The Government introduced the Pupil Premium five years ago with the aim of increasing social mobility, reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally and enabling more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend top universities.
During 2015/16 Highsted Grammar School received funding for 52 pupils in Years 7–11 totalling at £935.00 per pupil. (£48,620).
Careful thought has been given as to the way in which the school has used this funding to ensure the maximum impact on pupil attainment. The school has been guided by research evidence gathered by The Sutton Trust / Education Endowment Foundation on the most effective strategies to improve learning, particularly for less advantaged students.
Pupil Premium Support Strategy
- A member of support staff has been appointed with a specific brief to support Pupil Premium students. Support provided included individual one-to-one mentoring, assisted revision sessions and catch up classes following any incidents of absence.
- Staff training and development - focusing on the most effective ways of providing pupils with feedback on their class/homework assignments and assessment tests. This training was delivered to all teaching staff through our Professional Learning Programme. All staff received over two hours of training during the academic year.
- Homework club – The school has allocated some of the pupil premium funding to the provision of a Homework Club running after school Monday to Thursday. This is an after school club run by support staff to enable pupils who are experiencing problems with their knowledge and understanding of topics and/or have difficulty completing homework in their home environment.
- Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – as a significant number of the most vulnerable and deprived pupils are also on the Inclusions Profile (SEND register), some of the funding has been used to ensure that staff received awareness and specific training on the different needs of the SEND pupils they are teaching. SEND pupils are supported to aspire to a place in university, a higher education college or a work placement. The school attributes resources to the provision of mentors to support these pupils on a one-to-one basis.
Last academic year the pupil premium was used to support pupils in the following ways:
- rewarding high attendance;
- subsidising educational trips;
- subsidising musical instrument tuition;
- access to university summer schools;
- provision of one-to-one tuition;
- Homework Club;
- Easter revision classes – collaborative learning;
- learning support – development of metacognition and thinking skills;
- provision of uniform items and school equipment;
- wellbeing - behaviour support and intervention – supporting pupils – supporting parents;
- wellbeing – social and emotional learning / counselling;
- digital technology.
The impact has been most significant on the targeted groups of students – from ensuring they are not excluded from attending or getting involved in a wide range of activities within school, to supporting them both academically and emotionally. Measurable performance indicators informing us of the targeted groups’ achievements include the following:
- 91% 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths;
- 38% achieved A*/A;
- 91% achieved EBacc;
- 82% achieved 3+ levels of progress in English;
- 91% achieved 3+ levels of progress in Maths;
- 64% achieved 4+ levels of progress in English;
- 18% achieved 4+ levels of progress in Maths;
- 93.4% attendance (compared to 91.5% nationally).
Positive feedback from pupils, parents and teachers following intervention support and after school clubs reveals that pupils feel more confident in their own abilities and have increased self-esteem. This has a positive effect on their performance in class and in their homework assignments.
During 2016/17 Highsted Grammar School received funding for 60 pupils in Years 7–11 totalling at £935.00 per pupil. (£56,100). This academic year, Highsted Grammar School remain focused on our commitment to diminish any difference in the achievement of Pupil Premium students.
Highsted Grammar School
Kent ME10 4PT