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The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. The Pupil Premium is additional funding, which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of students who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’), Service Children and Looked After students. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM student, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding at Abbs Cross can face various barriers, from not having access to wider educational opportunities outside of the curriculum, to being the first in their family to go to university and therefore, needing advice and guidance.

Principles

At Abbs Cross Academy:

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups.  This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time

The amount of Pupil Premium allocated during the Academic Year 2015/16 was £158K.  In 2016/17 we have been allocated £160K.

The impact of all our funding is monitored through analysis of tracking, student voice feedback and observations of learning.

Pupil Premium Strategy

At Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College we pride ourselves on having high aspiration and ambition for all pupils, regardless of their background. We operate a no excuse culture, setting children up to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. Our mission is to ensure that every pupil achieves academic success and has the real option of going to university or following a career of their choice. We believe our pupils work hard towards this goal because we make it real for them.

We have high expectations for all of our pupils, and believe that with great teaching and a lot of love and care, every child can fulfil their potential.

Some interventions are adopted on a whole school basis and are not restricted to FSM registered pupils only. However, the implementation of some intervention programmes would not have been possible without the Pupil Premium. The majority of school strategies are targeted towards improvement in the attainment and progress of pupils. A number of these key strategies are resourced from the schools’ main budget, including smaller class sizes, educational support staff and an intervention programme. We have allocated the additional Pupil Premium funding to specific initiatives to support the most disadvantaged pupils.

The key objective is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. The achievement of pupils at primary is good however levels of attainment are lower for some children who are eligible for FSM. While we recognise that this is a national trend, we are committed to doing everything we can to close this achievement gap. Through the application of high quality programmes and provision overall, we aim to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. The use of targeted interventions is also important. Children who start with low attainment on entry will need to make accelerated progress in order to reach at least age-related expectations.

It is also important that low attaining pupils grow in confidence and independence. Therefore, quality social experiences in and outside school can also have a significant impact.

It must also be remembered that there can be children who, whilst being eligible for FSM and Pupil Premium, are not low attaining but may not be maximising their full potential. We must therefore never confuse eligibility for the Pupil Premium with low ability. We must focus on supporting all disadvantaged children to achieve the highest levels

Funding is allocated within the school budget by financial year. This budget enables the school to plan its intervention and support programme. Expenditure is therefore planned and implemented by academic year as shown.

As an inclusive school, Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College strongly believes that no pupil should be disadvantaged as a result of background and ensures that resources and support are also provided for children who may not necessarily be eligible for free school meals or looked after, but who have been identified by the school as being at an educational disadvantage compared to their peers. This support is funded out of the School’s main budget. Programmes involving children who are eligible for the grant as well as those who are not are often part-funded by Pupil Premium, proportional to the children they benefit.

Aims:

At Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College we will:

  • Make decisions about the spending of Pupil Premium funding based on educational research
  • Make decisions about the spending of Pupil Premium based on our knowledge of the children and their families
  • Ensure that staff are aware of the potential barriers to learning for FSM and LAC pupils
  • Track the attainment and progress of pupils on FSM as a group and ensure this is in line with the progress and attainment of the whole class
  • Measure the success of intervention programmes through impact analysis

The challenge to establish a clear link between educational expenditure and pupils’ learning is harder than one would imagine. It may seem obvious that more money offers the possibilities for a better or higher quality educational experience, but the evidence suggests that it is not simply a question of spending more to get better results. (Sutton Trust 2012)

Barriers to learning:

  • Low aspiration within the local area
  • Employment market suppressed within local context
  • Children from low economic backgrounds
  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Single parent families
  • Social mobility

Additional Educational Resources for Looked After Children – allocated £9500

Strategy: For 2016-17 each looked after child has a Personalised Educational Plan drawn up by our lead teacher in conjunction with the local authority to ensure that each student receives resources and support which would be appropriate for them as an individual.  Examples can be used from all of the above strategies listed.

Proposed Impact: Looked after students have a tailored programme of support to meet their needs leading to a closing of achievement gap at Abbs Cross Academy.

Year 7 Catch Up Grant – allocated £5,964

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). This is then used to provide additional support to help students catch up and make accelerated progress in Year 7.   Abbs Cross Academy will receive £5,964 for the 2016-17 academic year.  This is being used to fund extra support sessions for students in addition to the taught curriculum.

Impact of 2015-16 Catch-Up Grant: The strategy of extra support sessions was used in 2015-16 and measured using the end of year examinations.

Proposed Impact of Catch-Up Grant for 2016-17: 100% of the students to have made accelerated progress in English with at least 75% of the students to have made accelerated progress in Maths.

Proposed Strategies

Rationale Approximated Amount £

Evaluative commentary/impact

Literacy  tuition Students are targeted to improved literacy outcomes in 1-2-1 and group sessions; Improved uptake on enrichment activities Increasing student self-esteem and confidence particularly for EAL beginners. These sessions are additional to their English lesson.

