48.22% of pupils in the Farnborough Academy are disadvantaged (PP). This means that they are currently entitled to free school meals, have been entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years, have parents in the armed forces, are looked after or have been adopted from care. The Farnborough Academy is in the top 20% of secondary schools for PP pupils. The funding for PP in 2017/18 is £935 per pupil and £1900 for looked after children (CLA). We currently have 2 CLA on roll. The total funding for 2017/18 is £317,960.
Barriers to learning
The key barriers to PP progress at the Farnborough Academy are low literacy levels, poor attendance and social and behavioural issues.
Pupil Premium 2016/17 Impact
In general the impact of the pupil premium spending can be seen in the improvement in behaviour. However, PP pupils performed better than in 2016 in both English and maths. The 4+ English and maths measure increased from 14.3% to 23.4% and the 4+ English measure increased from 21% to 42.2% in 2016. The 4+ maths measure increased to 33% from 30.6% in 2016. The gap between PP and non-PP pupils narrowed from 32.8% to 13.9% achieving a 4+ in English and maths from a low base. In Y10 PP versus Non-PP gaps were closing in Food, German, Music, PE and Art.
At KS3 PP pupils were close to end of Y9 targets in maths and science even though both subjects converted to GCSE after Easter and the gap was narrowing in Art, Computing, French, German, PE and RE. In Year 8 the PP to non PP gap narrowed in English, Art, Computing, French, German, Geography, Music, PE and Technology. In Year 7 PP pupils made very good progress in English, Maths, Science, Computing, French and PE. The PP/non-PP gap narrowed in English, Science, Computing, French, History, PE and Technology.
Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/18
Disadvantaged First – Key Actions and Action Plan 2017/18
- The Pupil Premium steering group meet regularly to agree PP spending. This group, (the Head Teacher, Governor, Finance Manager, Deputy Head responsible for PP), will meet every term to review spending and interventions.
- All half- termly Quality Assurance will be focused on disadvantaged pupils. This includes evidence from learning walks that PP pupils are engaged and questioning is targeted at PP pupils. All work scrutiny will focus on PP books and the focus of the data review will be PP progress. The QA process will identify faculty, subject and pupil level interventions. The actions identified from the QA will also inform the faculty CPD.
- All CPD will focus on improving teaching and learning with a focus on improving literacy, the skills for learning, the quality of marking and feedback and collaborative learning. The Education Endowment Fund (EEF), Sutton Trust Toolkit identifies these strategies as being most effective at improving progress of disadvantaged pupils.
- Academic Boards; which include the Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year, Attendance Officer and Deputy Head responsible for achievement meet after every data point to discuss the progress of Pupil Premium pupils and to identify suitable interventions. The impact of the interventions will be reviewed at the next data point.
- Pupil Panels will consist of disadvantaged pupils and a group of Year 10 PP pupils will be trained as peer tutors to support the reading of PP pupils lower down the school.
- Master classes will take place in KS4 and KS3 in maths and English for PP pupils to narrow the gap between their progress and non-PP pupils.
- The attendance team will prioritise the reduction of persistent absence of disadvantaged pupils above non PP pupils.
- The pastoral team will prioritise PP pupils for mentoring and other interventions with a view to reduce FTEs and permanent exclusions amongst this group.
- The careers team will prioritise PP pupils for work experience, careers advice and careers related and aspiration visits.
- All teaching staff will use the Pupil Premium profiles for Y10 pupils to inform their teaching and to ensure PP targets are met.
- Pupil Premium Profiles will be in place for all PP pupils by the end of the academic year.
- An action plan to raise the achievement of high ability PP pupils will be in place and monitored.
To support the strategy outlined above, the 2017/18 PP budget will be allocated as shown in the table below. The justification for the spending is based on evidence from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) who have developed a teaching and learning toolkit.