**Research: **

The key metric is the Gold Standard of GCSE Grade 5+ English and Mathematics. For England, non-disadvantaged students’ outcome is 50%. Havering out-performs England by a significant 5 percentage points.

The 2019 statistics are from the government website^{1} (see Addendum). The benchmark is 50%.

PP = Pupil Premium this is additional funding for closing the attainment gap of disadvantaged students. A higher figure indicates a greater number of disadvantaged students in the school as it’s a *per capita* payment. **Total PP funding for Havering’s secondary academies is £3,578,103**

**Coopers Coburn**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 57% PP £87,450

**Sacred Heart of Mary**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 55% PP £137,889

**Francis Bardsley**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 44% PP £216,440

**St Edwards**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 37% PP £188,182

They tacitly blame their students by saying that “33% [of] St Edward’s students live in Barking and Dagenham (ranked fifth most deprived local authority in England).

See Pupil-Premium-Report-2020-2021-md.pdf (steds.org.uk)

**Royal Liberty**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 36% PP £143,250

**Harris Academy Rainham**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 35% PP £230,000 (approximately)

They arrogantly don’t give an accurate figure for their PP funding.

**Abbs Cross**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 34% PP £153,340

**Emerson Park**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 31% PP £218,005

**Bower Park**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 29% PP £275,995

**Brittons**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 29% PP £265,985

**Gaynes ^{2}**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 29% PP £69,100

**Hall Mead**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 28% PP £166,309

**Drapers**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 23% PP £384,640

**Campion**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 21% PP £67,675

**Redden Court ^{3}**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 21%^{1} PP £157,685

**“***A significant proportion of students at Redden Court School (c.25%) are disadvantaged. We never use this as an excuse; rather, it adds to our moral purpose. Our school motto is: ‘Committed to Success for All’; this is something we strongly believe in – we are, therefore, committed to the success of all our disadvantaged students.”*

Pupil Premium Strategy 2020/21 – Google Docs

**Marshalls Park**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 18% PP £232,245

**Hornchurch High ^{2}**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 17% PP £367,218

**Sanders Drapers**

English and Mathematics Grade 5+ Disadvantaged 7% PP £216,785

**Discussion**

As both the 2020 and 2021 GCSE examinations are unnoticed on government, and usually, school websites, drawing conclusions is tricky. For example there’s a new management team at **Sanders** **Draper Academy** and schools aren’t static places. Nonetheless some broad brush statements can be made.

Correlation is poor between PP funding and outcomes. **St Edwards ****is** 10^{th} in Havering’s PP funding rankings but 4^{th} in outcomes for disadvantaged students. Meanwhile **Marshalls Park **is 5^{th} in PP funding and 15^{th} in outcomes.

**T****hree average schools in Havering at co-equal 9**^{th}** **

**Bower Park’s **2018 OFSTED inspection rated the school as ‘Good’ in Bower Park’s case a third of disadvantaged students (49/147) are discounted as *their* outcomes are less than good.

**Brittons **2019 examination results show that 30% of their cohort achieved the Gold Standard, which is virtually identical to those of disadvantaged students. So they are below the borough average for non-disadvantaged students but average for disadvantaged students.

**Gaynes **has a solid performance of 60% in English and Mathematics for the school^{5 }but that isn’t translated to disadvantaged students. Their statistics are affected by the small numbers in the cohort where a single student can be disproportionate.

**Addendum: Covid-19 and GCSE results**

Both the 2020 and 2021 GCSE examinations were teacher assessed. It’s immediately apparent that those results aren’t used in a customary way. The government website doesn’t use them and most schools publish a summary. Why? Are these GCSE results problematic? Are they fatally flawed and a pale imitation of the *real* thing? This places a constraint on understanding *current, *2021, outcomes for disadvantaged students.

**Notes**

1 GOV.UK – Find and compare schools in England (compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk)

2 These blogs were written some time ago and it was at that point I decided to review *every *secondary* *school in Havering. Gaynes School Gaynes School, the Pupil Premium and Accountability – Politics in Havering and Hornchurch High School Hornchurch High School, the Pupil Premium and Accountability – Politics in Havering

3 Ofsted: Redden Court School could be ‘outstanding’ | Romford Recorder

4 2771545 (ofsted.gov.uk) **Bower Park** is at Havering’s average along with **Brittons **and **Gaynes **at joint 9^{th} out of 18.

5 All schools and colleges in Havering – GOV.UK – Find and compare schools in England (compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk) See also Achievement and Performance – Gaynes School