The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches pupils who need it most. The Kempston Challenger Academy was allocated £265,554 in Pupil Premium funding for the academic year 2016/17. The current level of funding is still being ascertained but will follow the following principles;-
Pupil Premium students attending The Kempston Challenger Academy, in common with the national picture, present with a wide range of barriers to learning; however, the principal barriers that the Academy uses the Pupil Premium funding to target for improvement are:
PP Spend 2016-17
Total Expenditure 265,554
Total Income 262,927.50
Counsellor – Worked with nearly 50 students and supported with issues such as anxiety, exam stress, bereavement, eating disorders, low self esteem and confidence.
Bedford College – used as an alternative curriculum for those who were struggling with mainstream lessons – will not be repeated in 2017-18 due to Progress 8 measures and additional support.
Safeguarding Officer – supported a variety of students with CP issues and enabled them to complete courses/exams.
Learning Hub/Engagement Hub staff – provided targeted support for about 20 students, nine of whom on a daily basis, five full time. Enabled these students to attend school, gain support, ease anxiety and work towards exam courses.
Careers advice – Enabled students to attend the November skills show and receive targeted careers advice.
Attendance Officer – 2016-17 attendance 1.4% higher than in 2015-16
Year 10 Work Experience – enabled 19 Year 10 PP students to attend Work Experience.
Student Support – Staff in SS provided a ‘one stop shop’ for students and staff following incidents, CP problems and inter student social issues.
Morning intervention – contributed to ‘closing the gap’ to -0.08.
Thinking reading/Accelerated reader – KS2 reading levels rose from 2016/17. EAL achievement was the highest in the school.
ECDL – contributed to whole school Progress 8 figures.
The Kempston Challenger Academy is likely to be allocated c. £202,895 Pupil Premium funding for the academic year 2017/18 in addition to the main school budget. The strategies that will be continued this year are given below:
|Engagement Hub manager||28,232|
|Engagement Hub staff|
|Careers Information and Guidance||10,000|
|Sundry items including uniform, cooking ingredients, IT, incentives||4,500|
|Morning Intervention by TAs (Eng and Ma)||17,000|
|‘Thinking Reading’ programme||7,000|
|NAPTA membership and training||675|
|Group incentives eg MK Dons coaching||588|
|Teaching assistants (Aspen)||30,000|
|1:1 tutor for Maths||22,000|
In addition to the above, analysis of the Progress data has initiated additional planning this year. For instance, to address the large gap between Disadvantaged and Non-Disadvantaged students in Year 8, (last year’s Year 7,) KCA has embarked on a national project “Closing the Gap”. This will see five members of staff work with other schools on creating a pilot project aimed at boosting the confidence and attainment of a small group of Year 8 Pupil Premium students.
In addition, the requirement for staff to be aware of who in their class is PP has been made more explicit with expectations being laid down that these students will be clearly marked in teacher files. To back this up there has already been a briefing on PP led by a Deputy Headteacher.
A priority place has also been offered to PP students on a Challenger Diploma course run by coaches from MK Dons. This is aimed at increasing confidence amongst these students.
Quotes are also being sought to invest in revision guides for Year 11 PP students.