Pupil Premium 2016/17
Schools are required to publish details of a number of items in relation to the Pupil Premium for disadvantaged students. The Pupil Premium sum allocated to the school is calculated according to the number of students in years 7-11 that fit into any of the following categories:
- Those who are receiving Free School Meals (FSM) or who have received FSM in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM);
- Those who are classed as Looked-after Children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English authority;
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order;
- Those students recorded as a Service Child (Ever 6 Service Child).
The purpose of the pupil premium grant is to make funding available to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities and enable them to reach their potential. DfE guidance states that the funding is “for the purposes of the school, i.e. for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school.”
The pupil premium grant allocated to the Academy for the 2016/17 academic year is £218790
Barriers to Learning
The Academy is required to provide a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school. For the academic year of 2016/17, we have identified these as being:
- Prior attainment, particularly numeracy and literacy skills
- Accessing the full curriculum offered by the Academy
- The transition process from Key Stage 2 to 3 and Key Stage 3 to 4
- Consistent attendance at the Academy
Spending of the pupil premium
The spending of the pupil premium at the Hazeley Academy is broken down into three areas with the rationale always linked to the evidence and assessment provided by the Education Endowment Foundation.
- Quality of teaching for all
This is the area where we use the funding to improve the teaching and learning within the Academy, linking it to staff development and the Academy’s improvement planning. The projected spend in this area is around 10% of the grant.
- Targeted Support
This is the area where we use the funding to support identified weaknesses for our disadvantaged pupils in areas such as their literacy and numeracy skills, supporting them with their exam preparation and improving attendance. This takes the form of such things as mentoring, small and individual group tuition, after school and holiday interventions and working with parents to support their child. The projected spend in this area is around 75% of the grant.
- Other approaches
This is where we use the grant to improve students’ access to the in and out of school curriculum, to improve the transition between the Key Stages and to develop and improve upon processes additional to those above. This is where we will spend the remaining part of the pupil premium grant.
Measuring the impact
We measure the impact of our spending by looking at the educational outcomes of the group as a whole, subgroups and for individuals. This will use both the Academy’s internal tracking system as well as the RAISEonline data once it is validated. We also use qualitative data from both pupils and teachers to review and improve upon the processes outlined above.
Pupil Premium Review
We carried out an external review of our pupil premium spending and processes in November 2016 and followed this up a second visit in March 2017. This highlighted a lot of good practice but also identified a number of key areas to improve upon which are now being acted upon.
Spend and impact of the Pupil Premium Grant 2015/16
Spending from the Pupil Premium grant went towards:
- One-to-one and small group targeted support in maths, English for KS3 and KS4 students
- Step-Up small group sessions in English and maths for Yr7 students
- Step-Up small group sessions in English and maths for Yr8 students
- Targeted study support for KS4 students
- Learning and attendance mentors
- Support with trips and visits
- Support with specialist materials for subjects
- Additional teaching staff in English and mathematics
- Additional training for Teaching Assistants
- Provision of uniform
- Music Tuition
- Support and intervention sessions
- Leadership and Management time
- Incentive and rewards programme
- Access to extra-curricular activities
Assessment of Impact
For the academic year 2015/16 our disadvantaged students achieved an average attainment 8 grade of 41.74, which is an average of a grade D. This was limited by a number of students who had highly individual needs that were supported by the use of the pupil premium to still attain qualifications that enabled their future. 53% of students gained the Basics of English and mathematics above a grade C, over 60% for each area individually and 10% the English Baccalaureate.
For Year 10 the in school gap was just over 3 points with the overall predicted A8 grade for disadvantaged students 50.55. For Year 9 the predicted A8 grade rose again to 51.69. For Year 8 our disadvantaged students made the same amount of progress as our non-disadvantaged students. For year 7 they made slightly less progress.
92% of our disadvantaged students had a defined destination in 2014/15 as opposed to 88% nationally. This was an increase for the Academy of 4% on the previous year compared to a 3% rise nationally. Attendance for disadvantaged students was 0.9% better than for the same group nationally and the proportion persistently absent was 3.1% than the national average.