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Pupil premium and catch up premium

Pupil premium and catch up premium

The government offers funding to tackle inequalities between children on free school meals and their peers called the pupil premium. There is further funding for any Year 7 student who has not achieved Level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2 known as the Year 7 catch up premium.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is a sum of money allocated to schools to work with pupils who are either in receipt of free school meals or who have been in receipt of free school meals in the past six years, known as 'Ever 6', or for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

Additional information on the Pupil Premium can be found here. 

Easington Academy was allocated £305,285 for 2015/2016. The percentage of students that qualify for this funding is 46.7%. These funds we used to target additional support strategies to improve their levels of attainment and progress, close attainment gaps relative to school averages, have full access to our curriculum and access our extra-curricular provision.

Funding in 2015/16 was deployed in a number of areas:

  • 64% (£195,341) was allocated to actions focussed on learning in the curriculum
  • 29% (£87,735) was allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural support
  • 3% (£9,200) was allocated to actions focussed on enrichment activities
  • 4% (£13,009) was allocated to actions focussed on alternative learning pathways

Achievements and performance

The table below shows the achievements of our students in 2016.

 

Percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and maths

Difference from national equivalent figure

National

56%

 

All Year 11 students in 2016

69.4%

+13.4%

Disadvantaged students in Year 11 2016

53.9%

-2.15%

The table shows that our students perform better than the national average for 5 A*-C including English and maths. Also, the performance of disadvantaged students achieved close to the national average.

 

Other students 2016

Pupil pPremium students 2016

P8

+0.37

+0.04

A8

C+

D+

The Progress 8 (P8) figure shows that all students and disadvantaged students are making positive progress although a gap exists. The Attainment 8 (A8) figure shows that the average grade for all students is slightly better than the grade for disadvantaged students.

The current year 2016 - 2017

Easington Academy was allocated £311,555 for 2016/2017. Although there is a small increase in funding we will continue to focus on the strategies that are in place to narrow the gap between disadvantaged students and all other students.

  • 64.9% (£202,067) is allocated to actions focussed on learning in the curriculum. This includes additional staffing in English and Maths, study support for Key Stage 4 students, the deployment of Learning Mentors, staffing and resources related to SEN.
  • 28.6% (£89,311) was allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural support which includes staffing and resources relating to the pastoral team e.g. full time counsellor and school nurse, Educational Welfare Officer and Home School Liaison Officers( non-teaching staff) working with each Year group.
  • 3.1% (£9,541) was allocated to actions focussed on enrichment activities: peripatetic music lessons and purchase of instruments, VIVO rewards, trips to broaden experiences outside the classroom(e.g. activities week)
  • 3.4% (£10,636) was allocated to actions focussed on alternative learning pathways: college fees and work experience

Catch up premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each Year 7 pupil who did not receive at least a level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. In 2015/16 Easington Academy was allocated £ 11,500. This additional grant was used to:

  • Narrow the gap by providing intensive literacy and numeracy support and raise the attainment of those students entitled to Catch Up Premium
  • Raise self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to the Catch Up Premium
  • Identify concerns and target intervention and support to accelerate progress

These funds were used to target additional support strategies: small group classes, additional LSA support, homework clubs, increase capacity in English and mathematics staffing, one to one reading e.g. Toe by Toe reading programme, one to one Numeracy e.g Plus One numeracy programme, E-learning - Nessy spelling programme, one to one phonics programme - Lexia.

Impact

The impact of the Year 7 catch- up funding was evaluated through the Academy termly assessment system.

The overall picture July 2016:

For the number of students eligible for the Catch Up Premium in English 84% made progress against their target grade by the end of the academic year.

For the number of students eligible for the Catch Up Premium in mathematics 68% made progress against their target grade by the end of the academic year.

 Academic year 2016-17

The Academy was allocated £13,221 for the academic year 2016-17. The catch –up programme has been fully evaluated and adapted to identify and meet the needs of individual students more closely. Targeted intervention has taken place this year to provide a stronger skill base in literacy and numeracy along with whole school use of differentiation, literacy and numeracy.