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Pupil Premium Strategy Statement: Sir John Cass School 2018-19

1.   Summary information
School Sir John Cass and Redcoat School
Academic Year 2018/19 Total estimated PP budget for academic year 2018/19 (Sept 2018 – August 2019)  £558,120


Date of most recent PP Review December 2018
Total number of pupils  1019 Number of eligible PP pupils this represents  618 (61%) Date for next internal review of this strategy January 2019


2018 result

Pupils eligible for PP (at SJCR)

2018 result

All pupils at Sir John Cass

Pupils not eligible for PP (national averages 2016)
English Progress 8 Score 0.11 0.21 N/A
Mathematics Progress 8 Score 0.15 0.2  N/A
Progress 8 Score 0.20 0.28 0.12
Attainment 8 Score 50.01 51.63 52


2.   Barriers to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP including high ability)
 In-school barriers (issues to be addressed in school, such as poor literacy skills)
A.     High percentage (85%) of PP pupils have English as an additional language
B.     PP pupils make less progress in English than non-PP pupils
C. The attendance and participation of PP Students to enrichment activities / wider extra-curricular experiences
 External barriers (issues which also require action outside school, such as low attendance rates)
D. Average attendance of PP pupils 95.15% (overall attendance was 95.82%) PP pupils make up 49.35% of the PA students

Disadvantaged pupils lack of access to appropriate facilities and extra – curricular activities



3.   Outcomes
Desired outcomes and how they will be measured Success criteria
A.     Pupils eligible for PP in Year 7 to make at least expected progress in English, Maths and Science 90% of Students eligible for PP in Year 7 to make expected progress to meet their end of year predictions.
B.     To close the gap in achievement outcomes   at GCSE in English, Maths and Science for students eligible for PP Students eligible for PP in Year 11 to achieve Maths, English and Science GCSEs in line with non PP students
C.     Improved attitude to learning from the identified students. A reduction in the number of logged concerns. 100% attendance at extension classes.
D.      All PP pupils participate in enrichment and extracurricular activities  Each PP pupil takes up minimum of one extra-curricular activity


4.   Planned expenditure
Academic year 2018/19
The three headings below enable schools to demonstrate how they are using the Pupil Premium to improve classroom pedagogy, provide targeted support and support whole school strategies.
     i.   Learning in the curriculum
Desired outcome Chosen action/approach What is the evidence and rationale for this choice? How will you ensure it is implemented well? Staff lead Review of implementation? Date assessed
A. Pupils eligible for PP in Year 7 to make at least expected progress in English, Maths and Science Employ and use new TAs to provide literacy and numeracy intervention to support sustained improvement in year 7

Smaller teaching groups in English (and Maths and Science)


Morning Intervention classes in English Maths and science

Data shows that low attaining disadvantaged pupils do less well in English


·         Progress review at each tracking period

·         Regular monitoring of achievement in LM meetings,

·         Clear entry and exit data on reading ages for every student in KS3.

·         CATS test for year 7 and 8 students

·         Student Voice


HODs English / Maths/








July 2019
Ensure the accelerated reading programme is targeted specifically at PP pupils GCSE results showed that PP pupils did less well in English/literacy based subjects. ·         All pupils tested at start of programme and re-tested to assess progress HOD English / MD  


Curriculum review and updated Schemes of learning to ensure KS3 curriculum is appropriate and assessments accurate to enhance progress to KS4. Introduction of Backward Planning SJCR Curriculum  All department to work on curriculum design to ensure schemes of learning are rich with wider learning opportunities and build skills need in both KS4 & 5 ·          Dedicated inset days given to departments to plan in teams

·         Regular middle leader meetings to feedback on progress and share best practice

·         Line management meetings with SLY and departments




July 2019
Improved attitude to learning / motivation Provide funding for Music Tuition for all those pupils eligible for Free School Meals Direct funding ensures pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds get access to tuition that is normally unaffordable ·         Data collection points indicating progress of students.

