Friars Academy - 2022-52

These funds are used in a variety of ways to provide additional support and intervention for all pupils, but with a particular focus on those in receipt of ‘Free School Meals’ (FSM) and ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC).

PP Strategy Statement 2022-2025

A key area where these funds are targeted is to ensure the continued progress and academic achievement for these vulnerable groups. At Friars we have identified a variety of approaches as being appropriate for our pupils:

  • We have highly trained staff to teach intervention groups to improve mathematics and English.
  • We are using achievement data frequently to check whether interventions or techniques were working and made adjustments accordingly, rather than just using the data retrospectively to see if something had worked
  • Making sure that support staff, particularly teaching assistants, were highly trained and understood their role in helping pupils to achieve.
  • Training for staff to ensure that they are systematically focused on providing the best education and positive handling of our pupils.
  • Ensured that class and subject teachers knew which pupils were eligible for the Pupil Premium so that they could take responsibility for accelerating their progress
  • Have a clear policy on spending the Pupil Premium, agreed by governors and publicised on the school website
  • Provided well-targeted support, in the form of our Parent support worker to improve attendance, behaviour or links with families where these were barriers to a pupil’s learning
  • Targeted pupils for social, self esteem ,health and mentoring programme
  • ICT: purchase of iPad, Kindles, laptops: for use at home and school.
  • Individualised timetable/work schedule: personalised learning.
  • Additional TA/HLTA in class to reduce class size during specific lessons.

The strategies used are under constant review for effectiveness and value for money, by the Staff, Head Teacher and Governors.