Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The Blyth Academy has received an allocation of Pupil Premium Funding from Central Government in 2016-17 £360,910.

The purpose of the pupil allocation is defined as:

"the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most" DfE 2012.

The Blyth Academy provides an integrated and planned approach to meeting the individual needs of all students through an inclusive learning and teaching environment; we advocate quality first teaching in the classroom as our first line of intervention to ensure all students are working towards achieving their potential. Examples of the different support levels are:

  • Universal: whole academy e.g. promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing for all pupils
  • Targeted: specific interventions e.g. reading, literacy and numeracy skills development
  • Personalised: one to one or small group support e.g. nurture group for vulnerable students

The Pupil Premium grant enables The Blyth Academy to enhance learning provision for vulnerable groups, this includes FSM (Free School Meals), SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disability), BME (Black Minority Ethnic), CLA (Children Looked After) and English as an Additional Language (EAL). The main barriers to educational achievement faced by our students include:

  • Legacy of poor attainment and progress, behaviour and attendance
  • Poor literacy and numeracy skills
  • Low aspirations
  • Deprivation indicator is 0.33

There are a number of interventions and programmes, which have been developed to use the pupil premium allocation, examples include:

  • Progress clubs and lesson 7 activities
  • Implementation of a "schools within schools" model
  • Extra-Curricular provision including sporting and performance activities as well as educational and cultural visits
  • Links with local universities including Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham
  • Targeted intervention and raising achievement programmes for specific target groups
  • Attendance initiatives and workshops
  • Implementation of an internal exclusion unit (The Port)
  • One to One and group intervention support across English and Mathematics
  • Teaching and Learning Development sessions for all teaching staff.
  • Provision of alternative education programmes where appropriate
  • Development of internal alternative provision unit "The Quay" for year 11 students
  • Implementation of a year 7, nurture group Explorers within Livingstone School to make rapid progress within literacy and numeracy for a specified group of students and to support transition from primary to secondary school

We monitor and assess the impact that the Pupil Premium Grant in a number of ways:

  • Disadvantaged Impact Group meetings (DIG) meet termly
  • Senior Leadership Team meetings
  • Extended Leadership Team meetings
  • Governors meetings
  • Blyth Raising Attainment Group meetings (BRAG)

The next pupil premium strategy review is due to take place in the academic year 2017-2018.

The impact of the pupil premium spend will be measured through:

  • School data
  • Nationally published data
  • Personalised case studies
  • Student, staff and parent voice activities
  • Academy wide quality assurance programme

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

Pupil Premium 2015-16

Pupil Premium 2014-15

Year 7 Catch up 2016-17

Year 7 Catch up 2015-16

Year 7 Catch up 2014-15