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Pupil Premium & Free School Meals

Free School Meals (FSM)

The Academy ensures parents/carers check their eligibility for FSM. We also assure parents that all matters regarding use of this fund are treated with discretion and in confidence.

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

The coalition government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) in September 2011 with the purpose of increasing attainment and aspiration for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically;

  • To increase social mobility
  • To enable more students to go to the top universities
  • To reduce the attainment gap

Merchants’ Academy receives a Pupil Premium Grant for each child who is entitled to receive Free School Meals or who has been entitled over the last six years, and for Looked After Children.  The Academy is allowed to allocate the funding as they see fit in order to meet the aims above and are held accountable for the impact of this funding.

How the Academy spends the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) to maximise achievement

  • Carefully ring-fencing some of the funding for individualised support
  • Drawing on research evidence (such as the Sutton Trust toolkit) and own evidence
  • Understanding the importance of ensuring that all day-to-day teaching meets the needs of each student, rather than relying on interventions to compensate for teaching that is less than good
  • Deploying highly trained Teaching Assistants who understand their role in helping students
  • Appointing a Designated Senior Leader who has a clear overview of spending and interventions
  • Ensuring that Subject teachers and Teaching Assistants know which students are eligible for the PPG so that they can take responsibility for accelerating their progress
  • Having a clear policy on spending the PPG agreed by Governors and outlined on our website   
  • Identifying a Govenror to have a specific focus on Pupil Premium.      

How the Pupil Premium Grant will be used in 2017-18

Our Pupil Premium Grant for 2017-18 is £586,131. It is our belief that the most effective way to achieve the aims of the Pupil Premium is for students to achieve the best possible SATs and GCSE grades as well as to have access to all curricular opportunities.  To this end we direct the majority of funds towards academic interventions that are proven to effectively improve attainment and enrichment.

Projected Expenditure 2017-18

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Staffing & Staff Development  - allocated £302,000

Behaviour for learning support - £50,000
Strategy: Employ and develop staff to support students in positive behaviour for learning.
Impact: Reduction of fixed and permanent exclusion for pupil premium students.

Teaching Assistants – £53,000
Strategy: Additional staffing in core subjects to enable additional and focused support in small groups.
Impact: Reduction of gaps in attainment and progress in key subject areas.

Attendance support staff - £40,000
Strategy: Precise and rigorous tracking of student attendance with a specific focus upon students in receipt of Pupil Premium. High levels of challenge and support for students and parents in attending the Academy will enable them to make higher levels of progress.
Impact: Attendance of pupil premium students improves so that it is in line with national expectations

Provision of small class sizes - £125,000
Strategy: Maintaining low student to staff ratio including additional Year 6 teacher in the Academy to better enable teaching staff to give high quality feedback and support to students.
Impact: Attainment gap at key milestones in the Academy are minimised.

PiXL training and development - £22,000
Strategy: Train and develop teaching staff to improve the standard of teaching and learning and subsequently outcomes for students.
Impact: Standards of teaching and learning rises in line with identified aims in the Academy Improvement Plan and PP student outcomes rise so that they are closer to national expectations.

Home-School Worker - £12,000
Strategy: Improve parental engagement with education and learning to improve outcomes for students.
Impact: PP Student attendance rises in line with national expectations. Attendance at parental events increases (to an average of 85% attendance per cohort represented) and parent surveys demonstrate increasing levels of satisfaction.


Academic Support – allocated £206,000

One to one tutoring - £34,000
Strategy: Personalised programmes of support, planned in advance and costed into the curriculum model and offered to students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant to enable them to attain the best possible outcomes.
Impact: Attainment gap at key milestones in the Academy are minimised (s identified and detailed in the Academy Improvement Plan.

Literacy support - £49,000
Strategy: To raise standards in literacy whole Academy through the use of programmes with a proven track record in order to improve outcomes and access to curriculum.
Impact: Higher standards of reading and writing across phases in the Academy evidenced in rising KS 1,2 and 4 outcomes in Maths and English. 

Alternative Provision - £95,000
Strategy: Provision of alternatives to mainstream education for students who find it difficult to engage with a standard curriculum, thus ensuring that students achieve their full potential. This includes the creation of a ‘Back on Track’ center adjacent to the main academy buildings with specialist engagement staff.
Impact: Fewer students are permanently excluded and students achieve better outcomes.

Speech and language Therapy - £16,000
Strategy: Develop the speaking and listening skills of the most vulnerable learners to ensure they are better able to access the curriculum.
Impact: Better levels of verbal communication result in higher engagement and subsequently smaller attainment gaps at key milestones as identified and detailed in the Academy Improvement Plan

Holiday Study Programmes - £3,000
Strategy: A comprehensive programme of study support and revision classes will be offered in every school holiday following the Christmas break.
Impact: Attainment gap at key milestones in the Academy are minimised.

Year 11 Saturday School - £3,000
Strategy: A programme of additional teaching sessions from term 3 onwards for English, Maths and Science to accelerate the progress of students  in core subject areas.
Impact: Increased levels of attainment for PP students in the core subject outcomes and a narrowing of the attainment gap.

More Able programme - £6,000
Strategy: A package of opportunities to stretch, challenge and raise the aspirations of more able students including access to the Brilianrt Club.
Impact: Increased proportion of pupil premium students with highest grades and levels of performance.
 

Enrichment – allocated £28,000

Breakfast Club - £2,000
Strategy: Provide breakfast for students to ensure they are ready for learning; improving levels of attention and subsequently progress.
Impact: Smaller attainment gap at key milestones as identified and detailed in the Academy Improvement Plan.

Extended Curriculum activities – £20,000
Strategy: Provision of  an extended co curricular programme and subsidy of trips and visits to develop students’ cultural capital, employability and social skills.
Impact: Pupil premium students have enriched experiences that increase aspirations leading to narrower attainment gaps and more aspirational post-16 destinations.

Hardship Fund - £6,000
Strategy: Provision of support for pupil premium students to provide the additional equipment meeting individualized needs to enable identified students to attend the Academy regularly and access all available opportunities.
Impact: Barriers to learning removed and equality of opportunity maintained attainment so that PP students have access to all areas of the curriculum and the attainment gap at key milestones in the Academy are minimised as identified and detailed in the Academy Improvement Plan.

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