Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-2019

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. As in previous years this funding is in addition to the school’s budget and represents a major investment in pupils.

 ‘Effective schools recognise that disadvantaged pupils are not a homogenous group and employ targeted approaches for groups or individuals facing particular barriers. For example, whilst the pupil premium has focused many schools’ attention on raising the attainment of low performing pupils, more able disadvantaged pupils are at risk of underachievement too. Analysis by the Sutton Trust shows that many disadvantaged pupils who are high performing at key stage 2 fall badly behind their peers by key stage 4. This underachievement is also reflected in the low proportions of disadvantaged pupils progressing to higher ranked universities after key stage 5. Ofsted has highlighted a lack of support for more able disadvantaged pupils, particularly during key stage 3, as an area that many schools need to address. Other groups of pupils that schools may not have focused on within their overall strategy include looked after children, children adopted from care or service children.

All these groups may have similar challenges, yet research shows that identifying each individual’s barriers to learning is the key to success with the pupil premium.’

          – Extract from Effective pupil premium reviews, February 2018 National College for Teaching and           Leadership 

During the current academic year it is expected that Foxwood Academy will receive just over £51,000 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 our Pupil Premium (PP), Free School Meals (FSM) and Looked After Children (LAC) all doing as well as, or better than, their non PP, FSM or LAC peers at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 in all core areas of the curriculum, our focus for the coming year will be Key Stage 4 into Post 16. Alongside this is the indirect barrier to educational achievement that our eligible students face 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.

Whilst Attendance for our Pupil Premium children has improved and the gap has closed, there is still further work to do on this so this will continue to be an overarching priority for 2018-2019 with the additional focus on supporting our young people and their families. During the Autumn Term 2018 we re-introduced our parent coffee mornings/afternoons to provide opportunity and a venue for our parents, carers and families to meet each other and share their experiences.

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, Reading, Writing and Maths. 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:

  • Undertake a review of Pupil Premium with a focus on outcomes in English and Maths at KS4 into Post 16.
  • 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, CASY Counselling
  • 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 this term with the outcomes shared on the website by 1st April 2019.

 

‘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, Reading, Writing and Maths

 

 

Following a significant drop in Attendance in 2016-2017 (over 2% for our Pupil Premium students) closing this gap has been a priority area for us over the 2017-2018 year. The interventions and strategies in place are now starting to show an impact and the gap has reduced from 2.07% to 1.15%.

 

 

Academic Year 2015-2016

Academic Year 2016-2017

Academic Year 2017-2018

Pupil Premium

 

94.80%

92.56%

93.06%

Non-Pupil Premium

 

95.82%

94.63%

94.21%

Whole Academy

 

95.17%

93.43%

93.63%

Gap between PP and their non-PP peers

1.02%

2.07%

1.15%

 

 

On analysis of our Outcomes in English, Reading, Writing and Maths for our Pupil Premium students in 2017-2018and the ‘Closing the Gap’ agenda:

 

- In English, Reading, Writing and Maths at Key Stage 2 100% of our Pupil Premium students met or exceeded their End of Key Stage Targets in line with National Progression Materials.

 

- In English, Reading, Writing and Maths at Key Stage 3 100% of our Pupil Premium students met or exceeded their End of Key Stage Targets in line with National Progression Materials.

 

- In English and Maths at Key Stage 4 (into post 16) there remains a gap between our Pupil Premium students and their non-Pupil Premium peers (11% up to 17% in English and 33% up to 42% in Maths). This is a focus area for the Academy in the current (2018-2019) academic year.