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Debenham High School

Debenham High School

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Pupil Premium at Debenham High School

 

Debenham High School received £91,315  as Pupil premium for the academic year of 2018-9. 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 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 £6,432 Pupil Premium was provided for Children in Care.

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 2018-9 academic year there has been money spent on specific interventions for literacy and numeracy at both KS3and 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 8-11. 

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 for KS3 and KS4; a Social Skills group ran in the first term of in Year 7 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. 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 2019-29 it is intended that the provision that has already been established will continue. Specific attention will be given to the development of literacy – specifically reading and vocabulary development through whole school literacy action planning, looking at 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.  As such a Literacy Co-Ordinator will be funded; INSET time dedicated to training staff and building confidence.  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 based on the School Improvement Plan focus on  ensuring that we have a broad, coherent and continuous five year curriculum plan, ensuring foundations are lain for life skills as well as future specialised learning. Likewise, supporting 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 informal start along with structured academic support so allowing students access to the curriculum and sense of belonging.

The development of PSHE will continue delivered by the Tutor Teams and 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.

In 2018-19 £5304 was received in Catch Up Literacy and Numeracy funding.  This was used to contribute to Year 7 intervention groups and the Year 7 small groups in English and Maths so providing targeted support on those students in Year 7 with the weakest literacy and numeracy skills as identified by the primary school; external results such as the KS2 SAT results and internal assessment.  Progress is being tracked through 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.


 

Julia Upton
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 2019-20