The Forest High School, like all primary and secondary schools throughout the country, receive additional funding from the Government to support students. This additional funding is called Pupil Premium Funding and is allocated separately from the school's general budget on the basis of the number of students who qualify for Pupil Premium assistance. You can find out more about the Government rationale behind the funding by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/support-for-children-young-people
In order to be eligible for Pupil Premium funding, students fall into one of the following categories:
It is important to note that since July 2015, children of Service Personnel are no longer classified as Pupil Premium students. They do however still attract some additional funding. For further information regarding funding allocation, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings
With the modifications made in July 2015 to the categorisation of Pupil Premium students, some changes have occurred in relation to data analysis. This means that a student will ‘count’ as disadvantaged if they have been in care for longer than one day (rather than six months) but students will now not ‘count’ if they are children of Service Personnel.
These groups have been identified by the Government since research shows that nationally, students in these categories perform significantly less well than other similar students who do not fall into these groups. At The Forest High School there is a gap in terms of attainment and in terms of progress (although it has narrowed in some academic areas).
The additional funding enables the school to further develop its support to enable all students including those in the groups identified above to achieve their potential and therefore to close the gaps of achievement between Pupil Premium students and those that do not fall into these categories.
The Government has asked every school to publish how they intend to spend the money and the impact it is having on students eligible for the Pupil Premium as well as assess the impact of the previous year’s spend. This is imperative in ensuring that all students at The Forest High School go on to achieve their full capabilities.
Our commitment to every student
It is important for all parents/carers to feel reassured that it is our practice and intention to support all students to fulfil their potential during their time with us. All students are consistently monitored and if anyone is perceived to have issues affecting their progress they will have access to numerous strategies, in order to improve their performance. The additional money which this year has been allocated as £93,560 has allowed the school to add extra capacity and develop further strategies so that we can assist and support more of our students. We are continually developing and trialling new interventions in order to strive for excellence and in order for all students to fulfil their full potential.
In addition, we are always evaluating our current practice, and as such, we will measure the impact of all strands of support, and evaluate the effectiveness across the school to ensure money spent supports development of pupils’ progress, and closes gaps.
How do we spend this?
Our spending strategy has been developed through the reading of research, visits to other school and evaluation of previous pupil premium spending. This has led to the following principles:
Good teaching, good attendance, strong parental engagement with good family support and school–wide good behaviour are all key to removing barriers to learning and closing the attainment gap.
We adopt a caring pastoral approach and consistent access to strong careers education, information and guidance, raising aspirations and lending support as required:
The impact of these strategies is being carefully monitored to ensure we are narrowing the gap. Not all interventions can be monitored using quantifiable data; an important aspect of our intervention scheme is the development of social skills and self-confidence.
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