Pupil Premium

What is 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)
  • Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority or children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order (£1,900); however £1000 will be retained by the Virtual Headteacher in the Local Authority.
  • Have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges (£300)

How many pupil premium students are on roll at Outwood Academy Bydales and how much funding does the school receive?

For 2016/17, we estimate that we will receive £125,585. The Illustration of Pupil Premium Grant as published on www.gov.uk estimates £117,810. The cohort of pupil premium students at Outwood Academy Bydales is detailed in the table below. This equates to 19.5% as of 19/10/2016.

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In 2015/16 we were allocated £134,082.40. The Pupil Premium Tracker document details specific spending for last academic year and is available on the website. We received this money in regular installments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).

What is the funding spent on?

At Outwood Academy Bydales, we have many robust intervention strategies which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their potential. We believe that these strategies are diminishing the difference 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”. We believe that this is a particular strength of the school.

Below is a list of strategies that we used to support students. The total cost of these strategies can be seen on the Pupil Premium Tracker which is also available on the school website. The intervention strategies exceed 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 students who are examined are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the school day as well as evenings, weekends and during holiday time.
  • Revision guides for English, Maths and science. Pen drives with resources, scientific calculators.
  • Accelerated Reader, Lexia and Lucid are used to raise literacy across the Academy.
  • Directors of English, Maths, Science, Humanities, French, ICT and the Arts have been deployed from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust to support students in making 3 levels of progress and beyond in these subject areas.
  • Option English, Option Maths, are additions to the core curriculum for these subject areas.
  • SLT support is provided in all Year 11 English and Maths lessons.
  • 121 intervention post holders in Science, Maths and English providing high quality 121 intervention in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Additionally small group intervention occurs in VMG time for Maths, English and Science.
  • Additional small group interventions occur through the Bridge, PLC and Resource Provision Unit.
  • Students who qualify for Pupil Premium are also supported, when necessary, with music lessons, specialist equipment and trips to enhance their learning experiences.
  • Exam materials are provided to ensure students are fully equipped for exams.

Uniform:

Uniform is provided for all year 7 students and all students new to school will receive a free uniform, so that all students are starting from the same point. LAC students receive free replacement uniform throughout their time at school. Requests for assistance for replacement uniform for other pupil premium students is taken on a case by case basis.

Careers advice and guidance for Y9, Y10, Y11:

An independent careers advisor (Careers Inc) has been employed for up to two days per week to work with students in all year groups. Presently, Y11 students have access to 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 with the careers advice service. Work is taking place with Y9, Y10 and Y11 students, in particular with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs. Students who are identified by the above criteria are all given time with the careers office with a focus on their future and choices.

Pastoral Care:

The Inclusion Manager, Learning Managers, Teaching Assistants, Consequences Manager, and Bridge Manager make up a highly skilled and experienced team whose focus is the achievement of all students. Weekly meetings ensure that vulnerable students are making the progress they should and any form of intervention that is needed is in place. Our school nurse works with students during a weekly lunchtime drop-in session and is a valuable resource to offer support and medical advice. The peer mentor team can provide one to one support for vulnerable students in Key Stage 3 and 4. Daily morning, break and lunch clubs for all vulnerable students are held in the Bridge.

How do pupil premium students perform at Outwood Academy Bydales?

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What are the future plans for pupil premium spending at Outwood Academy Bydales?

We will continue to provide the support listed above however we are further developing out interventions in the areas below:

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

A variety of activities in relation to careers and future learning for students to take part in and also a Careers Event to give independent advice and guidance as well as an online resource. OGAT have recently secured funding for a new careers initiative called Future Generations which will create more robust intervention packages to secure students’ post-16 plans.

Attendance

Attendance incentives and rewards will provide an even greater focus will be used to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95% attendance.

When will the Outwood Academy Bydales pupil premium strategy be reviewed?

The pupil premium strategy will be formally reviewed in September 2017.