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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 also 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 18-19

Easington Academy had a Pupil Premium Grant Allocation of £248,848 for the academic year 2018-19. The funding was given with a specific remit of raising attainment for disadvantaged students so they can reach their full potential.

Our aim is that every disadvantaged student is able to achieve in line with their peers and is given every opportunity to progress.

Key aims for 2018-19 were to increase opportunities and raise attainment for disadvantaged students

  1. Improve the quality of teaching and learning.
  2. Ensure a robust system of quality assurance to ensure the provision for Pupil Premium students is closely monitored. 
  3. Provide adequate support for the new, more challenging, specifications and the 1-9 grading systems to help increase progress for Pupil Premium students.
  4. Improve the attendance figures for those disadvantaged students failing to attend school.
  5. Provide a nurturing, safe environment that meets the social and emotional needs of students and supports them in their ability to learn.
  6. Close the gaps between Pupil Premium students and their peers.

 Area

 

cost

The Intervention Hub

  • To ensure students can access learning, build confidence and skills to enable learning
  • Bespoke intervention programmes for students requiring this support

 

£85,314

 

 

 

 

Attendance

The specialist attendance officer works closely as part of a team including Home School Liaison Officers, Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) and Directors of Learning in supporting families to ensure their children attend well.

The attendance monitoring system allows swift communication with parents regarding absence. Rewards are in place to encourage good attendance.

 

 

£45,526

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behaviour Management

Extensive support is provided by multi-disciplinary teams led by the Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral).

 

£21,894

Curriculum Programmes

Mentoring by senior staff and Directors of Learning is provided for pupils who need this additional guidance on a regular basis in order to engage effectively with learning.

Intervention in all subjects is provided, often in a small group setting and sometimes on a 1:1 basis.

Breakfast revision sessions are in place prior to major external exam series. Breakfast is provided prior to key revision sessions for all students.

English, maths and science staff provide small group support, which does include literacy and numeracy, from Year 7 to 11 students.

£34,300

High Quality Teaching and Learning

Significant investment in time to develop staff through individual coaching and whole staff training. All training is underpinned by research evidence and is supported through our links to Shotton Hall Research School.

All teachers focus on language and literacy development.

 

£16,268

Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance

1:1 careers advisors within the Learning Hub are to target all disadvantaged students, including those with high prior attainment, to support with raising aspirations.

Planned career visits

Wide range of careers development opportunities that take place from Year 7.

£7,356

Homework and Study Support

A staffed area is available every day in the Learning Hub at lunchtime and after school for students to complete homework, access the internet and also access class text books.

£14,950

Enrichment Programmes – beyond the curriculum

School Trips / Theatre Visits / Outward Bounds / Duke of Edinburgh/ Activities Week/Sporting Events  – financial support is provided to enable pupils to participate. These will have a focus on raising aspirations and widening experience.PE staff work with students at lunchtime and after school to ensure that students engage with sporting activities in all year groups.

Financial support is available for students who wish to take up musical instrument tuition.

The school will provide financial assistance so that pupils can engage with these activities.

Funding to support trips abroad is limited due to the high cost and contributions will only be made to purely educational visits.

 £12,666

Family & Community Programme 

School uniform support with cost where required.

Support for transport costs for disadvantaged pupils. 

Support for practical sessions in the Technology curriculum for all year groups e.g cooking and design technology projects.

 £11,634

 Estimated total expenditure

£249,908

 

EVALUATION – PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY REVIEW(18-19)

In 2018-2019 more than the allocated budget of £248,848 was spent on pupils qualifying for Pupil Premium funding.  

Impact of PP funding on GCSE 2019

  • The percentage of PP students achieving a standard pass in EBacc subjects has improved by 1 percentage point and for strong pass it improved by 1.38 percentage points.
  • Pupil Premium students’ Subject P8 score was positive in the following subjects:
  • Biology
  • BTEC Business
  • BTEC Music
  • BTEC Sports
  • BTEC Travel & Tourism
  • Chemistry
  • CIDA (computing)
  • GCSE Food
  • NCFE Food and Cookery
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Textile
  • Pupil Premium students’ Subject P8 score was better than (or the same as) their non-PP peers’ in the following subjects:
  • Biology
  • BTEC Business
  • Chemistry
  • CIDA
  • Food
  • French
  • NCFE Food and Cookery
  • Physics
  • RE
  • The percentage of PP students achieving grade 7+ in Maths has improved by 1.38 percentage points and the gap between PP and Non-PP (on this measure) has narrowed.

