Pupil Premium

Updated to show information for academic year 2017/2018


Community, school and pupil context...

The Lincoln St. Christopher’s School is a large Special School (239) for pupils with moderate, severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, many of whom have autistic spectrum disorders. St Christopher’s School is a co-educational provision with a 3-19 year old intake of children and young

people. The pupils are predominantly from Lincoln and surrounding areas and is located on Hykeham Road, Lincoln LN6 8AR.

 

The school presently has 239 pupils, 28 of which are presently in the sixth form. 59 students across the school are girls. An above average proportion of pupils are eligible for funding from the pupil premium.

 

The social and economic background of our pupils is diverse, due to the extended catchment area with 81 pupils entitled to free school meals; 8 are service children. There are 6 looked after children at the present time. Most pupils are White British and speak English as their first language; 7 pupils have English as an additional language. Pupils can join the school at any point in their school life, although the main admissions take place in primary and Year 7. Most pupils arrive with well documented evidence of levels of attainment well below their mainstream peers, particularly in literacy and numeracy. Many have difficulties with personal and social development. A significant number who arrive from a mainstream context have a history of inappropriate behaviour or being difficult to manage in other educational settings. Some have a history of being previously temporarily excluded.

 

All have an Education Health Care plan apart from some pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school has an increasing large proportion of children and young people with complex needs for example non-verbal children with severe autism and challenging behaviour. These children are based in the ARC (Autistic Resource Centre) provision at the school.

 

The majority of pupils have a moderate learning difficulty combined with specific communication difficulties, and many of our pupils have associated difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, or other specific Learning Difficulties. 127 of our pupils have an autistic spectrum condition as their primary need; 33 have severe learning difficulties; 73 have moderate learning difficulties; 2 have profound learning difficulties.

 

There is a specialist facility for primary aged children with severe autism. At the present time 25 children attend this facility.


2016 – 2017 review of pupil premium spending...

 Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received 
Total pupils on role  261
Total number of pupils eligible for free school meals  119
Total number of service children 9
Total number of service children  7
Total number of students eligible for pupil premium  135
 Number of pupils per type of Pupil Premium
Deprivation Pupil Premium (DPP) - Primary  261
Deprivation Pupil Premium (DPP) - Secondary  119
Service Child Premium (SCP) 9
Adopted from Care Premium (ACP)  7
 Pupil Premium Government Grant
Total Amount of PPG Received £131,671
Pupil Premium Looked After  £4,800
Pupil Premium Year 7 Catch Up £11,960
Pupil Premium Service Children  £3,124
Pupil Premium Post Looked After Children £11,400
Pupil Premium Sports Grant £7,634
Total £170,589
 Objective Cost Purchase Outcomes
To provide more vulnerable classes with additional staff to support small group work. £43,683.27 4 Modern day apprentices used to support in our complex autism unit specifically focusing on supporting transitions and developing communication.

Staff to student ratio is funded as the following:

MLD 6:1  /  SLD 5:1  /  ARC 2.5/1

 

In most cases we have been able to provide the following:

MLD 5:1  /  SLD 3.3/1   ARC 1.8/1

To develop students access to online resources £4786.95 21 iPads and Cases

An Increase in students access to online resources so that each classroom now has two iPads each. 

£1291

Online Subscriptions:

- HelpKidzLearn

- Choose It Maker

- SumDog

- Tapestry

- WidgitOnline

-Hamilton Trust

Tapestry is used to capture learning and report to parents. We have 77 pupils using Tapestry and 68 parents registered. That is 88% of parents signed up. Feedback is extremely positive.

 

All of middle and upper school classes use SumDog, HelpKidzLearn and Choose It Maker to supports homework activities online which has increased the participation of students accessing homework.

 

ALD and ARC staff are using Widgit Online to provide more communication tools so that students can access learning. 

To identify and intervene with barriers to learning

£2239.55

 

£800

 

£642

 

£2387.19

Sensory equipment

 

Sensory OT

 

Play therapist

 

Student specific resources

There is negligible difference between pupil premium and non-pupil premium attainment (see table below)

 

Students are accessing sensory integrations on a more regular basis with staff having more confidence in the delivery of sensory gym activities with the advice from the OT reports. 

 

A significant reduction in high level incidents with in ARC is a result of significant work in ensuring the resources and climate meet the needs of the students. This has been commented on by external visitors who previously visited the classes.

 

Teachers wrote pupil premium intervention plans which were shared with parents. These provided a frame for staff to identify a specific barrier to learning and to purchase relevant resources to intervene and evaluate. These resources were very specific to each student's individual needs so if a student was struggling with understanding puberty or social situations resources were bought to provide 1:1 interventions with the resources. 

 

 



2017 – 2018 Keys aims from the whole school development plan...

1a Continue to provided small staff to student ratio for ARC and SLD classes

1b Develop Speech and language and Art therapy programs to improve student progress.

1c Develop the quality of teaching and learning across the 4 pathways.

1d Develop the curriculum across the 4 pathways

1e Develop effective tracking, monitoring and analysing of student’s behaviour and wellbeing.

1f Develop Middle school and Upper school on line journals so that parents can access what their children have been learning.


2017 – 2018 projected costs...

 Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received 
Total number of pupils on role  261
Total number of pupils eligible for free school meals  119
Total number of service children 9
Total number of service children 7
Total number of Adopted from care 6
Total number of students eligible for pupil premium  141
 Allocation per pupil for each type of Pupil Premium
Deprivation Pupil Premium (DPP) - Primary  £1320
Deprivation Pupil Premium (DPP) - Secondary £935
Service Child Premium (SCP) £300
Adopted from Care Premium (ACP)  £1900
Total amount of PPG received £200,525 including a carry forward
 Objective Cost Suggested Purchase
Continue to provide small staff to student ratio for ARC and SLD £41,922.75

4 Modern day apprentices working in ARC

3 TA1's working in SLD classes

Develop Speech and Language and Art programs to improve student progress £22,000

EG - Teaching Assistant to deliver wave 2 ELKLAN intervention to identify students in the mornings and deliver Art groups to students across all pathways. 

To develop the quality of teaching and learning across the 4 pathways £793 per month CN - MLD curriculum outreach consultant
£1050 per month

 NW - Key Stage 4 accreditation and post 16 curriculum

£268 per day

CS - SLD/ARC curriculum consultant

To develop the curriculum across 4 pathways

 

£40 x 9 = £360

 Equal's scheme of learning to support the SLD and ARC curriculum

To develop effective tracking, monitoring and analysing of student's behaviour and wellbeing.

£5895

BehaviourWatch which includes £1440 one off set up fee. 

To develop Middle School and Upper School online journals so that parents can access what their children have been learning.   

Currently researching the use of Class Dojo, Seesaw and other platforms as online parental engagement subscriptions that allow parents to login to see their own child's work.