Pupil Premium

Our key objective in using pupil premium funding is to ensure best progress for all pupils and close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers.

Discovery Special Academy is part of Tees Valley Education (TVE) Multi-Academy Trust. It is a new specialist provision for pupils with severe learning difficulties.  We are located in east Middlesbrough with children accessing the provision from across the Tees Valley.

At Discovery Special Academy, pupils’ needs are met through a multi-agency, collaborative approach using joint commissioning of services to provide a holistic establishment with the support of local stakeholders. Therefore, the principles of the Discovery Special Academy are to achieve excellence and enjoyment for all by building a learning community that ensures all pupils are well supported, can reach their personal potential and are equipped with the necessary life skills they need to ensure that they become effective citizens of the 21st century. Discovery and TVED’s strongly developed inclusive ethos ensures pupils thrive on success and are accepted regardless of faith, race, gender, ethnicity or learning needs.  

In order to ensure the best possible opportunities for all pupils attending Discovery, we actively breakdown  barriers to enable ALL of our children to participate in all activities and therefore make best progress, regardless of their social and economic status or family circumstances. We are committed to ensuring pupil premium funding is spent to maximum effect

Funding 2019/20

Total number of pupils on roll43
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG25
% of school population58%
Amount of PPG received per pupil (some children may attract more / less depending upon circumstances – but pupil level information will not be identified within this document)£1,320
Total amount of PPG received 2018/19£31,680

In school barriers to future attainment

A. Acquisition of Language and effective communication is a significant barrier for all our pupils.

  • The vast majority of our children have communication and interaction needs as part of their SLD diagnosis.
  • Close working with SALT team to support communication acquisition using communication aids such as, PECS, Makaton, etc.

B. A high percentage of families are EAL (37%) and due to their needs, pupils have low levels of language development.  Therefore, pupils enter the academy with significantly low level reading skills.

C. Readiness for learning due to difficulties with sensory and emotional regulation can be a barrier for our pupils.  Therapy needs to be available every day and be part of a regular routine in designated sensory spaces, in the classroom and through outdoor learning.

External barriers to future attainment

D. Attendance and vulnerability of families continues to be an area of need and attendance of our PP pupils is not as good as non PP.  This group need continued close tracking and further support from the PWO. All pupil premium children at Discovery are transported by Local Authority transport.  Therefore, parental engagement and communication needs careful consideration.

How will spending be evaluated? 

This plan will be evaluated on a termly basis to monitor attainment and progress of the various initiatives detailed above. These reviews will be submitted to the Board of Trustees so they have a good understanding of the progress children are making towards their targets.

This plan will be evaluated on a termly basis to monitor attainment and progress of the various initiatives detailed. These reviews will be submitted to the board of trustees so they have a good understanding of the progress children are making towards their targets.

Funding 2018/19

Total number of pupils on roll30
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG15
% of school population50%
Amount of PPG received per pupil (some children may attract more / less depending upon circumstances – but pupil level information will not be identified within this document)£1,320
Total amount of PPG received 2018/19£19,800

Possible barriers to educational success

In school barriers

A. Acquisition of Language and effective communication is a significant barrier for all our pupils.

  • The vast majority of our children have communication and interaction needs as part of their SLD diagnosis.
  • Close working with SALT team to support communication acquisition using communication aids such as, PECS, Makaton, etc.

B. At Discovery Special Academy it is essential to support the development of key skills and to encourage independence so that pupils can participate in life beyond school; a life skills approach is therefore needed to enhance the diverse curriculum offer Life skills include communication with others, daily routines, toileting, feeding, personal care, etc.

C. Attendance of children with Special Education Needs is often an area of need due to their complex medical needs such as epilepsy. Children with complex needs often have ongoing medical appointments and health care needs.

External barriers

D. All pupil premium children at Discovery are transported by Local Authority transport. Therefore, parental engagement and communication needs careful consideration.

How will this plan be evaluated?

This plan will be evaluated on a termly basis to monitor attainment and progress of the various initiatives detailed above. These reviews will be submitted to the Board of Trustees so they have a good understanding of the progress children are making towards their targets.


Pupil Premium Strategy 2019/20
Pupil Premium Strategy 2018/19
Pupil Premium Evaluation 2018/19
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