Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Pupil Premium Report for the year 2012-2013


General Context:

The Pupil Premium was launched by the government as a way of addressing inequalities in educational outcomes and in ensuring that all students can achieve academically. The level of funding in 2012 – 2013 was £623 per student who is in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or as a looked after child. This is rising to £900 in 2013 – 2014. In addition, children from service families are funded at a level of £250 per child, rising to £300. This funding is made available to the school to ensure that these children are able to fulfil their potential through access to additional materials, support or experiences which enhance their educational opportunities and thereby their outcomes as research has indicated that nationally students from these backgrounds do less well educationally than similar students. The DfE allows for schools to spend this funding as they see fit based on their knowledge of pupil needs.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. (Source: DfE website)

Lipson Context:

Students on roll:  


1315 (September 2013)

Students in receipt of Free School Meals: 


41.8% (September  2013)

Students in care (CIC):



Students from service families:


Less than 1%







These figures indicate that Lipson has relatively few children in the LAC and Service families categories but are considerably above the national average figures for students on Free School Meals Ever 6 and are in the 80th percentile for FSM. These figures led to an allocation in the financial year April - March of £273,950 which was earmarked to accelerate academic achievement of the students targeted by the Academy as needing extra support to ensure that they make progress and to close the educational gap.

Total Funding received April 2012 – March 2013:  £298,450 for Ever 6 Premium, Summer School and Year 7 catch up.


What has the Pupil Premium Funding been used for in 2012 – 2013?

Decisions on what to use the Pupil Premium grant for have been rooted in research especially the Sutton trust tool kit, EEF and John Hattie.

We were allocated £298,450 for the academic year 2012/2013. We received this money in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant). The grant was used across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 to support the academic progress of Ever 6 students. 








Focus on quality of teaching and learning of all students has led to a reduced gap in various year groups from the monitoring undertaken in 2012 – 2013 (see RAP sheets) Reduced gap between FSM and Non FSM students Year 7 and Year 8 students especially within English. 2013 Year 9 the gap is reduced especially in Mathematics. Reducing gap between FSM and Non FSM students is especially visible in Year 10 and should see gap significantly reduced (see PPG monitor). Summer School in Summer 2012 was run at capacity yet again.

Training of staff within the core of English, Mathematics and Science



Increased focus on Quality First teaching across the Academy to ensure all students make at least the expected progress

(see monitor). Intensive training tied to raised expectations and using technology to close the gap (see case study on learning technology)

Extra Curriculum support with half termly and Easter revision classes



FSM students are targeted for revision sessions and Guild system supports their attendance. FSM Students who are underperforming in English and Mathematics were given an extra hour support with learning mentors and specialist teachers. 

Literacy intervention programmes including Renaissance Reading



Significant impact on reading ages of all students in year 7 with an average increase of 12 Months within a 6 month period through the use of the Accelerate Reading scheme (See the full report on AR for its impact across the Faculty). A successful year long literacy programme was run with Chandler’s Guild to boost literacy skills and is being replicated with another guild.  

Identification of need and allocation of support



Regular meeting of RAP group to monitor progress of FSM students and to implement actions. Impact has been especially evident in KS3 These meetings instigated assertive mentoring and other interventions as needed for all students to support them in making progress.

Additional Pastoral support



HoG training in supporting all students especially FSM students through assertive mentoring. Exclusions of FSM students dropped from 10.71% to 2% in 2012 – 2013.

Enrichment of Developing Aspirations


£13, 925

All A Level students attended University sessions to raise aspirations. FSM students in all years were given the opportunity to attend a theatre production. 26 FSM students received free music tuition to raise their aspirations, 2 FSM students received scholarships to Italia Conti with a direct impact on their English Speaking and Listening grade.

Additional Attendance Team



Reduced number of FSM students who are persistent absence students in 2012 – 2013 from 15.4% to 12.5%

Improved attendance figures for FSM students

(See attendance report for FSM).

Total Expenditure:



Total Income:  







What have we achieved so far?

