Pupil Premium

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 £606,771 for the academic year 2019/2020. We will receive this money in regular instalments 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
“The overall progress made by pupils – particularly disadvantaged pupils – by the end of Year 11 has been significantly above the national average for the last three years”
Ofsted monitoring visit 2019

Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students and a link to 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:

Strategy Review Meetings:

• Half-termly data entry to measure students expected attainment and effort for every subject. This is then used to inform meetings that take place with the inclusion team. Progress of pupil premium and more able disadvantaged students is compared to the rest of the Academy population to ensure any emerging gaps are identified swiftly and intervention is put in place to close them.
• Weekly meetings to discuss Year 11 students and to overcome any barriers that may arise to students’ progress. This is attended by the Senior Leadership Team, Inclusion Team, Y11 learning manager, curriculum leaders for Mathematics, English and Science and OGAT Subject Directors. Pupil premium and more able disadvantaged students are actively discussed at these meetings to ensure that students are accessing the interventions on offer.
• Attendance of pupil premium students is discussed at the weekly SLT meetings.
• Half-termly meeting to discuss the progress of Y10 students with all curriculum leaders. We place a focus on pupil premium students and more able disadvantaged to ensure that they access interventions in the Academy.
• Weekly inclusion meetings with members of staff who work in the Academies Bridge, PLC and the learning managers.

Attendance Support:

A focus is adopted to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95% attendance in an academic year, including the employment of a full time Attendance Assistant and EWO. These colleagues are highly skilled in supporting disadvantaged students in maintaining a high level of attendance. Through quality home communication, supporting and meetings. We also work with an OGAT attendance director to ensure we use best practice as developed across the trust.

Curriculum Support:

• Revision sessions are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the Academy day, evenings, weekends and during school holiday time. These are delivered with the help of the subject Directors that work within Outwood Grange Academy Trust.
• ‘Maths Watch’ and Hegarty maths are provided for Year 11 students to support their exam preparation. Students in other year groups also use these tools.
• Revision guides are provided in Mathematics, English and Science.
• All Year 11 students are provided with a Scientific Calculator and a Mathematical drawing set.
• All students have access to Hegarty Maths, Educake (Science), online resources used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
• Directors of English, Mathematics and Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, Computer Science and Creative and Expressive Arts have been deployed from Outwood Trust to support students in achieving and exceeding their expected progress.
• Additional lesson time for Option and extra English and Mathematics and Core Science are additions to Core Curriculum for these subject area in Year 11.
• Additional lesson time for Option and extra English and Mathematics in Years 9 and 10.
• Mathematics, English and Science vertical mentoring groups have been created.
• Additional tuition is provided through 1-2-1 tutors for Mathematics, English and Science.
• Enrichment sessions are delivered after-school from September for all GCSE subjects.
• 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. This is used in curriculum time for students in Year 7 to 9.
• Senior leaders are timetabled to support in Mathematics, English and Science lessons with Y11 in particular.
• 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

Outcomes for Students Key Stage 4 2018-19

Year 11 students in 2018-19 had a Key Stage 2 APS of 26.3, this is considerably lower than national average. The KS2 APS for pupil premium students was 25.6 and for FSM students this was 25.5.

Pupil premium funding was used for the following strategies;

• Offsite provision was 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 were provided within the Academy day, evenings, weekends and during school holiday time. These were delivered with the help of the subject Directors that work within Outwood Grange Academy Trust.
• ‘Maths Watch’ CD’s were provided for Year 11 students to support their exam preparation.
• Revision guides were provided in Mathematics, English and Science.
• All Year 11 students were provided with a Scientific Calculator and a Mathematical drawing set.
• All students had access to Mymaths online resources used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
• Directors of English, Mathematics and Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities and Creative and Expressive Arts have been deployed from Outwood Trust to support students in achieving and exceeding their expected progress.
• Additional lesson time for Option and extra English and Mathematics and Core Science were additions to Core Curriculum for these subject area in Year 11.
• Additional lesson time for Option and extra English and Mathematics in Years 9 and 10.
• Mathematics, English and Science vertical mentoring groups were created.
• Additional tuition was provided through 1-2-1 tutors for Mathematics, English and Science.
• Enrichment sessions were delivered after-school from September for all GCSE subjects.
• Parental engagement sessions through ‘Fish and chip’ nights to share information about GCSE examination preparation.
• A revision festival was held in March.
• The Accelerated Reader is a programme was 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 Mathematics, English and Science lessons with y11 in particular.
These strategies had the following impact on students’ outcomes;

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In 2018 the national average progress for pupil premium students was -0.44 showing we add half a grade onto students GCSE outcomes in real terms as compared to the National picture.

54% of pupil premium students achieved GCSE 4+ in maths and English (2018-19) . This was 44% (in 2017-18) Nationally showing a 10% gain at Outwood Academy Acklam against the National picture.
(source – characteristics national tables DfE)

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 works tirelessly to support our most vulnerable students maintain 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 who are experiencing challenging life circumstances. It is open each morning for social time and breakfast club as well as during lesson time.

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). We also offer bespoke KS3 literacy and numeracy intervention in the PLC.

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.

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