The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education to enhance the education of children living in the most socio-economically deprived areas of the country. At Milestone we receive Pupil Premium for pupils entitled to free school meals and also Looked after Children at the rate of £900 per year.
In common with other Special schools, Milestone Academy recognises that the majority of its pupils face barriers to learning far greater than those imposed by financial deprivation. Due to their needs, all pupils at Milestone are very vulnerable. We strive to ensure that the Pupil Premium funding allocated to its pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals, those who are Looked After by the Local Authority as well as those who are members of Service families is used to narrow gaps in achievement by whatever means necessary. However, we also believe it is appropriate to use the funding to support other pupils who have significant areas of vulnerability, where this can be achieved in tandem with the provision made for Pupil Premium pupils.
The profile of eligible pupils at Milestone are as follows:
In 2013-2014 we expect to receive Pupil Premium income of approximately £78,000.
Pupils in nursery and post 16 do not attract Pupil Premium.
Identified Need: To set up systems to more closely and more frequently monitor pupil progress for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium and identify any gaps in achievement as they arise
Action: Salary costs towards management of data, training and resources.
Cost: £20,000 towards costs.
Expected impact: More effective systems of analysing data will enable timely interventions and any identified gap will be narrowed or closed.
Impact achieved July 2014: Pupils’ progress is now much more closely monitored and termly interventions are put into place for any pupils not making expected or better progress. As a result pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium performed as well as or better than their peers in English and Maths.
Identified Need: Strengthen the Teaching and Learning of Maths at Yr 5 and 6, and KS3 and 4
Action: Extend the use of the Numicon Programme within identified year groups and closely monitor outcomes.
Cost: £1299 towards costs of resources and training staff.
Expected impact: Numicon is a highly effective strategy to raise attainment in Maths. Consolidating use at Y 5/6 and extending into KS3 and 4 will raise attainment in Maths for these groups. All identified groups to meet or exceed end of year targets.
Impact achieved July 2014: The extended use of Numicon across the school has had a significant impact on the progress of the identified year groups and Key Stages and as a result pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium performed as well as or better than their peers in all strands of Maths.
Identified Need: Strengthen the Teaching and Learning of Speaking and Listening for Looked after Children
Action: SALT Provision.
Cost: £18,000 towards costs.
Expected impact: SALT department to plan and deliver personalised programmes of intervention to raise attainment in Sp and L for LAC. All identified pupils to meet or exceed expected targets.
Impact achieved July 2014: There continues to be a gap between Children in Care and their peers with progress in speaking and listening. Research has confirmed there is an identified and significant delay in the development of speaking and listening for children who may have experienced early neglect. Our SALT team leader has met with an expert in language acquisition for Children in Care and actions have been put into place to begin to close this gap. Personalised speech and language programmes are now in place for all those pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium who are underperforming in this area including those who are in Care. This area will continue to be a focus for 2014-15.
Identified Need: Strengthen Teaching and Learning of English at KS 3 and 4
Action: Soundswrite Programme.
Cost: £2000 towards costs of training and resources.
Expected impact: Soundswrite is a highly effective strategy to raise attainment in English. Consolidating and extending its’ use at KS3 and 4 will raise attainment in English. All identified groups to meet or exceed end of year targets.
Impact achieved July 2014: The impact of training and resources to support Soundswrite at KS3 and 4 has ensured that pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium performed as well as or better than their peers in English.
Identified Need: Any individual identified gaps in attainment in English and Maths across the Academy
Action: Enhance Leadership of English and Maths across the Academy.
Cost: £4980 towards costs.
Expected impact: Personalised intervention programmes led by English and Maths Leaders will address any individual gaps where progress is not as good as expected. All identified individuals to meet or exceed end of year targets.
Impact achieved July 2014: The English and Maths Leaders work across the Academy. They work closely with other middle and senior leaders. At two weekly “College Meetings” leaders meet to analyse progress, identify any gaps and trends and support with strategies and interventions. As a result pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium performed as well as or better than their peers in English and Maths.
Identified Need: Identified Physiotherapy and OT needs will be addressed to reduce negative impact on Teaching and Learning and Pupil Achievement
Action: Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy interventions.
Cost: £8257 towards the cost of a physio/OT assistant. £5000 for Sensory trained OT consultancy.
Expected impact: Pupils will be well and comfortable and able to fully access their learning. All identified individuals to meet or exceed end of year targets.
Impact achieved July 2014: All identified physiotherapy and OT needs are now much better met enabling pupils to more fully access their learning. The appointment of a sensory trained OT consultant has through training, support and direct intervention ensured those pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium who have additional needs performed as well as or better than their peers in English and Maths.
Identified Need: Individual SEN needs can impact on pupils’ ability to access Teaching and Learning
Action: ICT to support Learning.
Expected impact: Where gaps are identified a personalised approach including access to a range of bespoke software and hardware options will be developed. Includes ongoing iPad pilot project.
Impact achieved July 2014: Considerable time has been taken to fully evaluate and plan next steps in the iPad pilot project. Personalised approaches to ICT have shown to have a significant impact on learning at Milestone Academy and as a result we have purchased additional personal devices and storage systems to enable better access to personalise IT for all pupils. The impact of this will need to be evaluated in the next academic year when the devices and software are in place.
Identified Need: Any identified gaps arising in-year as a result of pupil tracking.
Action: Local budget identified for immediate costs towards closing any in-year gaps as they arise.
Cost: £5000 Primary, £5000 Secondary.
Expected impact: Local costs for specific interventions as required and including intensive 1:1 interventions to narrow gaps to be agreed at Primary and Secondary College Leader meetings following Pupil progress Review Meetings termly.
Impact achieved July 2014: Applications have been made to this fund to support a range of needs including therapy provision, resources and training. As a result pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium performed as well as or better than their peers in English and Maths. Not all of this allocated budget was spent; £7098 has been rolled over to the Pupil Premium budget for the next academic year.
Identified Need: Opportunities for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium to access high quality cross-curricular residential school journeys to develop independence, personal and social skills
Action: Part-fund costs for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium for residential school journeys
Expected impact: Support for families to enable pupils to attend along with their peers.
Impact achieved July 2014: This fund supported two pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium to access high quality residential provision alongside their peers. These opportunities provided rich opportunities for cross-curricular learning and especially improved personal and social development.
Identified Need: gaps in achievement for low attaining/sensory ASD pupils / Improvements in Behaviour for Learning for pupils with/without ASD where this is an identified need
Action: Additional ASD Leadership.
Expected impact: Additional ASD Leader at KS4 to strengthen team and lead TEACCH provision at KS4 and support with closing identified gaps in achievement. ASD Leaders to lead Behaviour for Learning across the school ensuring all pupils are ready to learn.
Impact achieved July 2014: The very successful appointment of a KS4 ASD Leader has ensured those pupil with ASD in receipt of Pupil Premium have performed as well as or better than their peers in English and Maths.
Total Cost: £78,536
2013-14 Income: £76,613
2013-14 Expenditure: £69,515
Rolled over to Pupil Premium Budget 2014-15: £7098
Please see below for information regarding progress of Pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium and children in care.