How our academy uses any additional government funding to support our students.
What is pupil premium funding?
Pupil premium is funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
It is 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 or have been in care for 6 months or longer.
In 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools receive £1,345 per primary school age pupil or £955 per secondary age pupil. The level of funding for each looked-after-child is £2,345.
Within an alternative provision school such as Olive AP Academy – Thurrock (OA-Th) it is very difficult to provide a completely accurate of the level of PPG to be allocated as this figure can fluctuate throughout the year dependent on students who are on roll in the academy. In 2019/2020 the academy received £45,000. In 2020/21 the academy received £50,000.
Monitoring and Accountability
At Olive Academies, the trustees are ultimately accountable for the impact of pupil premium spending funding across the Trust. Within the academy, the headteacher is responsible for agreeing the plans and the Academy Advisory Board monitors its impact. We also get expert advice from a pupil premium grant reviewer and share learning across our network of academies.
The strategy below summarizes the funding expected and pupils it relates to between 2020-2022 and our approach. We will continue to share good practice and learning between academies within the trust and report to the AAB on proposed use, with an impact report to the AAB in Autumn term 2021.
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Strategic priorities and actions to narrow the gap
Enhance quality of education
- Specialist staff training courses including outdoor learning qualifications to improve teachers' skills
- Building up our resource base with revision guides, reading books to help improve reading
- Fund trips and visits so that students have a wider understanding of opportunities in the local community and the wider world
- Online learning platform to support those who cannot attend school
Improve literacy and communication skills
- Buy reading and literacy tools to improve the reading age of our students, e.g. ‘word of the week’, 100 most commonly used words
- Staff training on Precision Teaching, a specific programme to support individual children who have difficulty in school
- Reading Revelations training – pupils with a low reading age will see accelerated progress and engage in reading activities
- One to one work with those who have the lowest reading ages
- OA’s Attendance and Welfare lead to work with the school, parents, local authority and pupils to improve individual attendance
- Rewards and recognition for those who improve their attendance
- A Home Start support worker will support the most vulnerable students to feel able to attend school
Strengthen diagnosis and interventions to meet specific needs of those with SEND
- Training on trauma informed practice for school staff so that they can better understand how this affects the young people who attend our school
- Educational Psychologist meetings with students and their carers to support them
Strengthen attitudes to learning
- Use specialist tools such as Resilience Doughnut and Boxall Profiling to support students
- Offer counselling to students to they can explore their mental health and strategies for resilience
- Offer music therapy to promote learning and creativity
How will we know we have made progress?
- Pupils improving their attendance
- Pupils' progress from the baselines on arrival at the academy
- Improvement in reading ages
- Pupils achieving formal qualifications
- Pupil destinations after they have left school