PP absence remains at 6.1% which is 2 percentage points below the National Average

PA PP IS 16.7% and remains well below the National Average of 24.6%

Much of the work carried out with our PP students is not, in fact quantifiable.  Our disadvantaged students have participated in a whole range of extracurricular activities which are recorded and tracked separately on our internal tracker.

Pupil Premium 2019-20 

Easington Academy has a Pupil Premium Grant Allocation of £237,355 for the academic year 2019-20. The funding has a specific remit of raising attainment for disadvantaged students so they can reach their full potential. We are committed to supporting disadvantaged students in all areas of their education from the moment they arrive.

Our aim is that every disadvantaged student is able to achieve at least as well as their peers and is given every opportunity to progress.

For many eligible students, there are a range of barriers:

Key barriers faced by eligible students:

  1. Some struggle to attend regularly and of these some are persistently absent.
  2. Some students struggle to manage their behaviour.
  3. Some students need extensive pastoral support for a variety of reasons.
  4. Some students struggle with the increased complexity of organisation with a secondary environment and increased demands for independent work.
  5. Some students face significant challenges in their lives and have social, emotional and mental health needs that prevent them from learning.
  6. Some students need additional adult support to help to enable them to fully achieve their potential both during the school day and after school with managing homework.
  7. Some students need individual tuition and/or teaching in small groups to enable them to achieve.
  8. Some students have little aspiration for the future and are in need of additional adult support and additional careers guidance so that they do not limit their own potential.
  9. Some students have low levels of literacy and numeracy which impedes their learning and their confidence.
  10. Some students lack access to the internet and the use of computers to support their studies.
  11. Some students lack space to study with adult support.
  12. Some students need to experience a wealth of enrichment experiences in-order to widen their horizons and unlock future opportunities.
  13. School uniform can cause significant challenges for some families, as can transport.
  14. Some students do not have access to a healthy diet which impacts on their general well-being. Some do not participate regularly in sports and need proactive, individual support in order to overcome barriers.
  15. All pupils need the highest quality of teaching in every classroom.

Pupil Premium strategic plan for expenditure received 2019-2020

In light of the above information and understanding of barriers to learning, the total allocation to support pupils for 2019-20 will be spent as follows:

The list below of overall spending categories is not exhaustive. Exact details of pupil premium spending may be so specific to one student’s needs, that this cannot be published here. For this reason, a summary of overall spending in different areas is provided.

Cost Area

 

Estimated cost

The Intervention Hub (Areas 1,2,3,4,5,6,11)

The Intervention Hub is a place of safety, support and challenge. The purpose of the Hub is to enable pupils to gain confidence and to access learning. There is a clear focus on increasing the resilience of pupils, building their self-esteem and also enabling them to develop those skills that will enable them to learn effectively in the classroom environment.  

The Key Stage 3 & 4 Directors of Learning and Hub Manager lead a team of trained staff in the support of pupils. There is involvement from the SENCo for some pupils with special educational needs and social and emotional needs. The team work individually and in small groups with pupils and create intervention materials to support their needs and build resilience and self-esteem.

The Deputy Hub Manager and two Assistant Learning Mentors work in the Intervention Hub, providing a bespoke support programme which includes 1-1 & small group support.

£90,250

Attendance (Area 1)

The specialist attendance officer works closely as part of a team including Year Managers Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) and Directors of Learning in supporting families to ensure their children attend well.

The attendance monitoring system allows swift communication with parents regarding absence. Rewards are in place to encourage good attendance.

£42,300

Behaviour Management – (Area 2)

For a whole range of reasons some pupils struggle to accept boundaries and manage their own behaviour. Extensive support is provided by multi-disciplinary teams led by the Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral).

£21,450

Curriculum Programmes – (Areas 6, 7, 9)

Mentoring by senior staff and Directors of Learning is provided for pupils who need this additional guidance on a regular basis in order to engage effectively with learning.

Intervention in all subjects is provided, often in a small group setting and sometimes on a 1:1 basis. For some pupils this is planned on a regular basis and can occur during tutor time, lunchtime and after school. For other pupils, it is managed by each department according to needs as they arise during the year.

Breakfast revision sessions are in place prior to major external exam series. Breakfast is provided prior to key revision sessions for all students.

English, maths and science staff provide small group support, which does include literacy and numeracy, from Year 7 to 11 students.

£32,000

High Quality Teaching and Learning - (Areas 9, 15)

This is essential for every student and especially for those who are disadvantaged. To this end, the school invests significant time in developing staff through individual coaching and whole staff training. All teachers and departments have plans for development which specifically identify the needs of individual pupils (supported by the pupil premium). They use strategies where there is a firm research base of positive impact (e.g. EEF -Education Endowment Foundation - Teachers Toolkit). This is supported by our links with Shotton Hall Research School.

