The Pupil Premium: report to parents
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 school meals in the last six
years, are in care or have parents in the Armed Forces. In
2014-15 the funding allocated is £900 per child.
How much pupil premium money does our school
For the 2014-15 school year the school received £332,860.
The pupil premium for the 2015-16 school year will be in the
region of £302,060.
52% of our school continue to be eligible for pupil premium
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
(This link will take you to the research evidence for what
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
How will parents know it is working?
We track all students' 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
Where can I get more information?
For more information about how we plan provision and track
progress please contact Mr Silcock.
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 (2014-15) 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.
- PETX-i intervention sessions to lead to improved GCSE outcomes
for year 11.
- Outward Bound provision.
- 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, 8 and 9
students to further develop their social skills and address low
- Commando Joes (fit and fitness, soft military ethos programme,
expanded to 3 days/week) provision to engage students with their
- Staffing including an increase in both teaching and support
- Small group tutoring.
- Subsidised costs for educational visits and extra-curricular
We found that…
In 2014-15 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 in most of
Gaps. The gap in attainment (5xA*-C including E/M) has
reduced from 17% to 13% in 2014. This was a 4% reduction in
NEET. 97.8% 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
What we are spending the Pupil Premium on this year.
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
Commando Joes (fun and fitness programme)
Continued impact on behaviour and attendance and ultimately
engagement with education
Mentors - within English, maths and science subjects to provide
Teaching - to maintain the smaller groups sizes for our weakest
Teaching Assistants - to provide additional support around
social and emotional development
Saturday study programme
Increase engagement and pupil progress of Y11 pupils.
To ensure most vulnerable learner/pupils at risk of exclusion
leave the academy with qualifications.
Targeted support for weak readers on entry through Buddy
Expansion of Literacy Programme
Very specific targeted support below level 3c through use of
recognised successful programmes.
Bespoke attendance initiatives for Key Stage 4/ 3 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
Subsidised trips, music provision and sports activities
To ensure the wider participation of students in a broad range