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How the Pupil Premium is Helping Children at Halifax High

by jamesbaker on 14 November, 2014

The Pupil Premium is a flagship policy that the Liberal Democrats have delivered in Government. The purpose the Pupil Premium is allocate additional funding to schools based on the number of pupils they have which would be eligible for free school meals. We know that economic disadvantages children face early in life create inequality that last a lifetime. This is targeted spending to address that inequality at an early stage to ensure everyone no matter what their background gets an opportunity to make something of themselves and succeed in life.

Over the next few weeks I will be taking it in turn to look at different Schools within Warley ward so we can see how they are using this Pupil Premium. First of is

Halifax High

Halifax High

 

The school got an extra  £143,913 in 2013/14 and this has risen now to £382,415 for 2014/15 as the school now gets £900 extra for each student eligible. The school has published it’s own report on how the Pupil Premium has been used. Some of the highlights include

  • Deployment of attendance officer time to intervene in order to reduce persistent absence and increase in overall attendance.
  • Herd Farm Residential trip focused on Maths/English revision
  • Y9 IMPACT group established for students at risk of with  significant learning needs.  Additional SEN teacher employed.
  • Employ additional staff in the Maths faculty to enable smaller classes to be maintained
  • After school intervention programme: targeting Year11 C/D borderline students in English and/or maths or at risk of not making 3 levels progress  in English and/or maths

As you can see these are not just figures of money going to schools, they are real targeted programmes that are addressing the attainment gap, and helping to combat inequality within our society. Next week I will be looking at how the money has been used by Ling Bob Infant and Nursery School.

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