Leeds West Academy

Pupil Premium Strategy

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The Pupil Premium is funding additional to the main school budget which is based on the number of students within the Academy who have received Free School Meals within the last 6 years.  Additional funding is also provided for Children who are Looked After and the children of Service Personnel.  This significant extra resource exists to enable us to overcome the challenge faced by our disadvantaged children.  It is for schools to decide how the additional funding is spent, provided it is used to close the well reported gap between the achievement of students who receive the Pupil Premium and their peers.

Pupil Premium Budget, Action Plan and Review 2016-17

Catch-Up Funding Report 

The Pupil Premium is funding additional to the main school budget which is based on the number of students within the Academy who have received Free School Meals within the last 6 years.  Additional funding is also provided for Children who are Looked After and the children of Service Personnel.  This significant extra resource exists to enable us to overcome the challenge faced by our disadvantaged children.  It is for schools to decide how the additional funding is spent, provided it is used to close the well reported gap between the achievement of students who receive the Pupil Premium and their peers.Pupil Premium Funding Report.

Case Studies

During Year 7, Student A was in the top 20 for  negative behaviour points; he was identified as a student in need of  behaviour intervention. 

 

At the end of Year 8, Student A had got significantly less negative behaviour points and had been given 2277 stamps throughout the year for positive behaviour and good progress. He got the Vice Principal Award for improvement and for having the highest number of stamps in his year group. Praise and rewards were the biggest factors in Student A’s success.

In Year 7, Student D came to LWA with a 4b in English and a 4b in Maths. In Year 11, he got no lower than a C in all subjects, he also achieved a B in RE and Media, and an A in English Literature, History and Art/Design.

 

Student D’s success is closely linked to his positive attitude towards home learning, but is also due to the support and care he has received from his coach, teachers and Year Manager. He is currently in Year 12, and working towards an A in all of his subjects.

Attendance last year: 81.38%   

 

Current attendance: 97.04%

 

The attendance team worked intensively with Student C and his parents to address his barriers to attendance – this led to a significant improvement.  The pastoral team and his coach supported this process via regular discussions with him about attendance. He was also part of the Breakfast club promotion.

In Year 7, Student E came to LWA with a 4a in English and a 4a in Maths. His predicted GCSE grades in the most recent data sweep were very impressive: Grade A in English Language, English Literature, Maths, History and Physics, Distinction* in BTEC PE, Grade B in RE, Business, Chemistry, Biology and Spanish. He also has an outstanding behaviour record and has been a model student. Student E will be attending LWA’s sixth form as he feels that he was well supported by us throughout his school career.

Since joining LWA, Student B has demonstrated a very positive attitude towards learning. She has participated in the Foundation Student Council and works hard in all of her lessons. 

 

  • English Current Level:5c (4 sub levels progress from KS2)
  • Maths Current Level: 5c (3 sub levels progress from KS2) 
  • Science Current Level: 5b (4 sub levels progress from KS2)
  • Humanities Current Level: 5c (3 sub levels progress from KS2) 

 

Student B is an effective learner because she has developed her ability to cope with setbacks. Not only does she persevere with her own learning, she encourages others in the class to do the same. Student B is always keen and attentive in class. She is clearly able to respond verbally and explain some difficult ideas. Her independent work both in the classroom and particularly at home have really developed and have led to some great pieces of work. She is a really successful and positive student.

Summary Information

Academic Year

2016/17

Total PP budget

£518,925

Total Number of students

1122

Number of Pupils eligible for PP

555

 

Principles

  • The academy ensures that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our students, regardless of background or educational need, and aim to secure the highest possible attainment for every student.
  • Sometimes additional intervention is needed to ensure that the performance gap is closed between different groups of students; the data is carefully analysed to ensure that intervention is focused where it is most needed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged students, the academy recognises that not all students who are or have been in receipt of Free School Meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • The academy recognises that not all students who are socially disadvantaged have been registered for Free School Meals. Wherever possible these students will also benefit from the additional funding for Pupil Premium students.
  • The Governing Body will need to approve of any Pupil Premium spending, and review the impact of any spending.

 

Strategy Statement

In this year’s plan, we will be focusing on 4 different “Impact Areas”, based on careful analysis of the performance of our Pupil Premium students: closing the performance gap for middle ability students, closing the gap for higher ability students in English and Maths, closing the gap in identified “Impact Measures” for SEMH and other vulnerable disadvantaged students, closing the attendance gap.

We will also continue to embed whole school approaches to improving outcomes for PP students such as: reflective learning, feedback, homework and increasing aspirations.