1,550

Student progress will be tracked against their English progress grade. Students will be expected to make more than expected progress as a result of this intervention.
Maths tuition Students are targeted to improved numeracy outcomes in 1-2-1 and group sessions; Improved uptake on enrichment activities Increasing student self-esteem and confidence particularly for EAL beginners. These sessions are additional to their Maths lesson.

1,550

Student progress will be tracked against their Maths progress grade. Students will be expected to make more than expected progress as a result of this intervention.
Re-examination of baseline tests Provides an accurate assessment of student needs and allows the basis for targeted interventions.

1,200

Students are settled and placed in the correct sets and form groups.
Speech and Language This specifically identifies students who will complete a speech and language programme to improve their language and communication skills.  This is run by ab High Level Teaching Assistant

830

Improvement in attainment levels in subjects areas and accelerated attainment in English and Maths
Reading recovery/Lexia Reading programme for students whose reading age is below their chronological age 3 times a week

834

Students will be tracked through half termly reading age assessments, impact documents and accelerated progress in English

Impact of PPG Funding

Key Indicators

2016

PP

Non-PP

5*-C inc EM 41% 70%
A*-C Maths 58 82
A*-C English 61 83
APS Maths 4.55 5.19
APS English 4.42 4.82
Progress 8 -0.46 -0.27
Expected progress English 69% 76%
Exceeded expected progress English 25% 28%
Expected progress Maths 55% 70%
Exceeding expected progress Maths 13% 30%

A separate Year 7 data analysis is kept to track the progress of targeted catch up students in Year 7. This is the responsibility of one of the SENCO who specifically monitors this group of students. The data progress of this group of students is tracked every six weeks.

Provision 2016/17

Aspect

Amount Focus of Work Adjusted expenditure for 16/17

Rationale

Reading programme and costs

Reading books and materials for KS3.

Creating smaller teaching groups for reading recovery in secondary

Alpha to Omega with a dedicated LSA to deliver the programme

Lexia – reading recovery to improve reading and comprehension age.

Accelerated Reader aimed at all with close monitoring of PP uptake and use of library and tests

£6k

Use LRC to track reading ages and take appropriate intervention as necessary.

CATs tests to support.

Education Welfare

Attendance and welfare of PP students, monitored on a daily and weekly basis. Organises interventions and attends all PEP meetings.

After School Clubs.

£8k

This strategy is effective at early intervention which is key with attendance.
Mentoring Costs/Behaviour Intervention.  Year Care Team Staff.  School Counsellor Behavioural intervention and tracking of targeted students who are PP who need close behaviour support and positive engagement strategies. Commonly targeted at all Year Groups.  One day a week school counsellor

£45k

5 Year Care Team employed across the school to track and monitor behaviour, mentor and set up behaviour programmes as well as make daily contact with parents.
Additional Sets in Maths To support learning in the classroom by ensuring that class sizes for 2016-17 are as small as possible, in maths by creating additional sets.

£15k

Support in core subjects to continue with re-timetabling during year.

Additional teachers to support maths

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Early and additional guidance will be offered to students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant in Years 8 to 11 to ensure that they can be supported to pursue aspirational futures.

£4k

Service for PP will remain the same.
Intervention programmes

A comprehensive programme of study support and revision classes will be offered in every school holiday except the Christmas break, to groups of students vulnerable to low achievement, especially those in receipt of FSM.

Personalised programmes of support, planned in advance and costed into the curriculum model have been offered to all Year 11 students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant to enable them to attain the best possible examination results.

Homework clubs before and after school.

£15k

Central co-ordination including timetable for PP students and rewards linked to attendance.
Additional hours for library for breakfast and after school. Homework clubs

£10K

Safe place for students who are often left early.
Curricular enrichment Trips to be subsidised for students for all students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant and specific opportunities to broaden the horizons of those students to be offered.  This allows students to benefit from an experience that they may not normally have been able to afford.

£2k

As per last year.  The Academy offers a wide range of trips and will enable PP students to attend curriculum linked trips.
1:1 Tuition/small group tuition

For KS3 agreed as part of PEP package, specifically tailored to meet needs of PP students at KS4, for example, weekly 1-1 Mathematics, Science and/or English.

Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussing on overcoming the gaps in learning.

1-2-1 and small group speech and language sessions for communication.

Literacy withdrawal groups to improve and secure English foundation.

Numeracy groups to secure foundation numeracy skills.

Option process identifies higher ebacc numbers

£13k

Intervention to take place from November 2016 and monitored rigorously through ATLs.
EWO support attendance Oversee and support management of attendance and welfare issues, focusing on robust action where needed.