·         Attendance and uptake of enrichment opportunities by PP is higher than non PP

HOD Music Feb 2019
Provide opportunities for PP students to develop self-confidence and resilience though opportunities at the Cass residential centre PP students have less developed opportunities to develop these skills out of London and in a residential setting ·         Use the enrichment co-ordinator in school, working with Year 7 team in first instance to publicise and organise a trip. Extend this through the Years so it becomes an entitlement for all KS3 students Enrichment Coord.  


 July 2019
B.Close the gap in achievement outcomes at GCSE in English, Maths and Science  for pupils eligible for PP Deploy all Academic Tutors to support in English, Mathematics and Science Direct funding ensures that PP students do not face barriers to their learning


Temporary Academic tutors Employed during the year to enhance learning

·         Progress review at each tracking period

·         Progress monitored at half termly RAP meetings.


HOD English, Maths & Science

 August 2019
Ensure intervention is targeted at PP (in class, withdrawal of groups and during extension sessions) Funding allows for smaller withdrawal groups and targeted, bespoke intervention ·         KS4 exam data at the end of the academic year.

·         Progress monitored at half termly RAP meetings.




 August 2019
Ensure that all Saturday and holiday classes specifically target PP pupils for intervention Funding enables specific support to PP pupils and then benefit of additional tuition ·         Attendance data

·         Progress monitored at half termly RAP meetings.



 August 2019
    ii.   Social, emotional and behavioural aspects of learning
Desired outcome Chosen action/approach What is the evidence and rationale for this choice? How will you ensure it is implemented well? Staff lead Review implementation Date
C – Improved engagement / attitude to learning from PP pupils Implement a Year 6-7 transition summer programme.


Pupils will have a one day induction into school life with core subjects setting a summer project. Tours of the school should acclimatise pupils to size.  Pupils with poor attendance from primary will be targeted specifically ·         HOY yr7 and SLT in charge of transition submit plans by spring term

·         Induction team training to ensure structured approached to the day



July 2019
Ensure that Homework Club is staffed by TAs for KS3 Direct funding for club targeting pupils with need.   PP students directly invited to attend clubs.

95% of PP should have attended one club in the academic year.


·         SENCo / HOY 7 provide plan

·         Attendance reports from all clubs.

·         Improved progress & attainment

·         Breakfast club should see an improvement in attendance and punctuality in the morning.



July 2019
Introduce a Breakfast club at KS3


Embedding behaviour policy  and Inclusion strategy Implementation of the new inclusion strategy employing a manager of Cass Learning Centre.


Ensuing that there is a dual purpose for the CLC supporting students through referrals for behaviour and subject withdrawal

·         Tracking of referrals to CLC

·         Analysing attendance data

·         Analysing progress data of students who have been referred to the CLC



July 2019
Use of Behaviour Progress Officers to target PP pupils attendance to schools Preventative approach to working with PP pupils who may become disaffected.


Targeting students who have less than 96% attendance

HOYs provide SLT line-manager with list of pupils and review progress (half-termly) HOY/


 July 2019
   iii.   Other approaches
Desired outcome Chosen action / approach What is the evidence and rationale for this choice? How will you ensure it is implemented well? Staff lead Review of implementation Date
C. Improved engagement /   attitude to learning from the identified students.


Ensure there is a wide range of extra-curricular trips and activities Direct help to students to give access to enrichment; trips with particular focus on Theatre and museum venues.


Trips design to enrich curriculum areas with particular focus on use of the Cass Mountain Centre

Trips mapped throughout the year linked closely to the curriculum, Enrichment Coordinator / HOY to track PP students and their access to trips HOY, SMA  July 2019
Monitor impact of new rewards system linked to academic attainment In order to positively affirm learning in the classroom and behaviour for learning we will co

time to develop the breadth of rewards at Sir John Cass School

More rewards for different students recognising all of their achievements.

Link SLT to attend year group rewards assemblies.

