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Pupil Premium

Proposed spend of Pupil Premium - 2015/16


The Pupil Premium provides funding for pupils:

·         Who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (£935 per child)
·         Who have been continuously looked after for the past six months (£1900 per child)
·         For children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces (£300 per child)

Every school has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential. The Government provides Pupil Premium funding, which is in addition to main school funding, to help address national inequalities between the achievements of children eligible for free school meals or children in care. 

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals or have been eligible in the last six years and children who have been continuously looked after for more than six months. Schools are held accountable for the spending of these monies, performance tables will capture the achievement of disadvantaged students covered by the Pupil Premium, however it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. 

Newlands Academy is committed to providing effective resources and ensuring vital support is in place for our disadvantaged students to improve their academic outcomes.

Newlands Academy allocation:

2013-2014: 46 students @ £900 and 3 students @ £1300 = £45,300

2014-2015: 31 students @ £935 and 7 students @ £1900 = £42,285

2015-16: 22 students @ £935 and 9 students @ 1900 = £37,670

This document details the proposed spend of the Pupil Premium 2015/16.

A proportion of the Pupil Premium is committed to maintaining the provision for disadvantaged students that is currently in place.

The four key objectives

1. Transition: to improve transition outcomes for PP students to bring attainment in line with expected levels of progress

2. Literacy: to establish a reading scheme to improve the reading age of students whose reading age is below national average

3. Engagement: to improve curriculum engagement and academic achievement for PP and CLA students

4. Attendance: to implement strategies which improve the attendance and punctuality of for PP and CLA students

Use and Impact of Pupil Premium Grant Funding on Pupil Outcomes: 2014/15

To improve transition outcomes for PP students to bring attainment in line with expected levels of progress in English & Maths

Speech & Language Therapist: £9,240

Worked with identified students in classes of core subjects. Worked collaboratively with teachers to compose strategies and interventions for students.

Additional after-school tuition: £4,200

Worked with identified students (including several LAC students) after school to improve attainment.

To improve attendance of students in receipt of Pupil Premium

EWO: £12,600

Monitors attendance, liaises with carers, arranges visits

60% (9/15) of persistent absentees in receipt of pupil premium had term on term improved attendance during the academic year 2014-15.

To reduce exclusions and serious incidents of students in receipt of Pupil Premium

Art Therapist: £14,280

1-2-1 interventions throughout the year for targeted students. Regular reviews. Referrals made by SENCO.

91% [10/11] of PP students referred for art therapy due to issues with violence saw drop in assaults

64% [7/11] of these referred PP students committed zero assaults during summer term

60% [6/10] of referred PP students reported for bullying concerns during autumn term saw drop in bullying incidents

55% [5/10] of referred PP students had zero bullying incidents reported during summer term

42% [5/11] of PP students referred for art therapy had improved overall attendance compared with the previous year [13/14]

As a group, exclusions dropped as follows:

64% [7/11] PP students referred for behavioural issues had zero exclusions in the summer term

PP students referred for Art Therapy accounted for 41% of all exclusions in Autumn 14/15 which dropped to 29% in the Summer term.

To improve curriculum engagement and academic achievement for PP and CLA students

After-school targeted enrichment / mentoring activities for ‘vulnerable’ students.

Name of activity 1 Mentoring via Sport: (£1,956)

Purpose of activity: To give students increased confidence

This had considerable impact on their self- esteem and motivation. Students reported that they felt happier (e.g. “It was great to have the time and space to work on things when other students were not around”) and more confident around the school. Improved attendance to school for targeted pupils.

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding

In 2014-15 the school received £500 additional funding each year to support Year 7 students in developing their literacy and numeracy skills. This funding was used to provide 1-1 tutorials for students who need additional support, and this enables them to make progress and engage in the wider curriculum.