£2k

Agreed fee, maintained at 2015 rates.
Pastoral Leaders (YCT) The Year Care Team support individual children to improve well-being, self-image and self-esteem during group work and ensure excellent partnerships with school and home.
Additional Staffing to create greater groups and targeted support for SEND students

Small classes in SEND for specified interventions.

Additional classes in SEND Maths and English.

£40k

Provision 2015/16

Aspect Focus of Work Evaluative commentary/impact Expenditure for 16/17 Rationale
Additional Sets in Core Subjects To support learning in the classroom by ensuring that class sizes for 2015-16 are as small as possible, particularly in English, maths and science, by creating additional sets.

High levels of achievement in core subjects both in terms of examination results and levels of progress.

5+ A*- C (incl. Eng / Maths) 41% non PP  70% Non-PP

£50k

Support in core subjects to continue with re-timetabling during year.

Additional teachers to support core subjects.

Learning Support Assistants Increased in-class support from LSAs and external agencies to further personalise and support learning of students. Sustained excellent outcomes for pupil premium students including those with additional educational needs. £26k Use of graduate LSAs to provide targeted support to students in subjects.
Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Early and additional guidance will be offered to students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant in Years 8 to 11 to ensure that they can be supported to pursue aspirational futures. Informed choices made by PP and possible NEETs who are PP £5k Service for PP to remain the same
Holiday Study Programmes &  Intervention Programmes

A comprehensive programme of study support and revision classes will be offered in every school holiday except the Christmas break, to groups of students vulnerable to low achievement, especially those in receipt of FSM.

Literacy and numeracy themed enrichment summer holiday programme targeted at Pupil Premium students and those identified below level 4 on entry

Personalised programmes of support, planned in advance and costed into the curriculum model have been offered to all Year 11 students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant to enable them to attain the best possible examination results.

Homework clubs before and after school.

100% of students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant to attend classes.

Pupil Premium Grant will attend classes and are achieving highly in examinations.

5+ A*- C (incl. Eng / Maths) 41% non PP  70% Non-PP High VA for PP across all subjects.

£15k Central co-ordination including timetable for PP students and rewards linked to attendance.
Curricular enrichment Trips to be subsidised for students for all students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant and specific opportunities to broaden the horizons of those students to be offered.  This allows students to benefit from an experience that they may not normally have been able to afford. Pupil premium students will take part in a variety of enrichment trips in all year £5k As per last year.  The Academy offers a wide range of trips and will enable PP students to attend curriculum linked trips.
Mentoring Costs/Behaviour Intervention.  Year Care Team Staff. Behavioural intervention and tracking of targeted students who are PP who need close behaviour support and positive engagement strategies. Commonly targeted at all Year Groups. Reduction of exclusion and raised attendance for FSM students. £30k 8 Year Care Team employed across the school.
Education Welfare

Attendance and welfare of PP students, monitored on a daily and weekly basis. Organises interventions and attends all PEP meetings.

Breakfast club for all students.

After School Clubs.

Attendance FSM well above national average, including PA

Attendance, gap closed even further

No gaps in punctuality

£5k This strategy is effective at early intervention which is key with attendance.
1:1 Tuition/small group tuition

For KS3 agreed as part of PEP package, specifically tailored to meet needs of PP students at KS4, for example, weekly 1-1 Mathematics, Science and/or English.

Funding an intensive programme for all teaching of English with small interventions.

Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussing on overcoming the gaps in learning.

1-2-1 and small group speech and language sessions for communication.

Literacy withdrawal groups to improve and secure English foundation.

Numeracy groups to secure foundation numeracy skills.

Gap also need to be closed in English, geography, history, graphics, PE and resistant materials. £12k Intervention to take place from November 2016 and monitored rigorously through ATLs.
Reading programme and costs

Reading books and materials for KS3.

Creating smaller teaching groups for reading recovery.

Funding an intensive programme for the teaching of phonics with small intervention groups.  Alpha to Omega.

Reading Clubs for Primary students.

Well stocked LRC.

LRC readings age data shows high impact and book update in Literacy.

 

£5k

Use LRC to track reading ages and take appropriate intervention as necessary.

CATs tests to support.

External EWO support attendance Oversee and support management of attendance and welfare issues, focusing on robust action where needed. Core case load of hard to manage cases with external EWO -30% gap between PP and non PP £5k Agreed fee, maintained at 2015 rates.
Accelerating progress moving children beyond age related expectations. Stage not Age curriculum. High levels of attainment. Moving towards Russell Group universities.
Pastoral Leaders (YCT) The Year Care Team support individual children to improve well-being, self-image and self-esteem during group work and ensure excellent partnerships with school and home.

High levels of punctuality and attendance.

High levels of communication with parents.

 

The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in August 2017.

How to Apply for Free School Meals?

This website provides details of how to apply:

https://www.havering.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Free-School-Meals.aspx

Essentially, you are entitled to free school meals for your child if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (but NOT Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income of less than £16,190
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit