The Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in 2011 to support the educational achievement of these groups of students and ‘narrow the gap’ in attainment between those in receipt of free school meals and those who are not.
Over the period April 2012 – March 2013, Culcheth High School received £77,400 of Pupil Premium funding to support the education of students in receipt of free school meals, ‘Eversix’ students (those students who have been in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last six years) and children in care.
The school has now received a further £100,800 of funding (£900/student) for the period April 2013 – March 2014.
Culcheth High School is using these resources to raise achievement in a number of ways, including:
- Employing an attendance mentor to improve levels of attendance and build closer liaison between school and home;
- Purchasing careers’ guidance to support students in their choices of future destinations and careers;
- Providing students with one-to-one tuition in English and Maths;
- Supporting the establishment of peer mentoring systems;
- Ensuring students have appropriate financial means to participate in school visits;
- Supporting students taking exams through the purchase of revision guides and other materials;
- Improving achievement through ‘bought in’ study skills sessions;
- Initiating morning breakfast clubs to embed positive attitudes to learning;
- Enhancing student achievement in Maths through appointing additional staffing.
The funding has had an impact on the progress and performance of ‘Eversix’ students in the following ways:
- Attendance of ‘Eversix’ students has improved by over 3% during 2012 – 13 (it is now 91.7%). We will continue to ‘close the gap’ between the attendance of our ‘Eversix’ students and the rest of our cohort over 2013 – 14.
- The % of students making three levels of progress in English (KS2 – 4) has increased by more than 10% in 2013 (now 67%)
- The % of students making three levels of progress in Maths (KS2 – 4) has increased by more than 10% in 2013 (now 58%)
- The average capped points score for GCSE ‘Eversix’ students increased from 280 in 2012 to 302 in 2013.
While we are pleased with these results and monitor improvements, we will continue to support the progress of ‘Eversix’ students rigorously through 2013 – 14. From September 2013, Mr Peter Groves, Assistant Headteacher, will lead our work in this area.