The school is committed to narrowing and eliminating any gaps in progress and achievement that exist. Beyond the focus upon improving standards in the classroom there is a wide range of imaginative initiatives that are focused upon narrowing the gaps.
The Learning Café provides students with an environment where they can work with support before and after school. The breakfast club encourages students to be at school ready to learn and there are a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to build motivation.
Breakfast revision sessions for Year 11 students take place during the external exams; the Head of Learning Area delivers a 45 minutes revision session with a free breakfast.
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 and Trustee Champions for Pupil Premium students.
TA’s 2015 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.”
2016-17 Pupil Premium Funding
At Torquay Academy 407 students (39.6%) are entitled to Pupil Premium funding. The total amount received is £413,929 including Year 7 catch-up funding. 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 learning cafe, 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 document Pupil Premium cost and impact summary.
We use detailed analysis, including Parallel Sets analysis, 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. Details are given in the documents Parallel sets and Pupil Premium year group summary. These documents show our intended focus for spending pupil premium funding over the next year.
The GCSE results of pupil premium students at Torquay Academy compared to non-pupil premium students show a smaller gap than equivalent groups of students nationally, with the gaps closing over time:
2017 GCSE results (5A*-C inc English and Maths): Torquay Academy overall results: 72%; pupil premium students: 66%. This continues the three year reduction in the gap from 11% in 2016 and 13% in 2015.
On current data, we predict that pupil premium students will achieve a progress 8 score of +0.51 in 2018, reversing the gap between disadvantaged students and all students. We also predict that there will be a much smaller gap in Attainment 8 scores and the percentage achieving grade 5+ in English and maths.
TA progress 8 results were in the top quintile for all students in 2016 and 2017, and progress 8 results were in the second quintile in 2017. The ‘open’ element is in the top 5% of schools nationally for pupil premium and for all students.
Pupil Premium Cost & Impact Summary
Pupil Premium Actions
Investment in Quality First Teaching
TAPD (Torquay Academy Professional Development sessions)
Twilight based on TLAC (Teach like a champion)
Teaching Assistant training
Most Able training
Resourcing data driven teaching – assessments, green stickers
Staffing English and Maths
Investment in Aspiration
New bespoke exercise books showing university options
Growth mindset displays
Full time careers advisor
Investment in Data Analysis
Full time data manager
Investment in Most Able
High Performance academy:
Production of challenge tasks
Funding of enrichment activities
B-to-A* / 6-to-9 sessions and stickers
Investment in Intervention
Rise and read
Investment in safeguarding and attendance
Full time safeguarding officer on SLT
Pupil Premium Expenditure
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