Tollbar Academy receives additional funding, pupil premium, to support students who have been in receipt of free school meals within the last 6 years.
The Academy will primarily focus the Pupil Premium funding to accelerate progress and 'narrow the gap' for disadvantaged students.
In 2014-2015 the Academy received £252,000 for Pupil Premium Funding.
In 2015-2016 the Academy will receive an estimated £278,630 of Pupil Premium Funding.
The range of provision includes:
- Reduced class sizes to improve opportunities and outcomes.
- One to one/ small group teaching for some students to support progress in English and Maths.
- Weekend and holiday revision classes.
- Increased number of Teaching Assistants for specific in class support.
- Increased support to address shortfalls in reading and basic numeracy.
- Increased Pastoral support for vulnerable students.
- Allocation of a key worker to track progress and identify need.
- Access to some curriculum based additional provision e.g. music tuition.
- Free access through the Academy's VLE to e-books to encourage and support home reading.
The impact of Pupil Premium from Year 7 to Year 11 for 2014-2015 was:
- 71% of disadvantaged students achieved the expected progress in English in 2015 and 37% achieved above expected progress.
- 73% of disadvantaged students achieved the expected progress in maths in 2015 and 27% achieved above expected progress.