Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch Up

The Blyth Academy Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch Up Strategy 2017-18

High quality teaching and learning can be the difference in whether or not a student reaches their academic potential, particularly in challenging academic subjects. Hill argues good teachers provide 'ladders and pathways' to social mobility (Hill, 2013). In support of this The Ofsted report "Unseen children: access and achievement 20 years on" states that when dealing with pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds high quality teaching is of the utmost importance (Ofsted, 2013). Thus ensuring the provision of outstanding teaching and learning is integral to the success of narrowing the gap.

The student is at the centre of our approach to closing the gap. We wrap around them as much support as is needed to break down any barriers to learning and ensure they make progress and fulfil their potential. Quality first teaching is essential for students to succeed, it is the lesson by lesson progress that students make that is essential to their final successes in examinations. We will work towards removing any barriers to learning students face such as, poor attendance, weak literacy and numeracy and emotional and behavioural difficulties. Senior staff will mentor and support the most vulnerable students in the Pupil Premium cohort.

The Pupil Premium Champions work closely with heads of faculty to ensure that classroom teachers are supported and that students' progress is monitored closely and that strategies are in place in the department to tackle underachievement and remove barriers to learning.

Coaching and one to one support is offered to students in core subjects to address underachievement and remove subject barriers to learning.

Good attendance is critical to students' success. The attendance coordinator prioritises her workload and interventions to pupil premium students. Working closely with year leaders and pastoral support staff interventions happen early when signs of worsening attendance arise.

Behaviour support for Pupil Premium students is offered through the year leaders and pastoral support staff.

The impact of this strategy is monitored and reviewed termly and an annual review takes place at the end of the summer term. The date of the next review will be the 24th August 2018.

Governors Role

  • The Governors focus on the allocation of resources and narrowing the attainment gap between disadvantaged and other pupils.
  • Understands relevant academy student performance data that shows progress of different groups over time
  • Becomes familiar with the concept of the pupil premium; what it is, why it has been set in place, how it is allocated, how it Is calculated and which groups of students attract the premium
  • Becomes familiar with the academy's pupil premium policy
  • Knows basic pupil premium facts for the academy; how many students attract the premium, how this figure compares with other local and similar schools, how the money is spent
  • Understands relevant academy student performance data that shows progress of different groups over time
  • Monitors spending of the pupil premium, ensuring the money is spent identifiable ways to support target groups of students
  • Monitors the impact of pupil premium spending on target groups
  • Meets occasionally with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO) and/or other staff responsible for performance data to discuss issues around underperforming groups including those eligible for the pupil premium.
  • Monitors the attainment of different groups of students over time to provide evidence of how pupil premium students are progressing compared to others in the school and nationally
  • Challenges the allocation of the pupil premium grant if there is no clear audit trail evidencing appropriate use of the resources
  • Takes an active part in any governing body or committee discussions when the allocation and monitoring of the pupil premium is discussed and decided
  • Reports, back to the governing body on the academy's use of the pupil premium
  • Visits the academy to find out about pupil premium expenditure and its impact
  • Monitors the Pupil Premium Action Plan

Vice Principal Role

  • Responsible for the school's Pupil Premium policy
  • Responsible for the PP budget
  • Establishes and implements PP strategy
  • Monitors performance of PP students
  • Analyse assessment and review data
  • Reports to the governing body on the academy's use of the pupil premium
  • Liaises with year leaders, faculty leaders and Pupil Premium champions to ensure PP students are supported and making progress
  • Monitor new developments and research into effective use of Pupil Premium spending, eg through EEF toolkit.

Upper / lower school pastoral leader

  • Monitor performance of PP students
  • Identify barriers to learning
  • Liaise with form tutors, year leaders, faculty leaders, parents to remove barriers to learning
  • Liaise with coaching/ appropriate staff to coordinate a specific programme of support for students to narrow the gap in attainment
  • Develop enrichment opportunities for PP students to promote engagement & raise aspirations
  • Analyse assessment and review data
  • Coordinate interventions between PP champions
  • Liaise with the staff mentors working with PP students to ensure barriers to learning are removed.

Pupil Premium Champion Role

  • Liaise with faculty leaders over future developments/ strategies aimed to 'Close the Gap' for PP/FSM/SEN students within subject.
  • Track PP/SEN student cohorts against individual targets and liaison with classroom teachers to promote strategies to maximise the progress and attainment of these students.
  • Liaise with coaching/ appropriate staff to coordinate a specific programme of support for students to close the gap in attainment in KS4.
  • Actively contribute to the development of fully differentiated schemes of work and resources for KS4 incorporating new methods of teaching and learning including approaches to close the gap.
  • Liaise with faculty leaders and teaching staff to develop strategies and resources to facilitate the smooth transition for PP/SEN students from Year 8 to Year 9.

Develop enrichment opportunities for PP/SEN students to promote engagement & raise aspirations within the subject.

Further Information for Pupil Premium allocation can be found in the documents linked below:

Pupil Premium 2017-18

Pupil Premium 2016-17

Pupil Premium 2015-16

Pupil Premium 2014-15

Year 7 Catch up 2017-18

Year 7 Catch up 2016-17

Year 7 Catch up 2015-16

Year 7 Catch up 2014-15