Lea Valley Academy

Part of the EdAct Trust

Pupil Premium and SEND

At Lea Valley, we are committed to reducing inequalities in outcomes for our students irrespective of their social background.

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, we are committed to promoting an inclusive learning environment where all students, including students for whom English is an additional language (EAL), students with Special Educational Needs and students with disabilities (SEND) are successfully prepared for their future pathways.

Pupil premium strategy statement

This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium for the 2023 to 2024 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.

It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our school.

School overview



School name : Lea Valley Academy

Number of pupils in school


Proportion (%) of pupil premium eligible pupils


Academic year/years that our current pupil premium strategy plan covers (3 year plans are recommended)

2021 to 2024

Date this statement was published

Oct 2021

Date on which it will be reviewed

July 2024

Statement authorised by

Stephen Kinson

Pupil premium lead


Governor / Trustee lead

Liz Whale

Funding overview



Pupil premium funding allocation this academic year

£ 383,910

Recovery premium funding allocation this academic year

£ 58,290

Pupil premium funding carried forward from previous years (enter £0 if not applicable)

£ 0

Total budget for this academic year

If your school is an academy in a trust that pools this funding, state the amount available to your school this academic year

£ 442,200

Part A: Pupil premium strategy plan

Statement of intent

All students to make progress at least in line with national expectations with disadvantaged students making the same level of progress as non-disadvantaged students.

Students receive support to ensure high levels of well being and remove potential barriers to learning

All students have a range of learning experiences that widens and grows their cultural knowledge.

As a result, students attain the grades to enable them to access the next stage of their learning journey with the skills and confidence to on take on the opportunities they have created for themselves.


This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils.

Challenge number

Detail of challenge


Student attendance levels


Low prior attainment


Some students arrive with below age-related expectations in English / literacy.


Some students arrive with below age-related expectations in maths.


Many students with limited cultural capital


Student well being


Some students receive limited home support

Intended outcomes

This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.

Intended outcome

Success criteria

Improved levels of Attendance

Levels of attendance for each year group higher than previous year with year 7 being 95%

Pupil Premium comes in line with national levels for all students

PP students with progress score of 0 or above with the gap closed between PP and non-PP students.

Improved levels of literacy

All students in year 7 & 8 make reading age progress of greater than 1 year.

High levels of engagement in enrichment activities

Attendance to enrichment days is in line with attendance for the rest of the year.

All students attend at least one extra curricular activity with a 50% average engagement each week.

Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our pupil premium (and recovery premium funding) this academic year to address the challenges listed above.

Teaching (for example, CPD, recruitment and retention)

Budgeted cost: £ 0

The school does not allocate Pupil Premium funds directly to this area, instead funds are drawn the school central funding.

Targeted academic support (for example, tutoring, one-to-one support structured interventions)

Budgeted cost: £ 385,000



Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Resources and costs

Type of intervention

Impact (to date)

Year 7 Transition curriculum

To support the transition from Yr 6-7 and to provide catch-up teaching for pupils who did not meet age expectations in English and Maths at the end of Yr 6, through a more ‘primary-style’ curriculum

previous years has shown that catch up is supported with a high percentage of students accessing mainstream during yr 7 or yr 8

2, 3 & 4

0.75 x fte teacher: £40,000 0.75 x fte TA: £20,000 Teaching resources: £2,000 =£62,000


Literacy 9 of 12 pupils are PP (75%)

Numeracy 5 of 8 pupils are PP (62.5%)

Tbc June 2024

Year 7, 8 & 9 Catch-up groups

To build on the Yr 7 and provide additional targeted support with reading, literacy and numeracy for students significantly below national expectations

Following established catch-up programs that result in accelerated progress, assisting students to progress to expected age specific level.

2, 3 & 4

HLTA: £24,000 x 2 Teaching resources: £1,000 =£41,000

Group: up to 8 students for half termly program (minimum of 50% PP per group)

No. of Literacy groups: yr7 x 2, yr 8 x 3 and yr9 x 3

No. of Numeracy groups: yr7 x 2, yr 8 x 3 and yr9 x 3

Tbc June 2024

Accelerated Reader

To improve the reading ages of students at a rate higher than expected. Develop a love of reading

Introduced last year, students following the program made on average 1 years progress with RA despite extensive disruption and missing over ¼ of the year due to lockdown.

2 & 3

Software licence and training: £5000

Resources: £5000

0.5 x fte librarian: £17 000


All PP in year 7 and 8, plus targeted students in above years.

Tbc June 2023

Additional EAL staffing in Inclusion Faculty

To support EAL students who are early stage users of English and need additional support to enable them to access the mainstream curriculum fully.

A blend of EAL specialist lessons and access to main stream lessons supports students with the acquisition of English so they can fully access the main stream curriculum.

