For full details and information about pupil premium funding for schools please visit – https://www.gov.uk/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings
What is ‘Pupil Premium Funding’?
Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 by the coalition government. The additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England aims to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
In 2013/14 schools were allocated £1.85 billion for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children (LAC) and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces (AF). For the academic year 2014/15 this increased to £2.5 billion and saw a slight fall for 2015/16 and 16/17 (£2.4 billion). This funding is given to schools and academies at £935 per pupil at secondary and we track how this funding is spent and what impact this has on the performance of our students.
For the academic year 2017/18 we have 148 currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) and a further 184 qualifying for the pupils premium funding based upon the Ever-6 criteria; that is they have received FSM in the last 6 years. As a result, our funding for 2017/18 will be £310,420 and is a slight increase on the 2016/17 fund of £309,252.
Funding at Djanogly City Academy 2016/17
Approximately 45% of our pupil body were eligible for pupil premium funding.
Since our external pupil premium review took place by academy appointment in July 2015 to support the newly appointed senior leader, we have continued to develop the framework that supports early identification and provides targeted support. We monitor progress through the whole school tracking system, class tests and discussions with individual pupils and staff.
Working with departments across the academy our senior leaders have used the pupil premium fund to bring about positive impact across the year groups and some of these interventions are summarised below.
- Further qualification opportunities to support pupils in achieving 5 or more good grades/scores at GCSE
- Small group and 1-2-1 tuition in both core and foundation subjects
- Saturday and holiday schools to support keep-up and catch-up sessions after absence or support progress
- Enhanced the learning environments to support 1-2-1 interventions, tutoring and raise aspirations
- Attendance and student welfare officer support to ensure pupils are in school and ready to learn
- Resource support to ensure pupils have the materials and equipment they need to allow them to access all aspects of the curriculum and perform to their best.
A summary of the 2016/17 spend is below.
|2016/17 Pupil Premium Fund||Allocation|
|External tutoring and mentoring||£16,380.00|
|Online 1-2-1 tutoring contribution||£28,987.00|
|Alternative provision/curriculum contribution||£25,538.59|
|Attendance, behaviour and academic mentoring support||£92,974.00|
|Additional educational courses, course related excursions/Student Transport||£12,263.00|
|Support platform licencing contribution (Reading/Literacy & Welfare)||£3,882.00|
|Curriculum Support Hardware (IT 1-2-1 facility development and raising aspirations across the school)||£8,238.20|
|Revision guides and past exam paper support||£7,816.65|
|Small group teaching (class withdrawal intervention for specific boosters)||£53,041.70|
|Teaching OT/Holiday Boosters||£18,886.82|
|Subject specific resources||£4,897.89|
|Family IT support resource||£126.00|
Some of the areas list above represent the total spend for the academy in that area, while others represent the contribution made by the pupil premium fund as part payment for services and interventions taken up by PP and non-PP pupils as all our intervention platforms are open to use by any pupil in need of that support.
Funding at Djanogly City Academy 2017/18
We are tracking interventions made and impact upon performance continuously to ensure that each intervention has a positive effect. Where it is seen not to be as effective we are taking steps to adjust or change our strategies for individuals or groups. And, in line with the letter sent to schools by Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Former Chief Inspector, we continue to be determined to provide a high quality education provision for all pupils at the academy. We are mindful of the performance of all our pupils and will not allow personal circumstance to disadvantage our young people. We will continue to develop our rapidly evolving systems within this area and will look to develop our support further, not just for improved performance now, but also their long term personal developments needs so that they become successful citizens, grow in confidence and make good choices for their futures.
Further information about some of the interventions currently running are presented on this downloadable information sheet: Pupil Premium 2016/17
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school:
- Low language levels – 78% of our pupils have language delay or difficulties when they arrive based on prior data which may be as a result of prior performance or/and EAL needs. This leads to social communication difficulties, and issues with reading and writing
- Broken family structures – family stress and low resilience
- Low parental engagement/parenting skills and low aspirations
- Safeguarding and welfare issues which may lead to Social Services involvement
- Loss and bereavement
- Trauma and other mental health issues in the family and/or child
- Frequent moves of country and school – some have no recourse to public funds
- Socio-economic disadvantage i.e. poverty
- Housing issues i.e. massive overcrowding, temporary poor quality accommodation and friction with other members of the community
- Poor health and diet, high level of medical needs, and low attendance
- Special educational needs and disabilities.
Education Endowment Foundation
We continue to use the Sutton Trusts Educational Endowment Foundation research and guidance to help us evaluate, reflect and plan further to ensure the gap between our disadvantaged pupils and those non-disadvantaged pupils continues to close. Further information can be found on their website at the following link:
Using this research resource has allowed us to make well informed decisions and target specific interventions in each year group to help maximise impact without the need for conducting our own longitudinal research with others in our academy group. Strategies such as MyTutor use in years 11 and 10 have in part been based upon evidence that 1-2-1 tuition over a period of time has significant impact when coupled with quality first teaching. Similarly our literacy interventions early in years 7 and 8 using pupil premium and our year 7 catch-up premium are best placed here to support the building block pupils need as they then progress through GCSE courses in years 9, 10 and 11.
- Farm Residential Trip
11 enthusiastic and energetic students embarked on an amazing journey to Jamie’s Farm in Hereford (Whole School - 01/11/2017)
- Sports Day
Annual Sports Day (Physical Education - 17/07/2017)
- Claremont Primary School visited Djanogly
Introduction to Python (Whole School - 27/06/2017)
- Under 15 Cricket
Silver Medalists (Physical Education - 15/06/2017)
- Year 7 Cricket
Cricket Success (Physical Education - 15/06/2017)