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Farringdon Community Academy funding 2020-21

The amount received by the Academy is calculated using a sum of £955 per pupil generated from students identified as Pupil Premium in the January School Census 2020. Funding is also received for Service children (£300) and Looked after Children (£1900 = Pupil Premium Plus). The funding allocation at September 2020 is £252,120 - this will be affected by in-year variation as the PP cohort changes in relation to individual circumstances. PP funding and impact is reviewed annually in October of each academic year.

Barriers to Educational Achievement

At Farringdon Community Academy, our main barriers to educational achievement for students entitled to PP funding include issues relating to the fact that:

  • Students may sometimes require support to break habits and routines at home which could have a negative impact on their progress e.g. poor homework routines or attendance issues
  • students may lack positive messages about their ability and aspirations
  • individual social and emotional development issues may hinder their academic progress
  • gaps in literacy skills may hinder their ability to read and write to their full potential
  • some students may not have access to equipment suitable for study, online or remote learning

How will the Academy use the funding?

Farringdon Community Academy will continue to focus on its three key aims for Pupil Premium:

AIM 1: To support Year 11 students; providing intervention and guidance to enhance progress with a focus on closing the gap with attainment of Non- PP students

  • Intervention and Raising Standards teams focusing on individual students to support them to meet or exceed expected targets
  • To work with the most able PP students to promote success at the higher grades and in achieving Progress 8
  • To provide an Appropriate Curriculum for students who find it difficult to access or engage with the Progress 8 curriculum – offering alternative pathways through KS4 which are personalised to their needs and potential
  • Establishing small support groups for students who are vulnerable or anxious
  • Providing counselling for those who need it
  • Provision of revision materials for GCSE courses
  • Engage parents in revision and Mentoring strategies
  • Seeking opportunities to enrich learning beyond the classroom
  • Breakfast revision clubs prior to final exams
  • Securing appropriate Access Arrangements for students with specific needs
  • Providing equipment to students who may need it

IMPACT: Exam results in Summer 2021 will show that the gap between PP and NPP students has diminished and that individual students will attain their expected progress.

AIM 2: To focus on improving Literacy across the school with a focus on Key Stage Three:

  • Ensure that Year 7 & 8 students have dedicated Literacy Intervention, as required, within the timetable
  • To provide students with focused Literacy support via targeted intervention groups
  • To encourage use of the library by ensuring that this resource is available to all students at lunchtime and after school
  • To continue these interventions via remote learning during periods of lockdown for those students who need it

IMPACT: Reading ages will improve across the academic year through intervention work specific to the needs of individuals.

AIM 3: To support the needs of vulnerable students who are at risk of underachieving:

  • Focus on specific needs to enhance the learning climate for individual e.g. provision of a breakfast, assistance with uniform or other specific needs
  • Develop enrichment and Aim Higher activities which relate to individual needs and interests e.g. Sports Coaching, Performing Arts Summer school
  • Work with external and internal support agencies to support the needs of individual students e.g. Nurture, Small group intervention, Counselling, Health advisors, Grief counselling, Box Project, Educational Psychology
  • Partnership with ‘Achievement for All’ to help support and develop stronger partnerships with identified familes

IMPACT: Individual students will be supported appropriately across the school allowing them to continue to make progress in all aspects of the school’s curriculum and activities.

Date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy-  September 2021.

Pupil Premium Review

Pupil Premium Review 2019/20 will take place at the end of the current financial year.

Pupil Premium Review 2018/19(pdf) 

Pupil Premium Review 2017/18(pdf) 

Catch Up Funding 2019-20

Farringdon Community Academy funding 2019-20

Estimated to be £10,234

How will the Academy use the funding?

Farringdon Community Academy will continue to focus on its four key aims:

AIM 1: To continue to run a Secondary Ready group of Y7 students who will be based in a transition classroom.

AIM 2: To undertake Baseline testing in Year 7 to enhance data received from KS2 using Suffolk test, WRAT & NARA. Additionally, to use MidYIS to build a more rounded picture of individual student potential.

AIM 3: To continue to develop the Literacy programme for students who are working below expected standard in English

AIM 4: To sustain the Green pathway and the Stage Not Age curriculum already embedded and cited as good practice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

The provisional grant the school has received for the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium grant in academic year 2020 to 2021 is £59,920.
It is intended that the grant will be spent in the following ways:

  • Equipment for remote learning (headsets, pen readers and spellcheckers)
  • Other support for remote learning
  • Revision guides for students so they have these to learn from/revise if isolating
  • Carrying out diagnostic assessment where needed
  • High quality one-to-one and small group tuition
  • Teaching Assistants and targeted suport
  • Tutoring programme
  • Catch up Summer schools
  • Any relevant professional development for staff
  • Communicating with and supporting parents

 The effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school will be assessed in the following ways:

  • the progress students make academically
  • attendance of students to online lessons
  • the wellbeing of students