Pupil Premium


Aspire Academy – Pupil Premium Strategy 2015-16


Despite having an unstable population in terms of dates of admission and returns to mainstream or movement to more specialist provision, the school’s Pupil Premium Indicator remains steady at 50-60% of the pupils on roll at any given time.

Aspire Academy only receives PP funding for those pupils who are on the Single Roll of the academy. In essence, this means all Year 11 pupils and many of the pupils placed at Aspire by the Local Authority. This number can fluctuate greatly year on year which means funding must be allocated to the school development plan differently each year.

Although many of our pupils do not receive PP funding (directly to Aspire or to their commissioning school), many of them are experiencing levels of deprivation.


Funding Impact 2015-16


Aspire was informed by the EFA in advance of the academic/financial year of its Pupil Premium funding of £22,440 @ £935 per each eligible pupil. The spreadsheet supplied by the EFA states that this is for 24 eligible secondary pupils and this data would have been based on Aspire’s January 2015 census return.


Aspire Academy Trust has adopted the policy of using the PP funding to support additional interventions for ALL FSM Ever 6 pupils and in Autumn 2016 impact has been reported on this basis.


The £22,440 funding for 2015-16 which was used in the following ways in order to narrow the gap in attainment for our most vulnerable pupils:


1) train staff member in Play Therapy to support secondary and primary pupils


IMPACT: Staff member successfully completed her course and it continuing on into her next phase of the programme. Play therapy introduced to the secondary nurture provision programme working with the most vulnerable pupils already. Four primary pupils placed into play therapy in the afternoons. Impact has been shown here in terms of their ability to relate to other pupils in the classroom as a result of these sessions. In addition, providing outreach support to pupils from other schools outside of school hours is bringing in a small amount of income as a traded service.


2) promote staff member to develop role as Nurture Leader, bringing Nurture principles to both phases, particularly targeting PP pupils.

IMPACT: Staff member has planned and delivered the Nurture Curriculum and this has led to two pupils returning to mainstream education as a result of the impact made across the year. Two other pupils have successfully transitioned to specialist education much further forward in their social development than before. Evidenced through Boxall Profiling.


3) Employ additional Co-Educator in order to release capacity for targeted mentoring programme

IMPACT: Additional Co-Educator has created the capacity so that a formal programme of mentoring has been able to take place targeted at disaffected boys and our most vulnerable girls. Impact has been shown in the decrease in fixed term exclusions and behaviour points for our boys and an increase in attendance for our vulnerable girls.


3) Provide uniform and sports clothing for PP pupils
IMPACT: All pupils are able to attend school well-attired regardless of financial situation at home. Pupils who were previously unwilling or unable to attend PE sessions are now able to attend in their PE kit. In addition, Football strip, including boots, was purchased to allow all pupils the opportunity to represent the school in fixtures this year.


PROGRESS OF PP PUPILS – Our outcomes from 2015-16 show that pupil premium pupils do as well as, and in certain subjects such as English, better than non-pupil premium pupils (eg 80% PPI expected or better progress in English compared to 57% non-PP).


In addition, Sports Grant of £1458 was received which was spent on table tennis equipment, indoor PE Equipment specifically for primary and the purchase of multi-purpose ‘hoops’ in the playground to facilitate both basketball and netball. The impact has been the ability to teach a wider number of physical activities in order to engage all pupils and improve their own health, fitness and well-being.


Pupil Premium Funding 2016-17


Aspire was informed by the EFA in advance of the academic/financial year of its Pupil Premium funding of £37,262.50. The spreadsheet supplied by the EFA states that this is for 37 eligible secondary pupils and this data would have been based on Aspire’s January 2016 census return.


Aspire Academy Trust has adopted the policy of using the PP funding to support additional interventions for ALL FSM Ever 6 pupils and in Autumn 2017 impact will be reported on this basis. In 2016/17 the funding will be used as follows:


The £37,262.50 funding for 2016-17 which will be used in the following ways in order to narrow the gap in attainment for our most vulnerable pupils:

1) train staff member (currently involved in the mentoring programme adaopted using PP funding last year) in counselling in order to further support secondary and primary pupils by developing his skills. This will allow more pupils to access counselling (currently this stands at 20 pupils – aim to increase to 30 at any one time).

2) train staff member to develop role as Nurture Leader, bringing Nurture principles to secondary, particularly targeting PP pupils and our very anxious/nervous pupils.

3) re-configure the ‘House’ to host the widening number of therapeutic interventions – play therapy, counselling, parenting groups and secondary nurture. Re-decorate throughout, furnish and provide resources.

4) employ additional Co-Educator in order to release staff for targeted secondary nurture programme (am) and play therapy (pm).


4) purchase resources to support literacy across the curriculum in primary (phonics based) and secondary (to improve reading ages).


In addition, Sports Grant of £1,750 has been received which will be used to purchase outdoor static PE equipment for use by primary pupils.

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