Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

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:

  • Improving self-esteem of our disadvantaged students to ensure they are empowered to achieve anything in life and their true potential. Background does not determine outcome.
  • Improving emotional, mental and social wellbeing to ensure we are breaking down barriers that can inhibit learning.
  • Improving low aspirations to ensure our students are empowered to explore careers that will give them fulfilment and challenge in life.
  • Improving inconsistent and erratic attendance patterns when they enter the Academy in Year 7.
  • Narrow the gap in attainment and progress.
  • Improve their aspiration, knowledge, information and guidance for all disadvantaged students, in particular, those who are most able and disadvantaged.
  • Regardless of starting points, ensure that all disadvantaged students make positive progress and attainment, whilst continuing to outperform national disadvantaged students in all comparisons.
  • Ensure that students have stability, resources, routines and the basic needs to flourish at school.
  • Providing the basic resources that may be taken for granted by other students to ensure they receive equality of opportunity to be successful at the Academy.

By promoting the above we will help ensure our disadvantaged students always make exceptional progress. We will do this by:

  • Improving students’ intrinsic motivation to succeed and change some negative educational experiences for some.
  • Develop and increase cultural life experiences that help our students compete with those who have the same academic qualifications but who come from more affluent backgrounds and have experienced a wide range of cultural learning.
  • Teach students to find solutions to problems rather than to give up when they come to a barrier. Developing the resilient learner, regardless of background and experience.


“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:

  • Compare how similar challenges have been tackled in other schools.
  • Understand the strength of evidence behind alternative approaches.
  • Consider the likely cost-effectiveness of a range of approaches.”

– (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:

  • Likely impact on progress.
  • Cost.
  • Value-for money (i.e. cost-benefit analysis).
  • Capacity to deliver in a sustained and effective manner.

 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 progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for disadvantaged students.
  • An outline of the provision and an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the students receiving a particular provision, when compared to other forms of support.

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:

  • Tracking the progress of Pupil Premium students in line with our assessment policy.
  • Assessing the success of students at the end of each Key Stage relative to their target grades and against threshold measures.
  • Measuring the trends of attendance and behaviour indicators such as rewards and sanctions of Pupil Premium students and comparing to other Academy students.

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