Pupil Premium Statement

Pupil Premium Spending Statement – 2014/15

The academy is committed to ensuring that all learners strive to achieve in line with national expectations and make at least expected progress during their time in our care. For some learners this will require additional support to be put in place to address areas of weakness or fill gaps in learning that may have occurred before the student was admitted to the academy. In order to ensure that we are addressing these specific needs, the Department for Education (DfE) have identified some additional funding called the Pupil Premium.

Pupil Premium funding is used to provide a range of additional support services to identified students and is used in a number of ways such as additional staffing, targeted resources, differentiated activity or staff training. The academy is required to provide details of exactly how Pupil Premium funding is used and also the impact upon the learners. The table below identifies how this additional funding was spent at the academy in the academic year 2014/15 and also identifies future spending plans for the current academic year 2015/16.

The academy allocation under the Pupil Premium programme for the academic year 2014/15 was a total of £7480, representing a total of 8 eligible students.

2014/15
Total number of students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding 8
Total additional funding available per student £935
Total Pupil Premium available £7480

 

Planned expenditure
Reading assessment and intervention £750
Subsidised educational visits and activities £3000
Targeted attendance support (JC role x0.1) £1780
Additional staffing [x2] Teaching Assistant (x0.1FTE) £3000

 

Specific actions:

  • Reading recovery resources and programme established
  • Revised attendance procedures to support early intervention
  • Increased learning support staffing
  • Breakfast Club provision
  • Timetable revisions to reduce group size and increase access to support
  • Use of off-site provider for additional vocational choice

 

 

Spending Impact

From very low starting points and, in some cases, prolonged periods of absence student progress across a number of areas was positive.  Whilst national benchmark figures were not achieved, 40% of student made the progress expected of all students in English, with 7 students achieving C grade passes.  In maths, 10 students were awarded C grade passes although the percentage making expected progress was lower at 28% (1 student equalled approximately 3%).  The proportion of students for whom Pupil Premium funding was available who secured C grade passes or made expected progress was marginally better than for those students who were not in this group although the gap to national averages remains too high.

Pupil Premium funding spent on additional learning support time directed the reading recovery programme delivery was successful as was the increased level of in class support for targeted learners as evidenced by the comparable performance of targeted students.  Reading ages improved for 68% of the target group with an average increase of 13 months during the period from November 2014 to May 2015.   All Pupil Premium students involved in reading recovery met or exceeded the average improvement.

The attendance of students for whom Pupil Premium funding applied was significantly below national benchmarks and below that of other learners at the academy.  In relation to persistent absence, a higher proportion of Pupil Premium learners were identified within this category.  Significant work was undertaken with students and families in this cohort who, in many cases, had experienced a protracted history of absence.  In all but one case, attendance patterns improved significantly although overall figures were still below academy targets and national benchmarks.

 

Identified spending 2015-16

The following information identifies areas of additional support for students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.  Funds will be targeted at three key areas:

  1. Reading recovery
  2. Attendance
  3. Achieving expected progress

 

All three areas are closely linked and each plays an important part in ensuring that learners will leave the academy with appropriate levels of literacy and numeracy and be able to access employment, education or training at the next level.  The funding will be used to remove barriers to learning through the use of additional staffing to reduce group sizes and targeted resources that will address the needs of individuals within this group.

 

 

 

 

 

2015/16
Total number of students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding 11
Total additional funding available per student £935
Total Pupil Premium available £10285

 

 

Planned expenditure
Reading assessment and intervention £750
Additional teacher time for small group work £3000
Targeted resources £780
Targeted attendance support (JC role x0.1) £1780
Additional staffing [x2] Teaching Assistant (x0.15FTE) £4500
Total minimum spend £10,810

 

Activities undertaken throughout the year:

  • Independent careers support
  • Reading recovery programme
  • Timetable revision (Jan 2016) creating smaller teaching groups
  • Engagement with LA attendance support for most at risk

 

Expected Outcomes

  1. Improvement in overall attainment and progress to reduce gap to national figures by 20%
  2. Attendance for targeted students to be in line with other student groups at the academy and showing at least a 10% improvement on previous year
  3. Reduce by 50% the proportion of students categorised as Persistent Absence

 

Impact statement

The cohort of students in year 11 identified as eligible for Pupil Premium funding support represented only 21% of the total student population.  Although overall progress against key outcomes was very low for all students, relative progress from academy assessed baseline data was positive for students in this group.  In all but one case, pupil progress was broadly in line with students who did not fall into the Pupil Premium category.  Although the percentage of students achieving 3 LoP in English was significantly higher in the Pupil Premium group, this represented broadly the same number of students achieving this benchmark in each group (2 PP, 3 non-PP students).  From very low starting points the proportion of students making 2 full Levels of Progress in both English and Maths exceeded the previous year’s result (English and Maths 50%)

Whilst the attendance of students in the Pupil Premium group remained significantly below that of other groups, each student improved their attendance across the year.  The group average for PP students was significantly affected by one group member who was identified as in the Persistent Absence category reducing the average group attendance from 91.2% (broadly in line with other groups) to 79.6%.

The percentage of students identified within the cohort as Persistent Absentees was significantly higher than national averages but represented only 2 students in the Pupil Premium cohort and one student in the remaining student groups.  Data analysis shows that in both PA cases, however, annual attendance for 2015/16 was an improvement on the previous year.

Reading age re-assessment, following intervention in small group or one-to-one sessions, indicated a consistent improvement for all students, including those in the Pupil Premium group.  Prior to intervention work, students had a reading age, on average, nearly 4 years below their chronological age.  Following a 10 week programme of high intensity support, the average improvement in reading age narrowed the gap to their chronological age by almost 13 months per student. To further support the development of literacy, time has been allocated to a LSA who has developed a small library and quiet area to promote reading and support the class reader approach used in some tutor time activities.

