Pupil Premium

WHAT IS THE PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally. Pupil Premium support is also directed towards supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces. Disadvantaged pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM receive £935 per pupil. Children adopted from care or who have left care referred to as post-LAC receive £1900 per pupil.

To find out more, visit the What You Need to Know guide on the Department for Education website.

PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY

Pupil premium funding is allocated to the City of London Academy Highgate Hill based on the number of pupils in its secondary year groups who are eligible for deprivation, i.e. Free School Meals (FSM) or Looked After Children (LAC). It is expected that around 50% of our first year's intake will meet these criteria.

MAIN BARRIERS TO ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FACED BY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS

The following are the potential barriers preventing the narrowing of the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils.

Social Segregation

The academy is situated in Islington, which on average has measures of deprivation in the top 5% of most deprived areas in England. It is characterised by high levels of crime, acts of violence or anti-social behaviour and high numbers of lone-parent families compared to national averages. As such, approximately 61% of pupils in Islington are eligible for FSM.

Attendance

Statistically, it has been proven that there is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement. Disadvantaged pupils are closely monitored by the pastoral team and Achievement Team Leader for year 7, who will provide support to parents in tackling issues affecting their child’s attendance or punctuality.

Parental Engagement

Increasing the range of opportunities for parental involvement in the education of their children often has a positive impact on achievement. Where this is lacking, attainment levels often drop.

Effective Feedback to Parents

Feedback needs to be constructively delivered in order to have a positive impact on achievement. The knowledge of what works and what doesn’t can often help to advance to better levels of understanding. Parental feedback when linked to learning objectives is often more effective in boosting student engagement.

Teaching Quality

The maximisation of the impact of teaching is essential to ensuring that pupils are able to achieve at their highest potentials. Training interventions for teachers are essential to ensure effective teaching is consistently available to pupils.

USE OF PUPIL PREMIUM IN ADDRESSING THE BARRIERS (RATIONALE OF SPEND)

The Pupil Premium Grant will be utilised through a variety of targeted interventions which aim to improve the learning experiences of disadvantaged pupils:

·  One-to-one Literacy and Numeracy Intervention will be implemented from year 9 onwards and is designed to ensure that pupils making less than expected progress are able to access support from teaching assistants or specialist staff in developing their attainment levels in these areas. Over time, the support is revisited, refined and revised to ensure that there is a growing understanding of pupils' needs in making sustainable good progress.

·  Behaviour Mentor Intervention Programme aims to raise pupils' self-esteem and develop positive social interaction and study skills that may otherwise be lacking. The programme allow mentors work closely with Subject Leaders, heads of departments, class teachers and Looked After Children teams to ensure requisite social skills for building positive relationships with peers are developed.

·  Engagement for Students and Families is designed to empower students and parents to play a much more active role within the school community. Some of the programmes include Pastoral and Parent Days during which pupils and parents discuss with teachers and tutors performance and attainment levels, agreeing improvement strategies towards achieving set learning targets. Personal Adviser sessions will also be available for specific students every Monday morning where mentoring support is available to all pupils in helping to improve their learning outcomes.

·  Education Welfare Programme will provide required support ensuring pupils record good school attendance and are able to make sustainable progress in learning by being taught at school. In addition they are able to develop their interactions and friendships whilst participating in school activities.

·  Lexia Programme is a learning tool targeted at pupils with lower than expected levels of literacy. Students will receive personalised learning through fun and engaging online activities aimed at developing oral, reading spelling and writing skills.

·  Additional Studies Provision is the offer of extra-curricular activities over two extended days in the week during which pupils participate in a wide range of enrichment classes before and after school. This includes competitive sport clubs run by the PE Department all year round and additional enrichment opportunities through the Music department.

·  Saturday School Intervention Programme offers academic enrichment and revision support to lower attaining pupils. These are specifically aimed at plugging the gaps which have been identified early and thereby increase the chances of a better performance for the affected pupils.

·  Half Term and Easter Revision Courses are specifically targeted at pupils who are at risk of underachieving in their exams. They will offer coaching in subject areas where pupils are experiencing difficulties.

·  Boarding School and Residential Courses will be offered to pupil premium students at KS4 who are predicted to achieve grade 4 or below in Maths. Students spend 10 days on residential receiving focussed intervention by topic and completing structured revision programmes.

·  The Breakfast Revision Course Programme is also targeted at lower achieving pupils who would benefit from revising alone or in groups. The free healthy breakfast will help them to be in the right frame of mind for study.

·  Subsidised Music Tuition is available on a range of instruments and voice training. These takes place in groups or individually and the tuition cost is subsidised to encourage more pupils to participate. Additional sponsorships may also be available for talented pupils to be able to participate in bigger music achievement schemes.

THE IMPACT OF THE PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT

To be added in July 2018.

City of London Academy Highgate Hill

Holland Walk | Duncombe Road | Archway | London | N19 3EU

Telephone: 020 7281 3536

Part of:

City of London
Academies Trust