Pupil premium and catch-up funding

The government introduced pupil premium with the aim of increasing social mobility, reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally and enabling more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend top universities.

Catch-up premium is government funding to assist schools in providing additional support in literacy and numeracy. Each school is entitled to an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

The impact of funding for individual students will be closely monitored and evaluated and a report will be provided at the end of each academic year. Please view our latest reports below:

Pupil Premium Funding Plan 2020-21

Pupil Premium Impact Statement 2019-20

Year 7 Catch Premium Plan 2019-2020

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 Walton Academy.

How we intend to use the grant

Quality First Teaching & Intervention:
The EEF recommends a tiered approach to closing the gap. Tier 1 is high quality teaching for all, Tier 2 is targeted support using Teaching Assistants (TAs), high quality one to one and small group interventions and planning for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) with Tier 3 offering support in pastoral aspects, attendance and social and emotional learning.

Tier 1:
A primary school teacher to deliver interventions to years 7, 8 & 9 students in school. This may take the form of one to one tuition, small group work or supporting in existing lessons to ensure the students catch up on lost learning from the lock down period.

Tier 2:
One to one and small group tuition to be delivered to Key Stage 4 students either face to face or online. Tuition to be delivered by teachers within school, sixth form mentors and previous trainees who have had their placements within school.

Tier 3:
• Catch up mentor employed on a part time basis to mentor students in a pastoral capacity, ensuring links with home remain productive.
• Casey counselling for approximately five students per term until the end of the school year.
• CPD – Pupil premium conference for one delegate to attend in December.
• Tassomai subscription for English, maths and science for years 9, 10 & 11.
• PiXL English Strive for 5 webinar package; a reading and writing package which can be streamed into classrooms for whole lessons or bitesize chunks.

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

Data points:

• Student progress and attainment will be tracked through the three formal data point that we have during the year, this will allow us to track overall progress and attainment of students across all subjects.
• A detailed analysis will be presented to senior and middle leaders after each data point, this will includes analysis of all groups so trends can be spotted and acted upon.
• Internal tracking of the small group intervention will be used to track progress, these will be reviewed at the end of each term.