Ercall Wood Academy

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Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium Strategy


Please see the document below for details of our Pupil Premium Strategy.


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Pupil Premium Impact Statement 2019-2020

Desired outcome

Chosen action/approach

Impact: Did you meet the success criteria? Include impact on pupils not eligible for PP, if appropriate.

Lessons learned

(and whether you will continue with this approach)

Quality First Teaching will improve outcomes and progress for PP students in all subjects

Seating plans in lessons will reflect PP students and therefore a focus for the classroom staff. 

Work scrutiny focus on PP students across the school.

Delivery of the ‘Elevate’
programme for PP students.

Data produced after each data round and disseminated to Subject Leaders to indicate where focused intervention is required based on data outcomes.

The attainment 8 score for our pupil premium students in 2020 increased by 10.3 compared to 2019 which reduced the gap between the attainment of our PP students and other students from 12.97 to 6.14



Continue the focus on PPG students across the academy.

Elevate will not be used this academic year due to the constraints of the Pandemic and the issues relating to external providers coming into the Academy.

Improved Literacy Progress

Lexia support for identified students in Year 7 and Year 8.

Targeted students below ARE in English Y7/8 9 accessed the provision. Targeted students made progress across 1 ½ terms prior to the Spring Lockdown: 12 /16 Y7 students made progress with 3 moving at least one level within the programme; 12/16 Y8 students made progress with 3 moving at least one Level within the programme; and 5/5 of the targeted Y9 made progress with 3 moving at least one level

Lexia is to continue led by the Literacy Lead BSI for the coming academic year


Bedrock vocabulary introduced to Years 7, 8 and 9.

There has been an improvement in spelling and vocabulary proficiency of 28% with PPG students compared with an improvement of 23% for non -PPG students in years 7/8/9

Bedrock will continue to be used for all KS3 students for the for the coming academic year. As this is an online package and it is available in school students who do not have access to IT at home are not disadvantaged. Bedrock Club is also available for those students to undertake the learning activities in school


Pixl Unlock

Widespread use of the PIXL Unlock Package across the school in Years 7-11. Form Tutor time was allocated weekly to the delivery of the materials

The initiative is continuing to be used although the purchase of the PIXL Materials has ceased due to cost implications.


ARC5 627 Provision for targeted Y7 students significantly below ARE on entry

Following a year in the 627 provision students have integrated into mainstream lessons.

Programme to continue for the incoming Y7

Closing gap in Maths and English through mentoring and support

Identified ‘PPG Champion’ in Maths and English – to target identified students in order to raise levels of attainment in Y11

The % of PP students achieving a grade 5 in English and Maths increased from 7% in 2019 to 20% in 2020. This reduced the gap from 22% to 12%

Year 1 80% of students in yr.10 have a reading age of 15 or above, excluding EHCP

Year 2 90% of students in yr.10 have a reading age of 15 or above, excluding EHCP

Year 3 100% of students in yr.10 have a reading age of 15 or above, excluding EHCP

The positive impact staff had upon student outcomes has led directly to the ‘overstaffing’ within the English and eventually Maths Departments.

Departments have now had TA’s deployed to work exclusively with them rather than the previous multi-disciplinary.

Improved attendance

Attendance monitoring – Wise Up; Attendance rewards


PG Students attendance rose in 3 year groups when compared to the previous academic year – as shown below


The targeting of PPG students whose attendance was significantly below 90% and were therefore PA are the most challenging to demonstrate any sustainable improvements. Those whose attendance is between 87-93% are where. Where the attendance was lowest – Y9 a programme of additional mentoring via the LCT Mentors has been implemented and several of those students whose attendance was most concerning have been placed on Alternative Provision programmes now they are in Y10

Reduce the fixed term exclusions for PP students

Use of the ARC system for the referral of students for internal and external support provision Fixed term exclusion of PP students is monitored by the ARC centre and acted on in the ARC and pastoral meetings.

Use of Alternative Provision for those identified students for whom a mainstream curriculum provision is inappropriate

FTE fell during the first term. Due to Covid the next period for review was ended prematurely but this also showed a reduction

We will be further developing the ARC system by introducing a very distinct Alternative Provision Pathway for an identified cohort of KS4 students who are at high risk of FTE or possible PEX due to their ongoing behavioural challenges.

Improved student engagement through improved welfare support and increase levels of parental contact via Student Support Manager and home

Pastoral Team restructure

The restructured Pastoral Team now offers full time Pastoral support for all year groups which is not dependent on Teachers with an allocation of time to support their identified year group. This is beneficial to students and subject teachers who are able to call on the support of SSMs throughout the day.

The addition of 2 Key stage Leaders at Leadership level has added capacity to oversee the day to day management and deployment of the SSMs and also the rewards and sanctions system that is now operating across the school

The new structure has worked well and will continue to evolve as the KSL develop in their roles.

Raised aspirations for students future career paths and reduction of NEETs

Development of Careers & IAG Hub – recruitment of Careers Lead – Head of Careers Enterprise & Aspire to Higher Education

Raised participation in HE aspire events to local / regional and national providers

Broaden access to Apprenticeship schemes for PPG students

Participation of PPG students in the WEX programme

Covid has impacted upon the time being spent of CIAG due to restrictions on in school visitors and the stopping of all out of school experiences except for those run virtually.

Catch-Up Premium Plan


Please see the document below for details of our catch-up funding.

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