Pupil Premium is additional money delegated to the academy and is matched to the number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals and who are children of service families.

Each school has the freedom to decide how to spend the money to maximize the impact on pupil progress and attainment. At Yeoman Park Academy we do this in an individual and targeted way, raising the attainment of this group of children, ‘closing the gap’ in achievement.

We have decided to target four main areas;

  • Providing opportunities for pupils to generalise their skills in social situations
  • Developing communication skills – listening and speaking and understanding
  • Occupational therapy, providing support and strategies to enhance pupil development
  • Providing mathematics, reading and writing ‘focused learning’ opportunities individually or in groups

Please see our spending review for the most recently completed academic years and plans for spending this funding this year in the documents below.

Pupil Premium strategy 2020-21 and impact report 2019-20

Pupil Premium strategy 2019-20

Year 7 catch-up funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools and academies additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding, including special schools.

For a detailed breakdown of how we have used this funding to support our pupils, see the document below:

Year 7 catch-up funding plans 2019-20

Sports Premium funding

What is the Sports Premium?

The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years to provide new and substantial primary and special school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary and special schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year – at Yeoman Park that means around £8,110 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision at the academy.

Our plans for the Sports Premium funding

Yeoman Park Academy appreciates the contribution of physical education to the health and well-being of its children. We also acknowledge that a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum and extra-curricular activities have a positive impact on concentration, attitude and achievement. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils receive a minimum of two hours of PE per week, delivered by well-trained and enthusiastic teachers. The Sport Premium funding is allowing us to develop a sustainable improvement in teacher confidence and a new curriculum based on developing children’s physical skills. Regular staff training opportunities are provided for teachers and teaching assistants (TAs) to keep them abreast of new initiatives.

Please find our plans for spending the Sports Premium funding below, together with impact reports from previous academic years.

Sports Premium plan 2020-21 and evaluation report 2019-20

Sports Premium plan 2019-2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium

The coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium is aimed at helping schools mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on education. The purpose of this funding is to help children and young people ‘catch up’ with their education and to make up for lost teaching time. The following information details how we will use our funding at Yeoman Park Academy

How we intend to use the grant

  • Improved parental engagement and communication – An identified home-school worker to build stronger relationships, improve communication between the academy and home and be an identifiable point of contact for families
  • Improved communication skills and interaction with the environment – Investment in ICT cameras and microphones to aid remote communication and engagement
  • Improved self-regulation and preparation for learning – Development of safe spaces and new self-regulation equipment for each class to support reintegration to the academy and our routines
  • Rapid recovery to pre-lockdown levels – Creation of a bespoke recovery curriculum that meets the needs of individuals
  • Minimise disruption to learning and time lost through difficult transitions – Provide a low stimulus environment in each ASD class and around walkways, clear instructions and timers
  • Improve overall fitness and wellbeing – Improvements to outside learning environments

How we will assess the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of our children

When measuring the progress of our strategic plan we will be led by the needs of the pupils. This will be informed by our knowledge of pupils’ experiences and through liaison with families and multi-agency partners.

We understand the importance of the plan’s flexibility, and as such, have not imposed milestones to track impact. As our understanding of the differing needs of our pupils develops upon their return to school, we will be guided by the voices of our pupils and their families when allocating resourcing and financing activities.

We will measure the impact our individual pupils make by:

  • Listening to what our pupils and their parents/carers tell us
  • Monitoring progress against outcomes from EHCP
  • Evaluating progress across curriculum through data capture
  • Scrutiny of pupil work and observations of learning

We will measure the progress of our strategic plan by:

  • Termly monitoring visits by the link governor
  • Reports to IEB/Governing Body
  • Financial monitoring
  • Staff reflection and review
  • Parental feedback
  • Feedback from multi-agency partners, through conversations, reports and tracking