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Foxwood Academy

Learning for Life

PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY 2017-18

‘Every area of a child’s life is affected by the family.’

‘Unemployment by either or both parents causes financial hardship and social and emotional strain which can disrupt family life.’

Our vision is to:

  • Work in partnership with our pupils and their families
  • Raise aspirations and provide ‘real’ routes into paid employment (Project SEARCH)
  • Close the attainment gap in English, Maths and Science

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children (LAC) and those families with parents in the Armed Forces. Eligibility for the pupil premium from 2012-2013 onwards was extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years. In 2012-2013 schools and Academies were allocated a total of £1.25 billion funding which rose to £1.87 billion in 2013-2014 and has remained around £2.5 billion over the last four years. As in previous years this funding is in addition to the school’s budget and represents a major investment in pupils.

 ‘The Department for Education’s recent White Paper makes clear our commitment to achieving educational excellence everywhere, so that all pupils are able to realise their potential irrespective of their background. Our introduction of the pupil premium in the last Parliament was an important step towards this aim, as part of far-reaching reforms that place high expectations at the heart of our school system. It is helping to raise the performance of the most disadvantaged children with around £2.5 billion of additional spending each year.

The Department’s pupil premium awards have shone a spotlight on the innovative and effective ways hardworking teachers and school leaders are using the pupil premium to extend opportunity for pupils who lack the advantages most of us take for granted. They are overturning generations of stereotyping and demonstrating that what a pupil’s family does or where they are born should not predetermine their chances in life. At a national level, however, too many disadvantaged pupils still fall behind their better-off peers at school and fail to achieve their potential in later life.’

          – Extract from Effective pupil premium reviews, May 2016 National College for Teaching and           Leadership 

During the current academic year it is expected that Foxwood Academy will receive just under £57,000 which will be used to raise achievement through a wide range of additional ‘resources’. Our belief is that to truly make an impact on the individual lives of the young people at whom this funding is aimed, we need to know and understand our students’ needs well. Whilst acknowledging that we do have small groups of students who have similar needs and would benefit from ‘pooled’ resources, there are many who require bespoke support and interventions to improve their life chances.

With no significant gaps in any core areas of the curriculum, the main barriers to educational achievement that our eligible students face are primarily around what is their ‘local community’. With many student accessing LA transport each day their lives ‘out of school’ may not be enhanced by playing/meeting up with school friends or accessing after school clubs. Our parents too may feel more isolated from each other and the support networks that parents naturally provide, for example daily communication in the playground, for each other simply aren’t formed. Many of our students have additional medical needs which affect attendance and of course their health which again can require additional support from the communities around them.

Our 2017-2018 overarching priority will return to a focus on Attendance with the additional focus on supporting our young people and their families. During the Autumn term 2017 we will be advertising a Family Liaison and Attendance Officer (FLAO) role and the successful candidate will have responsibility for our parent support group, to support new admissions, attendance and 1:1 support to work directly with families. With the funding coming from our PP(P) income any PP(P) student has priority over this support though key personnel do work across the whole Academy. In addition, we are committed to supporting the Summer Term residential experience, peripatetic music lessons and the majority of our new curriculum activities that have an additional cost to parents.

A percentage of the funding per student is also allocated for tutors / teachers to identify areas where there are ‘gaps’ between an individual pupil and their non-PP(P) peers and request interventions to help narrow/close any gap. This may be in the area of Achievement and Progress, Attendance, Social skills and/or wider achievements. Staff complete a request for funding form stating the intervention/resource identified and what the impact and outcome for the individual will be. As a general rule this has been budgeted for £500 per PP and £1,000 per PPP student this academic year. This does need to be flexible though as some students will need more to be specifically assigned to them.

