The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
In England, there is a considerable difference between the GCSE outcomes that students who are deemed ‘pupil premium’ achieve, and those who are not, for both progress made from primary school and attainment. Quite rightly, all schools nationally are charged with diminishing this difference for their students as quickly as possible. As an academy we fully welcome this drive to secure the very best qualifications for ALL students, regardless of their circumstances or individual need. This is a fundamental right for all our learners, and is at the heart of our vision for the academy, and all the schools in our Trust to place ’students first. We are determined to ensure that we rapidly raise standards, and transform lives, for all.
It is critical that we identify the barriers that students face to their learning and progress at school. This in turn allows our relentless focus, support and challenge to our young people, so they all can properly secure life changing qualifications and the confidence and skills to make their way in adult life and the workplace as successfully as possible. This identification also allows honest and sometimes frank discussions with parents so that we can work as effectively together to get the very best for their sons and daughters.
We do not have a blanket approach to how we support pupil premium students, as we strongly believe they are individuals. We aim to know all our students and families well, to allow bespoke support where it is needed, pulling from a very wide range of strategies and support processes from teachers, learning managers, support staff and the leadership of the academy. These strategies are listed in the documents below, however there are barriers that we have identified that alone or combined make a big difference to how well our students achieve during their time with us:
*High Attendance and Punctuality
*Completion of Homework
*Established, organised routines for study
*Having somewhere to work effectively in and out of school
*Self belief and Resilience
*Post-16 Plans and access to advice
*Revision skills and the ability to plan systematically
*Self-regulation and mutual peer support
For the 2018/19 academic year, Outwood Academy Redcar have identified Y7 Catch-up students from the KS2 SATS of the September 2017 intake.
In 2018/19 academic year, Outwood Academy Redcar expects to receive £4707 Y7 Catch-up premium, based on the amount received last year. We have identified a total of 28 Y7 students who did not achieve the expected scaled score of 100 in maths. We identified a total of 27 Y7 students who did not achieve the expected scaled score of 100 in English reading and/or writing.
In 2018/19 academic year, this funding is being used towards Accelerated Reader books, ‘TimesTables RockStars’, 1:1 tuition using Numicon, resources for targeted Vertical Mentoring Groups in Literacy (in reading and writing) and Numeracy, resources for Toe by Toe, Resources for Reciprocal reading, use of Lexia, extra Literacy lessons with a specialist teacher and a proportion of Teaching Assistant and LRC staff salaries.
In 2017/18 academic year, Outwood Academy Redcar received £4707 Y7 Catch-up Premium in March 2017. At the beginning of that year, we identified a total of 20 Y7 students who did not achieve the expected scaled score of 100 in maths, in their KS2 SATS in May 2016; and we identified a total of 26 Y7 students who did not achieve the expected scaled score of 100 in reading, writing, or both; and
In 2017/18 academic year, this funding was used towards Accelerated Reader books, ‘TimesTables RockStars’, resources for targeted Enrichment (in reading and writing), 1:1 intervention in Toe by Toe, Plus 1 and Power 2 and a proportion of Teaching Assistant and LRC staff salaries.
The impact and means of assessment for both the 2018/19 and 2017/18 academic years are detailed below in the full report.