The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to children from low income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals and Children Looked After by the Local Authority. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012/13 was extended to students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years.
Pupil Premium funding at Highfields is focused on supporting children from low income families and other target groups to be fully engaged with school, raise their achievement and ensure they make at least similar progress to their peers.
In 2019/20 Highfields has 358 students eligible for Pupil Premium for whom we receive approximately £337,200. In addition, we estimate that we will be allocated approximately £18,000 Year 7 Catch up funding. Combined, this funding is allocated to the following initiatives:
Additional teaching staff in core subjects
Saturday and Holiday School targeted teaching
Additional Teaching Assistant support in lessons
Individual and small group Literacy teaching
Individual and small group Numeracy teaching
Additional teaching time in core subjects
Raising Aspirations Programme
Supported School Uniform
Flexible Charging Scheme
Extended Schools Programme
Support for Self Study
The Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19 has had the following impact on eligible students:
Two-thirds (67%) of Pupil Premium students achieved at least standard passes in both English and Mathematics. 45% achieved a strong pass in both subjects.
Pupil Premium students at Highfields made progress slightly above that of all students nationally and significantly above Pupil Premium students nationally.
87% of Pupil Premium students achieved Grades 9-4 in English significantly above that of all students nationally. 75% achieved at least a strong pass, again significantly above all students nationally. One-third of students achieved at least a Grade 7 in English.
In English, Pupil Premium students on average made two-thirds of a grade more than all students nationally.
67% of Pupil Premium students achieved a standard pass in Math, 47% achieved at least a strong pass. This is close to the attainment of all students nationally