Impact of Actions
We are pleased to announce that our unvalidated Summer 2018 Progress 8 demonstrates that the 2017-18 Pupil Premium Strategy ensured
our disadvantaged students made more progress
than non-disadvantaged students nationally
This represents the impact of our strategies that focus on both literacy/numeracy interventions and wider skill sets; ensuring success throughout the curriculum.
In addition to final examinations the impact of the pupil premium is tracked every half term from a variety of quantitative and qualitative sources including:
- Internal academic data tracking including the success of intervention programmes every half term
- Engagement in after school interventions, clubs and trips
- Tracking attendance
- Participation of disadvantaged students in leadership programmes and in all student voice consultations
- Through Governor’s meetings, education advisor days and OAT scrutiny
- Through Principal’s reviews
Each year we review our impact and use this to inform our future plans.
How we use our Pupil Premium
At Venture we believe that every student, can and must achieve. We acknowledge that there may be barriers that may affect achievement and use Pupil Premium funding alongside the latest research (for example via The Sutton Trust) to provide personalised support to address these (see below). Our aims for this academic year are as follows:
Allocations for the financial year 2018 to 2019
The government has provided pupil premium funding for schools in proportion to the number of students who have claimed Free School Meals (FSM) in the last 6 years, commonly known as ‘Ever 6’. Funding is also provided for children of military service personnel and Looked After Children. The term “disadvantaged” is now used nationally to describe this group of students and to track their progress and achievement.
The rate in 18/19 is £935 per pupil in Years 7 – 11. Schools are free to decide how best to spend this funding, with a clear intention from the government that it should be used to support the learning of the target group of students and to close the attainment gap between these and other students.
This year we have approximately 45% of Ormiston Venture Academy Students eligible as “Ever 6” and have implemented a wide range of strategies to ensure that personalised support is provided to every individual in their learning. Pupil Premium funding has been allocated using research from the Sutton Trust and best practice to ensure it has a significant impact. The following outlines a number of principles we have used to implement an effective strategy:
- Academy focus on quality of regular effective feedback invested in through whole Academy and personalised CPD. Evidence from Sutton trust CEM research suggests this can have an impact of up to 8 months progress in a year
- Metacognition and self-regulation strategies are developed through curriculum areas and reinforced through Personalised Learning groups. Evidence from Sutton trust CEM research suggests this can have an impact of up to 8 months progress in a year.
- Early intervention in key skills through Success Centre and A-Team. Evidence from Sutton trust CEM research suggests this can have an impact of up to 6 months progress in a year.
- Extended learning support for students through the Raise Rooms and Raising Achievement space. Evidence from Sutton trust CEM research suggests this can have an impact of up to 5 months progress in a year.
- Peer tutoring and support through the Learning Guru’s programme. Evidence from Sutton trust CEM research suggests this can have an impact of up to 5 months progress in a year.
- Academy integration of new technologies to deliver curriculum and learning opportunities. Evidence from Sutton trust CEM research suggests this can have an impact of up to 4 months progress in a year.
- All interventions currently in place across the Academy are also in place for disadvantaged students with “live” data of groups regularly monitored
- Support provided to engage in curricular/Academy activities
- Disadvantaged students are identified in assessment data, lesson plans and tracking/intervention
- Breakfast clubs with an additional focus on academic support
- Hardship fund to support access
- Vulnerable children structured break and lunchtime sessions
The figures below summarise the allocation of spending to our plans. We have allocated additional funding in some areas to ensure that the provision can effectively be implemented.