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Key Information / Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is government money designed to help disadvantaged children achieve their potential whilst in education. This was introduced in 2011. The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to Year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years, are in care or have parents in the Armed Forces. In 2012/2013 the PPG was £623 per eligible pupil. In 2013/2014, due to Government interventions, the funding allocated rose to £900 per eligible pupil and £300 for children of Armed Forces families. The PPG further increased for the 2014-2015 academic year to £935 per Pupil Premium child. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the PPG remains unchanged at £935 per student.

If you think you son may be eligible for the Pupil Premium, please use the Free School Meals Checker via the following link:

https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/

Overview of Hurstmere

We always communicate with the parents and carers of children receiving the funding so that support which works best for each pupil is put in place. These needs may change from term to term or even from year to year and we are keen to ensure that the interventions put in place to support our students are new and engaging to maximise the impact.

Some students will already be doing well in English, Mathematics or other subjects. There may be other areas where we can stretch these students further to help them aim high or build their confidence. These activities might include having a mentor; being a mentor for younger students; visits to further education institutions; taking part in activities to develop social or language skills.

Careful consideration is always taken when using the PPG. Our main aim as a school is to ensure that it has an impact on raising the attainment of pupils and increasing the opportunities which lay before them. Some students may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities. Some students may need help in the purchasing of essential educational items such as revision books to use at home or sports kit. Alternatively some students could be behind their expected progress level in English, Mathematics or other subjects. In these cases we may arrange for these students to have extra small group or one-to-one teaching. The aim of these sessions is to provide additional, focused work aimed at raising attainment in the targeted subject. We call these ‘Targeted Intervention Programmes’. When we introduce or decide upon a Targeted Intervention Programme a number of considerations are taken into account. Important considerations are the group size; the projected impacted the intervention will have; the individual needs of each of the students. We are keen to ensure that the interventions are new to the students and engaging, but also that they are supported by research which shows that it works. The Government has carried out a number of research programs investigating the impact of various targeted intervention programs for Pupil Premium students. The main research has been complied in the Sutton Trust toolkit. You can view or download the toolkit here.

Other ways in which the PPG may be used is for expert training of staff to make sure that they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for Pupil Premium students. This may also involve paying for people from outside agencies to deliver focused workshops to raise attainment in targeted areas.

One of the main areas of research at the moment in raising the attainment of all students is the involvement of parents in monitoring progress. We currently track all students’ progress each term, which is made available to all parents via the tracking reports. However, if a Targeted Intervention Program is deployed, we will measure the current attainment level before and after the program to monitor the impact with the targeted area. If you would like more information about how we plan provision and track progress please speak to Mr. Reddy.

Hurstmere School is committed to ensuring that all groups of pupils have the correct guidance, support and resources required to make good progress, enabling them to go onto access further education, employment, or training.  Our objectives for pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium are as follows:

  • To improve attainment levels of Pupil Premium students in English and Mathematics;
  • To close the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils by ensuring that Pupil Premium pupils exceed their expected progress;
  • To improve behaviour/attendance with an aim of reducing disaffection, and improve motivation and aspiration among the cohort of identified pupils

A full breakdown of the impact of the Pupil Premium expenditure and outcome for the previous academic year results can be found here. However, a brief overview document is available here which details the expenditure along with basic impact information. If you have any questions regarding the Pupil Premium at Hurstmere then please contact Mr. Reddy or click on the links below to view other documents related to the Pupil Premium. Further details of the intervention categories and basic comparisons can also be seen below.

Overview of 2015-2016 Pupil Premium results

We are extremely pleased with the attainment of the students who fall within the 'disadvantaged' group at Hurstmere School. The graphs below show a comparison between Hurstmere School student performance and other factors such as Bexley Borough results, National data and All Secondary Boys Schools Nationally. (Please note that the Bexley data includes schools identified as Grammar Schools and includes single sex girls schools). Data has been obtained from https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/download-data?currentstep=datatypes®iontype=all&la=0&downloadYear=2015-2016&datatypes=ks4

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The graphs above show the Attainment 8 2016 disadvantaged student comparison between local and national data and the Progress 8 2016 disadvantaged student comparison between local and national data respectively.

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The graph above shows the Progress 8 Score comparison of students identified as Upper Attainment Group Disadvantaged students

Some of the interventions which we use to support students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant can be seen below:
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