Pupil Premium Grant Funding

Pupil Premium funding is additional funding for any student who is currently in receipt of Free School Meals or has been within the last six years. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between these and other students by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Pupil Premium Strategy

The funding for 2016-17 is £240,455.

At Tabor Academy we pride ourselves on having high aspiration and ambition for all pupils, regardless of their background. We operate a no excuse culture, setting children up to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. Our mission is to ensure that every pupil achieves academic success and has the real option of going to university or following a career of their choice. We believe our pupils work hard towards this goal because we make it real for them.

We have high expectations for all of our pupils, and believe that with great teaching and a lot of love and care, every child can fulfil their potential.

Some interventions are adopted on a whole school basis and are not restricted to FSM registered pupils only. However, the implementation of some intervention programmes would not have been possible without the Pupil Premium. The majority of school strategies are targeted towards improvement in the attainment and progress of pupils. A number of these key strategies are resourced from the schools’ main budget, including smaller class sizes, educational support staff and an intervention programme. We have allocated the additional Pupil Premium funding to specific initiatives to support the most disadvantaged pupils.

The key objective is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. The achievement of pupils at primary is good however levels of attainment are lower for some children who are eligible for FSM. While we recognise that this is a national trend, we are committed to doing everything we can to close this achievement gap. Through the application of high quality programmes and provision overall, we aim to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. The use of targeted interventions is also important. Children who start with low attainment on entry will need to make accelerated progress in order to reach at least age-related expectations.

It is also important that low attaining pupils grow in confidence and independence. Therefore, quality social experiences in and outside school can also have a significant impact.

It must also be remembered that there can be children who, whilst being eligible for FSM and Pupil Premium, are not low attaining but may not be maximising their full potential. We must therefore never confuse eligibility for the Pupil Premium with low ability. We must focus on supporting all disadvantaged children to achieve the highest levels.

Funding is allocated within the school budget by financial year. This budget enables the school to plan its intervention and support programme. Expenditure is therefore planned and implemented by academic year as shown.

As an inclusive school, Tabor Academy strongly believes that no pupil should be disadvantaged as a result of background and ensures that resources and support are also provided for children who may not necessarily be eligible for free school meals or looked after, but who have been identified by the school as being at an educational disadvantage compared to their peers. This support is funded out of the School’s main budget. Programmes involving children who are eligible for the grant as well as those who are not are often part-funded by Pupil Premium, proportional to the children they benefit.

Aims:

At Tabor Academy we will:

  • Make decisions about the spending of Pupil Premium funding based on educational research
  • Make decisions about the spending of Pupil Premium based on our knowledge of the children and their families
  • Ensure that staff are aware of the potential barriers to learning for FSM and LAC pupils
  • Track the attainment and progress of pupils on FSM as a group and ensure this is in line with the progress and attainment of the whole class
  • Measure the success of intervention programmes through impact analysis

The challenge to establish a clear link between educational expenditure and pupils’ learning is harder than one would imagine. It may seem obvious that more money offers the possibilities for a better or higher quality educational experience, but the evidence suggests that it is not simply a question of spending more to get better results. (Sutton Trust 2012)

Barriers to Learning

  • Low aspiration within the local area.
  • Employment market suppressed within local context.
  • Transportation to wider UK.
  • Children from low economic backgrounds.
  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Single parent families.
  • Social mobility.

Pupil Premium Report 2016/17

The current PUPIL PREMIUM GRANT covers approximately 23%, 10.5% of students are currently in receipt of Free School Meals.  There are currently 5 students in total who are CLA.

Provision 2016-17

The amount received in 2016/17 is £240,455.

Aspect

Focus of Work

Expenditure for 16/17

Rationale

1:1 Tuition/small group tuition

Agreed as part of PEP package at KS3 and KS4, tailored 1:1 work in core subjects.

Providing small group work with an experienced teacher / LSA focussing on overcoming the gaps in learning.

1-2-1 and small group speech and language sessions for communication.

Literacy withdrawal groups to improve and secure English foundation.

Numeracy groups to secure foundation numeracy skills.

£9K

Intervention to take place from November 2016 and monitored through ATLs.
Additional Sets in Core Subjects To support learning in the classroom by ensuring that class sizes for 2016-17 are as small as possible, particularly in English, maths and science, by creating additional sets.

