Pupil Premium Funding 2013/2014

The Pupil Premium: report to parents (2013-14)

What is it?

The Pupil Premium is government money designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school.  The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to Year 11 who are registered for free schools in the last six years, are in care or have parents in the Armed Forces.  In 2013-14 the funding allocated is £900 per child, £300 for children of Armed Forces families.

How much pupil premium money does our school get?

For the 2013-14 school year the school received £281, 165.

The pupil premium for the 2014-15 school year will be in the region of £332 860.

54% of our school continue to be eligible for pupil premium funding.

How is it spent?

Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual students.

Some students will already be doing really well in English, Maths or other subjects but there may be things we can do to stretch them further, to help them aim high, or to build their confidence - like having a mentor, visits to universities, join the Commando Joes' fun and fitness programme or take part in activities to develop social or language skills.

Some students may need financial help to participate in curriculum trips and activities.

If students are behind in English, Maths or other subjects, we may choose to arrange intervention programmes.  We choose the classroom approaches and intervention programmes that research shows work.

(This link will take you to the research evidence for what works. http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/ )

We spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure that they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children/young people.

How much parents and carers get involved with their child's learning makes a very big difference to how well they do at school.  So we also spend money on activities that keep you informed about their targets, and remain confident in supporting their learning.

How will parents know it is working?

We track all student's progress regularly so we can quickly see if plans are working.

If your child takes part in an intervention programme, we will measure how well they are doing at the start and at the end so we can see the difference.

We will report to you at parents' evenings but if you would like information on your child's progress at any time then please contact their Year Head (details on the Contact Us page of the website). 

Where can I get more information?

For more information about how we plan provision and track progress please contact Mrs Hawkins.

I am not sure if my child could have free school meals - where can I get more information? 

Please speak with your child's Year Head, in confidence.  They will be pleased to help.

What did we find out last year (2013-14) about how well the Pupil Premium had worked?

Last year we spent the Pupil premium on…

  • Futures (careers advice) appointments for all students in year 11 to ensure they had placements to move onto including advice/workshops from apprenticeship providers where required.

  • Mentoring provision and training in core subjects to secure outcomes.  This was targeted and tailored towards the needs of individual students - ranging from intensive targeted support for those struggling in the subjects, to extension activities for those who are gifted and talented in the subjects.

  • Continuation of a nurture/literacy group for year 7 and 8 students to further develop their social skills and address low literacy levels.

  • Commando Joes (fit and fitness, soft military ethos programme, expanded to 3 days/week) provision to engage students with their learning.

  • Staffing including an increase in both teaching and support staff.

  • Small group tutoring.

  • Subsidised costs for educational visits and extra-curricular pursuits.

We found that…

Exceeding expectations. In 2013-14 we used the funding to maintain staff levels and create very small teaching groups in the KS3 lower ability groups.  This helped to ensure by the end of Y7 that our FSM students were on track or exceeding their expectations across their subjects.

Gaps.  The gap in attainment (5xA*-C including E/M) has reduced from 21% to 17% in 2013.  This was a 4% reduction in the gap.  In 2014 the gap reduced by a further 10% to 7%.

NEET.  97% of Pupil Premium students went on to Further Education or apprenticeship placements/work related training.  Nationally the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figure has increased over the last couple of years.  Between 2012 and 2014, there has been a reduction in Pupil Premium students becoming NEET from 11% to 5% and then 3%

Behaviour.  Commando Joes and other behaviour strategies (including the whole school rewards system and departmental rewards) has helped to sustain the positive behaviour trends at Top Valley Academy.  A significant reduction in negative incidents has been observed with students involved in the Commando Joes provision.

What we are spending the Pupil Premium on this year.


Expected impact

CPD for staff

Training for staff to make sure that they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children/young people (we have included sessions on Metacognition and Effective Feedback)

Partnership with parents

Increased engagement at parent evenings and through the regular coffee mornings

Commando Joes (fun and fitness programme)

Continued impact on behaviour and attendance and ultimately engagement with education

Continued staffing

Mentors - within each of the core subjects to provide targeted/tailored approaches

Teaching - to maintain the smaller groups sizes for our weakest students

Teaching Assistants - to provide additional support around social and emotional development

Learn Effectively Achieve Progress (LEAP Programme)

Targeted support level 3c-4c for year 7 on entry.  Accelerated intervention to ensure learners reach L4 by the end of Y7 in EBacc subjects (English/Math/Humanities/Science/ Languages)

Quickly and securely address the levels and progress of Level 3 students.

Gifted and Talented Acceleration Programme (Reach for the Stars)

Increase the proportion of A*/A grades in subjects.

Reading Challenge

Targeted support for weak readers on entry through Buddy reading.

Expansion of Literacy Programme

Very specific targeted support below level 3c through use of recognised successful programmes.


Bespoke attendance initiatives for Key Stage 4 students.

Accelerated levels strategy

Y8-10 mentoring/intensive booster.  Increase proportion of students making more than 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4.

Raising achievement strategy (y11)

Increase proportion achieving 5A*-C including English and Maths

Subsidised trips, music provision and sports activities

To ensure the wider participation of students in a broad range of activities.

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