The amount of Pupil Premium that Bluecoat Aspley Academy expects to receive for the current academic year 2018/19 is £346735. As an Academy we have a cohort of 365 students across Years 7 to 11 who benefit from Pupil Premium Funding.
The priorities for the Pupil Premium Funding we have received are:
- Narrowing the gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students entitled to Pupil Premium Funding.
- Raising self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Pupil Premium Funding through pastoral support and extra-curricular activities.
- Reduce inequalities and gaps in attainment between those students who are in receipt of free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
Bluecoat Aspley Academy has targeted additional support strategies and systems aimed at ensuring every student achieves their potential, however in relation to those financially disadvantaged we aim to:
- Improve levels of attainment and progress and close any attainment gaps
- Enable them to have full access to our curriculum and extra-curricular provision
- Enable them to have full access to pastoral support
- Raise their confidence and self-belief, enabling them to become confident learners and a valued part of the school community
Evaluation of 2017/18 Pupil Premium Funding
The impact of this expenditure (using Sept 2018 estimates) is as follows:
· Bluecoat Aspley Academy has seen a reduction in gaps over a period of time between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students. In 2016/2017 the results were very similar with a small gap in 2017/2018, however pupil premium students did achieve higher than the pupil premium progress 8 score of 2017.
· 52% of pupil premium students achieved 4+ in English and Maths with 30% 5+.
· Attendance for Pupil Premium students was alongside the National Average for all pupils (94.1%), finishing the year on 94%.
Plans for 2018/19
Examples of support that the Academy plans to fund via the Pupil Premium Funding allocation in 2018/19 include:
- A focus on core subjects – English, Maths and Science, including continued employment of Academic Coaches.
- A focus on literacy including continued employment of Literacy Coordinators and the purchase of a Literacy Accelerated Reader reading package
- Continued strengthening of the pastoral system with the continued employment of full time Year Leaders to enhance the pastoral support for our students
- Increased and improved system of tracking progress and intervention for those pupils benefitting from pupil premium including measurements such as CAT tests resulting in individual profiles for students, Digital Reading Age Tests, Progress Tests in Core Subjects and PASS (Pupils Attitude to Self and School) questionnaires.
- Subsidies for participation in extra curriculum activities and visits and a focus in the provision of an extensive extra curriculum program
The Governors and Leadership Team at Bluecoat Aspley Academy will continue to monitor and review the impact of these measures to ensure that they represent both value for money and that they continue to play a direct role in improving the achievements and quality of learning for students of all abilities The Academy recognises that by putting in many of these interventions in place the benefit to students is beyond those that are being specifically funded and as such is committed to supporting these interventions by adding to the funding received from the pupil premium from the Academy’s General Annual fund.
|| Actual 2017/2018
|Employment of Academic Coaches
|Employment of Literacy Coordinators
|Employment of Literacy Teaching Assistant
|Literacy Accelerated Reader Package and author visits ( in part funded by pupil premium)
|Subsidies for participation in extra curriculum activities and visits, including Heads developmental fund
|Employment of full time Year Leaders (in part funded by pupil premium)
|Student Support as an identified intervention
|Provision of extensive extra curriculum offer (in part funded by pupil premium)
|Additional support and Pastoral care
|English, Arts & Maths Improvement ( part funded by pupil premium)
|Travel and Other assistance inc provision of breakfast
|Youth Workers (part funded by pupil premium)
|Software packages for school improvement ( part funded by pupil premium)
|Safeguarding Role (part funded by pupil premium)
|Holiday and revision classes
|Feedback & Assessment training