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:
In the 2019/20 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 £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.
Our Pupil Premium cohort is 12% of students on roll for 2019/20 Academic Year. The Academy has received £78,108 of pupil premium for the current academic year.
Closing the gap for our disadvantaged students is a core improvement drive at Outwood Academy Easingwold which recently converted following an academy order. We are very aware that 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.
More details of how our Pupil Premium is spent can be found by following the link below:
Whilst our intake at KS3 is above national average and we have a significant number of students that exceed the expected national standard in Literacy and/or Numeracy at KS2, Outwood Academy Easingwold works tirelessly to ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies are offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and do their best to overcome these barriers; we have structured our curriculum, pastoral system and staffing to target key barriers such as low literacy and numeracy, learner behaviour, inclusion, emotional health well-being, cultural and educational opportunity, and health and safety. We recognise that good or better teaching has a disproportionately positive impact on our disadvantaged cohort and our students from low ability attainment bands. Our Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium funding is deployed to target these barriers and raise the quality of our provision so that all students can achieve.
Impact is measured using outcomes from assessments that contribute to the Academy reporting cycle – Praising stars ©. Interventions are tracked using our literacy and numeracy catch up tracker so we can identify which strategies have been the most successful. This forms part of our Trust wide evaluation process called the 4I model – information, identify, intervention, impact. Through this process we have refined the interventions we offer to ensure they have the maximum impact.
Full scrutiny is completed at the end of each Academic year. More information on how our funding is deployed and how our Year 7 Catch Up Funding is spent can be found by following below where you can find the “2019-2020 Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Funding Intervention and Impact Report”.