2, 3 & 4

1 fte teacher: £53,500

1 HLTA : £24,000

= £77,000

Group: On site provision to support EAL students to fully mainstream school. Mininium of 50% of pupils are PP in each group.


Students accessing some mainstream lessons. Less disruption in mainstream classes and around the school

Extension of the school week by 80 mins for students year 10 and 11.

To support students in their preparation for external exams. Ensuring all content is taught and student receive additional guided learning hours.

Extended lesson time provides students with great opportunity to complete extended tasks and build learning stamina

3, 4, 5, 7

0.8 fte teacher: £40,000


All PP students


Additional staffing in core subjects to reduce class sizes in KS4 (Years 9-11)

On entry, attainment of the pupils is below average in all years and the percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals is above the national average. Student levels of literacy are lower than the national average on entry. Reducing class sizes has allowed staff to give more personal attention and support to pupils within their groups who need it most.

Smaller class sizes to ensure higher quality and quantity of individual teacher feedback for each individual.

2, 3 & 4

0.6 x fte English teacher: £32,000

0.6 x fte Maths teacher: £32,000

0.6 x fte Science teacher: £32,000


All PP Students


Sixth form laptops

All level 3 triple BTEC students have a personal laptop to support the completion of assignments during independent study time

Having full open access to required resources removes potential barrier to learning.


50 lap tops x £300

= £15,000

Resources for PP students

Tbc July 2024

National tutoring program

Support GCSE students with English, Maths and Science Catch-up due lost learning during COVID lockdowns.

Student engagement with program in summer term 2021

2, 3, 4 & 7


Subsidised by DfE.

1 to 3 groups for Yr 10 and 11 Maths, English and Science

Tbc August 2024

Year 11 Study Zone and exam preparation programme


Support Year 11 pupils as they prepare for public examinations by providing staffed study facilities (Study Zone) during the school holidays, targeted at those pupils with limited facilities for studying in their home environments.


Attendance at PiXL Maths and English conferences (10 students at each).


‘Walking-talking mocks’ for targeted PP students –English, Maths non-calculator and Maths Calculator on each campus – 6 sessions)


These are additional measures and interventions that we have put in place for Yr 11 students to work in conjunction with the National Tutoring Programme

3, 4, 5, 7


Staffing costs (@25ph) and refreshments costs: £7,500


PiXL fees: £500



Group: targeted at PP pupils, but proportion of PP students tbc


Wider strategies (for example, related to attendance, behaviour, wellbeing)

Budgeted cost: £ 216,000



Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Resources and costs

Type of intervention

Impact (to date)

Tracking student attendance and family support

Additional Attendance Officer and Family Support Officer time to enable early identification of attendance concerns and increased capacity to provide both students and families with support. 


Improvement student attendance levels

1, 6 & 7

0.2 x fte attendance officer: £6,500

0.2 x fte family support officer: £6,500

Additional 0.2 EWO : £8,000

= £21,000

Specifically targeted at all PP pupils


Continued Employment of School Educational Psychologist and school Counsellors


Providing counselling services under the direction of the in-house Educational Psychologist and Director of Inclusion to support vulnerable learners.

Working within school to support SEMH and vulnerable students.

Improvement in student well being


1.4 x fte School consellors: £50,000

0.2 x fte EP: £12,000


Group: Indirect and direct work with groups or individual students. Working with whole school and staff groups within school to support SEMH and vulnerable students

More immediate access to appropriate support agencies for students. Larger number of students with SEMH and vulnerable needs being supported. Increased staff awareness of groups and individual students’ needs and strategies to support students. Detailed student reports for all stakeholders.

Hardship fund

Hardship Fund to allow families to purchase essential school-related clothing or equipment in times of financial difficulty and support with the purchasing of learning resources such as independent learning workbooks.

Having full access to required resources removes potential barrier to learning.



PP students only

Access to uniform, school stationery, textbooks, workbooks, revision materials and educational visits

Enrichment day

All students access and take part in a range of enrichment activities during 6 days throughout the year.

Widening students experience helps develop confidence and broadens their horizons to what is possible.

5, 6 & 7



Fund a range of activities (eg. Museum visits, arts activities, outward bound activities etc) for each year group for all student over a period of 6 days


Tbc July 2023

Extra-Curricular program

Students to have access to a range of activities that takes learning beyond the classroom and the structured school day.

Widening students experience helps develop confidence and broadens their horizons to what is possible.

5, 6 & 7

Resources : £8 000

Staffing equivalent to 1.5 teachers : £80,000

= £88,000

All PP students

Tbc July 2023

(as of Oct 2023 on average 50% of student take part in an extra-curricular activity each week.

Breakfast Club

Provide a place for student to go before school and provide breakfast

Help improve punctuality and well-being of students

1, 6 & 7

Break food £2,000

Staffing x 2 (30 mins x 190 days) = £1,000

PP students only

Tbc July 2023

Total budgeted cost: £ 601,000