£85K

Support in core subjects to continue with re-timetabling during year.

Additional teachers to support core subjects.

Learning Support Assistants / External agencie Increased in-class support from TAs and external agencies to further personalise and support learning of students.

£75K

Use of TAs to provide targeted support to students in subjects.
Intervention Programmes

A comprehensive programme of study support and revision classes will be offered in every school holiday except the Christmas break, to groups of students vulnerable to low achievement, especially those in receipt of FSM.

Literacy and numeracy interventions targets at Pupil Premium students and those below level 4 on entry.

Personalised programmes of support, planned in advance and costed into the curriculum model have been offered to all Year 11 students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant to enable them to attain the best possible examination results.

Homework club before and after school.

£20K

Central co-ordination including timetable for PP students and rewards linked to attendance.
Careers information, advice and guidance Early and additional guidance will be offered to students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant in Years 8 to 11 to ensure that they can be supported to pursue aspirational futures.

£5K

One day a week.  All KS4 PP students to have individualised plan.
Curricular enrichment Curriculum trips to be subsidised for all students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant and specific opportunities to broaden the horizons of those students to be offered.  This allows students to benefit from an experience that they may not normally have been able to afford.

£2K

The Academy offers a range of trips and will enable PP students to attend curriculum linked trips.
Mentoring /Behaviour Intervention.  Year Care Team Staff.

Behavioural intervention and tracking of targeted students who are PP who need close behaviour support and positive engagement strategies. Commonly targeted at all Year Groups.

The Year Care Team support individual children to improve well-being, self-image and self-esteem during group work and ensure excellent partnerships with school and home.

£30K

5 Year Care Team employed across the school.
Education Welfare

Attendance and welfare of PP students, monitored on a daily and weekly basis.

Breakfast club for all students.

After School Clubs.

£5K

This strategy is effective at early intervention which is key with attendance.
External EWO support attendance Oversee and support management of attendance and welfare issues, focusing on robust action where needed.

£5K

Agreed fee, maintained at 2015 rates.
Reading programme and costs

Reading books and materials for KS3.

Creating smaller teaching groups for reading recovery.

Funding an intensive programme for the teaching of phonics with small intervention groups.  Alpha to Omega.

Lexia – reading recovery to improve reading and comprehension age.

£5K

Use LRC to track reading ages and take appropriate intervention as necessary.

CATs tests to support.

 

Provision for 2015/16

The amount received was £272,965.

Aspect

Amount Focus of Work Evaluative commentary/impact Expenditure for 16/17

Rationale

Additional Sets in Core Subjects

£100k

To support learning in the classroom by ensuring that class sizes for 2015-16 are as small as possible, particularly in English, maths and science, by creating additional sets.

Higher levels of achievement in core subjects both in terms of examination results and levels of progress.

5+ A*- C (incl. Eng / Maths) 38% non PP  59% Non-PP

£85K

Support in core subjects to continue with re-timetabling during year.

Additional teachers to support core subjects.

Learning Support Assistants

£90K

Increased in-class support from TAs and external agencies to further personalise and support learning of students. Improving outcomes for pupil premium students including those with additional educational needs.

£75K

Use of TAs to provide targeted support to students in subjects.
Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

£5K

Early and additional guidance will be offered to students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant in Years 8 to 11 to ensure that they can be supported to pursue aspirational futures. informed, appropriate  choices made by students with NEETs below 5%

£5K

One  day a  week service for PP will remain the same.
Holiday Study Programmes &  Intervention Programmes

£20K

A comprehensive programme of study support and revision classes will be offered in every school holiday except the Christmas break, to groups of students vulnerable to low achievement, especially those in receipt of FSM.

Literacy and numeracy interventions targets at Pupil Premium students and those below level 4 on entry

Personalised programmes of support, planned in advance and costed into the curriculum model have been offered to all Year 11 students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant to enable them to attain the best possible examination results.

Homework clubs before and after school.

100% of students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant to attend classes.

Pupil Premium Grant will attend classes and are achieving highly in examinations.

