This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium for the 2021 to 2022 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.  It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our school.  The total budgeted cost is £37, 515

School overview

School name

Leigh Academy Rainham

Number of pupils in school

240

Proportion (%) of pupil premium eligible pupils

13.75%

Academic year/years that our current pupil premium strategy plan covers (3 year plans are recommended)

2021-22

Date this statement was published

October 2021

Date on which it will be reviewed

October 2022

Statement authorised by

Mrs A Millward

Pupil premium lead

Mr S Blinkhorn

Governor / Trustee lead

Hollie Allen

Funding Overview

Pupil premium funding allocation this academic year

£31,515

Recovery premium funding allocation this academic year

£6000

Pupil premium funding carried forward from previous years (enter £0 if not applicable)

£0

Total budget for this academic year

£37,515

Statement of intent

It is the intention of Leigh Academy Rainham to eliminate the attainment gaps between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium students.

The current plan is to prioritise PP students for tutoring and extra academic intervention, remove barriers to co-curricular participation, and raise aspirations by exposing them to culturally diverse experiences

Challenges

This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils

Challenge 1

Students to make better academic progress

Challenge 2

Students to attain as higher grades as their peer group

Challenge 3

Attendance

Challenge 4

Students to have equal access to tutoring support

Challenge 5

Students to have equal access to co-curricular activities

Challenge 6

Eliminating social exclusion

Intended Outcomes

This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.

Intended outcome

Success criteria

Students to attain as highly as their peers.

Termly reports, milestone grades.

Attendance to be >98%. Termly attendance figures.

Termly attendance figures.

Students to be well equipped for learning.

All students have been provided with the necessary resources and support.

Students to be fully engaged with all academy activities.

Increase the number of students taking part in co-curricular activities over the year.

Improve students aspirations through culturally diverse experiences.

All students have been involved in co-curricular trips and visits.

Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our pupil premium (and recovery premium funding) this academic year to address the challenges listed above.

Teaching (for example, CPD, recruitment and retention)

Budgeted cost: £ 23,500

Activity 1

Timely feedback from teachers will align student’s effort and activity with a successful outcome.

Evidence that supports this approach

Research by the Educational Endowment Foundation shows that providing effective feedback redirects and refocuses the student’s actions, raises their expectations and has the most positive impact on student’s progress.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1 and 2

Activity 2

Accelerated reading scheme. Disadvantaged students to be directed by English teaching staff to participate.

Evidence that supports this approach

Research by the Educational Endowment Foundation shows that reading  comprehension strategies are highly effective.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1 and 2

Targeted academic support (for example, tutoring, one-to-one support structured interventions)

Budgeted cost: £6,000

Activity 1

Fortnightly 1:1 mentoring session for each student with their mentor to support their progress and liaise with teachers. Mentoring has a strong focus on metacognition skills and self regulation strategies as a basis for successful learning. Any areas of weakness are identified and targets for improvement are set throughout the year.  Working at grades are reviewed every other term to assess progress.

Evidence that supports this approach

Research by the Educational Endowment Foundation shows that metacognition and self regulation strategies form part of the fabric of successful learning, having a significant impact on pupil’s academic performance.  Disadvantaged pupils are less likely to use these techniques and, therefore, gain the most benefit from their use.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1, 2, 3 and 5

Activity 2

Homework club which provides a suitable space and support.

Evidence that supports this approach

Research by the Educational Endowment Foundation shows that such support  prevents homework deadlines being missed and falling behind with workload.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1 and 2

Wider strategies (for example, related to attendance, behaviour, wellbeing)

Budgeted cost: £8,000

Activity 1

To reward exceptional attendance at termly certification assemblies and link to College competition awards. Weekly attendance % for Forms and College to be published on prominent notice boards. Pastoral team liaison with parents to support attendance.

Evidence that supports this approach

When pupils do not attend school regularly enough this is shown to affect their learning and academic progress.

Challenge number(s) addressed

3

Activity 2

Counselling

Evidence that supports this approach

Access to the school counsellor provides much needed support to vulnerable students.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1, 2 and 3

Activity 3

Co-curricular activities including Music lessons, Sports, University visits, Cultural trips and Activity trips.

Evidence that supports this approach

Participation in extra-curricular activities provides personal enrichment and  achievement. It promotes personal development and skills whilst also raising self
esteem. Higher aspirations are encouraged within a sense of community and enjoyment.

Challenge number(s) addressed

5

Activity 4

ICT and learning resources

Evidence that supports this approach

Provision of Chromebooks and equipment enables better quality work in lessons  and performance in exams.

Challenge number(s) addressed

1, 2 and 5

Activity 5

Uniform Items

Evidence that supports this approach

Correct uniform allows for full inclusion in all school activities.

Challenge number(s) addressed

3, 4 and 6