Pupil Premium

At Torquay Academy:

  • We believe in the capacity of every pupil to achieve at the highest levels   
  • We do not believe that social or financial disadvantage should ever be an obstacle to a young person’s life chances   
  • We use every funding source and educational strategy at our disposal to remove barriers to success for our pupils   
  • We encourage every pupil to believe in themselves and their potential to achieve   
  • We support every pupil to take pride in their achievements and to always aspire to achieve even more 

The Academy aims to use this funding to create a positive impact on the academic achievement and progress of students entitled to it. This includes literacy interventions, evening school classes, the study centre, a breakfast club, music tuition, maths and science intervention, financial support for trips, Thrive intervention, safeguarding support and tackling persistent absence. The relative cost and impact of these interventions are shown in the Pupil Premium – Allocation, Spend and Impact document.

We use detailed analyses to look at the progress of pupil premium students compared with non-pupil premium students within the Academy and nationally. This helps us identify areas of strength and where we should target resources for individuals or groups of students.

Middle leaders and teachers target different groups for a wide range of bespoke interventions. This is supported with mentoring that is delivered by staff and other students.
Staff have a strong moral commitment to improving opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and a strong belief in what they can achieve. There is a dedicated Senior Leadership Team Champion and Governor Champion for Pupil Premium students.

TA’s Challenge Partner review identified our work in pupil premium as an area of national excellence: “With the academy’s uncompromising drive to improve further, outcomes for disadvantaged students are set to improve year on year. The Principal has plans to recruit even more staff so that pupil premium students will receive enhanced support, almost on an individual basis, that will ensure they make better progress, boosting their life chances even further.”

2021-2022 Pupil Premium review

Key aims:

FUTURE:  Ensure the profile of PP students is high and is well-communicated to staff.

ENGAGE: Carefully monitor the provision for PP students; ensure staff analyse PP progress. 

DELIVER: Embed structural reform to prioritise PP students.

Summary evaluation

We have implemented a large number of approaches over the last two years focused on quality teaching for all.  This has led to an improvement in results generally for students, including pupil premium students.  

We have, in addition, established a clear link between students’ effort (as evidenced by their position on the effort boards) and their GCSE outcomes.  We have implemented a new careers strategy to improve students’ understanding of their post 16 options.

Now we are focusing more closely on individualised intervention for students.  We have analysed the performance of different groups of pupil premium students and have identified that PP4 students (those who have been entitled to free school meals for four out of the last six years) achieve lower Progress 8 scores than other pupil premium groups.  

In addition, we have noted that certain pupil characteristics lead to lower Attainment 8 grades.  These are:

  • poor attendance
  • poor effort
  • lack of engagement with homework
  • low reading age on entry

We track students in each of these categories and particularly identify students with more than one of these indicators.  We then intervene and create action plans according to students’ needs.

Date of the next review of the pupil premium strategy: September 2022 

PP cohort and budget

Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium (Y7-13): 454 students (31.9%)

Total PP budget: £395,000

Covid catch-up funding has not yet been finalised but once figures are released, we will use it to support those students who are deemed most in need, according to the principles outlined in this review document.

 

Current achievement (2021 GCSE results)

NB: there are no national performance tables in 2021.  These figures, including the national figures, are taken from a data collaboration exercise involving 1277 schools and a total of 211,904 students.

2021

Outcomes 

PP students Non-PP students National PP

(most recent year available)

National non-PP (most recent year available)
Progress 8 score ave +0.09 +0.67 -0.35 +0.17
Attainment 8 score ave 46.55 57.85 42.91 53.39
Entered EBacc 0% 4.6% 28.5% 41.1%
EBacc average points score 0 4.62 3.59 4.68
Basics 9-4 64.6% 88.2% 56.3% 77.9%
Basics 9-5  50.6% 70.6% 33.3% 56.0%
5+ standard passes incl 

English and maths (%) 

63.3% 85.0% 52.7% 75.3%

 

Potential barriers to achievement faced by eligible pupils

In-school barriers 

Some PP students are disaffected and achieve low effort grades, which affects their sense of success within lessons.

In key stage 3, some PP students are falling behind their peers, partly due to homework completion quality.

PP students have lower reading ages on average than non-PP students on entry.

Feedback and intervention for PP students needs to be more effective in closing the gap.

PP students are less likely, on average, to take up extra-curricular opportunities.

 

Additional barriers (including issues which also require action outside school) 

Persistent absentees for PP students are higher than non-PP students which impacts progress.

Number of PP students with mental health issues 

Parental ability to support students’ academic work, plus attendance at parents’ evenings.

Access to a study area outside of school hours alongside academic resources.

Parental ability to support extra-curricular / cultural capital activities.

