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 2017-18 is £209,440.

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.

Provision 2017-18

The amount received in 2017/18 is ££209,440.

Aspect

Focus of Work Expenditure for 17/18

Rationale

How will this be measured?
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.

£7k

Intervention to take place from November 2017 and monitored through ATLs.

Student progress will be tracked against their progress grade in Maths, English and Science.  Students will be expected to make more than expected progress as a result of this intervention.

Identified gaps in learning will be addressed enabling students to make more than expected progress.

Additional Sets in Core Subjects To support learning in the classroom by ensuring that class sizes for 2017-18 are as small as possible, particularly in English, maths and science, by creating additional sets.

£75k

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

Additional teachers to support core subjects.

Progress in English, Maths and Science indicate that students are adding value from their relative starting points by at least 85%.

The vast majority of students making at least 2 steps of progress.

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

£65K

Use of TAs to provide targeted support to students in subjects. To improve confidence and self esteem to enable students to be fully integrated into the school community and fully access the school curriculum.
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.

Attendance at classes by PPG students to be monitored.

Improved performance of PP students in examinations.

Improved progress by PP students, with 75% making accelerated progress.

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.

£4K

One day a week.  All KS4 PP students to have individualised plan.

Number of students completing their subjects increases (100%) and number of NEETS is reduced to 0%

Student progression rates to post 16 education and beyond.

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. Student participation in trips, leading to higher achievement in examinations.
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.

£25K

5 Year Care Team employed across the school.

Behavioural incidents are dealt with quickly.

Decrease in behavioural incidents and external exclusions form vulnerable groups by 20%

PSP shows vast majority of students are succeeding – target is 100%.

Education Welfare

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

Breakfast club for all students.

After School Clubs.

£4K

This strategy is effective at early intervention which is key with attendance. Attendance for all groups in line with the school and national targets.
External EWO support attendance Oversee and support management of attendance and welfare issues, focusing on robust action where needed.

£4K

Early intervention is effective at increasing attendance reducing the need for further action Attendance for all groups in line with the school and national targets
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.

£4K

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

CATs tests to support.

Library data indicates high usage by students.

Reading assessment will indicate that students have made significant progress in reading ages which will enable students to access the curriculum and make good progress meaning the majority of students are at the age expected reading age.

Students make expected progress in English GCSEs.

 

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

How will this be measured?

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.

Student progress will be tracked against their progress grade in Maths, English and Science.  Students will be expected to make more than expected progress as a result of this intervention.

Identified gaps in learning will be addressed enabling students to make more than expected progress.

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.

Progress in English, Maths and Science indicate that students are adding value from their relative starting points by at least 85%.

The vast majority of students making at least 2 steps of progress.

Learning Support Assistants / External agencies 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. To improve confidence and self esteem to enable students to be fully integrated into the school community and fully access the school curriculum.
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.

Attendance at classes by PPG students to be monitored.

Improved performance of PP students in examinations.

Improved progress by PP students, with 75% making accelerated progress.

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.

Number of students completing their subjects increases (100%) and number of NEETS is reduced to 0%

Student progression rates to post 16 education and beyond.

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. Student participation in trips, leading to higher achievement in examinations.
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.

Behavioural incidents are dealt with quickly.

Decrease in behavioural incidents and external exclusions form vulnerable groups by 20%

PSP shows vast majority of students are succeeding – target is 100%.

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. Attendance for all groups in line with the school and national targets.
External EWO support attendance Oversee and support management of attendance and welfare issues, focusing on robust action where needed.

£5K

Early intervention is effective at increasing attendance reducing the need for further action Attendance for all groups in line with the school and national targets
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.

Library data indicates high usage by students.

Reading assessment will indicate that students have made significant progress in reading ages which will enable students to access the curriculum and make good progress meaning the majority of students are at the age expected reading age.

Students make expected progress in English GCSEs.

 

Additional Educational Resources for Looked After Children – allocated £12020

Strategy: For 2017-18 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 £11620

The government provides £500 per pupil for any Year 7 student who has not achieved at least a Level 4 in English and maths.  This is then used by to provide additional support help students catch up and achieve accelerated progress in Year 7.  For 2016-17 Tabor Academy received £12000  This has been used to fund extra support sessions for students in addition to the taught curriculum.

Impact of Catch-Up Grant for 2016-17: 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 2017-18: 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.

Proposed Strategies

Rationale Approximated Amount £

Evaluative commentary / impact

Literacy tuition Students are targeted to improve literacy outcomes through 1-2-1 and small group work.  These sessions are additional to their English lessons.  Increased student self-esteem and confidence particularly for EAL beginners.

£4310

Student progress will be tracked against their English progress grades.  Students will be expected to make more than expected progress as a result of this intervention.

 

Students will be better able to access the whole school curriculum, leading to better progress across the majority of subjects.

Maths tuition Students are targeted to improve numeracy outcomes in 1-2-1 and group sessions; these are additional to their Maths lessons.  Increased self-esteem  and confidence for students

£4150

Student progress will be tracked against their Maths progress grade.  Students will be expected to make more than expected progress as a result of this intervention
Re-examination of baseline tests Provides an accurate assessment of student needs and enables targets interventions to be developed.

£1920

Students are placed in the correct teaching sets and form groups.
Reading recovery / Lexia Reading programme for students whose reading age is below their chronological age

£1240

 Students will be tracked through half termly reading age assessments, impact documents and accelerated progress in English

 

Effect of PPG Funding

2017 (Provisional) 2016 (Validated)
9 – 4 – English & Maths 59.7% 57.5%
9 – 4 – Best English 81.3% 72.3%
9 – 4 – Maths 62.5% 61.7%
5 A* – C/9 – 4 Including English & Maths 53.4% 52.8%
5 A* – C/9 – 4 – All Subjects 59.1% 71%
5 A* – G/9 – 4 – All Subjects 100% 96%
Progress 8 TBC -0.54
Attainment 8 TBC 40.6
The percentage of pupils achieving the EBacc 19% 12%
The percentage of pupils entering for the EBacc 59% 50%
9 – 4 English Language

Non-Pupil Premium 55%

Pupil Premium 14%

Non-Pupil Premium 66.2%

Pupil Premium 51.7%

9 – 4 English Literature

Non-Pupil Premium 59%

Pupil Premium 18%

Non-Pupil Premium 69.9%

Pupil Premium 51.7%

9 – 4 Maths

Non-Pupil Premium 38%

Pupil Premium 26%

Non-Pupil Premium 64.7%

Pupil Premium 44.8%

 

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 2018.