The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to publicly funded schools to raise attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers. This grant was introduced in 2011. In 2012-13 this was extended to include any pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 year (Ever 6 free school meals measure). Funding is also made available for students who are looked after by the local authority or children of service personnel. The grant allocation is based on the annual January school census data. Below is a summary of the allocation attached to each student per year.
Pupils in year 7 to 11 recorded as ‘ever 6FSM’ - £955
Looked after children (LAC) - £2,345
Post-LAC - £2,345
Pupils with parents in regular armed forces - £310
Additional information on Pupil Premium can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium.
At Castle View Enterprise Academy, we firmly believe in supporting every student to achieve his or her personal best. At the heart of this is quality-first teaching, which is supported by a range of interventions and additional wider strategies to ensure that disadvantaged students can succeed. We currently use the Education Endowment Fund toolkit research findings to further support our students and all strategies and spending follow their suggested three-tiered approach. Regular assessment periods are calendared throughout the year to make certain that all data is up to date which allows timely and appropriate intervention to be delivered when needed.
The Academy is very much aware that many disadvantaged students face a plethora of barriers which hamper their learning. Below is a summary of some of the challenges which our students face. Whilst this list is by no means exhaustive, it is vital that these challenges remain pertinent in our minds as we strive to help all our students achieve their personal best.
Students with previously high attainment often need further support to enable them to succeed in their secondary education.
Some students may enter the Academy with low levels of literacy and numeracy, this further hampers their learning as it is increasing difficult to access secondary education.
Some students have poor attendance with some being persistently absent.
Some students may face significant difficulty in their lives which leads to complex social and emotional needs which impedes learning.
Students may have difficulties working at home due to a lack of designated working space and/or regular internet/ICT access.
Below is a copy of the Academy action plan which includes Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium Spending. All strategies are clearly identified following the EEF three-tiered approach and evidenced based. Costings are evident for each tier and will be reviewed as outlined in the document. Due to the current position caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in line with DFE guidance the impact of pupil premium spending for 2019-20 has not been evaluated as a single year or publish. However, it is noticeable that there is a promising three-year trend of improvement in the performance of disadvantaged students in the Academy; this is evidenced in the action plan below and further details provided in the impact statements. These statements cover the last two-year period to include 2019 to 2021. Continuous evaluation will be ongoing throughout the year as outlined in the action plan, and further information will be published at the end of the current academic year, which focuses on the period between September 2021 and Summer 2022. This will also coincide with the end of the three-year period.