Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to students who:

  • Have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (£935)
  • Have been in Local Authority care for more than 1 day or have been adopted from care (£1900)
  • Have parents/carers in the armed services currently, or at any time in the past 4 years (£300)

We have been allocated £488,568 for the academic year 2015/2016. We will receive this money in regular installments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant). At Outwood Academy Acklam, we have developed many robust intervention strategies over a number of years; all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their potential. We are proud that we have ‘narrowed the gap’ between different groups of students and fulfil one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”. This has been identified as a particular strength of the Academy:

“Students who are supported by the pupil premium are monitored very carefully and are given very well targeted extra support and often one-to-one tuition to help them improve their skills." Ofsted 2015

Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students and the total cost of some of these strategies. The intervention strategies exceed by far the total amount we receive for the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium is used to support all of these strategies:

Curriculum Support:

  • Offsite provision is offered to support students who are disengaged with a traditional school environment or who have a particular wish to explore a more vocational route.
  • Revision sessions are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the Academy day, evenings, weekends and during school holiday time.
  • ‘Maths Watch’ CD’s are provided for Year 11 students to support their exam preparation.
  • Revision guides are provided in Maths and English.
  • All students have access to MyMaths, online resources used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
  • Directors of English, Maths and Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities and Creative and Expressive Arts have been deployed from Outwood Trust to support students in making 3 levels of progress and beyond.
  • External consultants and examiners from awarding bodies were engaged in English, Maths and Science to support raising student attainment.
  • Option and extra English and Maths and Core Science are additions to Core Curriculum for these subject areas.
  • The Accelerated Reader is a programme used to support students with their general reading skills and to narrow the gap and ensure that all students can gain a thirst for literature and also access exam papers later in school life.
  • Senior leaders are timetabled to support in maths, English and science lessons with y11 in particular.

Uniform:

Uniform has been provided for all current students and all Year 6 students who are awarded a place at Outwood Academy Acklam, so that all students have an equal starting point. This will continue in the future. Additional uniform is also provided to vulnerable students.

Offsite Trips:

The Academy offers financial assistance for families and students wishing to attend school trips and excursions; this ensures that all students benefit from a variety of experiences designed to enhance life chances and removes what could be financial barrier

Pastoral Care:

Our Inclusion Co-ordinator is working tirelessly to support our most vulnerable students maintaining strong links with external agency support services.

The Academy employs its own Education Welfare Office and Health and Wellbeing Advisor.

The Bridge facility is used to provide one to one support for students and is open on a morning for social time and breakfast club.

The peer mentor team (mentors in Year 10/11) provide one to one support for vulnerable students.
Behaviour for learning (B4L) focuses on getting students back on track and understanding why they are behaving in a way that is a cause for concern.

The Personal Learning Centre provides an alternative to mainstream lessons. This flexible provision can be used to allow students to access work in an alternative setting to their mainstream class for discrete intervention, in cases of medical need if students cannot participate in PE (for example), for students to student ECDL and also for bespoke KS3 literacy and numeracy intervention.

Our proactive intervention programme offers a varied and wide ranging programmes of workshops and courses throughout the year including anger management, self-esteem groups, personal safety and careers advice and guidance for years 8 – 11.

Careers:

An independent careers team (Careers Inc) have been employed for two days a week to work with students from years 8-11. All Year 11 students are offered a meeting with the advisor where independent advice and guidance is offered. Additional consultations have been made available to any student who wishes to receive further support with their post 16 transition route. Specific work is taking place with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Students who are identified by the above criteria are given time with an adviser with a particular focus on their future choices.