Pupil Premium in 2018/19
Nationally there is a concern over the progress made by disadvantaged students, which is significantly lower than the progress made by non disadvantaged students. At Reddish Vale, while there remains a gap and it is a key priority to close the gap, disadvantaged pupils at Reddish make significantly stronger progress than disadvantaged pupils nationally, providing evidence the Pupil Premium funding is used effectively.
Pupil Premium funding 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
Reddish Vale High School received £360,542 for the academic year 2018/19.
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, we narrowed the gap between different groups of students and fulfilled one of our core aims ‘to close the gap in attainment between pupils and disadvantaged pupils’ (RVHS School Development Plan 2018). Our outcomes for disadvantaged students placed us in the top 20th percentile of schools nationally.
Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students and the total cost of some of these strategies. The intervention strategies 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 BESD.
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 beginning to take 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.
Numeracy and Literacy Catch Up Funding 2018/2019
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