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What funding do we get?

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Pupil Premium is funding we get from the government to help students who can find it more challenging to reach their potential. We receive extra funding for each student that meets any of the criteria below:

  • Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • Every child who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Children who have a parent currently serving in the armed forces

Pupil Premium is paid directly to us, and we decide how it is used to meet our students needs. Ofsted inspections report on our use of the funding, and how it is helping our students.

We are expected to show that the spending of the pupil premium:

  • Increases the attainment of pupil premium students
  • Increases the progress made by pupil premium students
  • Reduces the gap in attainment between pupil premium students and their non-pupil premium peers

Each year, the impact of spending is evaluated to ensure that disadvantaged students are receiving the most benefits and that the Academy is achieving the best value for money. These students are also systematically tracked so that underachieving students receive timely and targeted interventions, for instance, through the Year 11 Nexus group, which aims to motivate, monitor and reward students.

Pupil Premium Strategy
Pupil Premium Spend Plan 2018-2019

If you have any queries relating to provision for students eligible for Pupil Premium, do not hesitate to contact Mrs Ali (Deputy Headteacher) at zali@failsworth.coop

What is Year 7 Catch up Funding?

Co-op Academy Failsworth has used the funding to support one to one and small group tuition in Literacy and numeracy. The Academy is aiming to create and run more bespoke intervention as it realises that not all Literacy/English and Mathematics/Numeracy needs are the same for each student.

Year 7 catch up funding is provided to all schools and is for supporting students who have not achieved Level 4 on entry to Year 7. We use the funding to focus on building students’ Literacy and Numeracy skills. You can read more about our Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics initiative.

In order to support the students in year 7 that are not secondary ready we have a rigorous intervention scheme to help them progress. Below is a list of some interventions we complete:

  • Pupils will access two intervention sessions weekly for 6 weeks focusing on their needs within reading and comprehension
  • Pupils will access the Easyread Computer system which focusses primarily on phonic style learning for very weak readers
  • Pupils access reading intervention twice a week. Each student has a personalised focus ranging from decoding comprehension, analysis, skim and scan reading alongside book sharing. An access reader test is completed before and after this intervention to ensure that students are making progress.
  • Pupils complete small group or 1:1 intervention to improve in mathematics. Students have two sessions per week with a key focus on basic numeracy skills.

All students will complete the STAR reader assessment in September 2019 and as a result, bespoke interventions focussing on phonics, decoding, reading, comprehension, inference analysis, vocabulary and spelling are completed. These intervention sessions run for 12 weeks.  STAR reader assessments are completed three times a year and help identify progress for both years 7 and 8 to track progress.