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Devonport High School for Girls

Pupil Premium September 2016 – August 2017

The Pupil Premium is a sum of money that we are allocated for each child on Free School Meals (FSM) including Ever 6, and each child in a Service family including Ever 6. For the period September 2016 – August 2017 we received £935 per FSM student and £300 per Service student. Our total funding for the Academic year September 2016-August 2017 was £70,182.

The examination performance of our pupil premium students in 2017 was better than their peers in school and outcomes nationally. The Department for Education unvalidated data indicates that our disadvantaged students achieved an overall Progress 8 score of +0.942 compared with a score of +0.675 for other students in the cohort. Both of these progress scores were deemed significantly above national outcomes. This means that on average, disadvantaged students performed nearly 1 grade better than similar students nationally based on prior attainment and a 3rd of a grade better than their peers in school. This positive gap was maintained throughout all Progress 8 elements - English, Mathematics, EBacc and Open. Our internal analysis also indicates a positive gap when looking at the performance of our Service students.

Curriculum Support: £3420 in 2016-17 

This included initiating appropriate interventions aimed at students achieving below their target grades and providing small group work extraction with the Learning Support Assistant.  We also provided 1 to 1 additional support and booster sessions for small groups in Mathematics. All students showed improvements across the year and in their final GCSEs. Time and resources have been used to support KS4 students in English with their independent learning and to recognise and reward positive efforts and resilience. All pupil premium students performed in line with or above the rest of the cohort. Additional resources were provided for Biology, Chemistry and Physics to assist individual students with more structured home learning tasks and additional support when preparing and revising for GCSE examinations, including support with mathematical elements. Pupil premium students performed above their peers of similar ability. Support was given to pupil premium students in Drama from an external theatre practitioner which resulted in improved grades in the final performance examination piece.  An initial research project was initiated into co-operative learning methods with the aim to facilitate the introduction of co-operative learning approaches into the school for the next academic year.

Pastoral Support: £44304 in 2016-17  

We have supported our children socially, emotionally and behaviourally through our pastoral system, which comprises 4 Houses with one Tutor Group from each of the 5 Year Groups – years 7-11. Through the intervention of the Heads of House we have liaised with external support agencies and will continue to provide individual counselling for students who have been identified as being in need. We have also provided Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and priority appointments with Careers South West.  Academic and Pastoral Mentoring programmes have also been established to work with our most vulnerable students.  We have also set up a Services children support group.  We have introduced a cashless catering system which has improved the lunchtime experience for pupil premium children as their cards are pre-populated and they can obtain their lunch using the same process as all other students.

Learning Support: £12687 in 2016-17 

We offer additional support for our Pupil Premium Students, several of whom have specific learning needs, via our SENCO and a Learning Support Assistant. We have purchased literacy material to promote and enhance their reading outside of the school environment and computer equipment and additional curriculum text books to assist these students with their studies.  Our Support Advice Guidance & Engagement (SAGE) Co-ordinator continues to work with students across a range of areas to boost self-esteem, confidence which underpins higher achievement.  We have developed a successful nurture group and students are supported and mentored by members of the Senior Leadership Team, Head of House, SAGECo and SENCO which assisted students to complete their examinations and to raise outcomes in final grades.

Enrichment beyond the curriculum: £1253 in 2016-17 

This has included subsidising music tuition, trips and activities, including residentials to Normandy, Cantabria and Bude, and participation in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at all levels.  There has been a focus here to enhance engagement and enjoyment and thus further success in school and the future. We supported the transition into KS3 by ensuring that year 7 students take part in the team building event at Escot Park which allowed them to participate in a range of activities that helped develop problem solving and teamwork skills and fostered friendships.  We have supported students in a wide range of activities during enrichment week including craft, sporting activities and cooking, as well as visits to Buckfast Abbey and the National Marine Aquarium.