Pupil Premium Funding

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 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools get £1,320 for every primary school age pupil, or £935 for every secondary school age pupil. In 2020 to 2021, the figure is £1,345 per primary school age pupil and £955 per secondary age pupil.  The level of funding for each looked-after-child is £2,345.

Within an alternative provision school such as ours 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 the students who attend the academy. In 2019/2020 the academy received £46.000. In 2020/21 it is estimated the academy will receive £50,000.

Olive AP Academy – Thurrock does not currently receive any Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding.

Monitoring and Accountability Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the DfE have recognized it is not possible to evaluate the impact of pupil premium for all of 2019/20 and have said that schools should continue to monitor the grant’s use and report on its impact at the end of the 2020/21 financial year.  It is also recommended that schools set multi-year pupil premium strategies and only carry out a ‘light touch’ review every year.

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 the academies.

This strategy summarizes the funding expected and pupils it relates to between 2019-2021 and our approach. For a copy of the operational plan please email jenny.wingate@oliveacademies.org.uk. 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 May 2021.

Strategic priorities and actions to narrow the gap At Olive Academies we have worked together to agree our aims for disadvantaged pupils which we think will have the greatest impact and within each academy we have decided actions we will take:

1. 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

2. 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
• One to one work with those who have the lowest reading ages

3. Improve attendance
• OA’s Education Welfare Officer will work with students, their parents and the local authority 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

4. 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

5.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? Data we use to see what progress is being made includes:
• Students improving their attendance
• Student progress made from the baselines on their arrival to the academy
• Improvement in reading ages
• Students achieving formal qualifications
• Student destinations after they have left the school
How was pupil premium funding spent and used previously? In 2018/19 our focus was on:
• Provision of individual raising achievement plans 1:1 tuition for each pupil
• Strengthening literacy and communication through use of literacy schemes
• Support to improve attendance with breakfast clubs, individual attendance plans, behaviour support plans and support to families in need
• Opportunities to do work experience and attend Circles Farm for outdoor learning experiences.

Our 2018/19 report is available here.

Covid Catch-up premium 2020/21

The DfE has allocated £650 million to be spent on ensuring all pupils – particularly disadvantaged, SEND and vulnerable pupils – have the chance to catch up and supporting schools to enable them to do so. Within this academy, we have developed a catch-up plan which identifies how we have allocated the funding and how we hope to support our pupils make progress by the end of the academic year. We will report on progress against this to our Academy Advisory Board and our Trustees.

Our catch-up plan is available here.  If you have any questions, please contact jenny.wingate@oliveacademies.org.uk.