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 (£900)
  • have been in care for more than six months (£900)
  • have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges (£300)

We were allocated £182,325 for the academic year 2014-2015. We received this money in regular installments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the General Annual Grant).

At Outwood Grange Academy 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 fulfilled one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”.

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:

  • Revision sessions for are held at regular intervals throughout the year for those students that have an exam. Sessions are provided within the Academy day as well as evenings, weekends and during school holiday time.
  • ‘Maths Watch’ CDs are provided for year 11 students to support their exam preparation for Maths.
  • All students have access to ‘My Maths’, an online resource used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
  • Revision guides are provided for students in Maths and English.
  • Directors of English, Maths and Science have been deployed from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust to support students in making 3 levels of progress and beyond in English, Maths and Science.
  • Option English and Option Maths are additional lessons to the core curriculum for these subject areas.
  • 100% time within English, Maths and Citizenship is the deployment of specialist staff to support students with small group and personalized intervention sessions to get them back on track.
  • 121 intervention post holders in Maths and English.
  • Specialist literacy and numeracy support in Key Stage 3 and Option Literacy and Numeracy at Key Stage 4.
  • 121 intervention in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. .
  • Students who qualify for Pupil Premium are also supported with music lessons and contributions towards equipment and trips to enhance their learning experience whilst at the Academy.

Uniform

Uniform has been provided for all Year 6 students who are awarded a place at Outwood Grange Academy so that all students are starting from the same point. This will continue in the future. Additional uniform is also provided to vulnerable students.

Careers advice and guidance for Years 9- 13

A careers advisor (Connexions – Babcock International Group) has been employed for one day per week to work with students from years 9-13. Presently, all year 11 students receive an individual ‘interview’ with the Senior Leadership Team to support them with their Post 16 applications, but are also offered the opportunity for independent advice and guidance with the Connexions service. Additional consultations have been made available to any student who wishes to receive further support with their Post-16 transition routes. Work is taking place with years 9-11 students, in particular with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs(Not in Education or Training). Students who are identified by the above criteria are all given time with the Connexions advisor with a particular focus on their future and choices. Outwood Grange subscribes to the Common Application Process to support students in their post 16 applications. Presentations have been given by motivational speakers working in industry and from other local services linked to apprenticeships and further education.

Pastoral Care

Our school counsellor (one day per week) worked with students. She is an extremely valuable resource and is greatly appreciated by the students.

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

The peer mentor team (mentors in Year 11) provided one to one support for vulnerable students.
The Learning to Learn programme (L2L) has been very successful and has engaged and had a positive impact on all students and staff that took part. There were three cohorts in total over the year, two Key Stage 4 groups and one Key Stage 3 group. Six sessions were devised to support students to consider how they could stretch and challenge themselves more. The final challenge for the students was to take part in a residential experience at Parson House where they took part in abseiling, team building and river walking.

Additional schemes are run throughout the year:

  • Behaviour for Learning (B4L) focusing on getting students back on track and understanding why they are behaving in a way that is a cause for concern.
  • Wednesday (Friendship) club – building self-esteem and offering a support network.
  • Confidence club – working with students who need to build personal confidence.
  • Craft club – a supportive social group working to help students connect and re-connect.
  • Study support – working with students to create a culture of organisation in relations to school commitments as well as preparing them for their future.
  • Additional catch up and enrichments are supported by the school.

Year 7 Catch Up Funding

In 2013-14 a total of £32,000 was awarded for supporting students with low prior attainment at Key Stage 2. In order to support these students the money was allocated to:

  • Staffing to allow for smaller sets for lower ability students
  • One to one support in English and Maths
  • Resources for support in the reading programme for Lexia
    Students improved their reading ages, were able to access more books and therefore increased their word bank. In Maths 76% of students improved from their starting point. The students have consolidated KS2 skills and begun to use KS3 skills successfully.

In 2014-15 the following strategies are being employed to address students with low prior attainment at Key Stage 2. The funding for 2013-14 is £30,000.

  • Investment in staffing to allow for smaller sets for lower ability students
  • Intervention with one to one in Maths and English
  • Resources in Maths to stimulate engagement
  • DEAR reading scheme
  • Peer and adult reading mentors
  • Successful skills holiday sessions.

Outcomes for Students Key Stage 4 2014-15

Results for OGA 5 A*-C Eng/Maths OGA 2015 English OGA 2015 Maths OGA 2015
All Students 85% 87% 93%
Free School Meals Ev6 69% 75% 81%
Looked After Children 100% 100% 100%
Pupil Premium 81% 84% 90%

Plans for next year

We anticipate that we will continue to see changes to Pupil Premium in the future. There is an increase to Pupil Premium for 2015-2016:

  • Free school meals (FSM) increases to £900
  • Looked after children £900
  • Armed service children £300
    The funding for 2015-2016 is £223,456. In addition to the above interventions and provision, the following areas will be explored to support students:

Curriculum support

The Academy currently employs 121 tutors for the following subjects:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • ICT
  • History
  • Geography

The Academy has now included more English and Maths lessons and increased Science in KS4. There is also now consolidation periods in Year 9 and 11.

School Counsellor:

Our school counsellor is presently working with 13 students. She is an extremely valuable resource and a permanent second day of support would be warmly welcomed by our students. We are hoping to work with Relate and their online service.

Peer Mentoring:

Extend the mentoring programme to Year 11, 12 and 13, and offer this resource to Year 7 and 8.

SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability)

There is planned additional literacy and numeracy intervention in Key Stage 3. Greater enrichment opportunities will also be provided in the field of literacy and numeracy.

NAVSH (National Association of Virtual School Heads)

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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance:

The feedback from students who have worked with our Connexions advisor is that more opportunities would be welcomed. We have employed Careers Inc to operate a system of independent advice and guidance to students.

Attendance

After a successful trial with attendance incentives, an even greater focus will be adopted to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95% attendance in an academic year.

Lexia Reading programme

Lexia Reading is used by school systems throughout the world to encourage students to improve their reading and literacy. Lexia Reading’s interactive, educational software is helping students learn to read and increase academic performance. The package will initially be used with Key Stage 3 to support life-long literacy.

External Agencies

OGA are currently working with external agencies to provide behavior, emotional and social support for individuals and families.