Pupil Premium for 2017-18
Our Pupil Premium figure for the last academic year (2017-18) was £1870. We have used this money to fund transport into school for some of our vulnerable children, which has had a very positive effect on the attendance and punctuality of these children. Our swing data shows an overall improvement of 39% in the attendance of our students compared to their attendance at their previous school.
We have also used some of the money to fund our new enrichment program and cultural passport activities where students are given the opportunity to engage in various activities away from our centre which promote confidence and address other elements of their personal success targets.
We have employed an outreach teacher to deliver education to our most vulnerable students in the community, this has had a very positive impact on the lives of these children and has created another pathway for us to offer to students too anxious or phobic to come into our school. Eight students whose attendance in school had previously been 0% have all engaged in our outreach service and are now receiving education on a regular basis in their home.
Pupil Premium 2018
The Pupil Premium funding for the 2018-2019 academic year will be spent on a range of targeted areas to ‘close the gap’ between the Pupil Premium students and the Non-Pupil Premium students in the school. More than the allocated funding will be spent on staffing, training and specific support as research has found that to improve the attainment of ALL pupils (including the most disadvantaged) the quality of teaching needs to be high.
The school has previously developed and implemented a custom Provision Mapping System. This is used to identify any additional support/intervention that is being allocated to individual students and at what specific costs.
The pupils at the PLC are referred to the academy because they are anxious and unable to access mainstream education, but without medical diagnosis. Barriers to accessing education and making good progress for these pupils are;
- Vulnerable with low self-esteem and low resiliency
- Struggling to maintain relationships with peers
- Pregnant or a young mum
- Requiring a small and nurturing setting with high levels of pastoral support
- Attendance and punctuality
- Poor Literacy levels
- Lack of parental engagement
- Involvement with social care
- Low aspirations
- Anxiety and poor mental health
It must be noted that this is not an exhaustive list.
The link below outlines the planned pupil premium expenditure for the 2018/19 academic year, which will be reviewed at the local governing body meeting on the 12th February 2019.