OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We aim to advocate the inclusion of students who are deemed to be at a disadvantage through:
- A whole school policy of support
- Supporting all students to achieve their potential
- Stimulating and/or maintaining students interest in their own education
- Personal, educational and social development within a supportive environment
- Identification of the individual needs of pupil premium students and the implementation of appropriate intervention and support programmes
- Effective liaison with pastoral and subject staff
- Effective tracking and monitoring of progress over time
- Working in partnership with parents
At Duchess’s we implement a range of strategies and initiatives to breakdown barriers to ensure that pupil premium is no longer a barrier to academic achievement and high expectations & aspirations. We aim to categorise our initiatives as relevant to support, intervention or enrichment. This includes regular data collections covering academic achievement and assessment of attitudes to learning. This tracking can then form effective interventions which are varied and specific to the needs of the student/group. Students are supported academically and pastorally to challenge barriers to learning and offer appropriate support. Examples of strategies that we have used include: focusing on maths and English interventions to raise attainment for yr11 students. Pastoral interventions where specific groups of students have been identified for mentoring to improve behaviour, attendance, attitudes to learning, raise aspirations etc. For those students who struggle to access a traditional curriculum, personalised timetables have been implemented both internally and through external providers.
Quality first teaching has focused on raising quality and standards through improving the quality of marking and feedback and the development of Directed Improvement Time (DIT) where students spend time acting on feedback they have been given on their work. Whole staff training has focused on the Magenta Principles, metacognition, understanding behaviours and raising awareness and interventions for Pupil Premium students.
We work hard towards our goal of diminishing the achievement gaps and continue to consider new opportunities to enhance the experiences of our Pupil Premium students.This was recognised in our recent Ofsted report ‘Differences in outcomes between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils nationally are showing signs of diminishing’.
Funding and Support
What is Pupil Premium funding?
Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools based on the number of Free Schools Meals, Looked After Children, Post Looked After Children and Forces students that attend that school. For Free School Meals it also includes those students who have been on the FSM lists at any point in the previous six years. Secondary Schools receive £955 per FSM/E6 students, £310 per Services student and £2,345 per Post Looked After or Looked After children (however Northumberland retain £850 of every eligible LAC pupil’s grant to be used to promote the educational achievement of all LAC’s in the region).
Who is Eligible for Pupil Premium?
Free School Meals
Free School Meals in the last 6 years
Forces Children Children who have been in Forces families in the last six years
Looked After Children
Post Looked After Children
Adopted from Care Children
How many pupils at Duchess’s Community High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 230 of students at Duchess’s Community High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium and a further 76 students eligible for Services Pupil Premium.
Do you think your child might be eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?
The Department of Education has suggested that at least 14% of students eligible for FSM are not claiming them. It is very important that parents let us know if they are in receipt of any of the following types of benefits, as we will not be automatically informed by the local government: Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
You can apply either by:
- telephone on FSM 01670 623592
- completing a paper application form which is available from FSM Office Northumberland County Council County Hall Morpeth NE61 2EF
- or follow the link: https://online.northumberland.gov.uk/citizenportal/form.aspx?form=Free_School_Meals
What is the current funding for Pupil Premium Pupils at DCHS?
In the financial year 2020/21 the level of funding is estimated to be £297,335
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement
Other data is available on request for example three year averages. Because of the small size of the FSM cohort attainment and progress percentages can vary substantially if a small number of FSM students have other issues for example linked to attendance or Special Needs. It is therefore important for us to not only work on the classroom experience for these students but also give consideration to how we raise aspirations and expectations through working with parents, raising attendance, involvement of outside agencies / community groups etc.
Please follow this link to view the Services Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2021/2024
In 2021/22 we will continue to make progress with many of these commitments as well as continuing to develop new strategies to meet the ever changing needs of our students. Ensuring development and progress from the individual child’s starting point. The above link also contains our focus areas and action points for this year.