Pupil Premium in 2015/16 and plans for next academic year

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 £227,205 for the academic year 2015-2016.. 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 English and Maths.
  • 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

iSpace work with the school one day a week mentoring students and working on key themes with them.

The Cross Project also work with the school to mentor students who feel they are:

  • Anxious
  • Stressed
  • Recent bereavements
    Or who just need extra support from another adult.

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.

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 enrichment’s are supported by the school.

Year 7 Catch Up Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. All state-funded schools with year 7 pupils receive this funding.

The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving pupils valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school.
Our focus is on high impact strategies that will bring about quick and sustainable improvements in literacy and numeracy for identified students.

Allocation for Financial Year 2017-18

A total of £15,832 has been awarded to support identified Year 7 catch up students. This will be allocated in the following ways to enable students to catch up.

English
• Increased staffing to allow for smaller class sizes for lower ability students.
• One to one support with peer reading.
• Resources for support in both Lexia and Accelerated Reader reading programmes.

Maths
• Increased staffing to allow for smaller class sizes for lower ability students.
• One to one support
• Peer mentoring with a Year 10/11 for one hour per week on targeted topics.
• Numeracy Vertical Mentoring Group

Allocation for Financial Year 2016-17

A total of £15,832 was awarded to support identified Year 7 catch up students. This was allocated in the following ways to enable students to catch up.

• Increased staffing to allow for smaller class sizes for lower ability students.
• One to one support in English and maths.
• Resources for support in both Lexia and Accelerated Reader reading programmes.

2015-16 Y7 Cohort Impact

In 2015-16 students improved their reading ages, accessed 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.

Reading Interventions

• Catch-up reading helps to improve a students’ reading, writing, spelling and self-esteem.

• Accelerated Reader is a programme that motivates students to make progress with their reading skills by taking an online quiz when they have read a book. The feedback is immediate and motivates them to move to the next level.

• Students in Year 7 are timetabled in the library every other week to take their quizzes and be supported in their next book choice. Their progress is monitored closely and is linked to peer reading where year 7 pupils with a reading age below 10 years old read aloud to Post 16 peer mentors.

• Pupils who are statemented with a Special Educational Need are provided with one to one tutors.

• The STAR reading test is regularly used as tool for identifying students who are falling behind and need extra support.

Outcomes for Students Key Stage 4 2015-16

Results for OGA 5 A*-C including Eng/Maths OGA 2016 English OGA 2016 Maths OGA 2016
All Students 84% 89% 89%
Free School Meals Ev6 50% 57% 57%
Looked After Children 0% 0% 100%
Pupil Premium Total 62% 71% 67%

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 2016-2017:

  • Free school meals (FSM) increases to £900
  • Looked after children £900
  • Armed service children £300
    The funding for 2016-2017 is £227,205. 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.

Student Voice
Student Voice
Our plans for 2016-17 are to work effectively with the Pupil Premium cohort to identify what their needs are and how best we can meet these through student voice forums.

We will continue to support students with extra resources so that they can achieve the very best outcomes.

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.