Year 7 catch up funding

Disadvantaged Pupils

Disadvantaged Student Funding Report – 2015/16

In the academic year 2015-2016 £173,910 Disadvantaged Pupil Funding was received by Caister Academy 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 secondary 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 mentoring.

A number of mini laptops have been purchased to allow flexibility of study in the classroom. 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 greater access to a wider variety of 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.

Of the 2016 Year 11 cohort, 37 pupils were designated as Disadvantaged. Of these 35% achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-C and 90% achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-G, both including English and Maths. All of our Disadvantaged pupils have made the transition to post 16 education, either through vocational college courses, A level courses or apprenticeships.

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Academic Support

Additional teaching staff and HLTA’s

•  Reduction in class sizes in English and Maths

•  Small group work in English and Maths

•  1-2-1 Intervention in Maths

•  Specialist literacy intervention


Training and programmes

Programmes for pupils and staff

•  Accelerated Reading Programme

•  Sound Training Programme

•  4Matrix Data system

•  PiXL Resources

•  Mentoring

Cultural Enrichment

Music lessons, funding for transport, access to additional programmes, ie. GCSE PE

•  Instrumental lessons

•  Trips and visits

Equality of Access

•  Equipment

•  Uniform


Offsite and Alternative Provision

•  Offsite GCSE courses

•  Alternative provision


An overview of how the grant was spent in the academic year 2015/16.