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Hall Green School welcomes the initiative to provide ring fenced funding, via the Pupil Premium, to support those who received free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM6). This is a limited fund that we want to use strategically to ensure our pupils who most need extra financial help receive targeted support that secures improved outcomes.
If support is available for a particular resource or school trip, the ParentPay website will contain details for those who are eligible.
Funding for the current year is £316 695.
This funding is currently being used to:
- Support our whole school RADY project, aiming to remove the attainment gap between pupil premium pupils and other pupils.
- Employ City Year to deliver mentoring support to identified KS3 pupil premium pupils.
- Reduce class sizes in KS4 Maths and in selected KS3 groups
- Employ a Pupil Progress Mentor to focus on extra support for pupils in Maths.
- Employ external companies to provide study skills and advice for parents that enables increased support at home.
- Purchase ICT equipment to boost learning.
- Provide staff with essential T&L CPD.
- Provide individual pupils with key curriculum resources.
- Support pupil welfare.
- Cover the costs associated with participation in certain courses.
- Reduce trip costs where appropriate.
- Provide pupils with increased opportunity for social interaction and enjoyment.
- Support an active careers programme for our pupil premium cohort.
- Provide free breakfasts in the school canteen and also provide an after school study club.
- Cover the costs of our data analysis software package.
In 2019, the percentage of our pupil premium pupils gaining 9-4 in English and Maths was 56.4% and the percentage gaining 9-5 in English and Maths was 34.5%. The Progress 8 measure for our pupil premium pupils is -0.02 and above the Progress 8 of all pupil nationality. All in-school attainment gaps closed in 2019 and 12 different subject areas had positive progress figures for their pupil premium pupils.
In October 2012, OFSTED conducted research into how schools were spending the Pupil Premium. Hall Green was one of 30 schools included in the survey. The inspection highlighted the success we have been having in improving the attainment of free school meal pupils. Indeed, OFSTED’s final report identified us as ‘having spent the pupil premium well in all respects’ and we were included as their lead case study of a school successfully raising the performance of free school meal pupils. We have continued to develop our approach since that inspection and now work with the Challenging Education team to deliver their RADY project at Hall Green. The success of our strategies has meant that our pupil premium pupils have made progress above the national average for all pupils in 5 of the last 7 years and in October 2019 the Social Mobility Commission asked the school to share the strategies behind our success with other schools across the country.
We have identified 4 key areas to address with our pupil premium allocation.
- Enjoyment and Engagement
We believe the following initiatives are having a measurable impact on student performance.
Achievement and Attainment
- Student voice has identified barriers to learning, sometimes of a very practical nature. We support this student group through a purchase of memory sticks, revision guides, text books and ICT hardware/software.
- We ensure all staff continually look to update their T&L and provide access to CPD through our pupil premium allocation.
- We provide pupil premium pupils who are struggling with English and maths access to small group teaching and/or support sessions.
- We invest time and resources into a forensic study of achievement, to ensure that our targets for every student are aspirational.
- Given the nature of our school intake, which is highly ethnically diverse, we finance a particular focus on literacy, including regular testing and provision of standardised scores, to inform planning, at an individual level.
It is vital that pupil premium pupils attendance is above 95% and we are continuing to develop our approach to ensure this is achieved in all year groups in 2019-2020.
- All pupil premium pupils are provided with additional careers support.
- They receive extra support in their college, employment and apprenticeship applications.
- Funding will help to support the costs of appropriate progression visits and courses for pupil premium pupils. These have involved partnerships with BMW, Birmingham University, The Skills Show, Coca Cola and BT.
- Our Careers Department were aware that pupil premium pupils found it more difficult to acquire worthwhile placements for work experience. Targeted additional support has been provided for the last 5 years and will also be available in 2019, ensuring the week-long placement is as constructive as possible. High quality work experience placements are targeted towards pupil premium pupils.
Enjoyment and Engagement
- It will be made clear to all students in this group that finance for travel costs, equipment and fees for extra-curricular activity should not be a barrier to their involvement. Individual departments who are offering these opportunities will be asked to ascertain what support is needed and encourage parental involvement. Very significant costs, as for example, a foreign visit, will be subsidised by the appropriate funding where possible.
Parents should contact Mr M Hosfield at school to discuss this further.
We are also keen to learn from successful practice elsewhere and chair a South Network Pupil Premium support group for local schools each year. Our expertise has been sought at a local and national level and we have been used as a case study by OFSTED and spoken of our strategies and successes at a national CAPITA Pupil Premium conference.
We hope that parents and carers of our Pupil Premium children will continue to work closely with the school, so that we can all achieve our aims. We also believe that our free school meals figure is not necessarily an accurate reflection of need in our community, and would encourage all families to contact us if funding has become a barrier to the progress of their sons and daughters.
In addition to pupils eligible for free school meals, the government has added an additional category to the eligibility criteria for Pupil Premium. This came in force in April 2014. If your son/daughter is adopted and was looked after immediately before adoption on or after 30 December 2005, being placed on a special guardianship order (SGO) or residence order (RO) they may qualify. If you wish to discuss this new criteria with a member of staff or inform the school that this applies to your son/daughter please contact the school.