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Devonport High School for Girls

Pupil Premium September 2020 – August 2021

The Pupil Premium is a sum of money that we are allocated for each child on Free School Meals (FSM) including Ever 6, and each child in a Service family including Ever 6. For the period September 2020 – August 2021 we received £935 per FSM student and £300 per Service student. Our total funding for the Academic year September 2020-August 2021 was £70,874.

Because students did not sit formal examinations in the summer of 2021, externally generated school performance data will not be published for last year's examination cohorts. The information provided is based on our internal analysis and any reference to progress data is benchmarked against the 2019 national dataset. Our disadvantaged students achieved an overall Progress 8 score of +0.6, which means on average, they achieved 2 thirds of a grade higher than similar students nationally. Of the disadvantaged students, over 70% achieved positive Progress 8 scores. Those that achieved a negative score had very specific personal and social issues and received ongoing support from the school.

Curriculum Support: £1,319 in 2020-21   

Interventions were undertaken aimed at students achieving below their target grades and providing small group work extraction with the Learning Support Assistant.  We provided 1 to 1 additional support and booster sessions for small groups in Mathematics and English as required. Additional support in other areas was provided as part of our catch up plan.

Students were given opportunities to revisit / practice what they knew to deepen and solidify their understanding.  Thus improving how they learned with techniques that improved memory and independence. Formative assessment was used effectively by all staff and students to ensure they received effective feedback and opportunities to improve work. Whilst reviewing our curriculum ensuring it was carefully sequenced to support all learners and considered the interweaving of key skills across subjects, learners are better able to use and develop skills and understanding incrementally over time.

We have funded an online home learning support for pupil premium students to support them in preparing for the 11+ examination.

Pastoral Support: £49,341 in 2020-21  

We have supported our children socially, emotionally and behaviourally through our pastoral system, which comprises 4 Houses with one Tutor Group from each of the 5 Year Groups – years 7-11. Through the intervention of the Heads of House we have liaised with external support agencies and have continued to provide individual counselling for students who have been identified as being in need. We have also provided Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and priority appointments with Careers South West.  Academic and Pastoral Mentoring programmes have also been established to work with our most vulnerable students.  We have also continued to run our Services children support group.  We operate a cashless catering system which improves the lunchtime experience for pupil premium children as their cards are pre-populated and they can obtain their lunch using the same process as all other students. We have purchased full sets of school uniform for pupil premium children joining the school in September 2020 so that they join with the same standard of uniform as all other students. The Peer Mentoring programme has supported a range of aspects for pupil premium children including emotional wellbeing, organisation, settling in and friendships.

Learning Support: £19,614 in 2020-21   

We have offered additional support for our Pupil Premium Students, several of whom have specific learning needs, via our SENCo and a Learning Support Assistant. Our Support Advice Guidance & Engagement (SAGE) Co-ordinator continues to work with students across a range of areas to boost self-esteem and confidence, which underpins higher achievement.  We have developed a successful nurture group and students are supported and mentored by members of the Senior Leadership Team, Head of House, SAGECo and SENCo which assisted students to complete their assessments and to raise outcomes in their teacher assessed grades. We have introduced strategies to improve the attendance of pupil premium students where necessary, including a walking bus, meet and greet and a further communication system with parents/carers.

Enrichment Beyond the Curriculum: £600 in 2020-21   

We have retained our focus on enhancing engagement and enjoyment and thus further success in school and the future. Within the restrictions of Covid-19, we have subsidised after school clubs, music tuition, trips and activities. We have supported students in activities during enrichment week. These activities included craft, sporting activities and cooking.