Pupil Premium

Lady Hawkins’ School


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The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. It is additional funding given to all schools so that they can support potentially disadvantaged pupils and close the nationally recognised attainment gap between them and their peers.

Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.

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Pupils recorded in the January school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) in any of the previous 6 years.

Pupils recorded in the January school census and alternative provision census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.

Pupils recorded in the January school census who were eligible for the service child premium in any of the previous 6 years, as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January school census.

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How much does LHS receive?

For 2020-21 the funding rate was £955 for each eligible secondary-aged pupil and £310 for service children. The government also pay a higher rate of £2,345 for Looked-after Children (LAC) or children adopted from care.  

For 2021-22 the funding rates remain the same as the previous year. 

For 2022-23 the funding rates rise to £985 for each eligible secondary-aged pupil, £320 for service children and £2,410 for Looked-after Children (LAC) or children adopted from care.  

Evaluating the Impact of Pupil Premium

We regularly measure the impact or effect of our Pupil Premium strategies and initiatives using a range of methods including:

  • analysis of achievement data (pupil progress and the standards they attain) to see if we are successfully closing any gaps;
  • specifically tracking their progress in the intervention programmes they are on and other support they and their families receive to see if they are working using our ‘narrowing the gap’ sheets, leading to an in-depth discussion and guidance from senior managers on how best to help each individual pupil as well as groups of pupils;
  • observation of in-class support, intervention programmes and other provision to ensure they are being delivered well and are targeted on the children who will benefit most from them to maximise their effectiveness and impact;
  • directly comparing the quality of work and progress in their books to that of the other children in the class;
  • feedback from the additional outside agencies we buy in such as our professional counselling service, and from staff about the positive difference these services are making;
  • analysis of other relevant key indicators such as attendance, punctuality, behaviour;
  • drawing information from other relevant records such as PSHCE assessments as well as information relating to Social Care involvement, safeguarding and child protection.

We use this information to decide which strategies are working well and that we can expand and build-on, and which are not having much effect so need to be targeted on different children, improved, or abandoned and replaced with something better. This information is compared to the cost so we can look for better alternatives if they are not providing ‘value for money’.

Current Key Areas of Focus

Improve the number of Pupil Premium pupils achieving 5 Grade 4-9 including Maths and English.

Improve the number of Pupil Premium pupils achieving above expected and expected progress between KS2 and KS4 in Maths and English.

Where appropriate, the English Department will use the Accelerated Reader Programme with students.

Close the gap in Progress 8 and Attainment 8 between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers.

Improve the attendance of all Pupil Premium pupils.

Provide opportunities for Pupil Premium pupils in extra-curricular activities.

Improve the reading age of Pupil Premium pupils to ensure it is appropriate to their chronological age.

Provide literacy and numeracy intervention for those Pupil Premium pupils who need it the most to enable them to access the curriculum.

Ensure Pupil Premium pupils leaving LHS have access to an appropriate place of education and/or employment.

Ensure that Pupil Premium pupils can access the full range of extra-curricular and educational activities available to them.

Barriers To Learning

We aim to ensure we spend our additional Pupil Premium Grant on things that work and are effective in making a positive difference to our disadvantaged children, helping to combat their many barriers to learning and close any gaps in achievement so they do just as well as the other children.

We identify and address barriers to learning faced by individual pupils through:

  • everyday teaching practice; trawling records;
  • discussions with pupils;
  • parents and agencies involved;
  • rigorous regular tracking of pupil attainment and progress, especially PP students.  During faculty meetings the effectiveness of strategies to overcome their barriers to learning are evaluated and if necessary a new tailored programme put in place

The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school:

  • Communication difficulties, as identified by a Speech and Language therapist.
  • Broken family structures – family stress and low resilience
  • Low parental engagement/parenting skills
  • Safeguarding and welfare issues which may lead to Social Services involvement
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Trauma and other mental health issues in the family and/or child
  • Frequent moves of country and school – some have no recourse to public funds
  • Socio-economic disadvantage i.e. poverty
  • Housing issues i.e.  overcrowding, temporary / poor quality accommodation and friction with neighbours and other members of the community
  • Poor health and diet, high level of medical needs, and low attendance
  • Special educational needs and disabilities.

Expenditure of Pupil Premium funding to overcome these barriers to learning:

All the interventions and support are chosen for their proven effectiveness (research or internal impact evaluation), with the intention of accelerating the progress of our disadvantaged children to raise their standards of attainment and narrow any gaps with their non-PP peers.