Pupil Premium in 2020/21
Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to students who:
- Have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years
- Have been in care for more than six months
- Have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges
At Reddish Vale High School we have many robust intervention strategies; all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their full potential. Last year, the attainment gap between our pupil premium students and non-PP students was broadly in line with the national average. But this year we aim to fulfil one of our core objectives ‘to close the gap in attainment between pupils and disadvantaged pupils’ (RVHS School Development Plan 2019). Historically, our outcomes for disadvantaged students placed us in the top 20th percentile of schools nationally and we aspire to be one of the highest performing schools nationally for disadvantaged students.
Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students and the total cost of some of these strategies. The intervention strategies we provide at Reddish Vale exceed by far the total amount we receive for the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium is used to support all of these strategies:
- Revision sessions are held at regular intervals throughout the year for those students that have an exam. Sessions are provided within the School day as well as evenings and during the school holidays.
- Revision guides are provided for students across a range of subjects.
- The appointment of Literacy and Numeracy leads provide specialist support in KS3 and KS4.
- Students who qualify for Pupil Premium are also supported with music lessons from peripatetic teachers and contributions towards equipment and trips to enhance their learning experiences during their time at the School.
- The appointment of two support group managers for years 7 and 8 facilitates transition and offers a comprehensive range of SEN interventions for students with additional needs.
- Learning Behaviour Mentors have been appointed to support students with an EHC plan and those with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).
A careers advisor has been employed for one and a half days per week to work with students from years 10 and 11. Presently, all year 11 students receive an individual ‘interview’ with local businesses and other external careers providers to support them with the post-16 choices. Work is taking place with students in years 9-11 who are a perceived risk of becoming NEET when they leave after year 11. Students who are identified as such will be given time with the Careers Advisor with a focus on their future and choices. Presentations have been and will continue to be given by motivational speakers working in industry and from other local services linked to apprenticeships and further education.
- A new Assistant Headteacher was appointed to develop a new Positive Behaviour for Learning policy, focussing on getting students back on track and understanding why they are behaving in a way that is a cause for concern.
- A sensory room within the SEND department provides a more relaxing setting for students who suffer from stress and anxiety in more traditional classroom environment.
- A school breakfast club runs in each morning between 8am and 8.20am to help ensure Pupil Premium students get the best possible start to their day.
Research and Development
A member of staff is undertaking a study into the concept of Mastery learning to improve the quality of teaching and assessment - this will help optimise the performance of all students.
We have another member of staff undertaking the NPQSL who will be focussing on developing the Careers Programme in school to raise students’ aspirations for beyond year 11.
Attendance incentives have been adopted to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 96% attendance in an academic year.
Pupil Premium – Successful Strategies
Interventions based on EEF evidence such as:
- Review of whole-school marking and assessment policy to develop student self-regulation and metacognition (+7 months progress)
- One to one tuition from the UK’s number 1 one to one tuition provider, YipiYap (+5 months progress)
- High levels of parental engagement (+3 months progress) with regular parent consultations; open evenings; transition evenings; home visits; behaviour policy which insists on phone calls home for poor behaviour
- Reading comprehension intervention programme led by a designated whole school lead for developing literacy (+6 months progress)
- Small group tuition in the form of extra lessons after school every night and breaks and lunches (+4 months progress)
- A wide range of extra-curricular activities, including sports to increase participation (+2 months progress)
- A broad, balanced, fit for purpose curriculum which embraces the Arts with Dance, Drama, Music and Art available for our students and a bespoke cultural capital curriculum for KS3 (+2 months progress)
- A wide range of behaviour interventions, including a positive school ethos and universal programmes to minimise poor behaviour across the school (+3 months progress)
- Improving the quality of all forms of feedback to inform student progress through staff CPD and the implementation of a new marking policy (+8 months progress)
- Homework is set regularly to provide stretch, challenge as well as embed key knowledge (+5 months progress)
- Digital technologies are used to encourage a 24/7 learning experience with GCSE Pod, SENECA and Show My Homework (+4 months progress)
The Pupil Premium Bidding Pot
A separate set of funds is set aside for departments to bid for to help raise attainment, attendance and aspirations of PP students. Some of the most successful bids include:
- Rock climbing for PE coursework
- Additional funding for catering to allow PP students to improve their coursework by experimenting with more extravagant ingredients
- Revision guides in Science, MFL, English and Health and Social Care
- Achieve 3000 Reading Programme to help improve the reading ages of GCSE students
- Support for school trips to ensure students don’t miss out on key learning experiences beyond the classroom
- Music peripatetic teachers which have improved the performance outcomes of our GCSE Music students
- University outreach schemes which provide students the opportunity to visit and be inspired by trips to Russell Group establishments
- Support for whole school Transition events have increased student numbers and raised aspirations and changed perceptions of the school within the community
- Support for the school CEIAG Programme which has seen the school make excellent progress against the GATSBY Benchmarks
- Supporting faculties with extra lessons beyond the normal school day by providing refreshments for students and additional transport
Numeracy and Literacy Catch Up Funding 2019/2020
The Year 7 Catch-up premium provides additional funding to schools to accelerate the progress of identified students in English and Mathematics. The funding is aimed at Year 7 pupils who did not meet the national standards in Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The funding enables the school to deliver additional support to enable students to make swift progress in order to catch-up with their peers.
To read our full report on how funding is allocated, please click on the Numeracy and Literacy Catch Up Funding report below