Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to students who:
- Have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (£935)
- Have been in Local Authority care for more than 1 day or have been adopted from care (£1900)
- Have parents/carers in the armed services currently, or at any time in the past 4 years (£300)
We have been allocated £170,735 for the academic year 2016/2017. We will receive this money in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant). At NWHS, we have developed many robust intervention strategies over a number of years; all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their potential. We are proud that we have ‘narrowed the gap’ between different groups of students and fulfil one of our core beliefs “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”.
Closing the gap is central to everything we do at North Walsham High School. We have a moral commitment to ensure that our students from disadvantaged backgrounds have the support to accelerate their progress to achieve their full potential.
In addition to the whole school strategies mentioned below, we have countless strategies/initiatives in place to ensure each of our students get what they need to succeed. Our strategies can be split into three areas:
- raising aspirations
- improving confidence/self-esteem
- academic strategies
These initiatives, whilst being aimed at our pupil premium cohort, also have a direct impact on all of our students with the aim of raising the bar, e.g. The Higher Prior Attainers Club raising aspirations work and the parents’ aspirations programme.
Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students and the total cost of some of these strategies. The intervention strategies exceed by far the total amount we receive for the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium is used to support all of these strategies:
Our whole school approach includes; part funding an Assistant Head responsible for our pupil premium strategy, all staff being encouraged to run their own “Closing the Gap” projects and all staff in lessons aiming at developing formalised language, which is also in our literacy policy, whilst ensuring all students receive outstanding feedback. These strategies are all based in research and have been developed following reviewing the Sutton Trust Toolkit.
These strategies include:
- Revision sessions are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the Academy day, evenings, weekends and during school holiday time.
- Revision guides are provided in Maths and English.
- All students have access to MyMaths, online resources used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
- External consultants and examiners from awarding bodies were engaged in English, Maths and Science to support raising student attainment.
- The Accelerated Reader is a programme used to support students with their general reading skills and to narrow the gap and ensure that all students can gain a thirst for literature and also access exam papers later in school life.
- Senior leaders are timetabled to support in maths, English and science lessons with y11 in particular.
A full list of the current interventions can be found by accessing the live Pupil Premium Document, which is updated monthly, here.
Additional uniform is provided to vulnerable students.
The School offers financial assistance for families and students wishing to attend school trips and excursions; this ensures that all students benefit from a variety of experiences designed to enhance life chances and removes what could be financial barrier
Our Inclusion Teams are working tirelessly to support our most vulnerable students maintaining strong links with external agency support services.
A careers team (Work Based Learning) have been employed to work with students from years 7-11. All Year 11 students are offered a meeting with the advisor where independent advice and guidance is offered. Additional consultations have been made available to any student who wishes to receive further support with their post 16 transition route. Specific work is taking place with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Students who are identified by the above criteria are given time with an adviser with a particular focus on their future choices.
Download a copy of our current Pupil Premium provision document here. This document will be updated monthly as we continue to analyse and evaluate our interventions