Pupil Premium Report to Parents

Our school receives additional funding via the Pupil Premium to help ensure that all groups of children have the opportunity to achieve well.  Funding is linked to the number of pupils who are, or have been, eligible to receive free school meals in the last 6 years, are ‘Looked After’, or belong to ‘Service Families.’  This does not include those in receipt of Universal Free School Meals in Key Stage 1.

The DfE guidance states that schools are free to spend their Pupil Premium allocation as they see fit since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, they also remind schools that they are accountable for the impact of this spending.

The purpose of this report is to inform parents, carers and governors how much pupil premium the school received for 2016-17, how it was spent and the impact at had on pupils’ achievement. The report also explains how the pupil premium for 2017-2018 has been allocated.

Highlands is located in an area of high social deprivation where almost 97% of our children live in the 5% most disadvantaged homes nationally.  IDACI 2017 ranks Highlands in the 2nd percentile in terms of deprivation.  Around 56% of children are regarded as ‘Ever6’ (ie have received free school meals in the past 6 years.)  As a result, Highlands receives a significant amount of Pupil Premium funding though this has declined since the introduction of universal free school meals in KS1.

Whilst we have a high number of children who attract the Pupil Premium we also have a significant proportion who do not but nonetheless live in homes which reflect high levels of deprivation.  The parents of these children may not fulfil the eligibility criteria as they make a conscience effort to work albeit in very low paid employment rather than claim benefits.  A small minority of parents choose not to register their entitlement.

Our spending from our Pupil Premium funding has, and will continue to be, focused on the development of Quality First Teaching across the school so that all children have the very best opportunity to succeed.

We understand that the barriers to learning are not the same for all children and we strive to identify those barriers for individuals.  Disadvantage cannot and will not be used as an excuse for underachievement at Highlands.   Senior leaders have extremely high expectations and will relentlessly challenge low aspirations amongst staff, parents and the wider school community.  There are high levels of support and challenge and all staff are held to account.  Rigorous assessment and tracking procedures are in place, which enables us to quickly identify any children who are not making the progress expected.  Data analysis is robust and is available for individual, cohorts and groups of children.

As an academy, our Financial Year runs from September to August.  However, Pupil Premium funding is allocated from April to March.

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