Pupil Premium funding

The Pupil Premium represents an annual amount of Government funding aimed at improving the educational achievement of children living in economically disadvantaged circumstances. Schools and academies are required to publish an annual report, giving further detail of how this funding is used, and indications of the educational impact on the children it is aimed at helping.

Pupil Premium strategy 2020/21 and review of 2019/20

Catch-up funding

Government-provided catch up funding is intended to support those children who did not reach the expected standard in reading and/or maths at primary school.

This report sets out Tuxford Academy’s approach to supporting those pupils, and outlines how the academy plans to utilise the funding to effectively raise standards of attainment and achievement for all students.

Year 7 catch-up funding report 2020/21 and review of 2019/20

Coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium

The coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium is aimed at helping schools mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on education. The purpose of this funding is to help children and young people ‘catch up’ with their education and to make up for lost teaching time. The following information details how we will use our funding at Tuxford Academy.

How we intend to use the grant

The EEF recommend a tired approach to support students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Tier one relates to quality teaching for all, tier two relates to targeted student support and intervention, and tier three relates to offering additional academic and pastoral support.

Tier one – capacity has been increased in English and maths faculties to provide interventions.  This is supported by the mentoring team and the recruitment of post 16 mentors to support students. The Tassomai app has been purchased for year 11 students to help identity ‘gaps’ and support students in preparing for future assessments.

Tier two – small group tuition to be delivered to students both within the school day, afterschool and during weekend/holidays. The tuition is to be delivered by teachers within the academy and post 16 mentors. Wellbeing of students is recognised by the provision of the mental health team providing mindfulness and 1:1 support.

Tier three – small group online tuition to be delivered to students. The tuition is to be delivered by tutors as part of NTP.  A full time councillor to support identified students wellbeing. PiXL Stive for 5 package and Build Up to be delivered to identified students.

How we will assess the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of our students

Students attainment and progress will be tracked through our formal data points throughout the academic year, this will allow the academy to track overall attainment across subject areas. The Progress Team will analyse the data, identifying trends and plan and deliver supportive intervention strategies.

16 to 19 tuition fund

The 16-19 tuition fund is £96 million of one-off funding for the 2020-21 academic year only. It is ringfenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus. The funding should be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 4 in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.

How will we use the 16-19 tuition funding?

Tuxford Academy is eligible to receive £2,106 from this fund for small group tuition. This fund is aimed at supporting students who did not achieve a grade 4 in English and/or maths at GCSE. We will use this funding to offer the following interventions that are in addition to students’ normal timetabled GCSE English and maths lessons:

  • Support sessions to ensure these students achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSEs English and maths.
  • Mentoring sessions to support the students in catching up and managing workload.
  • Additional subject support sessions offered afterschool, at weekends or during half term, to support the successful completion of other post 16 subjects.
  • A reintegration programme, for those that have struggled during lockdown, to develop skills needed for post 16 study.