The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in 2011 in recognition of the fact that, nationally, children who come from low income families (for example, those who are eligible for free school meals), children who are in the care of the local authority, or those who have parents serving in the Armed Services, do less well by the end of Year 11.
Heart of England School’s goal is ‘Creating Futures’ for all our students. We aim, as detailed in our Curriculum Offer, to offer a ‘greenhouse rather than a hot-house so that our students can flourish, feel successful and achieve highly’. We use the Pupil Premium funding we receive to specifically help students who qualify for this funding to make the best possible progress and to remove as many potential barriers to learning as is in our power to do so.
Regular analysis of student attainment and progress enables us to identify students for whom we have a progress concern and to implement support or intervention as necessary in response to this data. Some students will require classroom intervention or support for a short period of time or, in some instances, additional intervention will be needed either as part of a small group or 1:1.
We are equally aware that some of our students will require additional pastoral support, either in response to a particular challenge or difficulty, or perhaps in ensuring that they have the self-care and self-regulating skills they need to face the demands of examinations. We also provide funding to ensure Pupil Premium students are ready for learning and to take full advantage of enrichment opportunities.
As part of our approach (further details of which can be found in the school’s Pupil Premium Action Plan), we have identified five areas of focus that we believe will best help meet the needs of our Pupil Premium students and remove any potential barriers, this includes preparation and response for uncertainty around COVID. Examples of the type of support we use our Pupil Premium Grant to address are included under the four headings below:
|Raising Aspiration||Support and Wellbeing||Student Progress||COVID||Impact and Evaluation|
|2019-20||Total Number of students||No. PP students||Non PP||PP % Cohort|
|2020 Results||PP Students
|Non PP Students
|% Achieving Grade 5+ English and maths||33.3%||63.5%|
|% Achieving Grade 4+ English and maths||50.0%||84.9%|
|% Achieving Grade 4+ English||72.2%||91.8%|
|% Achieving Grade 4+ Maths||55.6%||86.8%|
|% Achieving Grade 5+ English||52.5%||79.9%|
|% Achieving Grade 5+ Maths||41.7%||67.9%|
|Progress 8 average Score*|
|Attainment 8 average score||42.97||55.01|
|% Achieving EBACC Grade 5 incl English and maths||11.1%||22.6%|
* The DFE announced in April 2020 that in light of COVID they would not be publishing any accountability measures. Progress 8 is compiled using national data and as such it is not possible to share what any Progress 8 score might be for 2020.
|Progress 8 Disadvantaged Students 2017-2019|
Heart of England school believes that it created a thorough, robust and authentic set of data when compiling its Centre Assessed Grades (CAGs). Results 2020 reasonably reflect an ongoing trend of improving outcomes, reflected in the school’s trend data over the past three years (evidence of which can be found here: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/136909/heart-of-england-school/secondary/results-over-time?accordionstate=1)
The performance of our disadvantaged learners continues to improve, evidence of such improvement includes:
Heart of England has long recognised that the attendance of our disadvantaged learners is not as great as non-disadvantaged learners. At the time of compulsory school closures owing to COVID the attendance of Pupil Premium students was 89.8%. At the end of the academic year 2018-19 Pupil Premium attendance was 90% showing similar attendance. We recognise that continuing to improve attendance of Pupil Premium students remains a priority and this will be reflected in the school’s recovery plan.
The national closure of schools makes reporting upon the progress of learners ta KS3 much more difficult than in previous years owing to the structure of the assessment calendar and our model. Reflecting the difficulties of assessment following school closures, the data captures below teacher assessment in terms of student progress
Staff and governors at Heart of England are aware that we need to do more to improve the progress of our pupil premium students in relation to non-pupil premium students. Strategies and approaches that we have used to narrow this gap include (but are not limited to):
Our Proposed Expenditure 2020-21 takes into account the uncertainty ahead in terms of possible school closures and cohorts having to work from home
|Focus: Raising Aspirations|
|Enrichment / Peripatetic Music Tuition||£5,000|
|Home School Liaison Officer||£15,000|
|Duke of Edinburgh subscription / participation costs||£700|
|Focus: Support and Wellbeing|
|Pastoral Staffing contribution (Pastoral Managers and Admin Support costs)||£20,000|
|Pastoral Inclusion Manager||£11,250|
|Uniform / PE||£1,250|
|Focus: Student Progress|
|50% Contribution to UPS1 English and Maths Teacher Salary||£40,000|
|Literacy and Numeracy Support||£2,000|
|Focus: IMPACT AND EVALUATION|