We believe passionately that everybody is equal and that equal opportunities are part of our CORE values at Arena Academy. We will always strive to narrow any gaps, regardless of whether they are social, academic or cultural, to ensure every one of our students achieves their full potential every day. Our model of support for Pupil Premium students aims to address some of the challenges they may face and allow them to realise anything is possible in life. We help to remove the challenges our Pupil Premium students may face by:
By promoting the above we will help ensure our disadvantaged students always make exceptional progress. We will do this by:
“Evidence-informed teachers and leaders combine findings from research with professional expertise to make decisions. Taking an evidence-informed approach to Pupil Premium spending can help schools to:
– (The EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium, 2019)
In planning our Pupil Premium strategy, the Academy has drawn both on academic research and on what we know from experience. Our spending plan has been informed by the findings of the Educational Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit, by what we know to have worked effectively in previous years, and by best practice from across the Harris Federation. In deciding which strategies to prioritise, we have considered:
The design of the Academy’s Pupil Premium strategy has also been influenced by the following points that are raised in The EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium 2019:
Quality teaching helps every child: Good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Using the Pupil Premium to improve teaching quality benefits all students and has a particularly positive effect on children eligible for the Pupil Premium. While the Pupil Premium is provided as a different grant from core funding, this financial split shouldn’t create an artificial separation from whole class teaching.
Implementation matters: The challenge of implementation means that less is more: selecting a small number of priorities and giving them the best chance of success is a safer bet than creating a long list of strategies that becomes hard to manage.
Pupil Premium funding may benefit other groups of students: The Pupil Premium is designed to support schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children. However, many of the most effective ways to do this – including improving the quality of teaching – will also benefit other groups: that is fine. Likewise, some forms of targeted academic support or wider strategies will benefit other children, including children with Special Educational Needs and Children in Need.
Intervention isn’t everything: There is a strong evidence base showing the impact that high quality interventions can have on the outcomes of struggling students. However, while interventions may well be one part of an effective Pupil Premium strategy, they are likely to be most effective when deployed alongside efforts to improve teaching, and attend to wider barriers to learning, such as attendance and behaviour.
A tiered approach: A tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending can help schools balance approaches to improving teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies.
We will report regularly on:
The leaders of the Academy will ensure that there is an annual statement, published on the website, on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for = disadvantaged pupils.
The Academy will measure the impact of the Pupil Premium spending by: