Pupil Premium

Above: Pupil Premium is used to ensure that students – who otherwise would have been unable - are able to attend our 2016 immersive study tour to Madrid as well as numerous day trips and educational visits.

Introduction

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government for students who receive, or have received in any of the last six years - free school meals, looked after children or the children of service personnel. This is because research shows that nationally students in these groups do significantly less well than other students. The funding is designed to bridge the gap and support us in ensuring that all students achieve their potential. We are asked by the Government to make it clear where this money is being spent and the impact it is having on the young people who are eligible for the Pupil Premium in our Academy.

Applying for Free School Meals

The government provides all Secondary schools with £935 of additional funding for any student who has received Free School Meals in any of the last six years. It is simple to find out if your child is eligible and applying for the extra meals and the additional educational support for your child is easy. Telephone the Local Authority on 0845 155 1019 for Devon children, or fill out the online form at the Cornwall Council Education and Learning website. By providing them with your National Insurance number and your child’s date of birth you will be told immediately if you are eligible and the next steps in the process. We are not allowed to telephone on your behalf but can help if you have any questions about this process.

If your child is eligible they will get over £400 of free meals alongside a range of other benefits, including Pupil Premium, which will support them in achieving their potential as well as providing them with equal access to the wide range of activities that we offer at Route 39 Academy.

Knowing the Gaps at Route 39 Academy

At Route 39 Academy we pride ourselves on being a close knit community where all our staff know each of our students well. Beyond the personal relationships within our community, the school uses ‘live’ quantitative & qualitative data robustly to track individual progress. Progress is compared against an individual student’s primary school and national data, to ensure all of our students are doing the best they can possibly do.

Pupil Premium students are clearly identified as part of our data tracking system. Where we see gaps in their progress we have a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Mr S. Sansom, who is responsible for ensuring that Pupil Premium funding is used effectively, to narrow the gap.

Just because a student is in receipt of Pupil Premium does not automatically mean they will be underperforming academically. Perhaps there are social, emotional and aspirational issues that may limit an individual’s life chances. Here, Pupil Premium funding can be used to ensure that all students access to a range of experiences and support, including ‘learning coaches’ who can help our students to navigate personal issues, and/or highlight opportunities they might not otherwise have considered.

Using the Pupil Premium at Route 39 Academy

Specialist Staff Hours:

At Route 39 Academy we do not use Pupil Premium to wholly fund staff salaries, as we believe in an overarching approach to education whereby all students deserve a personalised approach to school-life, not just one particular cohort. However, we do want to ensure that Pupil Premium students can have access to specialist support if needed. Therefore, we use some of our Pupil Premium to partially fund specialist staff salaries, in order to facilitate smaller class sizes and increase the amount of dedicated support we can offer to these students.

Intervention Capital Expenditure:

We have an Academy learning resource base that is used for intervention work with Pupil Premium students. This important base is furnished to create an environment conducive to small group and individual working, and contains resources dedicated to narrowing the gap, including group reading programmes, mathematics resources and THRIVE materials. Where we need to, we have the facility to purchase additional materials that will aid specific Pupil Premium groups/individuals.

Healthy Living Subsidy:

Healthy eating and school performance have been shown to go hand in hand. Ofsted recognise this and in a letter written to Sharon Hodgson MP, they re-emphasise their commitment to healthy eating. At Route 39 we place great emphasis on providing nutritionally balanced school meals. However, not all students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding may receive free school meals. Therefore, we offer Pupil Premium Students a 50% subsidy towards this cost, accessed by application only.

Curriculum Enrichment:

Route 39 Academy believes all students should have equal and fair access to the extended curriculum (including trips & visits) and that all students who wish to can participate, regardless of the ability of parents to pay or collect. Pupil Premium funding is used to subsidise such activities for this cohort of students, on a case by case basis.

Travel Subsidy:

Route 39 Academy provides young people in Devon & Cornwall with an educational choice. We believe that our strong inclusive ethos and close knit school community makes a massive difference to some of the most vulnerable students, who have failed to thrive and progress in other establishments. To this end we use some of our Pupil Premium funding to provide a 50% subsidy towards transportation costs, accessed by application only.