5+ A*- C (incl. Eng / Maths) 38% PP, 59%  Non-PP.  Improving VA for PP across subjects

£20K

Central co-ordination including timetable for PP students and rewards linked to attendance.
Curricular enrichment

£2K

Trips to be subsidised for students for all students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant and specific opportunities to broaden the horizons of those students to be offered.  This allows students to benefit from an experience that they may not normally have been able to afford. Pupil premium students will take part in a variety of enrichment trips in all year

£2K

As per last year.  The Academy offers a wide range of trips and will enable PP students to attend curriculum linked trips.
Mentoring Costs/Behaviour Intervention.  Year Care Team Staff.

£30K

Behavioural intervention and tracking of targeted students who are PP who need close behaviour support and positive engagement strategies. Commonly targeted at all Year Groups. Reduction of exclusion and raised attendance for FSM students.

£30K

5 Year Care Team employed across the school.
Education Welfare

£5K

Attendance and welfare of PP students, monitored on a daily and weekly basis. Organises interventions and attends all PEP meetings.

Breakfast club for all students.

After School Clubs.

PA reduced, attendance of PPG improving

Attendance, gap closed even further

No gaps in punctuality

£5K

This strategy is effective at early intervention which is key with attendance.
1:1 Tuition/small group tuition

£9K

 

Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussing on overcoming the gaps in learning.

1-2-1 and small group speech and language sessions for communication.

Literacy withdrawal groups to improve and secure English foundation.

Numeracy groups to secure foundation numeracy skills.

Diminishing gaps across all subjects.  Subjects which remain of particular concern are:

Maths, Science, Business Studies, Computing, MFL.

£9K

Intervention to take place from November 2016 and monitored rigorously through ATLs.
Reading programme and costs

£5K

Reading books and materials for KS3.

Creating smaller teaching groups for reading recovery.

Funding an intensive programme for the teaching of phonics with small intervention groups.  Alpha to Omega.

Lexia – reading recovery to improve reading and comprehension age.

Well stocked LRC.

LRC readings age data shows high impact and book update in Literacy.

£5K

Use LRC to track reading ages and take appropriate intervention as necessary.

CATs tests to support.

External EWO support attendance

£5K

Oversee and support management of attendance and welfare issues, focusing on robust action where needed. Core case load of hard to manage cases with external EWO –gap between PP and non PP

£5K

Agreed fee, maintained at 2015 rates.
Accelerating progress moving children beyond age related expectations.

£2K

Stage not Age curriculum. High levels of attainment. Moving towards Russell Group universities.
Pastoral Leaders (YCT) The Year Care Team support individual children to improve well-being, self-image and self-esteem during group work and ensure excellent partnerships with school and home.

High levels of punctuality and attendance.

High levels of communication with parents.

Additional Educational Resources for Looked After Children – allocated £12 020

Strategy: For 2016-17 each looked after child has a Personalised Educational Plan drawn up by our specialist worker in conjunction with the local authority to ensure that each student receives resources and support which would be appropriate for them as an individual.  Examples can be used from all of the above strategies.

Proposed Impact: Looked after students have a tailored programme of support to meet their needs leading to a closing of achievement gap at Tabor Academy.

Year 7 Catch Up Grant – allocated £11,620

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). This is then used to provide additional support to help students catch up and make accelerated progress in Year 7.   Tabor Academy will receive £11,620 for the 2016-17 academic year.  This is being used to fund extra support sessions for students in addition to the taught curriculum.

Impact of 2015-16 Catch-Up Grant: The strategy of extra support sessions was used in 2015-16 and measured using the end of year examinations. 71% of students in receipt of additional funding made accelerated progress in Maths, with 72% making accelerated progress in English.

Proposed Impact of Catch-Up Grant for 2016-17: 100% of the students to have made accelerated progress in English with at least 75% of the students to have made accelerated progress in Maths.

Impact of PPG Funding

Key Indicators

2016

PP students

Non-PP

5*-C inc EM

38%

59%

A*-C Maths

45%

69%

A*-C English

64%

76%

APS Maths

4.74

5.45

APS English

3.83

4.82

Progress 8

-0.53

-0.33

Expected progress English

71%

75%

Exceeded expected progress English

27%

42%

Expected progress Maths

42%

62%

Exceeding expected progress Maths

9%

18%

A separate Year 7 data analysis is kept to track the progress of targeted catch up students in Year 7. This is the responsibility of one of the Assistant headteachers who specifically monitors this group of students. The data progress of this group of students is tracked every six weeks.

 

The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in August 2017.