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 four areas of focus that we believe through experience and research will best help meet the needs of our Pupil Premium students and remove any potential barriers. Examples of the type of support we use our Pupil Premium Grant to address are included under the four headings below:
|Raising Aspiration||Support & Wellbeing||Student Progress||Impact & Evaluation|
|2017-18||Total Number of students||No. PP students||Non PP||PP % Cohort|
|2019 Results||PP Students (22 students)||Non PP Students (179 students)|
|% Achieving Grade 5+ English and maths||31.8%||50.0%|
|% Achieving Grade 4+ English and maths||45.5%||77.5%|
|% Achieving Grade 4+ English||59.1%||87.6%|
|% Achieving Grade 4+ Maths||59.1%||81.5%|
|% Achieving Grade 5+ English||45.5%||77%|
|% Achieving Grade 5+ Maths||40.9%||54.5%|
|Progress 8 average Score*||-0.43||0.088|
|Attainment 8 average score||42.78||51.14|
|% Achieving EBACC Grade 5 incl English and maths||13.6%||21.9%|
* Provisional pending publication of DFE Data for 2019
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. The attendance of this group improved by almost 2% in 2018-19 when compared to 2017-18, with attendance at 90%.
There has been a further 38% reduction in Fixed Term Exclusions for disadvantaged learners between the academic years 2017-18 and 2018-19.
|Better Than Expected Progress||32%||14%|
|Less Than Expected Progress||15%||11%|
|Better Than Expected Progress||28%||12%|
|Less Than Expected Progress||27%||11%|
|Better Than Expected Progress||14%|
|Less Than Expected Progress||29%||31%|
|Better Than Expected Progress||26%||14%|
|Less Than Expected Progress||18%||22%|
|Better Than Expected Progress||28%||4%|
|Less Than Expected Progress||34%||8%|
|Better Than Expected Progress||12%||15%|
|Less Than Expected Progress||34%||13%|
However, 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):
|Focus: Raising Aspirations|
|Enrichment / Peripatetic Music Tuition||£15,550|
|Home School Liaison Officer||£17,700|
|Duke of Edinburgh subscription / participation costs||£750|
|Focus: Support and Wellbeing|
|Pastoral Staffing contribution (Pastoral Managers and Admin Support costs)||£24,000|
|Pastoral Inclusion Manager||£12,000|
|Uniform / PE||£550|
|Equipment / Resources||£2,250|
|Focus: Student Progress|
|50% Contribution to UPS1 English and Maths Teacher Salary||£46,000|
|Literacy and Numeracy Support||£2,000|
|Focus: Student Progress|