Pupil Premium & Catch-up

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)
• Have been in Local Authority care for more than 1 day or have been adopted from care (£1900)
• Have parents/carers in the armed services currently, or at any time in the past 4 years (£300)
We have been allocated £156,457 for the academic year 2019/2020. We will receive this money in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant). At Outwood Academy Bydales, 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 fulfil one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”. This has been identified as a particular strength of the Academy. Students who are supported by the pupil premium are monitored very carefully and are given very well targeted extra support and often one-to-one tuition to help them improve their skills.

“The progress made by disadvantaged pupils is above that made by other pupils nationally in the large majority of subjects” Ofsted 2018.
“Leaders’ swift and proportionate intervention in the English department ensured that the progress disadvantaged pupils made in their 2017 examinations was much higher than in 2016” Ofsted 2018.

Strategy Review Meetings:

• Half-termly data entry to measure students expected attainment and effort for every subject. This is then used to inform meetings that take place with the inclusion team. Progress of pupil premium and more able disadvantaged students is compared to the rest of the Academy population to ensure any emerging gaps are identified swiftly and intervention is put in place to close them.
• Weekly meetings to discuss Year 11 students and to overcome any barriers that may arise to students’ progress. This is attended by the Senior Leadership Team, Inclusion Team, Y11 learning manager, curriculum leaders for Mathematics, English and Science and OGAT Subject Directors. Pupil premium and more able disadvantaged students are actively discussed at these meetings to ensure that students are accessing the interventions on offer.
• Attendance of pupil premium students is discussed at the weekly SLT meetings.
• Half-termly meeting to discuss the progress of Y10 students with all curriculum leaders. We place a focus on pupil premium students and more able disadvantaged to ensure that they access interventions in the Academy.
• Weekly inclusion meetings with members of staff who work in the Academies Bridge, attendance team and the learning managers.

Attendance Support:

A focus is adopted to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95% attendance in an academic year, including the employment of a full time Attendance Assistant and EWO. These colleagues are highly skilled in supporting disadvantaged students in maintaining a high level of attendance. Through quality home communication, supporting and meetings. We also work with an OGAT attendance director to ensure we use best practice as developed across the trust.

Curriculum Support:

• Revision sessions are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the Academy day, evenings, weekends and during school holiday time. These are delivered with the help of the subject Directors that work within Outwood Grange Academy Trust.
• Hegarty maths work is provided for Year 11 students to support their exam preparation. Students in other year groups also use these tools.
• Revision guides are provided in Mathematics, English and Science.
• All students have access to Hegarty Maths, Educake (Science), online resources used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
• Directors of English, Mathematics and Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, Computer Science and Creative and Expressive Arts have been deployed from Outwood Trust to support students in achieving and exceeding their expected progress.
• Additional lesson time for Option and extra English and Mathematics and Core Science are additions to Core Curriculum for these subject area in Year 11.
• Additional lesson time for Option and extra English and Mathematics in Years 9 and 10.
• Mathematics, English and Science vertical mentoring groups have been created.
• Additional tuition is provided through 1-2-1 tutors for Mathematics, English and Science.
• Enrichment sessions are delivered after-school from September for all GCSE subjects.
• The Accelerated Reader is a programme used to support students with their general reading skills and to narrow the gap and ensure that all students can gain a thirst for literature and also access exam papers later in school life. This is used in curriculum time for students in Year 7 to 9.

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Pupil premium funding was used for the following strategies;

• CPD on quality first teaching based on the strategies that work with PP students taken from the EEF toolkit.
• Revision sessions are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions were provided within the Academy day, evenings, weekends and during school holiday time. These were delivered with the help of the subject Directors that work within Outwood Grange Academy Trust.
• Directors of English, Mathematics and Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities and Creative and Expressive Arts have been deployed from Outwood Trust to support students in achieving and exceeding their expected progress.
• Additional lesson time for Option and extra English and Mathematics and Core Science were additions to Core Curriculum for these subject area in Year 11.
• Additional lesson time for Option and extra English and Mathematics in Years 9 and 10.
• Students gain access to extra English in a range of additional ways to ensure their potential is maximised. The Academy offers: Option 5 English: for students who need extra support to achieve a grade 5 (additional three hours of per week) and Option 8 English: for students with the potential to achieve a grade 8/9 (additional two/three hours per week).
• Additional tuition was provided through 1-2-1 tutors for Mathematics, English and Science.
• Enrichment sessions were delivered after-school from September for all GCSE subjects.
• The Accelerated Reader is a programme was used to support students with their general reading skills and to narrow the gap and ensure that all students can gain a thirst for literature and also access exam papers later in school life.

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