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Pupil Premium at Debenham High School

 

Debenham High School received £99,900 as their Pupil premium for the academic year of 2019-20. Pupil Premium is funding intended to support those pupils on, or who have received Free School Meals in the last six years; pupils whose parents are in the armed forces and those who have left local authority care because of one of the following, adoption from care, Special Guardianship Order, Child Arrangements Order or a Residents Order.  These pupils have been shown nationally to underachieve and therefore by targeting interventions and strategies within school, it is intended that all pupils will realise their full potential. A further  £12,879  Pupil Premium was provided for Children in Care.

Given the national statistics around the widening of a potential gap between the disadavantaged and non-disadvantaged caused by the pandemic, this will be a particular focus of our work in school.

At Debenham High School we use the Pupil Premium funding as part of a three waved approach to support student achievement.  Firstly, through universal provision that has been proven to raise attainment based on research in the Sutton report; secondly, through intervention work with specific groups where students are at risk of not achieving, and finally, through personalised support or interventions as identified through tracking and monitoring or work with external agencies.

In the 2019-20 academic year there has been money spent on specific interventions for literacy and numeracy at both KS3 and KS4.  There has been the opportunity to run six rather than five groups in English and Maths so allowing smaller groups with targeted support from Years 7-11. 

For those pupils identified as needing support there have been a range of strategies put in place, including a Safe Place to Be facility run in the Learning Resource Centre every morning from 8.30 – 9.05; two separate  Homework Clubs  run after school on four evenings of the week for KS3 and KS4; a Social Skills group run in the first term in Year 7 to support social interaction between identified vulnerable pupils and a formal Peer Mentoring Scheme.  ASDAN is funded for a small group of students from Year 9 needing a more bespoke form of curriculum and we invest in training and arranging supervision for an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.  Along with this the school uses funding to support initiatives to support good attendance rates; career’s advice and the enrichment of the curriculum through music lessons, trips and visits as necessary. Given the evidence nationally about disadvantaged students not having access to cultural activities and therefore needing support over the acquisition of general knowledge and vocabulary, Debenham High School is committed to positively supporting these students through finance and opportunity.    

For 2020-21 it is intended that the provision that has already been established will continue. Funding for six groups has been committed for English and Maths and in place for KS4, in the light of COVID measures, students at KS3 will be in mixed ability class bubbles for the short term.  Specific attention will also be given to the development of literacy – specifically reading and vocabulary development through whole school literacy action planning.  This will focus on disciplinary literacy subject by subject; targeted Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary and strategies to read strategically.   Along with this there will be a whole school approach to encouraging reading for enjoyment.  The school development will be based on the Education Endowment Foundation recommendations to develop literacy and promote social mobility. Also, the range of specific interventions for our least able, such as Catch Up Literacy, Beat Dyslexia; Units of Sound; Phonics and Catch Up Numeracy will be targeted at specific individuals, reviewed and adapted under the supervision of the Heads of Maths and English, along with the SENCo.

In addition there will be a further development of social and emotional support through the continued identification of vulnerable students and then supporting them in attending the additional support offered.  A specific focus will be on raising attendance rates among our disadvantaged students, especially working with parents/carers around persistent absenteeism. Staff training will be organised so that we review and embed a broad, coherent and continuous five year curriculum plan, ensuring foundations are lain for life skills as well as future specialised learning. Likewise, the support of students who struggle with independent home learning will be targeted and supported through an equitable and easy to access revision programme within school, making good use of more curriculum time being given to English, Maths, Science and Option subjects.  KS3 Homework Club will be adapted to suit the vulnerability of the KS3 cohort so allowing a snack and an informal start along with structured academic support so allowing students access to the curriculum and sense of belonging.  While unable to run from September the staffing is being funded from the budget to allow re-opening when safe.

To support the development of those eligible for Pupil Premium an Assistant Head of Year (Key Stage Three) has been appointed with a key responsibility to work alongside the Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral Care) to track, monitor and intervene where necessary those students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. 

Progress will being tracked through termly Case Studies; reading scores and spelling scores have improved based on specific tests and the internal reporting system shows progress in both Maths and English.

The development of PSHE will continue.  It will be delivered by Tutor Teams aiming to build social and emotional skills as well as aspiration for all students through equal access to the PSHE curriculum, drop down days and visiting speakers.


 

Simon Martin
Headteacher

 

PDF icon   "Our Approach to the Pupil Premium"

PDF icon  Analysis of Use and Impact of Pupil Premium Funding 2017-18 including plan for 2020-21