Pupil Premium Strategy

The amount of Pupil Premium that Bluecoat Academy expects to receive for the current academic year 2016/17 is £254320. As an Academy we have a cohort of 272 students across Years 7 to 11 who benefit from Pupil Premium Funding.

The priorities for the Pupil Premium Funding we have received are:

  • Narrowing the gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students entitled to Pupil Premium Funding.
  • Raising self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Pupil Premium Funding through pastoral support and extra-curricular activities.
  • Reduce inequalities and gaps in attainment between those students who are in receipt of free school meals (FSM) and their peers.

Bluecoat Academy has targeted additional support strategies and systems aimed at ensuring every student achieves their potential, however in relation to those financially disadvantaged we aim to:

  • Improve levels of attainment and progress and close any attainment gaps
  • Enable them to have full access to our curriculum and extra-curricular provision
  • Enable them to have full access to pastoral support
  • Raise their confidence and self-belief, enabling them to become confident learners and a valued part of the school community

Evaluation of 2015/16 Pupil Premium Funding

The impact of this expenditure (using Sept 2016 estimates) is as follows:

  • A reduction in the 5 A*-C including English and Maths gap between our PP students and non-PP students. This gap reduced from 27% in 2013 to 22% in 2014, to 18% in 2015 to 14% in 2016 (although measures have changed this is worth noting). In 2017 with a Progress 8 score of 0.1, our disadvantaged students make better progress than all students nationally.
  • 49% of pupil premium students achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths which is significantly above the National Average.
  • Expected progress in English for disadvantaged students significantly rose from 62% in 2013/2014 to 70% in 2014/2015 to 81% in 2015/2016 (Expected Progress for disadvantaged students in English was above non-disadvantaged students). This outstanding progress in English.
  • A*-C for disadvantaged students in English rose from 50% in 2013/2014, to 63% in 2014/2015 and has risen again to 71% in 2015/2016.
  • Expected progress for disadvantaged students in Maths is 59%.
  • Attendance for disadvantaged students was above the National Average for all pupils (94.1%), finishing the year on 95%

Plans for 2016/17

Examples of support that the Academy plans to fund via the Pupil Premium Funding allocation in 2015/16 include:

  • A focus on core subjects – English, Maths and Science, including continued employment of Academic Coaches.
  • A focus on literacy including continued employment of Literacy Coordinators and the purchase of a Literacy Accelerated Reader reading package
  • Continued strengthening of the pastoral system with the continued employment of full time Year Leaders to enhance the pastoral support for our students
  • Increased and improved system of tracking progress and intervention for those pupils benefitting from pupil premium including measurements such as CAT tests resulting in individual profiles for students, Digital Reading Age Tests, Progress Tests in Core Subjects and PASS (Pupils Attitude to Self and School) questionnaires.
  • Subsidies for participation in extra curriculum activities and visits and a focus in the provision of an extensive extra curriculum program

The Governors and Leadership Team at Bluecoat Academy will continue to monitor and review the impact of these measures to ensure that they represent both value for money and that they continue to play a direct role in improving the achievements and quality of learning for students of all abilities The Academy recognises that by putting in many of these interventions in place the benefit to students is beyond those that are being specifically funded and as such is committed to supporting these interventions by adding to the funding received from the pupil premium from the Academy’s General Annual fund.

Intervention StrategyPlanned 2016/2017Actual 2015/16
Employment of Academic Coaches£27530.77£136,176
Employment of Literacy Coordinators£5528.21£43,180
Employment of Literacy Teaching Assistant£-£39,979
Literacy Accelerated Reader Package£2064£4,566
Subsidies for participation in extra curriculum activities and visits, including Head’s development fund. Provision of extensive extra curriculum offer (in part funded by pupil premium)£34344£2,737
Employment of full time Year Leaders (in part funded by pupil premium)£83623.68£162,857
Introduction of chaplaincy role6627.46£2,876
Literacy Resources£3150£6,639
Student Support as an identified intervention£21520£60,457
Employment of numeracy coordinator£3,579
Provision of extensive extra curriculum offer (in part funded by pupil premium)£53,395
Other Assessments£4947.60£14,679
Literacy Keys Package£-£4,116
English Improvement£10331£23,152
Maths Improvement (part funded by pupil premium)£10331£14,708
Travel and Other assistance£1530£3,589
Breakfast and After School Clubs£4593.75£2,520
Youth Workers (part funded by pupil premium)£7257.25£13,219

In addition to the pupil premium funding received, Bluecoat Academy also received £30500 in relation to Year 7 Catch Up funding which has been used to target literacy and numeracy as detailed below.

Intervention StrategyPlanned 2016/2017Actual 2015/16
Additional teaching groups for phonics£33,302£32,968
Year 7 Activity Days£5,500£5,100
Year 7 Transition Programme£3,000£3,000
Maths Mastery Curriculum£8,196.30N/A

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