Assemblies to include all subjects and attitude to learning within the effort awards for Year groups

behaviour data analysis.

SLT, HOY  July 2019
Embed the merit process for reward and praise for targeted groups. Special focus on attendance rewards. Pupil voice has consistently shown pupils feel they need to be rewarded for good effort. Pupils report they rarely receive rewards. Achievement assemblies attended by SLT and governors

Monitor PP achieving in line with non PP

JJS, AHT, DHT, HOY  July 2019
Focus all extension, Half term and Easter revision classes on the needs of PP students


Direct intervention and revision targeted at PP pupils Monitoring of PP pupils through RAP meetings.   Data collections should show continuous improvement EG/BES


July 2019
Ensure the Careers programme is focussed on the needs of disaffected PP students. Improved aspirations for all pupils / promotion of further and higher educational opportunities plus workplace opportunities Monitoring to show all PP pupils take up a work experience placement and attend careers events e.g. Head to Head MFU/


July 2019
D- Parental feedback and attendance at data meetings / parents’ evenings. Collect feedback from parents through Parental questionnaires and surveys at every parents’ meeting Questionnaires and parents survey conducted and every parents evening. These are analysed and evaluated Monitoring by AHT and through SLT meetings. NJO  


 July 2019


5.     Additional detail

Pupil Premium income (estimated)


(September 2018 – August 2019)

Category Budget allocation (£)
Staffing costs for Curriculum Analysis £55,606
Booster classes/ Revision Programmes/ Saturday and holiday classes £52,207
Academic Tutors £217,545
Accelerated Reading programme £3,457
Learning Support Assistants £177,500
Behaviour Support Assistants £108,807
Learning Support Unit £59,779
Attendance & Welfare £39,641
Careers Guidance/ Work Experience £32,953
School Counsellor £29,898
Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) £11,193
Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation £4553
Enrichment – Cass Mountains for 5 groups £16,099
Total £809,738
Overspend £251,618




Pupil Premium Academic Year 2017-18


1) The school’s pupil premium grant allocation amount

The Pupil Premium Funding is paid by the Local Authority on a Financial Year basis (April 2017 – March 2018). The Pupil Premium Funding for the Academic Year 2017-18 (September 2017 – August 2018) has not been received yet. We are meant to receive £252,826 for the period September 2017 – March 2018. The funding for the period April – August 2018 has not been released yet. Once it is released, the School will upload the details on the website.

2) A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school

Both Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students face similar barriers to their educational achievement. Some barriers that our Pupil Premium students face are:

–           Literacy

–           English As Second Language (EAL)

–           Students with additional educational needs (SEND)

–           Home circumstances

–           Lack of access to extra-curricular experiences due to parents’ low income

 3) How we will spend the pupil premium to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach

We will spend the pupil premium funding on programmes, projects and initiatives which support the engagement and involvement of disadvantaged students. These include the following: 1-to-1 Tuition through Academic Tutoring, projects relating to behaviour, pastoral support, various Service Level Agreements with the Local Authority in order to support the disadvantaged students, Learning Support Assistants to support the SEND students, extra curriculum activities and afternoon clubs, revision programmes during half terms and Easter, Saturday classes, Summer School, trips subsidies.

Reasons for the above approach: The school’s current strategy is working as it is evident from the Pupil Premium Progress 8 and Attainment 8 results.

4) How we will measure the impact of the pupil premium

At four tracking periods across the year, data is collected and analysed, drawing attention to any gap in attainment or progress of pupil premium students across all subjects.  Students not making expected progress are targeted immediately for intervention, and their progress is monitored to ensure their achievement comes in line with national expectations.

View our Pupil Premium Impact Report for 2016-17

 5) The date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy

We review the Pupil Premium strategies at least once every half term. We also report to the school’s Governing Body every term.

View our Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18

View our Pupil Premium Impact Report 2017-18

Click here to view a letter from David Laws, MP, regarding the excellent progress of Sir John Cass Pupil Premium students

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2016-17

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2015-16