Pupil premium and funding

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Pupil premium funding

A key priority for East Leake Academy is to reduce the inequality of outcomes for our students who have disadvantaged backgrounds compared to their peers. The use of pupil premium funding is an important tool in addressing this within a whole school strategic approach.

Pupil premium is money allocated to schools by the government for the specific purpose of supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, to ensure that they have full and equal access to educational opportunities. East Leake has been allocated £132,700 for the academic year 2017/18. This grant will be used for each student who has in the last six years been entitled to free school meals (or FSM6 students), students who are looked after children (LAC) or service children (SC). This is additional to the main academy budget funding we use to support this area of work. There are 166 disadvantaged students in years 7-11 for the academic year 2017/18 which is 18.2% of the cohort – they will receive this additional funding for 2017/18.

Read the full report and income and expenditure breakdown here: PP funding 2017 2018

Catch-up premium

Catch-up premium is government funding to assist schools in providing additional support in literacy and numeracy. Each school is entitled to an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.

East Leake Academy has been allocated £10,500 for the academic year 2017/18.

What is the key priority?

To support our level 3 students to better access the English and maths skills that they will require throughout school and in life outside of the classroom.

What do we expect to see?

Targeted additional support strategies resulting in these students, regardless of starting point, being able to:

  •  Improve their levels of attainment and progress in maths and English
  • Close the attainment gap relative to school averages
  • Have full access to the curriculum

How is the catch-up premium used?

The following interventions/resources have been put into place:

  • 1:1 reading during vertical tutoring time
  • 1:1 reading across the curriculum following the catch-up literacy model. Two members of staff have been trained to deliver this programme
  • Small group reading circles
  • Small group or 1-2-1 language and phonics work for a minimum of 1 period per week
  • Phonics training to support improving literacy 1 TA ( SAE ) and 1 teacher ( PAS DHOF English)
  • Access Reader National Assessment subscription to track reading progress by chronological age. This supports initial assessments as well as informing and assessing the impact of intervention
  • The ‘Units of Sound’ programme targets free school meals/looked after children with level 3 literacy skills in year 7 and is a new resource programme that enables a small group to focus on spelling, reading and grammar skills. These resources are used to target students at transition, who have a level 3 or below at key stage 2 SATs
  • A member of the English faculty is responsible for Literacy Primary Liaison. This role involves early intervention and summer reading programmes
  • Additional staffing has been in place within the maths and English faculties throughout this academic year. A member of staff has also been trained to deliver the maths catch-up numeracy model to small groups of targeted students in year 7
  • A member of the maths faculty is responsible for numeracy and primary liaison. This role involves working with our level 3 primary students
  • The ‘Power of 2’ maths intervention tool has been purchased to allow for parent-student intervention to take place at home
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