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At Holy Family Catholic High School we ensure that all subject areas plan their curriculum so that the students they teach have every chance to maximize their potential. As part of this process teachers plan very carefully for the needs of those students where national research has shown that they may be vulnerable to underachievement. This includes students that are within the following groups:

* Pupils who are or have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM)

* Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

* Students with English as an Additional Language (EAL)

* Students that are Looked After (LAC/CIC/SGO)

At Holy Family our underlying principle is that lessons should allow ALL young people to make progress and reach their potential. We know that good teaching will improve the attainment of the above vulnerable groups of students and, as a school, we have invested very heavily in this. We have specialist staff in specific subjects and also have high quality learning environments for students.

Alongside good teaching, we also receive additional funding to help support students who may be vulnerable to underachievement.

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is allocated to high schools and academies with pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 that have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (so-called Ever 6 Pupils). Schools have the freedom to spend their allocation in a way they think will best support raising the achievement of funded pupils in comparison with their non-Pupil Premium peers. Pupil Premium Plus students are looked after children (LACs) and the school receives additional funding for these students.

Holy Family Catholic High School currently has 17.5% of its population receiving Pupil Premium funding.

In 2013/14 Holy Family Catholic High School received £67713.50

In 2014/15 Holy Family Catholic High School will receive £82005.00

How has the Pupil Premium been used at Holy Family Catholic High School?

The DfE has stated the following:

"Schools, Headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils".

At Holy Family we have a sophisticated system to track and assess pupil progress and this allows us to ensure that any interventions that are put in place are tailored to the individual needs of a student. These systems of tracking are applied to all students including those in receipt of the Pupil Premium so that we can identify areas of underperformance and target intervention appropriately.

Where it is evident that despite our "Quality first teaching" approach and proactive teaching environments, students still require additional support and intervention, this is carefully managed using strategies that have been proven to have the greatest impact.

Identification of students for specific courses is completed through termly progress checks. Teachers, Heads of Department and our Pastoral team are challenged on how immediate impact can be gained so that any slow progress can be improved. This is completed through an action planning process with funding made available.

Overview of projects undertaken using Pupil Premium Funding:

  • Key stage 3 Literacy and Numeracy interventions including Handwriting and Reading sessions
  • Provision of additional opportunities to develop attitudes and aspirations
  • Careers Mentor to raise awareness of Post 16 programmes and requirements
  • PSHCE days to focus on pathways and opportunities
  • Use of wider school community including TAs
  • Support for PP students to attend educational trips which will impact on their attainment
  • Provision of ICT equipment to support students to complete work both at school and at home.
  • Pathways meetings with PP students to the best decisions are made for Post 16 courses.
  • After School support in English and Maths for individuals and small groups of students
  • Additional subject specific sessions at lunchtime, after school or in school holiday time
  • Withdrawing students from lessons to focus on English in small groups made possible through funding additional support staff
  • Withdrawing students from lessons to focus on Maths in small groups made possible through funding additional support staff
  • One-one mentoring with the school counsellor who works with vulnerable students
  • Purchasing essential curriculum equipment for students (e.g. School Uniform, PE Kit, stationery)
  • Purchasing additional resources for students (e.g. workbooks, revision guides, software packages)
  • Extra-curricular sessions (e.g. peripatetic music tuition) funded by the school
  • Educational Visits funded by the school
  • Learning Evenings for students and parents to provide additional support to help students achieve their potential
  • Alternative Curriculum packages provided on a bespoke basis tailored to the needs of the individual students
  • Additional support for students from Classroom Teaching Assistants (CTAs) above the normal

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