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.
|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
2. Improve literacy and communication skills
3. Improve attendance
4. Strengthen diagnosis and interventions to meet specific needs of those with SEND
5.Strengthen attitudes to learning
|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.
An update on our 2019/2021 plan will be made available here in due course. A copy of the operational plan can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.