Academy Directors are key to the success of the Academy. They develop their team, adapt the curriculum and recruit students.
Youth coaches are drawn from the university student body, especially care leavers.
Teachers (GCSE focus for years 1 & 2), professors, academic staff and volunteers deliver timetabled sessions. Post 16 study is supported by a greater number of academic staff and tutors.
Specialist night staff patrol and secure safety at night.
Funding and delivery models
overall budget aims = £7,500 per student per year
each cohort aims = 30 students
each programme continues with this cohort for 4 years
Universities utilise their enterprise and widening participation teams to develop the logistics and funding for the academy. Fund raising is led by each University partner – supported by current and new funding partners and FSAUK.
The FSAUK model provides a costing template to ensure parity across the country – each academy costs approximately £7.5K per student per year (£30K per student over 4 years) based on a cohort of 30. Funding and donors are often already linked to universities and their communities or expand their links to other projects creating a lasting benefit to the wider university community.
This funding includes ‘in kind’ provision (18-20%) from the university (usually subsidising accommodation, staff support and catering), laptop provision for each student and covers all activities and staff including teaching, learning, cultural and sporting activities, accommodation and catering for the four residential experiences and First Saturday academies throughout the four years.
LAs are encouraged to contribute a per student sum each year from their pupil premium plus funding – demonstrating their engagement and commitment to the young people in their care.
Single university provision model – St Mary’s University runs this model as our pilot academy
Joint university provision model – provision shared between two or more providers – often rotating campus provision each year
recruitment and provision is triggered/established
- when 50% funding secured through donors and sponsorship / 100% secured and ring-fenced by start of residential programme
- when 50% funding secured through donors and sponsorship / 100% secured and ring-fenced throughout programme
- when 75% funding secured through donors and sponsorship / 100% secured and ring-fenced by start of residential programme
- when 75% funding secured through donors and sponsorship / 100% secured and ring-fenced throughout programme