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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding received by the academy to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and accelerate their progress, enabling them to match their non-disadvantaged peers’ attainment. The academy receives funding for disadvantaged students who currently receive free school meals this academic year as well as those who have received free school meals in the last six years. The Pupil Premium fund also provides opportunities for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

The main barriers that disadvantaged students at Walthamstow Academy face are outlined below:

  • English as an Additional Language
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Low levels of stability in their home lives including the possibility of having moved schools two or more times.
  • Lack of cultural capital
  • Lack of Higher Education amongst parents
  • Low levels of literacy and low reading ages

Total funding allocation for 2018-19 and how it is being targeted:

Funding for 2018/19 is £399,245.

Funding will be committed in the following ways:

  • Tuition – External Tutors used for 1:1 and group Tuition in before school school sessions. KS3, 4 and 5. English, Maths and Science and other non-core subjects.
  • Extended Hours revisions / coursework sessions – Teachers run a revision and coursework programme during weekends and holidays. In particular, our Easter and summer half term revision camps will engage much of Year 11 and 13 in taught sessions provided by our staff.
  • Resources and Equipment funding including ICT that directly influences the classroom experience of students by changing the way they learn.
  • Pastoral Intervention – A series of schemes that target disadvantaged students with the aim of raising their attitudes to self and school.
  • Additional non-academic tutoring, clubs and lessons. Eg. Sports / Music lessons, extyra curricular clubs and trips for disadvantaged students.
  • Funding of Trips / Visits during term time that enrich academic courses and further understanding of topics being covered
  • Additional Pupil Premium teachers for Maths and English
  • Student Support – Departments request funding for Ever6 students for support where parental costs could be incurred. Examples include Music Lessons and Equipment, Food Technology ingredients, Art and DT equipment packs, Reading Books, Transport Support, English and Maths resources and Drama / Music events.

For additional information on Pupil Premium spend for previous periods, please contact Dan Seed, Vice Principal

The attainment and progress of our Pupil Premium students has consistently been greater than Pupil Premium students nationally. Below are some key statistics for Pupil Premium students which show how well they achieve at the academy:

2018 GCSE Results Measure

Pupil Premium students at Walthamstow Academy (2017-18)

Pupil Premium students nationally (2016-17)

4+ GCSE's in both English & Maths

66% (Overall academy attainment

43% (Overall student average 63%)

5+ GCSE's in both English & Maths

40% (Overall academy achievement 57%)

31% (Overall student average 39%)

Attainment 8

51.23 (Overall academy attainment 8 = 52.98

41 (National attainment 8 = 50)

 

Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a student across 8 qualifications.

As evidenced by the 2018 GCSE results measures above, Pupil Premium students at the academy significantly outperformed Pupil Premium students nationally in relation to the 2016-17 figures. We expect our progress 8 score to provide evidence that pupil premium students at the academy make more progress, on average, than pupil premium students across England who got similar results at the end of key stage 2. In addition Pupil Premium data at the academy compares favourably to the overall national student figures which take into account both Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil premium students.

We are continuing nearly all of the strategies in 2018-19 due to the impact that we have demonstrated above through our results and below through our impact analysis. The expected impact of the strategies we are repeating in 2018-19 is expected to be the same or better as in 2017-18 as we seek to constantly improve the way we accelerate learning and progress at Walthamstow Academy so that all students, disadvantaged or not, can achieve the most progress possible. We will be focussing some of our strategies on the achievement of pupil premium girls, and most particularly in mathematics as we have identified those as areas for improvement.

Evaluation of impact of Pupil Premium funding - 2017-18

Funding for 2016-17 as a direct grant from the department for education was £403,000. This was separated from the main budget due to the legislation on tracking and reporting of this spend.

Pupil Premium funding was allocated in the following ways during 2017-18 and the impact of key aspects of funding outlined below:

 

Spending 2017-18

Impact

Targeted intervention was provided to underachieving Year 11 Pupil Premium students via tutor support after school, on Saturdays and during school holidays.

Cost: £100,000

 

 

The progress of pupil premium students overall was very close to that of their non-pupil premium peers. That is evidence of the success of the programme. The intervention on offer needs to be targeted much more towards girls and towards underperformance in mathematics in 2018, as these were areas where less progress was made.

Extra teachers were recruited into the Mathematics and English departments to reduce class sizes where there were high number of pupil premium students.

 

Maths and English lunch-time targeted intervention was provided for underachieving Year 11 Pupil Premium students in maths and English. Students were allocated to members of the maths and English department and supported using small group targeted intervention.

Cost: £39,000

The progress made by pupil premium students at the academy in mathematics and English were higher than those in 2017 and are likely to be classified as significantly above the national average. Maths requires extra support next year so this spending will be shifted towards that department.

 

 

 

 

 

The academy provided underachieving Year 11 Pupil Premium students with examination preparation sessions in several subjects the night before each of their GCSE examinations. Following small group targeted intervention delivered by specialist members of each department students were provided with an evening meal before the end of each session.

Cost: £19,000

Of the fourteen GCSE subjects that provided examination preparation the night before the student’s examinations, Pupil Premium students in nine subjects achieved a positive progress 8 score.

 

 

 

 

The academy funded a literacy intervention co-ordinator using Pupil Premium funding. Pupil Premium students in all year groups underachieving in literacy received small group targeted literacy intervention ensuring literacy barriers were removed.

Cost: £36,500

There were significant gains for these students in literacy with the majority of students making expected levels of progress from half-term 4 to half-term 6.

 

 

The academy organised day long inspirational life-changing programmes for the Pupil Premium students in years 9, 10 and 11 delivered by the company humanutopia. The programmes focused on personal, social and enterprise development and addressing student social barriers to learning. The academy also took part in the ‘Franklin Scholars’ scheme, were young pupil premium students were mentored by older peers.

Cost: £25,000

The programme impacted on students by increasing motivation and raising aspiration. Student feedback from the programme reported a significant number of students who wanted to improve their grades as a direct result and helped them realise they needed to make the most of their education.

Twenty two high ability Pupil Premium students in Year 9 were selected to take part in the six week scholars programme organised by the Brilliant Club. In the scholars programme, PhD tutors deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to our students which develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that help those students secure places at highly selective universities.

Cost: £3,500

As part of the programme students visited Cambridge University, firstly at the beginning of the programme and then at the end to experience a university style graduation. The brilliant club evaluation consisted of a survey taken by students at the beginning and end of the programme and reported a 94% increase in student awareness of the further educational opportunities that are available to them.

This academic year the academy has provided a full range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities across all year groups and has used Pupil Premium funding to ensure all Pupil Premium students have had access to the opportunities on offer. This includes the significant number of educational and curriculum based trips that the academy runs each year.

Cost: £180,000

This has impacted on a vast majority of Pupil Premium students within the academy and has allowed these students to access enrichment and extra-curricular activities on offer. As a result the annual student survey reported high levels of satisfaction with the Walthamstow Academy pledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of next Pupil Premium strategy review: September 2019

 

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