As with other publicly-funded schools in England, Biddick Academy receives extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school. Disadvantaged pupils often do not perform as well as their peers. Biddick Academy is committed to ensure that all students reach their true potential, irrespective of their social or economic background. The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve. Biddick Academy intends to remove barriers to achievement through its Disadvantaged student strategy.
Impact of Pupil Premium Spending 2020/21
We are very proud of all of our students at Biddick Academy. It is our responsibility to ensure every single student receives the best possible teaching and the best possible learning, so that we motivate our students to have high aspirations and achieve their full potential. This in turn will help them grow into mature, responsible adults that are fully prepared for a positive lifestyle beyond Biddick Academy. We spend our Pupil Premium Funding to make our intent a reality by removing any potential barrier to progress.
The attainment of disadvantaged students in 2020/21 has improved in key areas. For example, Attainment 8 has increased from 41.14 in 2019/20, to 48.64 in 2020/21 an increase of 7.5. There has been an increase in Attainment 8 between 2019/20 and 2020/21 in English from 8.57 to11.06, Maths 8.00 to 9.09, Ebacc subjects 11.00 to 12.5 and the ‘Open’ subjects from 13.57 to 15.99.
The attainment of disadvantaged students (48.64) is above the 2019 national average (36.7) by 11.94, however it is important to remember that our 2020/21 data is from Teacher Assessed Grades, meaning that the national average is also likely to have increased.
The percentage of disadvantaged students achieving Basics 4 – 9 has increased from 45.45% in 2019/20, to 75.47 in 2020/21. This figure is also in line with the overall attainment of the cohort of 76%. The percentage of disadvantaged students achieving Basics 5 – 9 has increased from 27.27% in 2019/20 to 52.83%.
It is with a sense of pride that all of our disadvantaged students in 2020/21 have transitioned onto progression pathways, meaning that 100% of those students eligible for Pupil Premium funding are in education, employment or training. This is a result of high quality impartial Careers Advice, Information and Guidance which is provided to all students to ensure they make aspirational and appropriate informed choices and a smooth transition to their individual progression pathways.
We are pleased with the positive attitude to learning demonstrated by students at Key Stage Three. The Academy has used targeted strategies to ensure high engagement in remote learning via the provision of digital devices, reading books and specific pastoral support. This resulted in all students making a successful transition between school based and remote learning throughout the year.