Each term staff have sight of and update the Intervention Plan which identifies the priority areas to focus on for each individual PP(P) student. This is continually updated and never finished! The priority for all of our PP(P) students is to be on target to reach their end of year / Key Stage target in line with national expectations (PM) in English, Maths and Science. If any of these are ‘red’ the teacher of the subject will be asked to look at any potential barriers and identify interventions. Our Academy records show an agreed intervention with impact and outcomes measures and summarises the allocation per student.

With the primary focus on raising achievement and closing the gap between our Pupil Premium children and their peers, other examples of how the Pupil Premium Grant is being allocated to support individuals at Foxwood Academy include:

  • Health and exercise programmes
  • Behaviour strategies
  • Attendance
  • Adaptations to curriculum dependent on needs, for example Sensory input
  • Provide access to professional services outside of the Academy, for example Speech and Language or Occupational therapy, Mental Health Service
  • Home support for families
  • Enrichment activities for any student whose family is unable to meet the financial costs or access
  • Independent travel

We would encourage all parents and carers who may not have applied for Free School Meals, but may be entitled to them, to do so in order that their Son/Daughter can benefit from some of the great initiatives funded by the Pupil Premium grant.

To find out if you qualify for Free School Meals please telephone the following number in confidence. You will need to supply your name, address and National Insurance Number. The service will let you know straight away if you qualify and will notify us for you. This will help us to ensure that we continue to target our resources at students who need it most.

Tel – 0300 500 8080 or Mini-com - 01623 434 993

Our Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in the Spring Term 2018.

How Pupil Premium is making a difference at Foxwood

Between 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 (over 3 years) closing the gap in Attendance was a priority area for our Pupil Premium Students. The gap in attendance between our Pupil Premium students and their non-Pupil Premium peers reduced by 2.68% from 3.70% (2013-2014) to 1.96% (2014-2015) to 1.02% (2015-2016).

During the 2016-2017 academic year our Family Liaison and Attendance Officer moved on and this role was left vacant. This has potentially led to a reduction in Attendance overall and an increase in the gap between our Pupil Premium students and their peers. As a direct result of this, the positon of Family Liaison and Attendance Officer will be re-advertised during the Autumn Term 2017.

 

Academic Year 2014-2015

Academic Year 2015-2016

Impact

Academic Year 2016-2017

Pupil Premium

93.11%

94.80%

+1.69%

92.56%

Non-Pupil Premium

95.07%

95.82%

+0.75%

94.63%

Whole Academy

94.19%

95.17%

+1.22%

93.43%

Gap between PP and their non-PP peers

1.96%

1.02%

-0.94%

2.07%

 

On analysis of our Outcomes in English, Maths and Science for our Pupil Premium students in 2016-2017 and the ‘Closing the Gap’ agenda:

- In English at Key Stage 3 there is an increase (11%) from 71% in 2015-2016 to 82% in 2016-2017 pupil premium students meeting or exceeding their End of Key Stage Targets in line with National Progression Materials. The gap between our Pupil Premium students and their non-Pupil Premium peers is closing (-29% to -18%).

- In Reading at Key Stage 3 there is an increase (2%) from 71% in 2015-2016 to 73% in 2016-2017 pupil premium students meeting or exceeding their End of Key Stage Targets in line with National Progression Materials. The gap between our Pupil Premium students and their non-Pupil Premium peers has completely closed and our Pupil Premium students now do better than their non-Pupil Premium peers (-29% to +48%).

- In Writing at Key Stage 3 the gap between our Pupil Premium students and their non-Pupil Premium peers has completely closed and our Pupil Premium students now do better than their non-Pupil Premium peers (-29% to +21%). 

- In English at Key Stage 4 (into post 16) there is an increase (14%) from 75% in 2015-2016 to 89% in 2016-2017 pupil premium students meeting or exceeding their End of Key Stage Targets in line with National Progression Materials. The gap between our Pupil Premium students and their non-Pupil Premium peers is closing (25% to 11%)

- In Maths at Key Stage 4 (into post 16) there is an increase (17%) from 50% in 2015-2016 to 67% in 2016-2017 pupil premium students meeting or exceeding their End of Key Stage Targets in line with National Progression Materials. Unfortunately, there remains a gap between our Pupil Premium students and their non-Pupil Premium peers (21% to 33%). This will be a focus area for the Academy in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Pupil Premium 2016-2017

The Foxwood Academy allocation of Pupil Premium funding for 2016-2017 was just over £55,000.

