A funding agreement exists between the Department for Education and Paradigm Trust, which sets out the framework for the operation of Ipswich Academy. Under that funding agreement, Paradigm Trust is required to publish in each financial year information in relation to:

  • the amount of pupil premium allocation that Ipswich Academy will receive during the financial year;
  • on what it intends to spend the pupil premium allocation;
  • on what it spent its pupil premium in the previous financial year;
  • the impact on educational attainment, arising from expenditure of the previous financial year’s pupil premium.

Context

The main barriers to educational achievement faced by disadvantaged pupils in Ipswich Academy are:

  • Specific social and emotional needs which may affect their learning.
  • Low attainment on entry to school from key stage 2 in comparison to their peers
  • Limited access to extra-curricular activities and educational experiences

Current year – September 2018 to end August 2019

Ipswich Academy expects to receive £184 896 in pupil premium for the period September 2018 to end March 2019. The allocation for April 2019 to end August 2019 has yet to be confirmed. The school plans to spend this, or has already spent this, as follows:

[NB where the chosen services/spend benefit all pupils, the funding contribution has been pro-rated to reflect the proportion of pupil premium pupils within the target population. Salary costs have been pro-rated to 7/12 to reflect cost to the end of March.]

  • £60900 to provide staffing for small intervention groups and within class support (in mathematics, English and science) so that pupils can access tailored support at point of need
  • £31900 to provide key stage 3 and key stage 4 inclusion teams so that any pastoral issues can be addressed immediately
  • £12000 to provide pastoral support so families and pupils can be supported with their social and emotional needs ensuring that strong communication exists between home and school resulting in good attendance.
  • £14146 to provide funding for Saturday morning and holiday additional learning sessions for year 11 pupils.
  • £15000 to provide breakfast club for key stage 3 pupils and breakfast revision/after school revision for years 10 and 11 pupils so that all pupils have a safe and calm environment to study in
  • £12000 to provide revision guides and calculators to all year 11 pupils
  • £2500 to provide GCSE Pod online learning package to KS4 pupils to support their revision at home
  • £1000 to provide Hegarty Maths to years 7 – 11 pupils so that pupils and parents can access online mathmatics support from home
  • £1450 to provide information/study evenings for parents/carers (years 7-11) followed by family meal to help develop relationships with parents/carers in a relaxed and supportive environment
  • £5000 for year 11 pupils to attend ‘revision bootcamp’ residential to prepare them for study in year 11
  • £8700 to provide opportunity for all pupils to participate in educational visits regardless of family incomes so that pupils are able to experience learning beyond the classroom and relate to the wider world.
  • £8700 to provide and independent careers advice and guidance leader for 4 days a week so that pupils have regular access to support through 1 to 1 meetings and drop-in sessions
  • £11600 to provide extra curricular clubs and music to develop social skills through participation, enjoyment of the experiences so they are keen to come before/stay later to participate and develop self confidence.

Measuring the impact of the funding will be ongoing throughout the academic year.  The monitoring of attainment and progress is part of the formal assessment process which is undertaken every term.  This data collection is used to inform the academy of individual progress and the progress of groups of pupils as measured against their peers, enabling the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.  Progress meetings take place every term and include a member of the Leadership team, teachers, and the Pupil Premium Lead as appropriate.

The academy pupil premium strategy is reviewed throughout the year.  In particular when the performance and progress of all groups of pupils, including pupil premium, is interrogated as part of the termly assessment process.  This informs any amendments which are required; an overall review of the year is undertaken in August once all of the national benchmarks and examination results have been received.

Previous year – September 2017 to end August 2018

Ipswich Academy received £312 696 in pupil premium for the period September 2017 to end August 2018. Spending allocations are shown below, together with a brief overview of impact on educational attainment. Further details are available on request.

Amount/on whatImpact

£21000 to provide a high quality, independent careers guidance programme. Working in partnership with All Together (a social enterprise founded to tackle the underlying issues of youth unemployment), Ipswich Academy provides high quality co-ordination of provision around careers, work placements and NEET prevention.
This offer has benefited our pupil premium pupils, who otherwise would struggle to access a personalised, proactive and responsive support framework.
As of August 2018, all year 11 pupils had secured a placement of further study or training.
£41044 on additional staffing (graduate interns and lead teacher) within the English department to support pupil premium pupils to achieve highly.Internal assessments have shown that students have made good progress in English.

Disadvantaged students with high prior attainment have made progress in line with national average (-0.13)

Disadvantaged students with low prior attainment have made progress above national average in English (0.29)
£58546 on additional staffing (graduate interns and teachers) within the mathematics department to support pupil premium pupils to achieve highly.Internal assessments have shown that students have made good progress in mathematics.

Disadvantaged students with high prior attainment have made progress above national average in mathematics (0.921)

Disadvantaged students with low prior attainment have made progress above national average in mathematics (0.22).
£4270 on additional staffing (a graduate intern) within the science department to support pupil premium pupils to achieve highly.Internal assessments have shown that students have made good progress in science.

Disadvantaged students with high prior attainment have made progress above national average in science (0.423)

Disadvantaged students with low prior attainment have made progress in line with national average in science -0.02
£9709 on additional staffing (a graduate intern and a native French speaking teaching assistant) within the French department to support pupil premium pupils to achieve highly.GCSE outcomes TBC
£88961 to staff a highly experienced pastoral support team, with a particular focus on the significant number of highly vulnerable pupils within the academy.School behaviour data shows a significant reduction in low level disruption. Fixed term exclusions have reduced over course of the academic year.

The needs of our vulnerable pupils are met immediately due to the capacity and capability within the team.
£9200 to provide a comprehensive attendance support package, focused on the most vulnerable pupils, particularly within Y11.All pupils, including previous school refusers, accessed the year 11 curriculum and sat their examinations.
£5872 to enable pupils to attend educational visits (particularly in terms of the Y11 achievement ‘boot camp’), regardless of family incomes.92% of pupil premium year 11 pupils accessed the boot camp which helped them to develop their study skills. All of those pupils went on to access voluntary study sessions over the course of the year.
£4200 to enable pupils to attend the senior year breakfast club, regardless of family incomes.All pupil premium pupils benefited from study breakfast from September.

pupils completed independent study, with the support of staff, from 0645 in the morning.
£1582 to provide GCSE revision guides for pupils across Y11. Pupil premium pupils had access to a range of revision resources regardless of parents’/carers’ ability to contribute.
£5000 to provide refreshments for pupils studying at evenings/weekends and during holiday periods.High turnout at additional study sessions (average 80%+).
£5500 in costs associated with year 7 students accessing outdoor learning as part of their social skills development.Students at risk of exclusion now engaging fully in their learning.
£57812 in costs associated with alternative provision for pupils who attract the pupil premium. This will have very direct benefits to those pupils who access the alternative provision and will also ensure that learning is not disrupted for other pupils within Ipswich Academy.8 pupils at risk of permanent exclusion now accessing mainstream lessons and making expected progress.
Behaviour across the school has improved.
Last updated September 11, 2018