Pupil premium funding

INA Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-16 and Review of Pupil Premium Exenditure 2015-16

Disadvantages that Pupil Premium students may face at INA

It is problematic to make generalisations regarding the type of disadvantages that pupils whose family are eligible for Pupil Premium may face. Some are very high attainers; some come to school significantly behind age expected levels of attainment. Some are currently eligible for FSM; others may have been in the past. Some live in very challenging home environments; others do not. However some of the disadvantages that some INA pupils who are Pupil Premium face are:

  • Low levels of literacy and/or numeracy
  • Few books in the home
  • Cramped home conditions which make independent study a challenge
  • Insufficient and irregular supply of nourishing meals
  • Lack of money for resources to support the curriculum
  • Lack of opportunities to learn beyond the taught curriculum.

 

Secondary Pupil Premium Funding

For 2015-16, Isaac Newton Academy received £234,684 of pupil premium funding for 251 secondary students to support the staff in ensuring that students eligible for Free School Meals maximise their potential and achieve top grades, in line with all students.

At the Academy we have chosen to invest in smaller class sizes for Maths, English, Science and Humanities lessons in the secondary school. In 2015-16 six forms of entry were divided into 8 teaching groups in each year, with the lower attaining groups in Maths and English comprising an average of 10-12 students. These smaller groups enabled the staff to differentiate and personalise the teaching of literacy and numeracy skills even more effectively, ensuring that students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds were making the progress and achieving the levels required to excel across the curriculum. The cost of this initiative was approximately £280,000 for four year groups.

At Isaac Newton Academy, every student learns to play a Big Band instrument: the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard, drums or guitar. Every PP student has been provided with a brand new musical instrument to take home and to use exclusively for 3 years. The cost of the Year 7, 8 and 9 PP students’ Big Band instruments is approximately £35,000.

At Isaac Newton Academy, the value of out of hours learning and attending extra-curricular classes is something that we are keenly aware of, especially for those children who do not come from backgrounds where such opportunities are being provided and funded by the family. In 2015-16 all PP students participated in at least one after school enrichment activities per week for no charge. The cost of the enrichment programme is around £20,000 per year.

Pupil Premium funding also supported our Saturday Stretch initiative, whereby university undergraduates lead seminars for INA students, introducing them to post A level style teaching and familiarising them with university life and conditions. Over the course of the year 72 PP students attended Saturday Stretch sessions. The cost of the programme was £5,000.

 14 PP students in Years 7-9  attended additional literacy, numeracy or EAL intervention classes after school each week. The cost of these sessions was approximately £2,000.

In addition to this, we supported PP students with a total of 58 sessions of 1:1 counselling,  at a cost of £45 each, totaling £2,610. The students concerned found them very beneficial in removing barriers to learning.

At the end of our the academic year we were able to compare the progress and attainment of students eligible for PP funding against the rest of the cohort and the results indicate that the initiatives we have invested in have been beneficial:

For pupils for whom the pupil premium provides support, the rates of progress are similar to those for other pupils in the school. They are almost always in excess of the national target for progress:

Subject Average number of sub levels of progress of Year 7s (2015-16) for PP students Average number of sub levels of progress of Year 7s (2015-16) for other students Average number of sub levels of progress of Year 8s (2014-16) for PP students Average number of sub levels of progress of Year 8s (2014-16) for other students Average number of sub levels of progress of Year 9s (2013-16) for PP students Average number of sub levels of progress of Year 9s (2013-16) for other students
English 1.9 2.0 4.4 4.7 6.6 6.7
Maths 2.2 2.5 4.3 4.5 6.4 7.0
Science 3.2 3.3 5.7 6.2 7.0 8.1

NB: The government targeted students to make 2 sub levels of progress per year at KS3.

 

The attainment of FSM and PP students in core subjects is often the same as and occasionally slightly below that of the rest of the students:

Subject Average NC level of PP students in Yr 7 at July 2016 Average NC level of non PP students in Yr 7 at July 2016 Average NC level of PP students in Yr 8 at July 2016 Average NC level of non PP students in Yr 8 at July 2016 Average NC level of PP students in Yr 9 at July 2016 Average NC level of non PP students in Yr 9 at July 2016
English 5c 5c 5a 5a 6b 6a
Maths 5b 5b 6c 6c 6b 7c
Science 4b 4b 5c 5b 5a 6c

 

Year 10 Eng Lit Eng Lan Maths
PP 4+ 4+ 4
Non PP 5- 5- 5-

 

NB: PP students entered INA at lower levels of attainment as a group than non-PP students. PP and non PP students are performing above national average levels.

