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Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium Strategy

Hornsey School for Girls is a school that is ambitious for all students, across all economic boundaries, and ability ranges. We recognise that some students need greater amounts of challenge and support to realise their potential.

Background to Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium is extra funding given to schools to support students identified as disadvantaged. Research shows that pupils disadvantaged backgrounds tend to underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The Pupil Premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to realise their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), Looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period, known as Ever6 FSM.

Our Approach

We utilise this money to ensure that disadvantaged students have access and benefits to the same experiences and cultural capital as non-disadvantaged students.

At Hornsey School for Girls, our Pupil Premium money is carefully managed to ensure that it has been spent to give maximum benefit to our students. This includes

• Funding posts that support this key group with personalised strategy and care

• Reviewing impact of interventions, expanding these where we have seen strong impact

• Making sure there is at least good teaching on a day to day basis for all our students, and supporting this with targeted CPD provision

• Making use of research when introducing or developing interventions for the students in our care

All staff are aware of Pupil Premium students and this is clear on all databases related to students as this are clearly marked. Heads of department are accountable for reducing any attainment gaps in their teams and this is addressed through work scrutiny, line management, dept meetings and monitoring at all levels

Money is used to benefit all Pupil Premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.

We revise our assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to impact on these students the most.

Since the Pupil Premium funding was introduced we have seen a marked improvement in outcomes for our children. We are not complacent about this group of students, but continue in our drive for pupils to do even better by tackling any within school variance, developing the roles of middle leaders and looking for ways to increase learning time. Here are our latest spending plans:

Planned Pupil Premium spending for 2016/17

Objectives of Pupil Premium spending

Our use of the pupil premium seeks to remove common areas which may include one or many of the following:

  • less access to literacy resources and less support to develop these
  • less support at home
  • weak language and communication skills
  • lack of confidence
  • more frequent behaviour difficulties
  • attendance and punctuality issues
  • more challenges to maintain positive wellbeing
  • higher risk of unhealthy relationships or dependency
  • complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing

Individual barriers are varied and we do not subscribe to a "one size fits all". Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium funding is to narrow any gap between groups.

As a school, we have an strong track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress, but historically levels of attainment have been lower for FSM (eligible for free school meals) – this is also a national trend. We are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress as a whole staff body.

The Pupil Premium strategy will be reviewed in April 2017

Use of the Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches those pupils who need it most. Funding is allocated for Years 7 – 11 who are eligible for free school meals, who meet the criteria as a Child Looked After or whose parents are currently in the armed forces. In 2015-16 the funding per pupil is £935 for those entitled to free school meals in Years 7 - 11 or who have been eligible in the last six years.
 
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit and are required to publish on-line information about how this funding is used. This ensures that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive. School effectiveness in the use of Pupil Premium will also be evidenced in performance tables and Ofsted inspections.

Performance tables can be viewed at The Department for Education's School Performance Website.

The Department for Education's School Performance Website
For 2015-2016 financial year the school received £394570 and this year sees the continuation of successful support measures put in place in previous years as well as new initiatives as detailed below.

 

Pupil Premium 2016 - 2017

For 2016-2017 financial year the school received £351092 to support the successful measures put in place in previous years.

Intervention - and reasons Cost Status Impact

Provision of Data & Assessment staff to provide data analysis and dissemination to inform whole-school and individual intervention strategies.

 

£27,122 Continuing & developing

Improved outcomes at GCSE.

More refined systems in place to indicate any intervention needs in KS3.

Attendance officer with a specific remit for Pu Prem students £29,116 Continuing & developing Vulnerable students or groups supported by the school through identification - multi agencies deployed as a result.
Student Support Officers to provide outreach support to parents in accessing entitlement, improve punctuality and attendance £26,903 Continuing & developing Improved well-being and home school partnerships to support students to attend, behave and progress well at the school.
Provision of Literacy staff to provide in-class and small group support to improve English language acquisition £93,375 Continuing & developing Support in place for those students who may have low prior attainment make better progress as a result of a range of support around literacy and language acquisition.
Provision of Learning Support Assistants to provide in class support across curriculum areas £93,844 Continuing & developing Students supported to develop skills through LSA interventions and deployments, including additional focussed targets and key workers.
Targeted intervention classes for specific underachieving groups with accompanying resources in a range of subjects £11,635 Developing Improved outcomes for students.
Pupil Premium Pledge Provision of student specific experiences or trips to increase cultural capital £5,000 Developing further in 2016/2017 Widen cultural experiences and events to raise aspirations and remove barriers to learning.
Provision of bespoke intervention/ mentoring programme for students to improve their eligibility for higher or further education/ raise aspirations £32,000 Continuing Raising aspirations and preparations for next stages of education, work, or learning. Introducing concept of HE to students if families not traditionally from this background.
Provision of on-line resources to develop literacy skills £8,995 Continuing Supporting development of key skills at both KS3 and KS4 through online resources.
Provision of learning support bursaries to ensure students have the resources needed for learning £500 Continuing Financial or material resources support for students in need.
Provision of rewards scheme to encourage positive effort in attendance and achievement in addition to those reward schemes operated by faculties for subject specific success £1,000 Continuing Improving occasions to celebrate attendance and progress thoughout the year.
Provision of parent/daughter cookery classes for selected students to enhance relationships, develop knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition and improve cooking skills for future wellbeing £8,000 Developing further Improving relationships, between the school and home, opportunities for wellbeing.
Subsidies to support participation in educational visits, school trips and extra-curricular clubs £7,500   Raising aspirations, ensuring a breadth of experiences open to pup prem students to attend trips regardless of disadvantage.
Provision of external CPD to further develop teaching and learning strategies to improve learning outcomes for pup prem students £7,283 Further targeted CPD Teaching and learning training sessions continuously model high standards of engaging and effective teaching and learning.
External curriculum provision for specific pupils who are at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training £3,267 Continuing Ensuring appropriate environments for students to complete their education, progress into education, employment or training.
Use of bespoke tracking software to inform students of personal attendance and punctuality levels £200 Continuing Supporting the most vulnerable students to improve their attendance using this information.
       
Total spend £355,740    
Total allocated £351,092    
Overspend/Cf -£4,648    

 

 

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