Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch Up

What are the barriers to progress of students?

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

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

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 since May 2012
• Have been in Local Authority care for more than 1 day or have been adopted from care
• Have parents/carers in the armed services currently, or at any time in the past 4 years
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 £2,300 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.

Closing the gap

Closing the gap for our disadvantaged students is a core improvement drive at Outwood Academy Normanby. 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. 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.

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; additional TA support in core subjects; our Careers Inc provision; 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.

Year 7 Catch Up Fund

In 2020/21 Catch Up Funding is no longer provided nationally this funding has ceased.

In the academic year 2019/2020 a wide range of provision and intervention strategies were offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and do their best. In deciding how the money was spent we focused on students who were identified as requiring support from KS2 results and using the academy’s reporting system Praising Stars © . We use the Academy reporting system Praising Stars© in early October to identify students who are not making the required progress in both English and mathematics.

In allocating the fund in 2019/2020 consideration is given to those students who:
● Have not made the required progress in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2
● Praising Stars© shows that they are currently not making the required progress
● Further psychometric assessments are carried out if further information is needed to identify if a child has SEN. This is part of the new SEND code of practice where early identification is of paramount importance. In these cases the SEND Officer will liaise with parents & carers as set out in the SEND Local Offer and SEND Policy.