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Pupil Premium & Catch-up funding

Pupil Premium / Disadvantaged Students Statement 2019-20

The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help support certain students with the aim of closing the attainment gap between them and their peers. The school constantly challenges its students so that they achieve the highest levels of attainment whatever their starting point. The pupil premium is therefore a key resource for ensuring the realisation of this inclusive and aspirational ethos.

Those eligible are students who received free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM - Ever 6), are currently in receipt of FSM, and looked after children (LAC) or ever in care (PostLAC). These are referred to as "disadvantaged students". Pupil premium refers to the above groups plus service children. We recognise that not all students who are in need qualify for pupil premium. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any individual that the school has identified as being in need.

The pupil premium is used to support a range of measures employed by the school to address the discrepancy in the achievement of FSM/LAC and non FSM/LAC students. The Sutton Trust has undertaken extensive research to investigate the cost and effectiveness of various intervention strategies to improve the achievement of disadvantaged students. Its findings have been used, in part, to inform our pupil premium provision.

We will monitor closely the impact of pupil premium funding on students. Where possible, the impact on academic and pastoral outcomes will be evaluated in relation to spending, but for many activities, this is likely to be difficult due to their nature.

The pupil premium funding for 2019-20 is approximately £202,895 where funding is based on the financial, not the academic, year. The level allocated for FSM Ever 6 is £935 and £300 for service children. The funding for LAC students is £2300. We currently have 283 pupil premium students - approx. 28% of the school population. In Wiltshire, the average is 16.8% and nationally it is 28.3%.

We are allocating pupil premium to close the gaps in in five different areas:

  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Home-Learning
  • Behaviour
  • Reading
  • Achievement

If you are experiencing financial hardship please let us know as you may be eligible for free school meals. The premium that we receive also helps us to fund additional staff and resources to make sure that all our children get an equal chance of a great education at Devizes School.

To check your eligibility for Pupil Premium please see the letter below and complete the form.

For more information, please contact Mrs S. Puntis, Vice Principal via email [email protected]

Pupil Premium Eligibility Letter Download
Pupil Premium 2018/19 Review Download
Pupil Premium Plan 2019-20 Download

Year 7 English & Maths Catch-up

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional funding for each year 7 pupil who did not 0achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2. This funding aims to provide additional support for students who joined our year 7 (in September 2012 and each year since) and was used to:

  • Subsidise year 6 students to attend the literacy and numeracy summer school.
  • Create and resource extra mathematics and English classes to follow a catch-up programme.
  • Create and resource additional literacy lessons.
  • Fund the Year 7 Accelerated Reader Programme.

How the school assessed the effect on attainment:

  • To supplement the KS2 tests and provide baseline assessments, students sat CATs tests to give the school additional information about students’ verbal and non-verbal skills.
  • Those following the literacy programme had their reading ages calculated and retested throughout year 7.
  • Those in the extra mathematics and English classes were teacher-assessed four times in the academic year and progress reported to parents.

In September 2012:

  • Total Number of Year 7 Students Sept — 160
  • Below L4 English — 24
  • Below L4 Maths — 38

In July 2013 (Impact of Catch-up Programme):

  • Below L4 English — 13 (46% Caught up to L4)
  • Below L4 Maths — 13% (66% Caught up to L4)

In September 2013:

  • Below L4 in English — 47
  • Below L4 Maths — 38

In July 2014 )Impact of Catch-up Programme):

  • Below L4 English — 22 (53% Caught up to L4)
  • Below L4 Maths — 12 (66% Caught up to L4)

In September 2014:

  • Below L4 English — 23
  • Below L4 Maths — 24

In July 2015 (Impact of Catch-up Programme):

  • Below L4 English — 3 (87% Caught up to L4)
  • Below L4 Maths — 11 (54% Caught up to L4)

In September 2015:

  • Below L4 English — 12
  • Below L4 Maths — 20

In July 2016 (Impact of Catch-up Programme):

  • Below L4 English — 5 (58% Caught up to L4)
  • Below L4 Maths — 6 (70% Caught up to L4)

In September 2016:

  • Below L4 English — 24
  • Below L4 Maths — 6

In July 2017:

  • All targeted students in both English and maths are now at age-expected level of progress according to FFT 50.

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