Welcome To Pupil Premium!

In this first edition of Headlands Headlines we aim to explain Pupil Premium and begin to introduce you to the Pupil Premium champions in our school. We will keep you informed of all events, groups, trips and courses available to parents, as well as introducing you to key members of staff within school, in our next two editions. Watch this space!

What is the Catch-Up Premium?

The Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding to schools for each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics. The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support, such as individual tuition or intensive support in small groups, for those students that most need it.

The funding to date provided to deliver additional support is as follows;

Year Funding / Number of Students

  • 2012 /13 26 in English and 24 in Maths Funding £19000
  • 2013 /14 25 in English and 26 in Maths Funding £18000
  • 2014 /15 19 in English and 16 in Maths Funding £15500
  • 2015/16 10 in English and 9 in Maths funding £9500

How we use the Catch-Up Premium?

  • All students who achieved below a level 4 in Key Stage 2 national curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics will undertake small group work or’ one to one’ intervention. This will be delivered by Mrs Davis in the LRC to accelerate progress.
  • These sessions are tailored to meet student’s individual needs and accelerate their progress.
  • Weekly meetings are held with the maths and English department to continuously strive to ensure our students get the intervention needed.
  • As part of our commitment to improving literacy, Headlands School continues to invest in new books and other resources. All the staff work to improve reading for catch-up premium students through the Accelerated Reader Programme.
  • To sustain the impact, small group work and/or ‘one to one’ tuition to secure level 4 attainment continues for targeted students in the cohort into Year 8.

Catch-up Premium Impact 2013-2016

% students securing Level 4 or above following intervention:

2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
English 27% 84% 53% 71%
Maths 63% 54% 25% 63%

Parent Voice

This group was established to provide an opportunity for Parents and Carers to have a much greater say in how the school is organized, the curriculum, behaviour and rewards, uniform and many other issues. It is a voluntary group and meets every half-term and each meeting has a guest speaker. This is your chance to have a say in the development of school policy and decision making.

New Courses for 2015

We are working hard to build better links between home and school and are always looking for ways to further encourage your involvement with Headlands. To this end, we are hoping to organise some courses for parents in the New Year and would be very grateful if you could look over the following list and contact Jane Riley – Project Coordinator on 676198 Ext 224 if you are interested in attending any of these courses.

These courses would run for 40 weeks and lead to a recognised qualification. The tutors will ensure you study at your own pace by assessing each person individually and entering you onto the course at the appropriate level. These courses will enable you to support your child with homework as well as helping you gain a qualification. The courses will take place at Headlands during school hours. Tutors can provide laptops and all the courses are free.

English for Life / Maths for Life / IT for Life

We can also offer 2 hour sessions on ‘Making the most of my Tablet’, Volunteering in the Community, Local History and a variety of family craft sessions such as Quilting, Knitting and Crochet, Mosaics and Flower Arranging.

PP Christmas Party

PP Christmas Party

Tuesday 15th December saw the first Headlands School Pupil Premium Christmas Party. And what a party it was! Over 100 students and members of their family came to join in the fun.