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Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch-up

Section A: Pupil Premium

Introduction to the Pupil Premium Grant

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools, with students on roll in January that were known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time, in the last six years. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable students. Schools are encouraged to publicise the Pupil Premium to parents and carers, in order that the school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement, for students who are eligible for FSM.

For 2017-2018, schools will continue to receive the Pupil Premium for children in care (from the first day of care), referred to as 'Looked After Children' (LAC).

Schools will also continue to receive the Pupil Premium for children of parents serving in the armed forces, to address the emotional and social well-being of these students.

Objectives in Spending the Pupil Premium Grant

The objectives in spending the Pupil Premium Grant are:

  • To raise literacy and numeracy levels
  • To provide additional intervention programmes which increase students' access to the curriculum
  • To provide the opportunity for students to raise their literacy and numeracy skills and consequently, narrow the gap in attainment
  • To provide strategies which raise vulnerable students' confidence and self-belief, enabling them to become confident learners and a valued part of the Academy community
  • To ensure all vulnerable students are able to achieve a positive Academy experience, in the same manner as more advantaged students

Summary of Spending Strategy

The following approaches will be extended into 2017-2018:

  • In Year 11, all students will take part in an English, Maths or Science Gold Group Form time programme 
  • Extra-curricular small group, and one to one sessions, that are focused on developing a range of skills of individual students to narrow their achievement gap
  • An individual mentoring programme will be carried out through the wider Student Support team, as needs are identified
  • The added opportunity of raising achievement levels through the continuation of a staffed Homework Club and other subject intervention classes
  • The provision of further resources such as revision books, computer technology and support materials  for students in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
  • Socially, extensive supervised support will continue to be provided for potentially vulnerable students during break and lunch periods to increase those students' self confidence 
  • The purchasing of uniform for disadvantaged students, along with activity support facilitating inclusion and parental support will also be also given

Pupil Premium - Outcomes to Date

In 2017, the percentage of Pupil Premium students made up 16% of the year group and their outcomes are as follows:

  • Progress 8 = -0.84
  • Attainment 8 = 31.61
  • Good Pass in English and Mathematics = 48%
  • % of Students achieving the EBacc = 0% (entered 1 student)

There has been a continued emphasis on supporting students to ensure happy and safe students. The Academy offered vulnerable Year 6 students to attend a Summer School programme to improve their confidence on transition to the Academy. Additional personal induction visits were conducted by the Assistant Principal (Director of Student Support), The Head of Lower School (responsible for Transition) and the Assistant SENCo (Non-teaching) to familiarise potentially vulnerable students with the environment of the Academy.

For the students already at the Academy, uniform has been purchased when necessary to ensure those FSM/LAC students continue to be able to wear the expected school uniform and thus not be disadvantaged by any lack of home funding.

Access to a supervised 'safe haven' during break and lunch periods has been provided for those students who feel temporarily overwhelmed or emotionally vulnerable. This is to help these students feel comfortable, supported and safe during non-teaching periods.

The outcome of the Pupil Premium to date has been to ensure that not only has intervention raised attainment for Pupil Premium students but that they feel secure and fully included in the Academy environment enabling them to make progress and ultimately, achieve well.

Section B: Year 7 Catch-up Premium Grant

Introduction to the Year 7 Catch-up Premium

The Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium grant is paid to schools under Section 14 of the Education Act 2002. The basis on which it is calculated is the number of Year 7 students recorded on the October school census and recorded in the key stage 2 assessment data as not having achieved level 4, 5 or 6 in reading or mathematics.

For the Academic Year 2016-17, the Academy received a grant of £18,500 to support students who had fallen below this threshold to improve their numeracy and literacy levels. The Academy has had confirmation that we will receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding we received in 2016 to 2017, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort, based on the October 2017 census. Support will continue to be provided for these students, as they progress through to Years 8 and 9.

Objectives in Spending the Year 7 Catch-up Premium Grant

The objectives in spending the Year 7 Catch-up Premium Grant are:

  • To raise literacy levels, in particular reading age, to above the floor standard
  • To raise mathematics levels, in particular numeracy age, to above the floor standard

Summary of Spending Strategy

The following approaches will be extended into 2017-2018:

  • Further progress in literacy skills development will be enhanced via the initial identification of need via KS2 SATs results, the NFER and YARC diagnostic assessments
  • Use of Sound Training (which focuses on students who are underperforming in their literacy levels)
  • Y7 & 8 Whole Academy Literacy drive
  • Further progress in numeracy skills development will be enhanced via the initial identification of need via KS2 SATs results and the Hodder online diagnostic assessments
  • Additional curriculum time for literacy and numeracy skills development in Years 7, 8 and has now been extended into Y9 with identified students