Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch Up Funding


In July 2016 Charlton Park Academy has now ‘closed the gap’. Students with Pupil Premium funding achieve at least as well as other peers.


  • The analysis in school achievement results and tables 2012-2016 illustrate that in all subjects monitored that there is no significant difference in student performance with respect to those in receipt of Pupil Premium. Catch up Yr 6 summer programmes were offered but no students accessed, so funding was returned.

Extending Student Counselling and Parental Support 2017/18

The role of counselling at Charlton Park Academy does significantly help students with issues such as self-esteem, confidence, resolving conflicts, mental health, relationships, engaging with learning, and anger management. Due to its success in improving attendance and reducing fixed term exclusions by reducing violent expression of behaviour as communication, this has been extended with a full-time counsellor now employed in Sept 2016 to develop and build upon home school relationships and to support more active engagement with hard to reach parents and those parents and carers that are finding their children difficult to manage through adolescence. 

Having a key trained counsellor helps students and carers review strategies, improve engagement and listening and support them to access support from a variety of different services. By developing productive and secure relationships this develops trust and understanding. This promotes and enables families to effectively engage and liaise with support in school and externally including support for welfare applications and support with parents in social care and housing interviews with someone they can trust to give independent supportive advice, particularly when their own educational or social experiences of services and ‘authorities’ may have been poor or misunderstood in the past.

Therapeutic interventions
Therapeutic interventions are individualised and can support parents understand safeguarding concerns and support resolution between agencies and services. It does also consist of helping students look at ways of changing behaviours, which in turn can help resolve conflicts within interpersonal relationships as well as increasing opportunities for students to pursue developmental milestones. Counselling does help to resolve some of the emotional pain and difficulties where problems such as fractured relationships, poverty, placement in care, confidence and self-esteem are experienced. Young people with special needs often need additional time to enable learning and require extra resources and support to achieve their potential. This will then enable the student to engage, listen, develop self-confidence, and know that they have someone they can trust within the school environment. Building trust through the therapeutic relationship will help develop other areas of learning, as well as improving mental health and resilience.

Counsellors also work with teachers to help them understand attachment issues as well as trauma, loss and relational issues. The value and impact of this role at Charlton Park Academy is to give encouragement and support students with their emotions and feelings and help staff understand how the world is looking or feeling through the young person’s eyes and in their life. Communication and building trust within the therapeutic relationship enables students to tap into their emotions that they can sometimes repress or externalise. It is about making a difference in someone’s life where they feel worth and know they are understood. The therapeutic role is to respect, empathise, and work with spontaneous feelings. Counselling also helps to maintain safe boundaries, identify and express emotions appropriately and undertake keeping safe and protection work as well as working on issues around loss and change. Students are assessed as to whether they need either time limited sessions or open-ended sessions. The academy believes that priority needs to be given to the relationships in schools. The role counselling provides is one which includes a consistent relationship that is built on trust, and a provision of emotional holding and helping families through difficult times, especially puberty and with CAMHS liaison and support via GP services.

Child-Centred Play
Child-Centred Play Therapy, which is a holistic approach, is incorporated using play and art as a means of ‘helping’ the physical, spiritual, emotional and cognitive aspects, both conscious and unconscious, taking account of the past, present and future of the whole child. Counsellors tend to use different therapeutic approaches as it is believed that each person is unique and different in their own way. Some of the approaches used are child-centred psychotherapy, narrative therapy (reconstructing a child’s story) as well as cognitive behavioural therapy and accessing symbols. As each student is different with different needs, they will be assessed for suitability of media and activities for achieving goals. Some of the media used are books/stories for gaining mastery over issues and events, using miniature animals to improve communication skills and help develop insight. In addition, sand-tray work may be used to develop problem solving skills and help develop communication.

