Disadvantaged Student Funding Report – 2017/2018
In the academic year 2017-2018, £288,00 Disadvantaged Pupil Funding was received by Wroughton Academies to support the engagement and learning of pupils either in receipt of Free School Meals, currently or during the past six years, those who are in local authority care, have been adopted from local authority care or children who have parents in the armed forces.
The funding has been targeted to ensure that students who are disadvantaged in some way are given equal opportunity to access, enjoy and achieve in their primary education. The grant has been used in a variety of ways, such as providing low income families support with uniform, equipment, trips, visits, activities and clubs, ensuring equal opportunity. Academically, the grant was used to provide additional classes in English and Mathematics to facilitate smaller teaching groups, additional in-class support as well as small group work and 1-2-1 tuition, as well as the implementation of a rigorous Phonics programme – ReadWriteInc,
This year we have introduced a range of initiatives such as our new Talk4Writing curriculum, Reading for pleasure, ELSA, Nurture and other specialist emotional provision, in order to encourage all pupils to develop. Additional support has been offered with the introduction of breakfast clubs, after-school boosters and specialist sport activities. This will further be expanding in the new academic year. Additional training and resources have been provided to all staff across the curriculum, and there has been particular focus this year on attendance and rewarding personal achievements.
We believe that a combined approach will help to close gaps between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged learners, either social, cultural and academic. They have had greater access to a wider variety of both academic and physical experiences and increased support to learn and achieve. Outcomes are not measured solely by academic success, but also the moral, social and spiritual wellbeing of pupils.
In summer 2018, 56% of all pupils achieved the expected standard in RWM compared to 55% of Disadvantaged pupils. 61% of all Year 6 pupils achieved the expected level in Reading compared 59% of Disadvantaged pupils and 63% of all pupils achieved the maths standard compared to 55% of Disadvantaged pupils. Attendance continued to improve in both academies by 1% in the infant academy compared to 2016-2017 and up to 95.2% in the junior academy.