The attendance rate for PP students over the course of the 2015-16 year was 95.5%, compared to 96.2% for non PP students.

 

In 2016-17 we will receive £274,890 of PP funding for the secondary school (relating to 294 students).

We will continue to teach 180 students in years 8, 9 and 11 in 8 sets (grouped by attainment, with the lowest attainers in very small groups) rather than 6 for Maths, Science, English and Humanities, and in Years 7 and 10 the students will be taught in 7 groups. This arrangement will cost around £280,000.

We will continue to run the Big Band instrumental project at a cost of approximately £35,000.

We will expand the Enrichment programme to cover 5 year groups, with all students expected to attend at least one free after school enrichment session per week. The cost of the programme will be around £25,000.

We will continue to ensure that no student misses any whole school trip/activity for financial reasons by funding PP students’ places where required. In addition, some trips and activities (e.g. the Year 7 university trip) will be paid for entirely by the school. We anticipate an expenditure of approximately £5,000.

PP students will continue to be prioritised to attend weekend workshops with university undergraduates, at no charge. The cost of this scheme is £5,000.

We will continue to fund a school counsellor for PP students, at an estimated cost of £10,000.

Going into 2016-17, we are very aware of which of our Year 8 & 9 PP students are still not achieving at the expected levels or have not made the expected rates of progress during Year 7 & 8. We will be providing additional intervention classes for them at an estimated cost of £2,000.

We will provide a free breakfast for Year 11 students prior to their mock exams in December 2016 and their actual GCSEs in May/June 2016 to ensure that every student has had a nourishing start to the day and is in the optimal state of preparedness for their exams.

 

Catch Up Funding

For 2015-16, Isaac Newton Academy received £11,000 of Y7 catch up funding to support the staff in ensuring that students whose key stage 2 levels were less than a 4c in maths and English maximise their potential and achieve top grades, in line with all students.

At the Academy we taught the 180 students in the year group in 8 sets (grouped by attainment, with the lowest attainers in very small groups) rather than 6 for maths and English .This arrangement required 20 additional teaching periods, at a cost of around £40,000.

In addition we employed interventions teachers to run catch up classes on Saturday mornings for students who needed support with their numeracy and literacy. We also ran after school sessions. The cost of this intervention was approximately £3,000 in 2015-16.

At Isaac Newton Academy, we place a high emphasis on out of hours learning and every student has the opportunity to complete their independent learning in the library until 6pm every day. Our lowest attaining students are targeted to receive IL support and value the opportunity to talk through their IL with dedicated IL support teachers. The cost of this support is approximately £6000 per year.

At the end of the year we were able to compare the progress and attainment of students eligible for Y7 catch up funding against the rest of the cohort and the results indicated that the initiatives we invested in have been beneficial:

  Sub levels of progress LA Sub levels of progress MA Sub levels of progress HA
English 2.7 2.0 1.8
Maths 2.2 2.6 2.4

NB: The government targeted students to make 2 sub levels of progress per year at KS3.

 

 

Attainment

Baseline level for Y7 % of cohort L3 or below % of cohort at L4 % of cohort at L5 or above
English 10 53 35
Maths 10 44 45

 

End of Year 7 % of cohort L3 or below at end of Year 7 % L4 at end of Year 7 % L5 or above at end of Year 7
English 3 20 74
Maths 4 15 81

 

 

In 2016-17 we anticipate that we will receive the same level of Catch Up funding as in 2015-16.

In 2016-17 we are teaching the 180 students in the year group in 7 sets (grouped by attainment, with the lowest attainers in very small groups) rather than 6 for maths and English .This arrangement requires 10 additional teaching periods in each year group, at a cost of around £20,000.

We are continuing to run our interventions programme of Saturday numeracy and literacy intervention classes as well as literacy support after school at a cost of around £3000.

We are continuing to provide after school Independent Learning Support in the library at a cost of £6,000.

Autumn 2016