Projected spending 2016-17

The projected spending identified below will be targeted at three key areas and continue the work undertaken in previous years to remove the considerable barriers to learning experienced by some learners at the academy:

Target areas

  1. Reading recovery and literacy
  2. Attendance
  3. Achieving expected progress

 

All three areas are closely linked and each plays an important part in ensuring that learners will leave the academy with appropriate levels of literacy and numeracy and be able to access employment, education or training at the next level.  The funding will be used to remove barriers to learning through the use of additional staffing to reduce group sizes and targeted resources that will address the needs of individuals within this group.

 

 

Identified barriers to learning

For a number of students identified as eligible for Pupil Premium funding there are a range of barriers which have had a negative impact on progress and emotional well-being.  Many of these issues are long standing and pre-date students’ attendance at the academy but continue to manifest themselves on a regular basis.

Significant barriers include:

Low self-esteem / social and emotional concerns

Poor attendance / parentally condoned absences

Low levels of basic literacy

Challenging behaviour / history of fixed term exclusion

 

Target Areas for intervention funding

2016/17
Total number of students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding 14
Total additional funding available per student £935
Total Pupil Premium available £13090

 

Planned expenditure
Reading assessment and intervention £750
Use of external agency on-site support £500
Dyslexia pre-screening £450
Additional teacher time for small group work £4000
Targeted resources £780
Targeted attendance support (admin support role x0.1) £1780
Additional staffing [x2] Teaching Assistant (x0.15FTE) £4500
Total minimum spend £12,760

 

Pupil Premium Spending Statement – 2014/15

The academy is committed to ensuring that all learners strive to achieve in line with national expectations and make at least expected progress during their time in our care. For some learners this will require additional support to be put in place to address areas of weakness or fill gaps in learning that may have occurred before the student was admitted to the academy. In order to ensure that we are addressing these specific needs, the Department for Education (DfE) have identified some additional funding called the Pupil Premium.

Pupil Premium funding is used to provide a range of additional support services to identified students and is used in a number of ways such as additional staffing, targeted resources, differentiated activity or staff training. The academy is required to provide details of exactly how Pupil Premium funding is used and also the impact upon the learners. The table below identifies how this additional funding was spent at the academy in the academic year 2014/15 and also identifies future spending plans for the current academic year 2015/16.

The academy allocation under the Pupil Premium programme for the academic year 2014/15 was a total of £7480, representing a total of 8 eligible students.

2014/15
Total number of students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding 8
Total additional funding available per student £935
Total Pupil Premium available £7480

 

Planned expenditure
Reading assessment and intervention £750
Subsidised educational visits and activities £3000
Targeted attendance support (JC role x0.1) £1780
Additional staffing [x2] Teaching Assistant (x0.1FTE) £3000

Specific actions:

  • Reading recovery resources and programme established
  • Revised attendance procedures to support early intervention
  • Increased learning support staffing
  • Breakfast Club provision
  • Timetable revisions to reduce group size and increase access to support
  • Use of off-site provider for additional vocational choice

Spending Impact

From very low starting points and, in some cases, prolonged periods of absence student progress across a number of areas was positive.  Whilst national benchmark figures were not achieved, 40% of student made the progress expected of all students in English, with 7 students achieving C grade passes.  In maths, 10 students were awarded C grade passes although the percentage making expected progress was lower at 28% (1 student equalled approximately 3%).  The proportion of students for whom Pupil Premium funding was available who secured C grade passes or made expected progress was marginally better than for those students who were not in this group although the gap to national averages remains too high.

Pupil Premium funding spent on additional learning support time directed the reading recovery programme delivery was successful as was the increased level of in class support for targeted learners as evidenced by the comparable performance of targeted students.  Reading ages improved for 68% of the target group with an average increase of 13 months during the period from November 2014 to May 2015.   All Pupil Premium students involved in reading recovery met or exceeded the average improvement.

The attendance of students for whom Pupil Premium funding applied was significantly below national benchmarks and below that of other learners at the academy.  In relation to persistent absence, a higher proportion of Pupil Premium learners were identified within this category.  Significant work was undertaken with students and families in this cohort who, in many cases, had experienced a protracted history of absence.  In all but one case, attendance patterns improved significantly although overall figures were still below academy targets and national benchmarks.

 

Projected spending 2015-16

The projected spending identified below will be targeted at three key areas:

  1. Reading recovery
  2. Attendance
  3. Achieving expected progress

 

All three areas are closely linked and each plays an important part in ensuring that learners will leave the academy with appropriate levels of literacy and numeracy and be able to access employment, education or training at the next level.  The funding will be used to remove barriers to learning through the use of additional staffing to reduce group sizes and targeted resources that will address the needs of individuals within this group.

 

2015/16
Total number of students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding 11
Total additional funding available per student £935
Total Pupil Premium available £10285

 

Planned expenditure
Reading assessment and intervention £750
Additional teacher time for small group work £3000
Targeted resources £780
Targeted attendance support (JC role x0.1) £1780
Additional staffing [x2] Teaching Assistant (x0.15FTE) £4500
Total minimum spend £10,810

Activities undertaken so this year:

  • Independent careers support
  • Reading recovery programme
  • Timetable revision (Jan 2016) creating smaller teaching groups
  • Engagement with LA attendance support for most at risk

Expected Outcomes

  1. Improvement in overall attainment and progress to reduce gap to national figures by 20%
  2. Attendance for targeted students to be in line with other student groups at the academy and showing at least a 10% improvement on previous year
  3. Reduce by 50% the proportion of students categorised as Persistent Absence