Pupil Premium / Year 7 catch up

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is funding that we receive to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students. Open Academy receive extra funding for each student that meets the criteria below:

• Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM)
• Every child who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
• Children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer (LAC)
• Children who have a parent currently serving in the armed forces

Introduction to the Pupil Premium Grant

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools, with students on roll in January that were known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time, in the last six years. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable students. Schools are encouraged to publicise the Pupil Premium to parents and carers, in order that the school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement, for students who are eligible for FSM.

Spend and Impact report

Aims for Spending the Pupil Premium Grant

The objectives in spending the Pupil Premium Grant are:

  • To raise literacy and numeracy levels
  • To provide additional intervention programmes which increase students' access to the curriculum
  • To provide the opportunity for students to raise their literacy and numeracy skills and consequently, narrow the gap in attainment
  • To provide strategies which raise vulnerable students' confidence and self-belief, enabling them to become confident learners and a valued part of the Academy community
  • To ensure all vulnerable students are able to achieve a positive Academy experience, in the same manner as more advantaged students

Summary of Spending Strategy

The following approaches were used in 2017-2018:

  • The provision of additional small group 'taught sessions' for Pupil Premium students in KS4 at Tutor time
  • In Year 11, all students had access to a computer suite, on a weekly basis to access SAM learning and other revision resources
  • Extra-curricular small group, and one to one sessions, were focused on developing a range of skills of individual students to narrow their achievement gap
  • A targeted mentoring programme was carried out, as needs are identified
  • The added opportunity of raising achievement levels through the continuation of a staffed Homework Club and other subject intervention classes
  • The provision of further resources such as revision books, computer technology and support materials for students in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
  • Socially, subject based revision sessions for potentially vulnerable students during holidays to increase those students' self confidence
  • Exam Stress sessions for identified disadvantaged students, along with activities support facilitating inclusion and parental support

 

Pupil Premium - Outcomes to Date

In 2017, the percentage of Pupil Premium students made up 45% of the year group and their outcomes being a Good Pass in English and Mathematics = 13.64%

There has been a continued emphasis on supporting students to ensure happy and safe students. Additional personal induction visits were conducted by the SENDCo, Progress mentors and Chaplain to familiarise potentially vulnerable students with the environment of the Academy.

For the students already at the Academy, uniform has been purchased and was made available on loan throughout the year when necessary to ensure those FSM/LAC students continued to be able to wear the expected school uniform and thus not be disadvantaged by any lack of home funding.

Access to the Sacred Space during break and lunch periods has been provided for those students who feel temporarily overwhelmed or emotionally vulnerable. This is to help these students feel comfortable, supported and safe during non-teaching periods. There is also a staffed social club twice weekly to support these students.

The outcome of the Pupil Premium to date has been to ensure that not only has intervention has narrowed the gap for Pupil Premium students but that they feel secure and fully included in the Academy environment enabling them to make progress and ultimately, achieve well.

 

Year 7 Catch-up Premium Grant

What is the Catch-Up Premium?

The Year 7 Catch-Up Premium is funding received by Open Academy to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of KS2.

2017/2018 - Total figure received £11,310

We identify these pupils and create a plan for how we can best use the funding, to ensure maximum impact of pupil’s progress. Examples of how the funding is spent include:
•Small group and one to one tuition provided by staff in Additional Needs department
•Resources to support learning
•Teachers offering extra intervention and support in literacy and numeracy for Year 7 catch-up groups.
•In-class support for literacy and numeracy will take place, and extra TA time allocation to support students    in English and Mathematics lessons.
•Reading Interventions.


Introduction to the Year 7 Catch-up Premium

The Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium grant is paid to schools under Section 14 of the Education Act 2002. The basis on which it is calculated is the number of Year 7 students recorded on the October school census and recorded in the key stage 2 assessment data as not having achieved level 4, 5 or 6 in reading or mathematics.

In 2016 to 2017 we have allocated funding to schools on the basis that they receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2015 to 2016, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their year 7 cohort between the October 2015 and the October 2016 school censuses as follows:
(The number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2015 school census) divided by (the number of year 7 pupils recorded on the October 2016 school census) multiplied by the 2015 to 2016 allocation.
Support will continue to be provided for these students, as they progress through Years 8 and 9.

Aims for Spending the Year 7 Catch-up Premium Grant

We identify these pupils and create a plan for how we can best use the funding, to ensure maximum impact of pupil’s progress. Examples of how the funding is spent include:
•Small group and one to one tuition provided by staff in Additional Needs department
•Resources to support learning
•Teachers offering extra intervention and support in literacy and numeracy for Year 7 catch-up groups.
•In-class support for literacy and numeracy will take place, and extra TA time allocation to support students    in English and Mathematics lessons.
•Reading Interventions.

The objectives in spending the Year 7 Catch-up Premium Grant were:

  • To raise literacy levels, in particular reading age, to above the floor standard (ie old level 4, 5 or 6) through the Read, Write Inc programme.
  • To raise mathematics levels, in particular numeracy age, to above the floor standard (ie old level 4, 5 or 6)
  • Summary of Spending Strategy
  • The 2016-2017 strategy:
  • Further progress in literacy skills development was be enhanced via the initial identification of need via KS2 results and CATs tests for all Y7.
  • Use of Read, Write, Inc (which focuses on students who are underperforming in their literacy levels)
  • Y7 & 8 Whole Academy Literacy drive including guided reading in Y7 (weekly) and Y8 (every two weeks)
  • Further progress in numeracy skills development enhanced by MyMaths online tool
  • Additional curriculum time for literacy and numeracy skills development in Years 7 & 8 with identified students, through work with HLTAs.
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