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Pupil Premium

Woodlands Academy

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantages pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

School Overview

MetricData
School nameWoodlands Academy
Pupils in school74
Proportion of disadvantaged pupils60%
Pupil premium allocation this academic year£48,154
Academic year or years covered by statement
2020/21
Publish date
09/2020
Review date09/2021
Statement authorised by
A Eyre
Pupil premium lead
A Eyre
Governor lead
Pam Powell

Disadvantaged pupil barriers to success

Pupils who attend Woodlands Academy have previously had negative experiences of education. They have low self-esteem and self-worth, not seeing themselves as learners. Having lower emotional literacy skills than their peers within school may mean they do not come to school ready to learn. They require a lot of support to develop these areas which allow them to access the learning environment and curriculum.

Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils - academic achievement

AimEvidence of ImpactTarget Date
PP pupils make at least expected progress in literacyClosure of the gap in progress between PP and non-PP pupilsJuly 2021
Pupils make at least expected progress in Maths.Closure of the gap in progress between PP and Non-PP pupilsJuly 2021
To continue to increase attendance of all PP pupils.Overall attendance for pupils eligible for PP to improve.July 2021

Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils – wider outcomes (e.g. independence)

MeasureActivity
Priority 1Literacy intervention for all disadvantaged pupils.
Priority 2Numeracy intervention for all disadvantaged pupils.
Barriers to learning these priorities There is sufficient support when full staff numbers are in school. This can be difficult when staffing is low due to absence.
Projected spending£35,000

Teaching priorities for current academic year

AimEvidence of ImpactTarget Date
To support teaching staff to ensure lessons meet the SEN of our diverse pupils’.To ensure the training from Educational Psychologists is evident in teachers’ planning.July 2021

Targeted academic support for current academic year

MeasureActivity
Priority 1To support pupils’ mental health & well-being through counselling and music therapy, following the COVID-19 pandemic, to enable them to engage in their learning.
Barriers to learning these priorities addressThe availability of counselling is in high demand. To ensure we can provide a counsellor for pupils for x2 days a week where availability allows.
Projected spending£11,154

Wider strategies for current academic year

MeasureActivity
Priority 1Y8 have ASC to build confidence and teamwork.
Barriers to learning these priorities addressPotential on-going COVID-19 restrictions impacting on educational trips..

Projected spending£2,000

Monitoring and implementation

AreaChallengeMitigating Action
TeachingEnsuring time is given over to allow for staff professional development.Use of directed time after school.
Wider strategiesEnough time to plan and deliver new programme of activities.Lead teacher now supported by assistants.

Review of 2020-2021 aims and outcomes

AimOutcome
PP pupils make at least expected progress in literacy.
Pupils make at least expected progress in Maths.
As a result of the impact of COVID-19, a large proportion of PP pupils didn’t make expected progress in Literacy & Maths. There is still COVID Recovery and School Led Tuition to be spent supporting pupils to improve their progress within these core subject areas.
To continue to increase attendance of all PP pupils.Whole School Attendance for 20/21 was 88%, compared with 88.18% in 19/20. Continuing to improve attendance remains a priority, and is part of the School’s development plan for 21/22.
To support teaching staff to ensure lessons meet the SEN of our diverse pupils’.Staff Training took place via TEAMs with educational psychologists, this training was moved remotely as per COVID protocols.
To support pupils’ mental health & well-being through counselling and music therapy, following the COVID-19 pandemic, to enable them to engage in their learning.A new school counsellor and 1:1 music teacher joined the school during 20/21 to ensure pupils had access to these therapies. The counsellor was increased to two days in school, to ensure all pupils’ who wished to access this intervention could do so.
Y8 have ASC to build confidence and teamwork.Wherever COVID restrictions allowed, ASC was available to pupils. Where there were COVID restrictions on trips offsite, confidence building & team working activities were carried out on the school site.
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