All teachers focus on language and literacy development. Word banks are commonly used and new language carefully introduced. Enriching and extending the wealth of language used by students is a key focus for staff, understanding that this will provide a route to access learning and a wider range of future career options. 

 

£15,500

Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance - (Area 8)

1:1 careers advisors within the Learning Hub are to target all disadvantaged students, including those with high prior attainment, to support with raising aspirations.

For some pupils, careers visits are planned into their learning programs so that they are able to experience, first-hand, the wide range of opportunities available to them. This also develops and understanding of the requirements to enter different career routes. The assembly programme complements the support provided by the Learning Hub

The specific work above is complemented by a wide range of careers development that takes place from Year 7.

£7,350

Homework and Study Support - (Areas 6, 10, 11)

A staffed area is available every day in the Learning Hub at lunchtime and after school for students to complete homework, access the internet and also access class text books.

£14,700

Enrichment Programmes – beyond the curriculum - (Area 12,14)

School Trips / Theatre Visits / Outward Bounds / Duke of Edinburgh/ Activities Week/Sporting Events  – financial support is provided to enable pupils to participate. These will have a focus on raising aspirations and widening experience.PE staff work with students at lunchtime and after school to ensure that students engage with sporting activities in all year groups.

Financial support is available for students who wish to take up musical instrument tuition.

The school will provide financial assistance so that pupils can engage with these activities.

Funding to support trips abroad is limited due to the high cost and contributions will only be made to purely educational visits.

 £12,800

Family & Community Programme  - (Areas 13, 14)

School uniform support with cost where required.

Support for transport costs for disadvantaged pupils. 

Support for practical sessions in the Technology curriculum for all year groups e.g cooking and design technology projects.

 £11,014

 Estimated total expenditure

£247,364

Reviews of Impact

The impact of our actions above are reviewed termly and in every meeting with the Local Academy Council. Some of the impact is qualitative (eg. the impact of theatre trips) but some is quantitative (eg. numbers of behavioural incidents, achievement data, attendance figures). This data is gathered during regular meetings with senior staff and the Learning Hub staff and through analysing the data at key data input points.

Individual students are monitored daily where needed, to ensure actions to support them are taken swiftly.

Clearly the over-arching impact of this work is to raise the standards reached by disadvantaged students and prepare them for the next stage of their education/employment or training.

We adapt our support and our plans for further work in the light of this evaluation. 

Ultimately, the impact of our actions over time are seen as pupils reach the end of Key Stage 4. The impact for each child at an individual level is monitored carefully during each academic year as they progress towards their external examinations.

Review: September 2020

Year 7 Catch-up premium

The Catch-Up Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to support Year 7 pupils who achieved below the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. It is the expectation that this funding is used to support the improvement of the students’ reading and maths in Year 7.

Easington Academy received additional funding of £500 for each Year 7 who did not achieve 'expected'.In 2018/19 we received £11,969 additional funding to support students. This additional grant has been primarily used to target support in small groups.

Use of additional funding

Targeted support

Use of small group teaching and primary teaching techniques for students with specific needs in form time and in the Learning Hub. This allows  a strong skill base in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension and numeracy to be built, giving students a toolkit of skills that allows them to access the mainstream curriculum more effectively.

Whole school literacy and numeracy

Literacy and numeracy activities, independent reading and debate style sessions on current affairs occur in form time weekly. Whole school focus on  vocabulary through use of Tier 2 and tier 3 words with an explicit model of teaching vocabulary allows students to develop their literacy across the curriculum. All departments ensure that literacy and numeracy are developed and enhanced within their curriculum.

Whole school use of differentiation

A differentiated approach to learning ensuring that individual needs are met and that all students have access to an appropriate curriculum and are challenged to move forward.

Additional resources

Purchase of additional texts and resources to support students with low confidence and reluctance in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.

 

Impact of Year 7 catch-up funding 2018-19

The impact of the Year 7 catch up funding was evaluated through the schools termly assessment routines. For those who entered the school in September 2018 by the end of the summer term 2019;

  • 64% of students who entered with reading scores of below 100 are making progress
  • 67% of students who entered with maths scores below 100 are making progress

This group of students will continue to be monitored for the foreseeable future.

Academic year 2019-2020

The literacy and numeracy intervention programme has been evaluated and the information gathered has been used to restructure and strengthen some aspects for the new academic year.