Introduction

The ‘Pupil Premium’ has been introduced in an attempt to narrow the achievement gap between students from low income families and the rest of the cohort. Every school can choose to direct this funding in a manner that best suits their particular circumstances.

Our Approach

We have responded to this challenge by introducing the following initiatives in recent years:

  • The provision of a broader range of examination courses.
  • A significant commitment to off-site provision.
  • More flexible approaches to examination entries with students being redirected to alternative routes when their curriculum path is not yielding the expected outcomes
  • Significant enhancements to our approaches to tracking students so that achievement issues can be quickly identified and acted upon.
  • Closer tracking of the whole-school experience of students from low income families.
  • Small group tuition for students who are finding the curriculum difficult to access.
  • Alternative programmes at KS3 that are specifically designed to improve student engagement with school.
  • A significant expansion of our provision for students with pastoral issues.

Expenditure 2014-2015

Pupil Premium funding for the last academic year was £378,000.

Description   Cost
Premier League Reading Stars (annual subscription, transport costs, rewards, staffing @ 1 hour per week) £15,000
One-to-one English tuition £72,000
One-to-one Maths tuition £72,000
Y7/Y8/Y9 CORE provision (TA salaries) £75,000
Inclusion Support Centre (Bridge provision/college courses) £22,000
CLA Mentor £6,000
Attendance Mentor (fully-funded) £25,000
Teaching Leaders FSM Focus £12,000
Medical Assistant £28,000
Home Tutors £30,000
Remissions Fund (trips, visits, ingredients, music lessons, uniform, etc) £15,000
FSM Coordinator (Tracking & Intervention) £6,000
Total £378,000

Expenditure 2015-16

Pupil Premium funding for this academic year will be £360,000.

Description   Anticipated cost
Premier League Reading Stars (annual subscription, transport costs, rewards, staffing @ 1 hour per week) £10,000
Core provision plus TAs working in Yr7 and Yr8 core £33,207
(50% of the Inclusion Support Centre and college courses
Inclusion Support Centre and college courses £102,552
Progress Manager – PP focus £34,339
HUB Inclusion Manager (part funded) £20,925
Attendance Mentor (Part-funded) £7,382
Counsellor (part-funded) £9,393
Child Welfare Officer (part-funded) £25,882
Remission Fund £9,000
Morning Tuition – Intervention (Maths, English, Science Year 10) £33,517
Curriculum changesEquivalent to an extra teacher in Year 9 and 10 based upon smaller classes in B band (and extra options)Redeployment of protected TLRs £77,443
Total £363,640

Year 7  Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Funding

The academy are in receipt of £20,510 to accelerate the progress of Key Stage 3 students who

were underperforming at the point of joining the academy at the start of Year 7.

Description   Cost
Reading Intervention package £3,500
Retention of Deputy Heads of English, Maths & Science with specific focus on KS3 and HLTA delivering catch-up programmes
Y7 HLTA to deliver catch-up programmes
£17,010
Total £20,510

Planned Expenditure 2016-17

Pupil Premium funding for this academic year will be £351,536.

Description Anticipated cost
Premier League Reading Stars (annual subscription, transport costs, rewards, staffing @ 1 hour per week) £10,000
Core provision plus TAs working in Yr8 core £16,769
Inclusion Support Centre £106,771
Progress Manager – PP focus £26,011
HUB Inclusion Manager (part funded) £16,748
Attendance Mentor (Part-funded) £13,408
Counsellor (part-funded) £6,481
Child Welfare Officer (part-funded) £24,454
Remission Fund £10,000
Morning Tuition – Intervention (Maths, English, Science Year 10) £36,400
Alternative Provision 34,000
Curriculum changes. Equivalent to an extra teacher in Year 9 and 10 based upon smaller classes in B band (and extra options) £50,913
Total £351,745