School has 365 disadvantaged pupils which constitutes 22% (correct in November 2021).
Spending Strategy 2019-22
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Common barriers to learning for disadvantaged children can be less support at home, weak language and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges at Kettlethorpe High School are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all.’ We believe in equity, ‘levelling the playing field’ for disadvantaged pupils so they have the same opportunities, experiences, support, and aspirations as their non-disadvantaged peers.
As recognised by the EEF, we acknowledge ‘good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils’ and we intend to focus heavily on developing the quality of teaching through focused CPD (Continuing Professional Development) of teachers and strong recruitment processes.
The key principles of our strategy:
- Promote an ethos of attainment for all – rather than stereotyping
- Individualised approach to address barriers – rather than access to generic support focusing on pupils nearing end of KS4 (Key Stage 4)
- High quality teaching – rather than bolt on strategies
- Focus on outcomes for individuals – rather than on just providing strategies
- Basing decisions on data and responding to evidence – frequently
- Clear, responsive leadership – setting high aspirations and responsibility for raising attainment to all staff.
Whilst out strategy adopts the recommended EEF tiered approach, we recognise that many elements of the strategy will overlap categories and that the balance of the approach will vary from year to year as the school’s and pupils’ priorities change. We also ensure that in order to make the biggest difference, we focus on a small number of strategies.
Our ultimate objectives are:
- To narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils
- To continue to improve and sustain the attendance of disadvantaged pupils, so that they match the national average for non-disadvantaged (94.4%)
- To reduce the number of repeat suspensions of disadvantaged pupils (short term goal) so it is in line with non-disadvantaged pupils (long term goal)
- To provide opportunities to ensure that all disadvantaged pupils engage in the wider curriculum
To ensure that disadvantaged pupils are aspirational and motivated to achieve their potential by either progressing onto HE (Higher Education) or gaining employment with training in line with non-disadvantaged pupils.