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Joseph Leckie Academy

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Pupil Premium



The overall priority is to narrow the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of more students in low-income families. This statement reflects the Academy's belief in Inclusion for all, that students will benefit from the widest choice of education, and that, it is the people around the child who make the real difference through the creation of a learning environment that fosters development of the whole child, promotes good attendance and learning behaviours, and instil a moral purpose and ethos in the Academy, the staff and Governors in-line with its values. It is the Academy's intention that all students will experience an Academy day which, in the normal course, provides an appropriate, culturally rich and broad academic curriculum, delivered to allow all students to make good progress in every lesson. The Academy assesses the individual needs of eligible students, personalising the support they receive wherever possible.


The Academy has set the following objectives with regard to Pupil Premium:

  • Measure progress against National non-PP data (referred to as 'other' by DfE), ensuring students reach their full potential when compared to 'other national', which takes away any limiting factor of deprivation which, if compared to 'the Academy' or 'locally', could lower expectations.
  • Remove real or perceived barriers.
  • Widen experiences, aiming to develop ‘the whole child’ by meeting their academic, emotional and social needs.
  • Identify each eligible student’s progress in all year groups throughout the year to prevent gaps widening.
  • Give due regard, when seeking to deliver these objectives, to sensitivity and discreetness when identifying eligible students.
  • Ensure eligible students are on a curriculum that will not limit their opportunities.
  • Instil the Academy’s moral purpose, values and ethos in students, staff and the Governors.
  • Empower staff to believe that every child has the potential to achieve, and in doing so widen horizons and raise students’ aspirations for their futures.
  • Foster a 'no excuse' culture in the Academy, providing a clear vision for improvement.
  • Deliver discreet, targeted, Academy-wide and/or subject strategies embedded in our day-to-day teaching practice that meets the needs of each learner.
  • Where reasonably practicable, seek to address any underlying inequalities between disadvantaged students and their peers.
  • Consider introducing an element of PP performance management for all teaching and support staff.
  • Involve Governors in monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of strategies.
  • Be able to evaluate the impact of spending on strategies.
  • Analyse diagnostically underachievement in English mathematics and science.
  • Provide a clear audit trail.
  • Use progress data and other monitoring strategies frequently to check effectiveness of teaching and adjust accordingly to secure improvement.
  • Secure good attendance and behaviour, instilling in students confidence and resilience.
  • Use an evidence-based approach to ensure objectives are met.
  • Further promote and develop communications with parents/carers to maximise student engagement.

Key Targets following Analysis of Need

  • Improve progress by ensuring that attainment for all students including PP in English and mathematics is further improved and students are achieving or exceeding their expected outcomes for grades 9 to 1.
  • To increase Progress 8 for 2019 GCSE Pupil Premium students:
  • English.
  • Mathematics.
  • Science (All PA).
  • MFL (All PA).
  • Humanities (All PA).
  • English Baccalaureate Subjects.
  • Open Subjects (All PA).
  • Achieve 96% attendance. 
  • Monitoring ‘Behaviour Incidents’ at regular intervals to identify difference. between PP and non PP students and put in place strategies to remove gaps.
  • Raise the awareness of Pupil Premium amongst the staff, including accountability and ownership.
  • Bank of teaching ‘in-class’ strategies that can be implemented by all.
  • Increase attendance of parents/carers to Academy events to at least 75%.
  • Improve the uptake and use of the MyEd App by parents to at least 75% across all Year groups.

Key Strategies

  1. Teaching staff have a Performance Management target for eligible students to meet their expected outcomes which match those of non-eligible students.
  2. All meetings to include Pupil Premium as a standing agenda item.
  3. Part-fund all educational visits for eligible students.
  4. Part-fund music tuition for eligible students.
  5. Provide access to outside agencies and broader experiences through enrichment, activities week and education trips. 
  6. Provide Year 10 / 11 students with revision and workbooks to the value of £30 each student.
  7. Contact parents/carers prior to Parents’ Consultation Events to secure an appointment.
  8. Monitor attendance at consultation events and follow up with communication home.
  9. Subject meetings with Link member of LT four times a year to discuss all outcomes following data collection with a particular focus on PP students.
  10. Breakfast Club available for all students.
  11. Mentoring of Pupil Premium students across the Academy by Heads of Departments, Heads of Faculties and Heads of Years and by an Academic Mentor in Year 11).
  12. Home Liaison Officer / Attendance Team to raise attendance and engagement.
  13. All Year 11 students to have a meeting with Careers Officer to secure destinations.
  14. CIAG.
  15. Continue the monitoring of progress to identify the widest gaps between staff predictions (data) and expected outcomes across 8 qualifying subjects with a subsequent targeted personalised intervention package for identified students. This will be led by the Assistant Principal (Pupil Premium) and associated staff with significant involvement of the Leadership Team.

Pupil Premium - Improvement Plan (2019-20)


Funding Available 2019-20
Percentage of FSM pupils 52% (2018-19)
Number of FSM pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium 593 pupils (FSMs) x £935 = £560,657.50
Number of looked after eligible for the Pupil Premium 8
Number of service children eligible for the Pupil Premium 0
Total £560,657.50

Pupil Premium Plan - Allocated Funding 2019/2020:

  • Ensure Pupil Premium students are able to access additional support to assist with their learning and progress, in order to achieve 3 levels of progress and their target grades in the subjects they undertake.

Success Criteria:

  • Pupil Premium students' achieve at least 3 levels of progress in line with national standards.
  • Pupil Premium students' levels of exclusion are in line or better than school standards. 
  • Pupil Premium students' levels of attendance are in line with or better than school standards. 
  • Pupil Premium students' effort grades are in line with other groups of students in the school.
  • Pupil Premium students' destination data is in line with other students within the school.