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ABOUT PUPIL PREMIUM


The Pupil Premium was first introduced in 2011 as additional funding for schools to use to help close the gaps in achievement and attainment between ‘disadvantaged’ students (defined by the government as children who have received free school meals at any time in the last 6 years and children who have been in the care of the local authority) and their peers.  Students eligible for Pupil Premium at The Whitby High School span the full range of ability, interests and engagement with school. Each child is individual and is treated as such.  Schools use the additional funding in different ways to try to reduce the barriers to success for their students.



At The Whitby High School we have used research from various sources including the Education Endowment Fund’s (EEF) teaching and learning toolkit, the Pupil Premium awards and the DfE’s families of schools database to help us plan how to use our additional funding.  At the heart of any discussion about how to support disadvantaged students to reach their potential is an unequivocal understanding that all of our students deserve what is known as ‘quality first teaching’.  Through our continuing professional development (CPD) programme we have focused sharply on the quality of our feedback and dialogues with students.  The EEF toolkit shows that improving feedback has one of the highest impacts on the progress of disadvantaged students.  As well as a focus on learning and teaching, spending is dedicated to a number of different intervention strategies where we feel we can make the most impact.

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