Our key priorities:
To narrow the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those pupils in low-income families.
What do we expect to see:
Targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:
- improve their levels of attainment and progress
- close attainment gaps relative to school averages
- have full access to our curriculum
- access our extra-curricular provision
The government has allocated a specific pupil premium grant to every school, beginning in 2011/12 and growing to four times the initial amount by 2014/15.
In the 2018-19 financial year, funding for the pupil premium was £935 per pupil of secondary school age, £300 per service child and £2300 per pupil for children who are looked after or who have ceased to be looked after through adoption, a special guardianship order or a residence order.
Qualifying pupils in January 2018 resulted in a grant of £32,820 for the academic year 2018/19. We received this money in regular instalments and these funds were in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).
The total number of targeted pupils was 35. Interventions for each pupil were decided on an individual, needs-led basis. This meant that students were able to benefit from more than one intervention at any one time.
Pupils completing their GCSEs in 2019 (the last set of external data due to Covid) achieved a progress 8 score of +0.05. This shows that they made similar progress to all pupils nationally.
Plans for 2021/22 for pupils who are eligible for pupil premium
A timetable of revision and coursework booster sessions are in place for Key Stage 4 pupils to ensure support in preparation for exams is structured and fully supportive.
Further revision sessions will be held for targeted pupils after school. This will act as master classes for those pupils seeking extra support and guidance in their learning.
The SEN team works with pupils that require extra support, either in the form of one-to-one lesson support, small group work or one-to-one tuition. Close monitoring and assessing of all pupils needs ensures the correct support is in place at all times.
An emotional literacy programme will begin alongside very successful literacy and numeracy programmes.
A range of extra-curricular activities will continue to be supported by the school, this includes sporting and outdoor activities, team-building and enterprise days. Pupils will also be supported to attend curriculum trips such as our PE residential and English workshops.
The school will continue employ an attendance support assistant to work with the senior leadership team and external agencies, on improving and monitoring attendance.
The school is training one member of staff further, in emotional coaching in order to provide emotional support for students who need it and training for staff.
Additional trips and visits will be arranged by members of staff to relevant businesses and universities with the aim of raising the aspirations of higher attaining pupils in the school. Pupils will take part in STEM activities run by local universities, visit career shows and have talks from people in different careers to increase their awareness of different career opportunities.