 

Pupil Premium Spending & Impact Summary

  • Investment in Staffing – Vice Principal with responsibility for Narrowing the Gaps, Full-time Safeguarding officer on SLT, smaller class sizes for key stage 3 nurture group students, intervention/SEN teaching assistants
  • Investment in Quality First Teaching
  • Investment in Aspiration
  • Investment in Data Analysis
  • Investment in Most Able Pupil Premium Students
  • Investment in Intervention
  • Investment in safeguarding and attendance

Investment in Quality First Teaching

  • TAPD (Torquay Academy Professional Development sessions)
  • Coaching
  • Twilight based on TLAC (Teach like a champion)#
  • Teaching Assistant training
  • Most Able training
  • Feedback stickers
  • Resourcing data driven teaching – assessments, green stickers
  • Staffing English and Maths

 

Investment in Aspiration

  • New bespoke exercise books showing university options
  • Effort boards
  • Growth mindset displays
  • Careers Advice
  • Music tuition
  • University boards
  • Challenging targets DfE +1.33

Investment in Data Analysis

  • SISRA Analytics
  • RAISE internal
  • Atkinson reports
  • ALPS
  • Full time data manager

Investment in Most Able Pupil Premium Students

  • High Performance academy:
  • Production of challenge tasks
  • Funding of enrichment activities
  • Brilliant Club
  • B-to-A* / 6-to-9 sessions and stickers

Investment in Intervention

  • Study Centre
  • Lexia
  • Lexonic
  • Lexplore
  • Rise and read
  • Breakfast club
  • Evening school
  • Thrive
  • Period 6
  • School Counsellor

Investment in safeguarding and attendance

  • Attendance officers
  • Full time safeguarding officer on SLT

 

2020-2021 Pupil Premium review

Key aims for 2020-2021:

FUTURE: Ensure the profile of PP students is high and is well-communicated to staff.

ENGAGE: Carefully monitor the provision for PP students; ensure staff analyse PP progress.

DELIVER: Embed structural reform to prioritise PP students.

Summary evaluation

We have implemented a large number of approaches over the last two years focused on quality teaching for all. This has led to an improvement in results generally for students, including pupil premium students.
We have, in addition, established a clear link between students’ effort (as evidenced by their position on the effort boards) and their GCSE outcomes. We have implemented a new careers strategy to improve students’ understanding of their post 16 options.

Now we are focusing more closely on individualised intervention for students. We have analysed the performance of different groups of pupil premium students and have identified that PP4 students (those who have been entitled to free school meals for four out of the last six years) achieve lower Progress 8 scores than other pupil premium groups.

In addition, we have noted that certain pupil characteristics lead to lower Attainment 8 grades. These are:

  • poor attendance
  • poor effort
  • lack of engagement with homework
  • low reading age on entry

We track students in each of these categories and particularly identify students with more than one of these indicators. We then intervene and create action plans according to students’ needs.

Date of the next review of the pupil premium strategy: September 2021

PP cohort and budget

Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium (Y7-13): 490 students (32.9%)

Total PP budget: £397,246

Year 7 catch up funding allocation: £18,346

Current achievement (2020 GCSE results)

NB: there are no national performance tables in 2021. These figures, including the national figures, are taken from a data collaboration exercise involving 1277 schools and a total of 211,904 students.

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Potential barriers to achievement faced by eligible pupils

In-school barriers

Some PP students are disaffected and achieve low effort grades, which affects their sense of success within lessons.

In key stage 3, some PP students are falling behind their peers, partly due to homework completion quality.

PP students have lower reading ages on average than non-PP students on entry.

Feedback and intervention for PP students needs to be more effective in closing the gap.

PP students are less likely, on average, to take up extra-curricular opportunities.

Additional barriers (including issues which also require action outside school)

Persistent absentees for PP students are higher than non-PP students which impacts progress.

Number of PP students with mental health issues

Parental ability to support students’ academic work, plus attendance at parents’ evenings.

Access to a study area outside of school hours alongside academic resources.

Parental ability to support extra-curricular / cultural capital activities.

Pupil Premium Spending & Impact Summary

  • Investment in Staffing – Vice Principal with responsibility for Narrowing the Gaps, Full-time Safeguarding officer on SLT, smaller class sizes for key stage 3 nurture group students, intervention/SEN teaching assistants
  • Investment in Quality First Teaching
  • Investment in Aspiration
  • Investment in Data Analysis
  • Investment in Most Able Pupil Premium Students
  • Investment in Intervention
  • Investment in safeguarding and attendance

Investment in Quality First Teaching

  • TAPD (Torquay Academy Professional Development sessions)
  • Coaching
  • Twilight based on TLAC (Teach like a champion)#
  • Teaching Assistant training
  • Most Able training
  • Feedback stickers
  • Resourcing data driven teaching – assessments, green stickers
  • Staffing English and Maths

Investment in Aspiration

  • New bespoke exercise books showing university options
  • Effort boards
  • Growth mindset displays
  • Careers Advice
  • Music tuition
  • University boards
  • Challenging targets DfE +1.33

Investment in Data Analysis

  • SISRA Analytics
  • RAISE internal
  • Atkinson reports
  • ALPS
  • Full time data manager

Investment in Most Able Pupil Premium Students

  • High Performance academy
  • Production of challenge tasks
  • Funding of enrichment activities
  • Brilliant Club
  • B-to-A* / 6-to-9 sessions and stickers

Investment in Intervention

  • Study Centre
  • Lexia
  • Lexonic
  • Lexplore
  • Rise and read
  • Breakfast club
  • Evening school
  • Thrive
  • Period 6
  • School Counsellor

Investment in safeguarding and attendance

  • Attendance officers
  • Full time safeguarding officer on SLT