Easingwold Pupil Premium Strategy
We believe all students have the right to an equality of opportunity regardless of socio-cultural disadvantage. It is our intention to work with families and students in receipt of the pupil premium to close the academic and opportunity gaps.
In order to do this, we have extended our intervention offer for maths and English throughout all year groups, employing subject specialists for one to one and small group intervention. This is designed to create a sustained improvement over time. Staff are aware of all the disadvantaged students and are asked to give consideration to seating plans and targeted questioning strategies in order to support and challenge those students and raise their aspiration. A key academic intervention is the strategic purchasing of revision guides for all disadvantaged students in KS4. These are carefully selected by faculty leaders to match student ability in order to maximise student outcomes.
Our Youth Advocate and Student Support Manager are roles we have invested in to support with engagement in class, mental wellbeing and outside agency co-ordination. We have access to a wide range of outside agencies to help and support students who are struggling with Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Bereavement to mention a few. These partnerships are an area of strength and we are committed to further developing the co-ordination and impact of this are.
Providing academic support and promoting health and wellbeing strategies are only part of this. We also invest pupil premium money in order to support students’ travel costs to and from school; this has impacted positively on the attendance of students receiving this support. We raise aspiration and widen students’ views of the world by funding participation in cultural trips, including the Holocaust Memorial Centre and visiting the battle fields in northern France, further promoting fundamental British values.
Our drive to improve uniform standards is another area where pupil premium money is used to good effect.
The strategic spending of pupil premium funding is always under review and we are committed to ensuring that are strategy meets the needs of all disadvantaged students.
Please see the documents below showing further detail about the outcomes for our disadvantaged students for 2014 - 15 academic year and how we spent our disadvantaged funding for the financial year 2015 - 2016: