Nightingale Community Academy’s senior leadership team continues to analyse the impact of additional funding on our students, including that of Pupil Premium which is additional funding provided by central government to support the achievement of students entitled to free school meals or those looked after by the local authority.
Based on an analysis of our end of KS2 and GCSE results, and on our attendance and exclusions data, there is no evidence of a significant difference in the achievement or risk of absenteeism or exclusion between those students who come from families eligible for the pupil premium and those who are not eligible. All of our students have significant additional needs, primarily Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, which affect their ability to access and benefit from the curriculum, and all are considered to be amongst the most vulnerable of students.
In 2014-15 the Pupil Premium grant was allocated to 49 pupils. The 2014-15 grant of £52,360 was used as follows:
£38,867 to increase the level of pastoral support to include learner mentoring, family support and school counselling: a therapist was employed to work with target learners across the school. This proved very successful with primary learners, but was taken up less willingly by secondary learners; however a trial offer of Art Therapy proved more popular with older learners and will be developed further in the coming year. Although the uptake for the parents’ group was relatively small, those parents who participated engaged more with the school. The impact for one family in particular was demonstrated by better consistency of approach between home and school and there were big reductions (to zero) to the number of restraints needed to support the learners. It is intended to develop this work further with a more tailored approach.
£11,015 to provide additional and personalised teaching and resources to support literacy: development of Read, Write, Inc across the school showed some success, but also demonstrated the need for a wider range of strategies, including for example, the use of tools such as Lexia. We intend to continue to use our own resources to develop the use of specialist literacy teaching and tools to promote literacy development for all learners.
£2,388 to provide resources for personal/social development by providing breakfast: the provision of breakfast has supported a calm and purposeful start to the day. At year 11 it demonstrably improved punctuality and ensured a good start to the first lesson, as learners were motivated to arrive on time to get breakfast. Because learners had eaten appropriate breakfast food and were not hungry, the impact on behaviour in the morning has been demonstrated by a calmer, and therefore more productive start to the day.
In 2015-16 there were 40 students eligible for Pupil Premium funding. Please click here to read the full report on how Pupil Premium funding was spent in 2015-16.