What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is funding that we receive to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students. Open Academy receive extra funding for each student that meets the criteria below:
• Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM)
• Every child who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
• Children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer (LAC)
• Children who have a parent currently serving in the armed forces
Introduction to the Pupil Premium Grant
Pupil Premium funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools, with students on roll in January that were known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time, in the last six years. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable students. Schools are encouraged to publicise the Pupil Premium to parents and carers, in order that the school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement, for students who are eligible for FSM.
Summary of Spending 2017-18
The following approaches were used in 2017-2018:
• The provision of additional small group 'taught sessions' for Pupil Premium students in KS4 at Tutor time
• In Year 11, all students had access to a computer suite, on a weekly basis to access SAM learning and other revision resources
• Extra-curricular small group, and one to one sessions, were focused on developing a range of skills of individual students to narrow their achievement gap
• A targeted mentoring programme was carried out, as needs are identified
• The added opportunity of raising achievement levels through the continuation of a staffed Homework Club and other subject intervention classes
• The provision of further resources such as revision books, computer technology and support materials for students in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
• Socially, subject based revision sessions for potentially vulnerable students during holidays to increase those students' self confidence
• Exam Stress sessions for identified students, along with activities support facilitating inclusion and parental support
The date for the next Pupil Premium strategy review is - September 2019
Year 7 Catch-up Grant
The Year 7 Catch-Up Grant is additional to Pupil Premium funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in literacy or numeracy at the end of KS2.
During 2018/19 - Total figure received £12,375 for Year 7 Catch Up. This money was spent in a holistic manner paying towards the following initiatives which we continue to provide.
Literacy needs are identified through results from Year 6, additional reading tests and work completed in the A* Centre with a specialised teacher identify specific needs and targeted intervention is planned on a half-termly programme.
Guided Reading Lessons once a week for Year 7 and 8 in Open Book where additional adults support small groups in reading novels.
Accelerated Reader (AR)
A programme that helps teachers manage and monitor student’s independent reading practice. It helps all students, from those with special educational needs to the most-able, to become better readers. AR studies demonstrate that students who are reading for 20 minutes a day will see the greater improvements in their reading age compared to a student who is not.
At the start of Year 7 students sit a Star test which identifies a student’s reading age. This helps the teacher and librarian identify what level books a student should read. Books within Open Book are labelled with different levels. The student picks a book at his/her own level. When the book is finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer – passing the quiz (60% of more) is an indication that the book has been understood. Year seven students visit Open Book during English lessons. They are encouraged to Open Book independently in their own time.
Annual Year 7 residential activity camp
Creates an opportunity for the year group to bond and develop their team work skills and has proved to be an extremely popular and enriching experience