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Pupil Premium at Debenham High School
Debenham High School received £85,592.17 as their Pupil premium for the academic year of 2015-16. 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 have left local authority care because of one of the following, adoption, 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 £10,680 Pupil Premium was provided for Children in Care and £5,500 Catch Up Premium for literacy and numeracy.
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 2015-6 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.
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; a Homework Club run after school on four evenings; Social Skills groups have run in Years 7 and 8 to support social interaction with other pupils and a formal Peer Mentoring Scheme. 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.
For 2016-7 it is intended that the provision that has already been established will continue. Specific attention will be given to the development of Reading Intervention for those below a functional reading age. The range of specific interventions, such as PAT Programme, Touch Typing, Catch Up Literacy, Beat Dyslexia; Units of Sound; Phonics and Catch Up Numeracy are targeted at specific individuals. Along with this attention will be given to the way the improvement of student’s functional literacy and numeracy skills can be translated into better performance at KS3 and GCSE where their learning has to be applied.
In addition there will be a further development of social and emotional support through the better identification of vulnerable students and then supporting them in attending the additional support offered. Staff training based on the School Improvement Plan is focused on raising levels of learning and emotional resilience for all students, the further development of whole school literacy linked to reading, writing and the development of vocabulary to aim to close the gap caused through the “Matthew Effect” (http://www.learningspy.co.uk/learning/the-matthew-effect-why-literacy-is-so-important/) and further training on Assessment and Feedback. This last point has been identified in the Sutton report to be most significant in raising pupil attainment. However all three areas for development are intended to raise the achievement of all students, but are particularly pertinent for those qualifying to receive Pupil Premium.