the first time with TeamUp, an organization which links university under-graduates with Year 11 to provide mentoring and tailored small-group tuition in English and Maths.
- Aim Higher: many of the students targeted to raise their aspirations by encouraging them to consider applying to university are Pupil Premium students.
Impact of Pupil Premium
Historically, Pupil Premium students have excelled at HAM, with the achievement gap between Pupil Premium students
and non-Pupil Premium students at the Academy being very significantly better than the national gap. This success was recognised by a letter from Minister of State for Schools, David Laws, in January 2014, who wrote to congratulate the Academy for the excellent progress our disadvantaged students make.
Figures for 2013 (full national 2014 figures not yet available):
- 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths: Pupil Premium students outperformed national by an astonishing 26%; the gap between Pupil
- Premium and non-Pupil Premium students at Harris Academy Merton is only 11%, compared to 27% nationally.
- English Baccalaureate: The gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students at Harris Academy Merton is only 4%; nationally it is 18%.
- English GCSE A*-C and Maths GCSE A*-C for Pupil Premium students: both significantly above national average
- The percentage of Pupil Premium students who gained two Science GCSEs at grades A*-C was a 9% increase on 2012
- Average point score per GCSE was significantly above national (an astonishing 56 above), and a gap of only 13 between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students at Harris Academy Merton, compared to a gap of 49 nationally
- English average point score and Maths average point score for Pupil Premium students were both significantly above national and an increase on 2012
- Overall value-added: Pupil Premium students made significantly more (an exceptional 54.3 points more) progress than the national rate, and a gap of only 3.7 between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students at Harris Academy Merton, compared to a gap of 22.3 nationally
- English value-added and Maths value-added for Pupil Premium students were both significantly above national and an increase on 2012. Both, remarkably, were higher than for non-Pupil Premium students nationally.
- The percentage of Pupil Premium students making three levels of progress in English was 6% higher than for all students nationally and only 1% lower than non-Pupil Premium Harris Academy Merton students
- The percentage of Pupil Premium students making three levels of progress in Maths was 19% higher than for all students nationally and only 7% lower than non-Pupil Premium Harris Academy Merton students
- The percentage of Pupil Premium students making four levels of progress in Maths was 33% higher than for all students nationally and only 1% lower than non-Pupil Premium Harris Academy Merton students
In 2014 the percentage of HAM Pupil Premium students achieving 5 A* to C grades at GCSE including English and Math was 19%. The national average is not yet known.