Priority one: Attendance
It has been clearly established over time that poor attendance to school is one of the main barriers to a child reaching their full potential.
As such Morton Academy feel that it is crucial to provide an experienced and expert attendance team. Pupil Premium funding pays for a dedicated team to monitor attendance of all students and intervene appropriately when an individual student falls below 95% attendance.
This will be done through the use of:
- Internal procedures including panels
- Support from the local authority
- Whole school rewards
- Individual support and rewards
- Identifying barriers e.g. transport, uniform etc.
- Working with parents/ carers
Priority two: Pupils Well Being and Behaviour
When students at Morton Academy are experiencing emotional difficulties at school, home or both, we believe it is crucial to employ high quality staff to help them overcome their challenges in order to ensure continued success in their learning.
There are many pupils at Morton Academy who rely on this resource to succeed at school and without it are less likely to achieve success.
1:1 work in this area may focus on the following:
- Social skills/ friendships
- Emotional well being
- Programmes using CBT
- Support around ‘grief’
- Life skills
- Aspirations/ future goals
- Someone to talk to
Priority three: Securing success for all young people.
When pupils join Morton Academy, we ensure we know their academics, social and emotional starting points in Year 7. We gain valuable information from their Primary Schools, including data and attendance. We work closely with feeder Primary schools in order to create a smooth transition for all students. In addition to this Morton Academy carry out base line assessments at the start of Year 7 so that students are set accurately according to their ability.
The Pupil Premium will be spent on ensuring that all pupils are making progress in the key skills needed to succeed at Morton Academy and ensure they are prepared for further education.
The most important of these skills are:
- Use of Number
Without these crucial skills, pupils will be unable to reach their potential and face larger barriers in both their education and life choices.
For pupils who enter school well below their chronological age we will deliver a personalised programme of intervention to help improve their vital skill. The sessions will be regular small groups or 1:1 intensive support.
Alongside this, we want to encourage pupils to read for pleasure. Ensuring that our young people have access to high quality stimulating reading materials is a priority. At KS3 reading is a priority in both English lessons and at Team Time, students are encouraged to read materials which they enjoy.
Throughout their time at Morton Academy we will intervene to support pupils who ‘fall behind’ or slowdown in their rate of progress in these core skills.
This will be done through interventions such as:
- Small group or 1:1 reading intervention
- Small group or 1:1 writing intervention
- Small group or 1:1 numeracy intervention
- Additional in class support staff
- 1:1 / small group work on processing speed and comprehension
- Small group handwriting intervention
- Supporting students in attending subject revision after school and during half terms.
Pupil Premium students are tracked rigorously at Morton Academy. Every teacher knows who is eligible for Pupil Premium in their classes. As well as this, each student has a Pupil Premium Plan which tracks every intervention they receive, and this is reviewed every half term on how successful the intervention is. This allows the students’ progress to be monitored closely.
Individual students are also discussed at length, as to whether there are any concerns etc and if there are interventions are put into place quickly. At KS4, students are also mentored whilst they undergo their GCSEs to ensure they are given
All new staff who join Morton Academy is shown all the policies, interventions and monitoring and tracking systems which we have. This is to ensure that they understand how important Pupil Premium is to our school.
Priority four: Personal development
A key aspect of Morton Academy is to develop exciting and memorable learning experiences.
The Pupil Premium will be used to offer opportunities to pupils of families on a low income to access all of our extracurricular programmes.
This will include:
- Day trips - educational
- Residential trips
- Visits to see motivational speakers
- Hiring motivational speakers to visit Morton Academy
- Trips to universities/ colleges