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 2018/19 Highfields has 368 students eligible for Pupil Premium for whom we receive approximately £344,080. In addition, we estimate that we are allocated £18,049 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 2017/18 has had the following impact on eligible students:
55% of Pupil Premium students achieved at least standard passes in English and Mathematics.
76% of Pupil Premium students achieved Grades 9-4 in English significantly above Pupil Premium students nationally and above that of all students nationally. 59% achieved at least a strong pass.
55% of Pupil Premium students achieved a standard pass in Maths, above Pupil Premium students nationally but below all students nationally. 38% achieved at least a strong pass.
Although the progress of Pupil Premium students was above that of Pupil Premium students nationally, it was disappointing that it was below all students nationally for the first time in the last three years.