Pupil Premium Review February 2018
The academy commissioned an external review of Pupil Premium in February 2018. The review was carried out by Clive Hurren. Clive is an independent consultant with 35 years’ experience in education. He is a former secondary Headteacher and is also currently a practising Ofsted inspector.

Below are quotes taken from Clive’s report about the academy.

“The Principal’s stamp is clear to see in the whole-school drive to boost PP performance and the degree of rigour with which most staff appear to be tackling the issues. There is no complacency; all staff gave the reviewer confidence that they will continue to address the issues with determination. The Principal’s influence is also clearly impacting on the significant culture change which is underway.”

“The Pupil Premium cohort has a high profile across the school and the school has put in place a range of suitable strategies to meet their needs. Staff report that PP ‘threads through everything’, for example through department development plans and subject review meetings.”

“The school has done much impressive work since the last review, and this has moved PP provision on considerably. The Assistant Head of School evaluates the programmes regularly and systematically and she and the governors ensure that any which do not provide value for money are either revised or replaced.”

“The 2017/18 strategy statement has a number of strengths. The actions appear well designed to address the school’s key PP issues and leaders have linked these properly to their rationale for each. In many cases, this is based on EEF research.”

“There is a clear drive to raise standards and improve teaching. There is no complacency. PP provision retains a very high profile amongst staff. Evaluation of PP strategies is now stronger and more effective.”

“The transition process appears effective, both with primary schools and for students leaving school at 16 and/or going onto the Sixth Form College. There was only one student NEET last year, a remarkable statistic. The academy is doing its best to raise the aspirations of its students.”

“Governors appear to have a sound understanding of PP provision, frequently ask questions about PP issues and they check that the school’s strategies are providing good value for money.”

“In effect, the reviewer cannot identify anything the academy should be doing with its PP students that it currently is not doing.”

What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil Premium funding is available to children who are in the care of the Local Authority, children who are entitled to Free School meals (FSM) have been in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years (Ever 6) or have parents who serve in the armed forces. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. At the Academy of St. Francis of Assisi, ‘Our students are at the heart of all we do’. We find Pupil Premium an essential component to our school funding, which allows us to introduce, analyze and build strategies which ensure our students, have a complete educational experience, attain their full potential and the ‘gap’ between them and their peers is ‘narrowed’. Support may be targeted individually, as part of a group, or through resourcing for a classroom or curriculum area.

What is the ‘Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up’ Premium? 
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or Maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). At the Academy of St. Francis of Assisi we use this funding for additional in class Learning Support in English and Maths. We also run a number of intervention programmes for year 7 students.

Why is there a Pupil Premium? 
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.

How many pupils at St. Francis of Assisi are eligible for the Pupil Premium? 
Currently approx. 67% of students at St. Francis of Assisi are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured? 
At St. Francis of Assisi the cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.

Click HERE to view Pupil Premium Impact Statement for the academic year 2015 – 2016

Click HERE to view Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for the academic year 2016 – 2017

Click HERE to view Pupil Premium Impact Statement for the academic year 2016 – 2017

Click HERE to view the Pupil Premium Strategy for the academic year 2017 – 2018