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 2017 to 2018 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 15.5% of students on roll. Our allocation for 2017/18 is £113,606.
Closing the gap for our disadvantaged students is a core improvement drive at Outwood Academy Easingwold which is due to convert to an Outwood academy following its academy order. We are very aware that Outwood Academy Easingwold and the surrounding area has pockets of deprivation which can result in academic disadvantage, and are working to address this gap. We want to be part of moving things forward for all our students and parents. We are determined to work together with all outside agency support to get to the root of the issues around the disadvantaged gap and develop strategies and interventions to challenge that gap. We focus on attendance for this cohort as this can be a barrier to learning, engaging with parents where possible and highlighting the importance of academic achievement for future life chances.
We work with Careers Inc. to try to help students visualise their future aspirations to aid motivation in the present. We monitor the impact of our spending through our School Improvement Plan and through our Pupil Premium tracking.
Our Praising Stars system assesses student progress each half term. Using our 4xi 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 Students First: Raising standards and Transforming Lives 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; Subsidised music lesson provision; Accelerated Reader; Library resources; the support of our Attendance officers and school coach; 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. Please see the attached PDF for our 2016-17 spend.