Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
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Pupil Premium

At Windsor High School and Sixth Form, all members of staff, including LAB members, accept the responsibility of ensuring that Pupil Premium Grant is used effectively to support the progress of and narrow the achievement gap for those students who qualify for this funding.

Rationale

The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to children from low-income families who are, or have been, eligible for free school meals (FSM), children of service personnel and children who have been looked-after (LAC).

The objective of our spending of Pupil Premium funding is to improve the attainment and progress of students eligible for the Pupil Premium, relative to those students that are not eligible (both in-school and nationally). We have used research compiled by the ‘Education Endowment Foundation’ to best steer our approach and budget allocation (the best results come from promoting metacognition, improving feedback and utilising pastoral interventions).

No student, regardless of their socio-economic background, should be denied the right to maximise their potential. We aim to use the Pupil Premium funding to remove barriers – to raise the aspirations and achievement of, and the opportunities for disadvantaged students. Some of the barriers that we endeavour to overcome include EAL (we have a number of disadvantaged students for whom English is their second language), access to books and reading material, access to computers and the internet, key resources (e.g. calculators), funding for trips.

Aims

The aim of the Pupil Premium is to identify and implement strategies in order to increase social mobility and reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally.

To ensure that the Pupil Premium Grant is targeted at the students it is intended for, the school produces an annual plan to spend the budget with a clear aim to significantly improve the achievement and life chances of disadvantaged students attending Windsor High School and Sixth Form by narrowing the gap in achievement between them and their peers in school and nationally. This will be achieved by:

  • providing educational support which raises the achievement of these students so that it is in line with their in-school peers and national expectations
  • providing emotional and social support where appropriate.
  • addressing any inequalities in opportunity faced by these students.

Review of the impact of spending in 2019-2020

Funding of £459,117 was received.

This was used to support:

  • additional teaching staff, lessons and groups in the core subject areas of Maths, English and Science
  • additional staffing and other resources across a range of subject areas to enhance coaching for Pupil Premium students
  • additional pastoral intervention (including mentoring) to reduce exclusions and increase attendance
  • additional teaching assistant support in Maths
  • provision of learning mentors to provide personalised tuition in Maths
  • support for targeted students with regard to curriculum resources and the provision of curriculum enrichment
  • additional literacy coaching.

The impact of this support was (CAG data 2019-2020):

  • 72% of Year 11 Disadvantaged students gained 9 – 4 Basics measure.
  • 37.3% of Year 11 Disadvantaged students gained 9 – 5 Basics measure.
  • The Attainment 8 score for Disadvantaged students was 4.71.
  • The Progress 8 score for Disadvantaged students was +0.18.

Pupil Premium 2020-2021 income and spending plans

For the academic year 2020/21, 446 students are registered as ‘Pupil Premium’.

This will create estimated funding for the school of £417,307.

This money will be allocated to provide:

  • additional teaching staff, lessons and groups in the core subject areas of Maths, English and Science
  • additional staffing and other resources across a range of subject areas to enhance coaching for Pupil Premium students
  • additional pastoral intervention to reduce exclusions and increase attendance
  • provision of learning mentors, counselling, specific careers interviews and advice and additional teaching staff
  • support for targeted students with regard to curriculum resources and the provision of curriculum enrichment and accelerated learning programmes post lockdown
  • access to intervention and enrichment for HPA disadvantaged students
  • additional literacy coaching.

Where possible, the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium fund will be measured against national data. In addition, internal data will help the monitoring of progress and attainment of students alongside pastoral monitoring.

The review of spending will take place in April 2021. 

An annual plan and impact report will be produced each September and become available on the website.