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The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011 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.
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Pupil Premium Statement
During 2017/18 Highsted Grammar School received funding for 63 pupils in Years 7–11 at £935 per pupil, totalling £58,905.
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 pupils.
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 has focused 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 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 funding was used to support pupils in the following ways:
- rewarding high attendance;
- subsidising educational trips;
- 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;
- digital technology.
Measureable Impact of Pupil Premium Support
The impact has been most significant on the targeted groups of pupils – 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:
- the Progress 8 score for disadvantaged overall was 0.38 (0.07 in 2017) - comprising of 2.53 (0.51 in 2017) for English, -0.59 (-0.43 in 2017) for Mathematics, 6.63 for the English Baccalaureate measure;
- the Attainment 8 score for disadvantaged was 68 (65.58 in 2017), a 1.1 increase for this group when compared to the whole cohort;
- 100% 9-5 grades in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science;
- 96.4% attendance (compared to 91.5% nationally and 96.1% across the whole school);
- no exclusions during the year.
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.
Pupil Premium 2018/19
This academic year (2018/19) Highsted Grammar School received funding for 61 pupils in Years 7–11 at £935 per pupil, totalling £57,000. The school remains focused on our commitment to diminish any differences in the achievement of Pupil Premium students.