Additional Support
In addition, services are offered to parents/carers at Charlton Park Academy who need additional support. This role helps to assess what parent’s needs are and helps empower them by looking at their issues from an ecological perspective. Parent’s strengths and awareness are drawn on by exploring creative strategies and how they can be used.

Some parents at feel isolated and don’t feel that they have a voice. Parental Support helps to bridge the relationship between the school and home, which has been beneficial and successful. Parents have been given the chance to discuss information, which helps to promote autonomy. Meetings can take place either at school or at their family home, whichever is felt more appropriate. The academy believes that each child functions within a family unit and this support has helped to identify processes with parents to help experiment with new patterns of thinking.

Parent/Carer Support

Lunchtime Clubs

Charlton Park Academy has commissioned AllKidsCan to lead in the provision of the Academy’s lunchtime clubs. 

This includes working to provide alternative activities to students across the school by utilizing different areas of the school such as the outdoor play area, the gym, the Sports Hall and sensory rooms/garden. A timetable of activities is provided for the students to choose from which include table tennis, football, basketball, cycling, sensory classes, tennis, dance and trampolining.

Since the clubs have started, there has been a substantial decrease in behaviour incidents during lunchtimes. Specific sessions for PMLD classes and all sensory ASD classes only are also run to ensure that all students across the school have access to activity during this time. Since the start of this academic year, clubs have been set up and run by CPA students as part of a collaboration with Sky Sport Living for Sport, all of which have been a major success.

Lunchtime Clubs

MOVE Assistant and Highly Specialist Physiotherapy

The use of Pupil Premium has assisted Charlton Park Academy in being able to employ the services of a MOVE Assistant and with overview from a qualified highly specialist physiotherapist who trains staff and parents and students. 

The MOVE Assistant provides vital support to students with all levels of physical disability. The Assistant runs groups where students’ specific MOVE targets can be worked on, and gives those who are in classes with able bodied students the opportunity to work together. The assistant also gives invaluable 1:1 support to a number of students who have very challenging physical needs and goals that are important to themselves, their classes and their families.

The assistant also gives invaluable support in helping establish MOVE programmes for individual students, which is an extremely time consuming process, and helps make sure they are implemented and as effective as possible. The Assistant supports the monitoring of student progress and assists in advising staff on how to implement individual programmes.

MOVE at Charlton Park Academy

Literacy/Maths/Relationship and
Personal Development Library Resources

The use of Pupil Premium has been a key factor in developing Literacy and English throughout the Charlton Park Academy. 

It has supported the employment of two Literacy Assistants who have been used in a variety of ways which have been essential to the improvement in Literacy and English in Charlton Park Academy.  They have supported classes where students were in the red or yellow and have been instrumental in raising levels of attainment.  They have run many of the booster and enrichment sessions for students in the red and yellow or for students who have needed extra input.

They have also helped to set up and develop the Academy Library in many different ways.  With their help, it has been possible to make the library a hub for literacy and a place that is loved and valued by all of Charlton Park Academy’s students.  Amongst the many things they have done is to be on hand to take part in or to lead Literacy and Library sessions in the library, and helping to make the library a place that is seen as fun and loved by all the classes.  Their input has meant that students from every sector of the academy, whatever their needs, have been able to have library sessions which are meaningful and enjoyable.

They have also run the Pupil Librarian scheme and mobile library, which has given students a voice in the running of their library and offered them the chance to obtain librarianship skills and work experience.  They have also helped to organise the many literacy events and competitions that the school has offered over the last eighteen months, including poetry workshops, storytelling days, sensory story events, donation drives and exhibitions of work.  In addition, they have helped to set up and run the literacy clubs that have included drama, film, radio, journalism and book-making activities and that have reached students in PMLD, CN and ASD.

As well as all of this, they have also been very active in building up the costume collection in the academy, which is used for drama productions and for role play in classes throughout the school.  Finally they have begun to build up a collection of symbol books that is essential for approximately half of the academy’s students.

Teaching and Learning

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