Uniform Subsidy:

Route 39 Academy has a strong community identity, which is reflected in the smart uniform that all students are expected to wear. We believe that the uniform is an essential part of Academy life, and as such it is enforced robustly. It also protects students and parents from the social pressures to dress in a particular way and ensures students of all races and backgrounds feel welcome. Pupil Premium funding is used to subsidise items of uniform for Pupil Premium students, on a case by case basis.

How have we spent the Pupil Premium funding?

Income from the financial year April 2015 to March 2016 was approximately £33,690.  This figure can go up or down depending on within-year student transitions.

We have adopted a transparent and coherent approach to PP allocation this academic year. At the start of the academic year it was decided that 10% of each departmental budget would consist of PP funding. We felt that it would be more helpful to subject leaders to retain autonomy over their allocation of these funds. This is also a fair way to distribute the funding as different subject areas have different sized budgets attached, so ten percent of each reflects this evenly.

 

What has been the impact so far?

We have developed and embedded our Targeted Intervention Plan (TIP) programme for those students who have a particular barrier to learning that often falls outside the threshold needed to acquire a label of global SEN. The TIP programme is delivered through individual and small group intervention and is delivered by our Learning Coach, Maths specialist and Director of Specialist Provision. Whilst all students can access this provision, the threshold for access is reduced for Pupil Premium students. Currently over half of all Pupil Premium students receive some sort of school intervention.

Pupil premium funding has also allowed us to fund additional teaching hours that has positively impacted on our ability to reduce group sizes and increase staffing ratios for all students, including those Pupil Premium students that require additional staff support. For example our Pre-Stretch group is taught predominantly in a class size of 7, and Stretch 1 in a class size of 14.

Pupil premium funding has impacted our students' ability to access the full and varied curriculum and extra curriculum we offer. Students have received funding, subsidies or part payments for, amongst other things, school transport, uniform, school trips and ICT equipment. This year we have also opted to purchase a complete equipment set for each PP student containing all of the stationery and tools they will require to fully access our curriculum.

We have a strong commitment to healthy living and understand that not all Pupil Premium students are in receipt of Free School Meals. Where parental finance continues to put a strain on paying for such services we have been able to subsidise Pupil Premium parents by 50% (via application).

 

The progress our Pupil Premium students make compare favourably with our non-pupil premium students in Mathematics and there is a very narrow gap between the two cohorts in English. .

R39 Pupil Premium students (%)

             R39 Non Pupil Premium students %

Mathematics               

81% on or above expected progress

             78% on or above expected progress

English

68% on or above expected progress

             72% on or above expected progress

 

How Have We Targeted Our Funding To Achieved This ?

 

Item

Additional Information

 

Uniform 

 

Transport

50% of transport costs for 12 students

Catering

Meals costs (includes proportion of staff wages and equipment)

PP items

Stationery packs 

English

Resources, books, and Inspector Calls theatre trip

History

Resources, books

MFL

Resources, books

Maths

Scientific calculators and GCSE revision books

PE

GSCE revision guides and spare PE kit

Art

Art packs

Science

GCSE revision guides

Music

Instrument lessons for students

 

 What are we planning to do next?

  • Provide additional teaching capacity to offer more targeted Mathematics support.
  • Provide additional learning coach capacity to offer more THRIVE interventions.
  • Buy in additional Literacy consultant hours in order to screen Pupil Premium students for examination support
  • Continue to allow heads of department to make decisions regarding their own pupil premium allocation
  • Close the attainment gap between PP and Non PP students in English. We shall do this through the implementation multiple programs of support which target reading, writing, spelling, grammar and word association. Students also have further opportunities within school to gain an understanding of the relationship between texts and real world situations. These include visits to plays, films, creating magazines, newspapers, poems and to act out various texts in class. 

Values are approximate and liable to change. Estimates are made on the number of FSM students predicted to access and benefit from this provision, in some cases alongside other students.