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Disadvantaged student funding

What is Disadvantaged Students Funding?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with;

  • Students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • Students who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, or have been adopted since 2005
  • Children of service personnel.

Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their students need.

Pupil Premium evaluation report 2017-18: HVC Disadvantaged Students Evaluation 2017-18

Pupil Premium evaluation report 2016-17: HVC Disadvantaged students evaluation 2016-17

Pupil Premium evaluation report 2015-16: HVC Disadvantaged students evaluation 2015_16

Peak 11 Federation pupil premium evaluation report: peak-11-pp-school-to-school-review-hvc-feb-2016


Numbers of Disadvantaged Students

As a result of changing socio-economics and demographics, the numbers of students eligible for Pupil Premium as a percentage of the total pupil population at Hope Valley College is increasing:

Year 7 = 28 students in 2017 (in 2014 we only had 7 students in Year 7 eligible for Pupil Premium)

Year 8 = 14 students 

Year 9 = 11 students

Year 10= 14 students

Year 11= 14 students

Total 81 students (14.8%, was 10.3% in 2014)

Hope Valley College received £33,000 in Pupil Premium for 2011-2012, £63,000 for 2012-2013, £63,000 for 2013-2014 and just under £66,000 in 2015-16. In 2016-17, Hope Valley College is also expecting to receive £66,000. 

The money was invested in a range of measures designed to have maximum impact on the achievement of vulnerable students across the school.

The broad categories of investment of the Pupil Premium are as follows:

1. Curriculum Provision

2. Curriculum Support

3. Wider Support

4. Training and Development

5. Tracking and Intervention


Additional and different provision provided as a result of Pupil Premium

At Hope Valley College the College Management Team will have direct responsibility for raising achievement and for continuing to narrow the gap between the achievement of Pupil Premium students and non-PP students.

1. Curriculum Provision

  • Provision of an Extended Vocational Curriculum

An extended curriculum offer to specific students where applicable to increase the engagement, motivation and ambition of students across all subjects. Course include Construction BTEC and Childcare BTEC. Additional provision is sometimes also sourced used appropriate external providers.

  • Additional English, maths and science groups

These have been created to reduce PupilTeacherRatios and also to match particular students to key staff. The College Management Team have staffed key groups.

2. Curriculum Support

  • English and maths support

English and maths Faculties now have their own dedicated Teaching Assistants to support intervention and personalisation and to increase teacher/TA liaison so that additional adult support is more focused on learning (rather than task completion and behaviour management).

Extraction is also available to add time when additional English and maths support can be offered to students making slow progress.

New additional English laptops have increased the level of extended writing achieved by less able students. Governors have now agreed to support additional laptops to support students further in maths and humanities. 

  •  Literacy Support

Within the DEAR provision is a Reading Buddy programme designed to identify and develop students reading ability. Y11 students are trained as Reading Buddies and resources are provided to help engage students in reading during DEAR. The Accelerated Reading scheme is used in KS3 and in particular in year 7 and Year 8 to boost reading skills and to inculcate a love of reading.

3. Wider Support

  • Establishment of Professional Counsellor (£8.5k pa)

We have entered into partnership with our primary cluster to commission a ‘Talk time’ service to provide intervention support in secondary school and to enable preventative work in primary schools, to promote the personal and social development and the academic achievement of the most vulnerable students.

  • Creative Mentors

Creative mentors have been recruited through a Peak 11 funded programme. These are then deployed to work with specific students, in particular, students with un-met attachment needs (these students are largely but not exclusively, children adopted from care).

  • KS3 intervention programme

This includes therapeutic and literacy intervention. For example, 25 students accessed Yoga to boost self-esteem & help with anger management.


4. Training and Development

 The following in-house provision is focused upon meeting the needs of our most vulnerable students

  • Positive Support

A room has been re-modelled and a Team of Teaching Assistants trained to deliver one to one therapeutic provision

 5. Tracking and Intervention

  • Diagnostic Testing

All Years have taken a reading age test, the results of which are used to target specific students for booster programmes. PP students are given particular focus.

  • RAG Tracking (£5,000)

A new system to target setting and tracking based on 3/4+ levels of progress was launched in 2013. The focus for this will be raising the achievement of all students with a particular focus on PP and other disadvantaged groups. Data runs for each year group are analysed by Pastoral Leaders and support directed accordingly.