In the 2017 to 2018 financial year the Aspire Academy received the following funding for each child registered as eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years.
£1320 for every primary-aged pupil
The school will also receive £2,300 for each looked –after pupil who;
The pupil premium grant is carefully targeted to ensure these pupils make the best possible progress.
Young people attending Aspire Academy make progress in line with similar pupils nationally and Pupil Premium students make similar progress due to the additional support provided.
Aspire Academy targets the Pupil Premium grant (PPG) to raise attainment particularly in relation to this vulnerable cohort of young people. We recruit and retain highly qualified and experienced staff and ensure our curriculum and therapeutic support matches the needs of our pupils.
The evidence in the table below highlights the KS1 and KS2 progress data in terms of reading, writing and maths for the academic year 2017/18 for those entitled to the pupil premium grant against those not entitled to the grant.
% Making progess in Reading
% Making progress in Writing
% Making Progress in Mathematics
KS2 Results – Progress over time
Analysis of Data and Targeting Support
The pupil premium cohort show that in all measures at KS1 PPG students are making as much progress as non-PPG students. At KS2 there are no progress gaps in terms of reading, however pupils in receipt of pupil premium make less progress than those not in receipt of the grant. This is particularly true in writing where 2/3 PPG cohort did not make expected progress. However one of these pupils were in fact following an individual, personalised support programmes to try and improve outcomes and accelerate progress. This student could be described as ‘less ready to learn’ due to the emotional difficulties and turbulent home life they were experiencing, both of which served to be a barrier in terms of their ability to access education. In order to address this for the academic year 2018-19 we will be continuing to use PPG to support literacy and speech and language therapy assistant (SALTA) intervention, however we will also use PPG to support literacy/numeracy intervention, and therapeutic intervention such as counselling and draw and talk, and targeted writing interventions.
Targeted Support for Pupil Premium Learners
Aspire Academy is a data rich environment thus enabling us to identify the needs of learners entitled to PPG support. Initial assessments conducted during our induction and assessment period highlight a range of Social, Emotional, Behavioural, Mental Health and Learning needs which inform access to targeted interventions.
A range of academic assessments completed during induction to support teaching staff target learning accurately.
Academic progress data is harvested three times during an academic year with each of the PPG students clearly identified.
The PPG funding should be utilised to address any achievement/progress gaps between PPG students and non-PPG students. In order to address these PPG has been used to support literacy/numeracy and SALTA intervention.
Our support staff are highly skilled and trained to support young people through small group and individual work via targeted interventions. In order to facilitate these we have a SENCo with responsibility for interventions and a SALTA and aim to increase this in 2018-19 to include a therapeutic curriculum.
Our Special Educational Needs Team
As part of the specialist behaviour support services provided by Aspire Academy young people are assessed by our SENCo and SALT team. They are then signposted to appropriate interventions such as jump ahead, toe by toe and speech and language therapy. Our PPG learners can also receive additional support as required including Psychotherapy, Educational Psychology Assessments. Counselling, Mentoring and referral to outside agencies for support. The SENCo and inclusion team also target additionally resourced intervention such as family wellbeing.
The Cost of Support, raising attainment:
A sample of the additional costs associated with the specialist support on offer is highlighted below:
In 2017-18 53 percent of pupils were in receipt of pupil premium grant (PPG). The whole school budget will be used to supplement the total cost for those pupils not in receipt of PPG.
Total Spend £ 31,937
Estimated Total Pupil Premium Income £ 22,000
Additional support from whole school budget £9937
Aspire Academy uses the pupil premium grant to ensure that those pupils entitled to Pupil Premium make progress. In particular it is used to support any individual targets on their education and health care plan and to provide extra support to narrow gaps in attainment and progress. These gaps often occur as a result of absence in education (prior to starting at Aspire Academy), additional learning and SEMH needs. We also use pupil premium grant to expose children to activities that they may not encounter, such as cultural reward trips. Analysis of the data has enabled us to broaden the curriculum and the use of interventions for students in receipt of PPG to include literacy targeted intervention, numeracy targeted intervention, SALTA and therapeutic support for the academic year 2017-18. In this way we hope to diminish the gap attainment/progress between PPG and non-PPG students, and forecast that the impact of the therapeutic curriculum will eradicate barriers to learning in 2018-19.