The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. The funding is available for children who have been registered for free school meals in the last six years, are looked after or have parents in the armed forces.
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In the 2018/19 financial year, the academy received £935 per child through pupil premium, £2,300 for each looked after child and £300 for each service child. The total pupil premium allocation for 2018/19 for the academy was £162,690. 48% of the students were eligible for pupil premium funding.
In the 2019/20 financial year, the academy will receive £935 per child through pupil premium. The total pupil premium allocation for 2019/20 for the academy is £169,235. 48% of the students are eligible for pupil premium funding.
How will the Funding be Spent?
At Bluecoat Meres Academy we are dedicated to making sure pupil premium students are given the best possible chance of success.
Barriers to Learning:
Our pupil premium students face a number of barriers to learning; we have highlighted low literacy and numeracy levels on entry as a problem (this data has been taken from baseline testing for English and maths and reading age tests).
As an academy we are aiming to reduce the difference between progress of pupil premium eligible students and that of all pupils nationally; to improve the attendance of pupil premium students to above 96% and to raise aspirations.
|Priority||Outcome||Typical use of money||Success criteria|
|1||Raise attainment of pupil premium eligible students, especially in English and maths.||
||Reduce the difference between progress of pupil premium eligible students and that of all pupils. All students meet or exceed their target grade.|
||To acheive 0% NEET for year 11 students with an increased percentage of the cohort going on to study A levels.|
||To achieve above 96% attendance for pupil premium eligible students.|
As an academy we are dedicated to ensuring all students receive quality first teaching. We frequently buy in support from outside agencies to highlight the areas most critical for the development of teaching and learning across the academy and use this information to inform our rigorous CPD programme.
Monitor the Progress of Pupil Premium Eligible Pupils Frequently:
CTLs and Heads of House have regular line management meetings with a member of the senior leadership team where they discuss the progress of key students. A key focus of this is a discussion regarding the progress of pupil premium students so interventions can be put in place quickly. Through our ‘Class on a Page’, teaching staff are aware of pupil premium students in their classrooms and they adapt their classroom practice accordingly.
The progress of all pupils is monitored each half term by the teaching staff and pupil premium students are highlighted on our data tracking software so they are easily identifiable. Further to this the academy’s ‘waves of intervention’ ensure that we can do everything possible to ensure no child is left behind.
Learning walks are carried out with the most recent progress data so staff are able to discuss with students their current rates for progress and what they need to do to improve. These are carried out by senior leadership and CTLs and have a particular focus on the progress of pupil premium students. The academy also actively encourages its Directors to take on an active role in supporting the progress of pupil premium students by taking part in learning walks with a member of senior leadership.
How will we know it is working?
Pupils are monitored regularly as a whole school and their progress is tracked every half term, with reports sent home following these events. Parents’ evenings are held throughout the year and provide the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress.
If you would like any further information on the progress of your child please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Tutor or their Head of House.
What is the Catch-up Premium?
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).
All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding. The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school.
The funding will not be ring-fenced for catch-up activities but it is expected that this funding is used for additional literacy and numeracy catch-up during year 7, as this can make a critical difference to pupils at this important stage.
Allocations for the financial year 2019/20
In the year 2018/19, the Bluecoat Meres Academy received approximately £13,000 in catch-up funding.
In the 2019/20 financial year the academy will receive approximately £12,291 in catch-up funding.
How do we use the funding at Bluecoat Meres Academy?
The additional funding is used to fund the following:
- Read Write Inc. Fresh Start reading intervention in small groups
- Creation and resourcing of an academy library
- Accelerated Reader Programme
- Classroom resources for and literacy support
- Some one to one intervention for literacy and numeracy
- MathsQuiz programme
- Complete Maths
- PiXL Maths
- Maths resources for mathematical understanding
What progress has been made?
Most of the students who have taken part in the Read Write Inc. intervention programme in Year 7 since September have improved their reading ages, though the programme has not delivered the impact we anticipated and so we are currently exploring alternative intervention programmes which will be trialled in 2019.
What is Read Write Inc. Fresh Start?
Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a synthetic phonics intervention programme for pupils in years 5, 6 and 7 working below the expected level of progress. The programme gives older children who have not yet cracked the ‘code of reading’ the chance to catch up and become confident, fluent readers – enabling them to access the secondary curriculum. Ideal for paired / group work or working one to one with a pupil.
Using all the strategies that are so successful in Read Write Inc. Phonics, children are taught the 44 sounds systematically in lively, fast paced phonics lessons and quickly start to sound blend them to read words.
Fresh Start Modules and Anthologies provide specially written age-appropriate stories and non-fiction texts which the children have the phonic knowledge to read, building their confidence from the start. Writing is developed alongside reading.
What is the Accelerated Reader Programme?
Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor students’ reading practice and make informed decisions to guide their future learning.
A comprehensive set of reports reveals how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.
MathsQuiz is an interactive programme used in lessons that is a personalised platform to identify students’ weakness and develops understanding of maths and enables students to close their gaps and reduce misconceptions that may be present. Students are guaranteed to make additional years progress within maths through this intervention programme.
The Trust have invested in the use of Complete Maths at both Bluecoat Meres. The programme follows a Mastery approach where students are taught at the correct maths ability and build on prior knowledge and master topics before the class will move on to the next. Students are regularly quizzed on the previous two months of teaching to ensure they are continuously recalling their prior knowledge of topics taught so they are continuously revisiting areas of maths. Students spend time within the classroom to complete personalised feedforward tasks to ensure they close the gaps in their knowledge and ensure misconceptions are reduced and rectified.
PiXL Maths is used as a development strategy within the academy. Students complete termly assessments where they receive personalised Smith Proformas which highlight areas of improvement. Students can access the PiXL maths app and complete tasks that are in line with their gaps from previous assessments. Students are monitored on their engagement of the PiXL Maths app and are encouraged to use this as part of homework and independent learning outside the classroom.
The maths department have recently increased the resources of manipulative for the use in classrooms. This is to ensure students can demonstrate, discover and have firm understanding through conceptual, pictorial and abstract teaching. Students’ confidence in maths have been seen to improve and maths ages are seen to increase from the use of these manipulative.