Our interventions in this area so far have resulted in longer term improvements to the performance of this group of students: This includes:

  • 80% of Ever 6 students secured 5 A* - C Grades in GCSE and equivalencies.
  • Total point score for GCSE and GCSE with equivalencies has been maintained above National Average. (13 points above national average for equivalencies)
  • There has been a 3% increase in the number of FSM students making the expected progress in Mathematics in 2012 – 2013.
  • There is a slight narrowing the gap in attainment in Mathematics by 1.4%.
  • 100% pass rate for FSM on all BTEC courses
  • Attendance figures for Ever 6 students have increased in 2012 - 2013.
  • The number of Ever 6 students graded as persistent absence has dropped from 15.4% to 12.5%.
  • Exclusions for Ever 6 students have dropped by 8.71% to just 2% in 2012 - 2013 

Use of the Pupil Premium 2013 -2014

Lipson Co-operative Academy has a responsibility to ensure that the pupil premium is used in an effective manner and for the purposes outlined above. In addition, the government has asked every school to make it clear how it has used this money and the impact that it has had. Whilst there are obvious successes for Ever 6 students in 2012 – 2013 especially compared to national averages and in the lower school years, the rate of progress is slower than desired by the Academy. In order for us to increase the pace in closing the gap between Ever 6 and Non Ever 6 students more effectively and with greater urgency in 2013 – 2014 we are launching our pupil premium guarantee. This guarantee will allow us to further extend and enhance our current provision on closing the education gap to ensure that our students, whose parents or carers are on lower incomes, are not disadvantaged in any way and are able to close the gap in achievement.

Pupil Premium Guarantee

Our Guarantee for every qualifying student:

  • Guaranteed access to interventions such as mentoring, gifted and talented events and activities, assertive mentoring, motivational and careers-based opportunities such as visits to university as appropriate
  • Guaranteed access, where necessary, to 1:1 support or small group work for English and/or Maths to address any underperformance.
  • Guaranteed access to bespoke support where appropriate, including booster sessions in Key Stage 3 for English and Maths skills and support such as assertive mentoring, time management and study skills in Key Stage 4.
  • Guaranteed access to a careers’ adviser for advice and guidance in Key Stage 4
  • Guaranteed access to Summer School provision for students in Year 7 and Year 8 who are felt to be underperforming.
  • Guaranteed access to a range of cultural experiences including theatre performances, music tuition and dance classes to widen aspirations

Our Commitment to every student:

Please be assured that although the Academy is investing in this provision, no student will be allowed to fall behind and not achieve their potential. All students are consistently tracked and if anyone is underperforming, they will also get the elements outlined above to improve their progress. The additional money provided by the Pupil Premium Grant allows the Academy to have extra capacity so that we can help to support even more students.


Priorities for 2013 - 2014

Quality classroom teaching is the focus for all students at Lipson Co-operative Academy which will allow all students to progress. However, research from Sutton Trust and Ofsted have made it clear that Ever 6 students are at greater risk of educational underachievement and need more intensive help hence the Pupil Premium Grant. Hence priorities remain:

  1. Co-ordinate high quality intervention to support this high quality teaching; the pupil premium fund is being used to support PPG students through extended day, booster sessions, specialist staffing, enhanced educational experiences for Ever 6 students.
  2. Widen the opportunities for students in receipt of PPG to take part in cultural activities such as music tuition, KS4 university visits, field trips, residential trips, theatre visits as these are part of raising aspirations.
  3. Liaise with HoFs to ensure that they are aware of Ever 6 as a major cohort and which Ever 6 students are taking their subjects. HoF need also need to take responsibility for these students making at least the expected progress. (minimum expectation 70% making 3 LOP and 30% making 4 LOP)
  4. Continued additional pastoral support for PPG students to maintain high percentages of attendance and to remove barriers to learning.
  5. Improved and more rigorous tracking of Ever 6 students to ensure that they are on track to make the appropriate progress and to access intervention quickly where needed.
  6. An academic holiday programme for ‘catch up’ for selected students to redress deep rooted and consistent underperformance before the next academic year to allow the gap between PPG and non PPG to be reduced


Downloadable Documents

Pupil Premium Report - 2012-20113

Exemplar 2 - Learning Technology Good Practice Example