Priorities for the deployment of Pupil Premium funding:
- To address inequalities in attainment outcomes for those students from a disadvantaged background
- To raise the aspirations and self-esteem of those students who attract the Pupil Premium through the formal and wider curricula
Strategies for the deployment of Pupil Premium funding:
- Providing greater provision for all through an extended curriculum provision at KS1, 2 with Forest School
- Providing targeted support through Forest School at KS3
- Ensuring all primary aged students are ‘ready to learn’ with the support of Learning Mentors
- By significantly reducing class sizes to an average of 24 in the primary phase by introducing more teaching staff/classes
- Engaging with families that have barriers to schooling through our Home School Liaison Worker
- Providing additional in-class support with Higher Level Teaching Assistants in the primary phase and Learning Coaches in English and Maths at KS3 and 4
- By extending the school day for all KS4 pupils allowing from more lessons in English and Maths and option subjects. Typically secondary phase students receive up to 4 hours a week of extra tuition.
- By providing an extensive program of 1-2-1 and small group teaching in English and Maths
More Information: Please click here for Pupil Premium Allocation
Year 7 catch-up premium
The Deputy Prime Minister has made a commitment to provide educational funding to schools for each Year 7 student who has not achieved level 4 in reading and/or maths at key stage 2. Bridgwater College Academy received additional funding of £500 for each Year 7 who did not achieve level 4. The allocation for the academic year 2015/2016 was £19,500. (A total of 39 students. 22 students for English, 32 students for mathematics of which 15 students had both English & mathematics.) The additional grant has been primarily used to target support in small groups.
Use of additional funding
For English and maths we used a variety of strategies to support the improvement of the y7 students who had funding. These largely focused on the use of extra staff to deliver bespoke small group and individual lessons. Interventions build up and re-enforce a strong skill base in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension and numeracy, giving students a toolkit of skills that allows them to access the mainstream curriculum more effectively. We have also purchased resources and training from “Sound training for reading.”
Whole school literacy and numeracy
Whole school focus on student’s literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum. All departments ensure that literacy and numeracy are developed and enhanced within their curriculum
Whole school use of differentiation
A differentiated approach to learning ensuring that individual needs are met and that all students have access to an appropriate curriculum and are challenged to move forward.
Purchase of additional texts and resources to support students with low confidence and reluctance in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.
Impact of Year 7 catch up funding
The impact of the Year 7 catch up funding was evaluated through the schools termly assessment routines, when national curriculum levels, progress, effort, behaviour and homework are analysed for patterns and trends. Support was adapted at these points, if appropriate, in order to meet individual student’s needs.
Results analysis of the achievement of the students involved in this programme shows that the programme had the following impact.
17/22 = 77% made good or better progress for English.
27/32 = 84% made good or better progress for mathematics.
This group of students will continue to be monitored for the foreseeable future.
Academic year 2016-2017
The intervention programme has been evaluated and the information gathered has been used to restructure and strengthen some aspects for the new academic year. As yet the funding arrangements have not been released.