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 2016/17 Highfields has 398 students eligible for Pupil Premium for whom we receive approximately £375,625. In addition we have been allocated £17,000 Year 7 Catch up funding. Combined, this funding is allocated to the following initiatives:
- Additional teaching staff in core subjects
- One-to-one tuition
- Saturday and Holiday School targeted teaching
- Additional Teaching Assistant support in lessons
- Individual and small group Literacy teaching
- Individual and small group Numeracy teaching
- Targeted interventions
- Additional teaching time in core subjects
- Raising Aspirations Programme
- Mentoring Programmes
- Supported School Uniform
- Flexible Charging Scheme
- Extended Schools Programme
- Sport Programme
- Performance Programme
- Support for Self Study
- Enrichment Opportunities
The Pupil Premium funding for 2015/16 has had the following impact on eligible students:
- 58% of Pupil Premium students achieved 5 A* - C grades including English and Mathematics. This is above the national standard for all students.
- 77% of Pupil Premium students achieved an A* - C grade in English, with 84% making expected progress. 46% of students made more than expected progress, which is significantly better than the performance of Pupil Premium students nationally and better than that of all students nationally.
- The achievement of Pupil Premium students in Mathematics is also strong, with 68% of Pupil Premium students achieving an A*-C grade. This is again significantly better than Pupil Premium students nationally and close to the attainment levels of all students nationally. 63% of students made expected progress, close to the performance of all students nationally.
- At Highfields, the attainment and progress of our Pupil Premium students have improved consistently over the last three years within the broader context of overall school improvement