The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is currently paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
• registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
• been in care for 6 months or longer In the 2015 to 2016 financial year
Pupil premium funding is £935 for each eligible secondary-aged student and £300 for each Service Child. Funding to support looked-after children has increased to £1,900 for each eligible student. Eligibility for funding will be extended to all children who have been looked after for 1 day or more; were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005, a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991. Our Pupil Premium cohort is 73% of students on roll. Our allocation for 2015/16 is £477,318. Our total Pupil Premium expenditure is £821,599.46
Closing the gap for our disadvantaged students is a core improvement drive at Outwood Academy Ormesby. We are very aware that, especially in this area of Teesside, like other schools, we are challenged by this issue and are working to address this gap. We want to be part of moving things forward for our East Middlesbrough community. Middlesbrough Local Authority are determined that we work together to get to the root of the issues around the disadvantaged gap and develop strategies and interventions to challenge that gap. We recently attended a Middlesbrough Authority Pupil Premium Conference led by the government’s Pupil Premium Champion, Sir John Dunsford. This reassured us that our focus on addressing the barriers our Pupil Premium cohort experience is appropriate. We monitor the impact of our spending through our School Improvement Plan which is RAG rated every half term. Our Praising Stars system assesses student progress each half term. Using our 4I model our Learning Managers and departments track and rapidly intervene with all students who are falling behind. Impact of these interventions is evaluated at the subsequent Praising Stars cycle.
Our vision that “The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal” is reflected in our Pupil Premium expenditure strategy. All students are offered the same opportunities in the academy. A percentage of the cost is subsidised through our pupil premium funding in line with the percentage of pupil premium students receiving the provision. Strategies such as staffing for Option English and Maths in Y9, 10 and 11; 1 to 1 English , Maths and Science support; support for our Y8 Graduation and free outward bound residential; support for our Y11 Prom and hoodies; our Enrichment programme; our free Tees Valley Music lesson provision; Accelerated Reader; Library resources; the support of our Attendance officers and school counsellor; additional TA support in core subjects; our Careers Inc provision; our excellent Breakfast club that provides free breakfast for over 180 students a day and our generous uniform subsidy are all supported through Pupil Premium funding.
These initiatives and strategies are for all our students and put Students First. Our excellent provision is supporting the academy to close, and indeed begin to eradicate the gap.