Policies, Procedures & Statutory Documentation
At Horsforth School we believe passionately in our mission statement of ‘opportunity and achievement for all’. We are committed to striving for equality and in 2016 added ‘those who have the least deserve the most’.
Horsforth School Equality Objectives
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) requires all schools to publish specific and measurable equality objectives. Our objectives focus upon those areas that address the needs of our students, staff and community.
To improve the outcomes for disadvantaged children and those who have SEND so that the gap between these students and advantaged students nationally is zero or positive.
To promote cultural development and understanding through a rich range of experience, both in and beyond the school so that discrimination and bullying due to gender, gender reassignment, race, religion and background never occurs in our school.
To ensure the school environment is accessible as possible to all students, staff and visitors.
We comply with the PSED through an equal opportunity approach to recruitment of staff, through modifying the schools physical environment to allow adults and children to access the school and ensuring barriers to learning, whether social, emotional, economic, cultural or physical are removed or minimised.
We always deal with incidents of alleged discrimination, harassment and victimisation rigorously and rapidly and foster positive relationships between all people who have protected characteristics and those who don’t. We do this through our Life Skills curriculum provision, enrichment days that promote British Values and we make the most of teaching opportunities in all subjects to celebrate and explore diversity.
Policies and Procedures
Examination JCQ Regulations 2019
Pupil Premium Spend Strategy and Impact
Pupil premium funding is awarded to students who have received free school meals in the last six years, children of forces (Army/Navy/RAF) families and children who are looked after.
|Funding Received 2017/18||Expected Funding 2018/19|
|Taking Care of Business Pupil Premium Mentoring programme||
|Students identified as requiring more support (based on attainment, attendance and effort performance indicators) attend a weekly meeting with a member of the Leadership Team to discuss progress and further support options. Mentoring booklet and log completed for regular reviews.|
|Internal logging of information on SIMS||
|A programme set up to holistically review varying intervention sessions throughout Horsforth School for EVERY PP student.|
|PP Attendance tracked daily by Discovery group set up||
|The Pastoral team intervene daily with any unauthorised attendances, liaising with our attendance officer, contacting home and ensuring all fit and well students are in school.|
|Associate Assistant Headteacher||
|Associate AHTs to oversee data, progress and intervention and manage strategies.|
|Free revision guides for all PP students||
|Students in English, maths, science and MFL to receive free revision resources to support private study (Year 10 and 11).|
|PP student voice audit||
|To identify the individual needs of our PP students so we can bespoke our care and support at an individual level. Support provided based on feedback|
|Fish, Chips and Top Tips engage evening||
|Disadvantaged students and parents invited in for an engagement evening led by members of the Leadership team, Curriculum leaders and parents of former students to share their top tips in achieving success at GCSE. All who attended had Fish and Chips and given key resources to support their learning, including a pencil case with equipment, revision guides and TOP TIPS for parents book.|
|Every PP student given a pencil case containing key equipment.|
|Key mathematical equipment kept within the department to support disadvantage learners|
|English and Maths for 7 periods each per fortnight||
|Year 7 transition groups make incremental progress through summative assessments, increasing in performance reflected in their attainment percentage.|
|Geography and History 2 groups for 3 periods each||
Average progress made in history Pupil Premium Transition groups for 2018/19 was 0.73
Average progress made in geography Pupil Premium Transition groups for 2018/19 was 0.41 level of progress
|Cost of salary of Teaching Assistants to reflect their increased role in one-to-one and small group teaching||
|Early intervention in Years 7 to 9 based upon literacy have shown that in 2 terms the average reading age will increase and 50% of students will meet or exceed their targets in English|
|Pastoral, wrap around care for the most vulnerable PP & SEND students and focusses on re-engaging school refusers and students who are PA; raising achievement and addressing progress gaps across the curriculum through timetabled intervention.|
|Cost of Lead Intervention Teaching Assistant for Maths and English, plus one-to-one teacher carrying out intervention in the subjects||
In Maths and English, each PP student that required support had access to 1:1 tuition once per fortnight, which equated to approximately 12 hours of extra tuition per student. Additionally, a lead TA in Maths delivered small group intervention to PP students on a form time throughout Year 11 and worked with smaller groups of PP students in lower years who were identified as needing extra support.
Two TLR 2A’s dedicated to an innovative project in the two core areas.
Maths Champion project identifies the PP students developing towards their target and most at risk of underachieving in Years 8, 9 and 10, organising bespoke interventions in form time with sixth form students acting as mentors, with additional interventions on Tuesday’s afterschool.
The English Champion improves exam technique by running a ‘walking, talking mock’ with PP students. After school sessions occur each Thursday exclusively for PP students
|Cultural capital development||
|PP students have access to opportunities such as author visits, theatre workshops with professionals. Engagement with the school production has risen from 13% of the production PP in 2017 to 15% in 2018 (rising closer to our demographic of 18.9%)|
|Families struggling to buy or replace uniform are supported.|
|PP students receive a subsidy or full payment to access trips or visits. These can be curriculum linked or enrichment to develop cultural capital.|
|Pastoral wraparound meetings||
|Time dedicated to all professionals discussing key issues, successful strategies and barriers to learning linked to behaviour and attendance.|
|Teaching and learning / RAP meetings||
|Time dedicated to all professionals discussing key issues, successful strategies and barriers to learning linked to pedagogy and progress.|
Gross Spend Total: £212,725