This was used to support the 50 children eligible in the following ways:

Priority

Cost

Impact

Promotion and Raising Awareness of Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus

£200

Greater understanding of PP(P) amongst parents and carers. Additional PP(P) students on roll @ £1900 per pupil per year – Potential increased income to Academy budget.

Curriculum Resourcing

Literacy

£989.44

 

100% students achieved outcomes in English and Reading and 100% in Writing in line with PMG

Curriculum Resourcing

Numeracy

£903.85

81% students achieved outcomes in Maths in line with PMG.

Curriculum Resourcing

Science

£708.58

100% students achieved outcomes in Science in line with PMG.

Curriculum Resourcing

Creative

£1,086.52

Increased engagement in learning through music. Students confident, skilled and proud to be performing at our Annual Presentation Evening. Online teacher resources and Schemes of Work in place to engage, challenge and develop creativity.

Curriculum Resourcing

Sensory

£891.27

Improved levels of concentration and engagement. Access to appropriate sensory curriculum, sensory stories and sensory play opportunities.

Curriculum

New PfA Community

£1,206

Demonstrate good table manners, social skills and etiquette at meal times. Access and participation in Community visits to develop self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Curriculum

New PfA Independence

£693.48

Independent living skills developed – preparing simple meals. Eating, drinking and related social skills developed using adapted cutlery/crockery.

Curriculum

New PfA Health

£958

Provide opportunity to become involved in physical activity. Engaged and practicing physical activity within a social group. Health improved.

Increase in positive mental health and well-being; reduced anxiety for students and their families.

Curriculum

Enrichment

£653.50

Enjoyment, improved co-ordination, balance and muscle tone, feeling of independence, self-achievement and self-confidence. Improved physical and social skills. Inclusion in Christmas performance for all our complex needs learners.

Positive Behaviour

Social Skills

£472

Supported to express thoughts in a safe way. 100% reduction in negative behaviours from Spring to Summer term 2017.

Peripatetic music lessons

£960

Pupils enjoy and achieve in music. 86% of students hit their specific music targets. Attendance 97% overall with 2 students accessing 31 out of 31 lessons.

Uniform

£533.40

Individuals feel part of the Academy and ‘fit-in’ with their peer group, the majority of whom wear uniform. Increased confidence and self-esteem. Sense of belonging for individuals within the Academy.

Hot school dinner daily

£2,457

Increased concentration and engagement in lessons throughout the day.

Parental Support

Training

£184

Reduction in frustration for student resulting in more positive relationships within the home.

Parental Support

Transport

£240.13

Transport offered to parents to enable them to come in to the school to meet staff and support their Son/Daughter at a range of events.

Staffing

Family Liaison

£18,145

Support for parents and families in place where relationships between home and school are now strong. Increased parental attendance at a range of Academy meetings, for example student’s medicals and review meetings. Support to transport students home safely if they become ill during the day. Appropriate full training in Safeguarding, CAF and Child protection.

Staffing

Independent Travel Training

£1,600 1:1 independent travel to and from school for targeted individuals.

Staffing

After School Clubs

£4,500

Opportunities from all students to access appropriate and targeted after school clubs, regardless of where they live. Safe travel home

Staffing

Access to Professionals OT, SaLT

£13,520

Expertise from outside the immediate school community to support families and pupils in the home and the Academy. Increased skills and understanding of how to support children.

Staffing

CAF / CAMHS / CASY

Referrals

£1,333

Access to specialist services increased in 2016-2017 to councillors.

 

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