Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium grant was introduced in April 2011 by the coalition Government to address issues which adversely affect students achievement in school that have been shown to be linked to disadvantage and deprivation. The grant is based on the number of children registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel. It is the responsibility of the Academy to decide how this money should be spent to support students, with the purpose of boosting pupil attainment of this group.

The Grant

Our pupil premium students currently make up 38% of the student population which is higher than the national average of 28%.
For the academic year 2015-2016 we have been allocated £469,000. This compares to £465,000 received in 2014-2015.

Principles regarding the use of Pupil Premium Funding

Irrespective of a student’s background our underlying belief is that students eligible for PP should be attaining in line with their peers. We are fully committed to ‘excellence for all’
AT TVA we ensure that the pupil premium funding is used to aid all our students to achieve their full potential during their time with us
We are striving to ensure that we close the gap in attainment between students eligible for the PP and those who are not

Aims regarding the use of Pupil Premium Funding

To ensure that all students have access to excellent teaching
To ensure that our pastoral care is of the highest quality and works cohesively with other stakeholders
To ensure that all students have access to opportunities beyond the curriculum

How is it managed?

Progress of all learners is reviewed by all staff, with a member of SLT who has oversight. The member of SLT with oversight for Pupil Premium has a further responsibility for tracking, monitoring and analysing the impact of the PP funding.

There is a working party made up of Subject Leaders, Progress Leaders, SLT, Pastoral staff and the finance team to ensure that the progress of these students is in line with other students and that creative ideas to support their learning and progress can be discussed and implemented.

Students who are in receipt of Free School Meals, those in Local Authority Care, the children of service men/women and other students deemed ‘disadvantaged’ or ‘vulnerable’ are prioritised for additional support and intervention through the Pupil Premium funding.

How is the money spent?

  • Teaching and Learning – we spend the majority of our pupil premium money on providing small classes – particularly in Maths, English and Science. We also ensure that teachers are supported adequately with planning, teaching and resourcing lessons. A large portion of the money is also spent on providing additional support for students in lessons and interventions run by specialists outside lessons
  • Enrichment/Opportunity – money is available to enable young people take part in extra-curricular activities. These include Bikeability, Deaf Awareness, Duke of Edinburgh, Outdoor Education, music lessons and a range of school trips including trips to the theatre and the school ski trip
  • Pastoral care – The Voyager has excellent pastoral care systems and these are funded in part by the pupil premium fund. All year groups have a full time Student Support Officer (SSO) attached to them. These members of staff are integral to ensuring that no young people are disadvantaged in school due to financial constraints
  • Engagement with Parents/Carers – This is an area which would like to develop. We believe that the most important people in ensuring that young people make progress are their parents/carers. To this end we are also using pupil premium funding to support our Roma Teaching Assistant/Family Support Worker and to provide capacity for a member of SLT to create better parent/carer links

Please see more detailed document which can be found here regarding the planned use of PP funding for 2015-2016

Support and Intervention 2014-2015

For the academic year 2014-2015 the pupil premium funding was spent on the following:

  • Year 6/7 summer school
  • Delivery of accelerated reading and literacy programmes
  • Provision of Advanced Skills Teachers to help develop good practice in English, Maths and Science
  • Deployment of Teaching Assistants to provide small group interventions in English, Maths
  • Deployment of Teaching Assistants to deliver social skills groups
  • Materials and resources for students to support their learning in class and at home
  • Mentoring for targeted students
  • Use of behaviour watch to help monitor student behavioural trends
  • Additional teachers in English and Maths to enable smaller class sizes
  • Breakfast club
  • Timetabled after-school and holiday revision sessions
  • SIMS analysis to promote good attendance of PP students

Please see more detailed document which can be found here detailing the actual spend for 2014-2015

Impact of Support and Intervention 2014-2015

Pupil Premium funding has successfully helped improve the attendance of disadvantaged pupils. Rates of attendance and of persistent absence for disadvantaged pupils both improved between 2013-14 and 2014-15, when both those measures for the school were only marginally below the national average for similar pupils. In 2014-15 the attendance and PA gaps between disadvantaged pupils at TVA and similar pupils nationally were smaller than those between non-disadvantaged pupils and their peers nationally.

The percentage of disadvantaged students who had at least one fixed-term exclusion fell between 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The in-school attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils at TVA and other pupils in terms of the percentage of pupils who achieved 5+A*-C including English and maths fell from -21 in 2014 to -11 in 2015.

However, the amount of progress made by disadvantaged pupils, both in terms of best 8 value added and in terms of levels of expected progress in maths and English, fell between 2013-14 and 2014-15. Gaps in attainment in English and maths also widened.

Clearly better attendance and better behaviour in the short-term did not have the overall impact of compensating for longer term deficits in learning.

13% of year 11 students at TVA who were eligible for Pupil Premium funding during the academic year 2014-2015 achieved 5 GCSEs, whereas 19% of all of year 11 did. This represents a gap of 6%.

Whilst we are pleased that we managed to close the gap between the outcomes achieved by students’ eligible for the pupil premium and those who were not, we are also very mindful of the fact that whole school results were significantly low, so the gap cannot be relied upon as a measure of good practice.

Having evaluated these outcomes the plans for 2015-16 were modified to include a much greater increase in funding for literacy support, resources designed to support Curriculums, more resource for individual mentoring and a far greater focus on academic attainment.