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Devonport High School for Girls

Pupil Premium September 2018 – August 2019

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 2018 – August 2019 we received £935 per FSM student and £300 per Service student. Our total funding for the Academic year September 2018-August 2019 was £70,610, which includes £3,750 of pupil premium plus funding.

The Department for Education unvalidated data indicates that our disadvantaged students achieved an overall Progress 8 score of +0.79 compared with a score of +0.64 for other students in the cohort. This means that on average, disadvantaged students performed better than their peers in school and nationally achieving over three quarters of a grade higher than similar students. Of the disadvantaged students, over 80% achieved positive Progress 8 scores. Those that achieved a negative score had very specific personal and social issues and received ongoing support from the school. Our internal analysis indicates a positive gap when looking at the performance of our service students compared with other students within school and similar students nationally.

Curriculum Support: £2250 in 2018-19   

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 and Science. Additional revision sessions were held for Year 11 students in preparation for their GCSE examinations where necessary. Most pupil premium students performed higher than the rest of the cohort and above the national cohort. Additional resources were provided to assist individual students with more structured home learning tasks and additional support when preparing and revising for GCSE examinations. Revision resources were purchased for Maths, Science and Religious Studies.

Pastoral Support: £48319 in 2018-19  

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 continued to run our Services children support group.  We continue to operate a cashless catering system which improves 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. We have purchased full sets of school uniform for pupil premium children joining the school in September 2019 so that they join with the same standard of uniform as all other students. The Peer Mentoring programme has supported a range of aspects for pupil premium children including emotional wellbeing, organisation, settling in and friendships.

Learning Support: £19275 in 2018-19   

We offer additional support for our Pupil Premium Students, several of whom have specific learning needs, via our SENCo and a Learning Support Assistant. Our Support Advice Guidance & Engagement (SAGE) Co-ordinator continues to work with students across a range of areas to boost self-esteem and 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 their final grades. There has been training in virtual schools and attachment disorder for staff supporting pupil premium students. We have introduced strategies to improve the attendance of pupil premium students where necessary, including a walking bus, meet and greet and a further communication system with parents/carers.

Enrichment beyond the curriculum: £766 in 2018-19   

This has included subsidising music tuition, trips and activities, including a residential to Bude.  There has been a focus here to enhance engagement and enjoyment and thus further success in school and the future.