The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and academies with pupils that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years; those who are looked after children (LAC); and those who are service children.
The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support the Academy in achieving our aim of helping every student to achieve to their full potential.
The document below outlines how Pupil Premium money will be used in 2018 – 2019 and the roles and responsibilities of academy staff in achieving those outcomes.
Who benefits from the Pupil Premium?
All The strategies that were identified from the Sutton Trust and EEF that would be most beneficial to our Pupil Premium students were:
- Feedback and Marking
- Parental Engagement
- Peer Tutoring
- Modelling and Questioning
- Oracy – speech language and communication
- Metacognition and target setting
- Mastery learning in English and Maths
All of the above have been recommended by the EEF as cost effective, yet high impact strategies for pupil premium students.
In addition to the classroom focus, we have developed Thrive centres across both Academies where the focus is on the emotional and physical wellbeing of students with more complex needs. A large percentage of our pupil premium students access the range of 1:1 support and group sessions available, from self-esteem workshops and attendance workshops to support with attachment disorders and mental health issues.
We have 3 dedicated staff at Clayton Hall Academy and 2 dedicated staff at Newcastle Academy who have accessed Thrive training, which focusses specifically on identifying attachment disorders in young people and then begins to offer support to ‘plug’ gaps using a range of mentoring and support.
We still continue to offer 1:1 tuition in English and Maths from dedicated tutors who work from the school library. They work with Yr 7 students who have been identified from Primary data as being eligible for ‘catch-up’ funding as well as a range of other vulnerable pupil premium students.
1: 1 mentoring also takes place for pupil premium students in Yr 11, all of whom are allocated a member of teaching staff to be their personal ‘mentor’ for their final year in school.
Support takes the form of resources for exams, equipment, uniform, as well as access to revision days at Keele University.
Parent View – Have Your Say
Parent View is an online questionnaire for parents and carers to feed back on their child’s school. It’s now also the main mechanism for parents to give views about the school to inspectors at the time of an inspection. The information collected from the reviews can provide the school leadership team with data to help them improve the school. Parent view only has 12 questions, focusing on key areas such as the happiness of your child at school, how well your child is looked after at school, and how much progress your child is making.
For more information on Parent View or to complete the questionnaire: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/
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Year 7 Catch-Up
At Newcastle Academy we liaise closely with feeder primary schools during the summer term of Year 6 to identify any prospective student(s) with poor or weak literacy and/or numeracy. We ensure that intervention is available at the start of the Year 7 autumn term for these students, along with students who have scored below 100 in their Mathematics or English Key Stage 2 results (scaled scores). This intervention takes the form of:
- 1:1 mentoring sessions with English and Mathematics specialists
- Enrollment on the Accelerated Reader programme
Opportunities to join the reading club led by Year 10 students