Our mission is to put our learners first. At Honywood our work is designed to improve the outcomes and life chances of all our learners. Pupil Premium funding received by the school allows us to prioritise provision for those learners who are eligible.
Learners eligible to receive this funding are in four groups:
♦ Those entitle to free school meals (FSM)
♦ Those who have been entitled to FSM during the last six years (Ever6)
♦ Children in Care or looked after (CLA)
♦ Services children
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Ofsted report on the use of the premium (March 2015) outlined how the premium had been used in 262 schools. This report showed how difficult it often is to disaggregate pupil premium funding from general school funding.
At Honywood we believe that every learner should have the opportunity to flourish both in the contexts of both their academic and non-academic learning. To this end, we constantly seek out best practice in education to ensure that we are making effective use of the funding we receive.
We have invested the majority of our funding into continually improving the quality of teaching and learning these youngsters experience; developing engagement in their studies and in wider school life and offering support as they work to overcome any barriers towards learning they may have. We also provide opportunities for youngsters to develop growth mindsets that will support them in becoming happy and successful life-long learners.
Measuring the impact of PPG spending
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of youngsters covered by the Pupil Premium. At Honywood, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of each cohort’s attainment will be used to inform learner progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
The school will evaluate the impact on each learner termly. Evaluation will focus on academic grades alongside the acquisition and development of essential skills to ensure learners are able to learn throughout their lives. Self-confidence and happiness will be evaluated as a corollary of interventions but into place.
Catch Up Funding
Year 7 Catch up Premium Information
Pupil Catch up – what is it?
The premium was previously provided to schools with an additional £500 for each cohort 7 learner who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. In 2017-18, the Government have continued to allocate schools this funding based on a formula using previous years’ attainment, as we no longer have levels in Key Stage 2. This has been adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the 7 cohort between the October 2016 and the October 2017 school census.
To offer youngsters a wide range of opportunities to learn both in and outside of the classroom.
To develop youngster’s engagement in learning and support them in overcoming any barriers they may have towards learning.
Measuring the impact of Year 7 Catch up Premium Information
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of youngsters covered by the Year 7 catch up Premium. At Honywood, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment will be used to inform learner progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
The school will evaluate the impact on each learner termly. Evaluation will focus on academic grades alongside the acquisition and development of essential skills to ensure learners are able to learn throughout their lives and if mastered will enable them to be as successfully as they can be. Self-confidence and happiness will be evaluated as a consequence of interventions.
Funding for this academic year will be approximately £9088 which is based on the number of learners in Cohort 7 (162)
Expenditure for this academic year will include:
- My Learning Choices – a programme designed to create a wide range of learning opportunities for youngsters to access, such as booking one-to-one learning sessions or attend bespoke workshops across the curriculum
- Literacy and numeracy support learning sessions
- One to one or small group maths interventions
- Access to the IDL specialist software program which is designed to deliver literacy and dyslexia intervention. It is highly effective for improving reading and spelling for both children and adults. It can be used with any learners who may be struggling with literacy or have low level literacy ability. Studies have shown an average improvement, after 26 hours use of IDL, of 10 months in reading age and 11 months in spelling age.