Pupil Premium

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.

The date for the next Pupil Premium strategy review is - November 2020

Year 7 Catch-up Grant

The Year 7 Catch-Up Grant is additional to Pupil Premium funding and received up until academy year 2019/20.  This funding was to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in literacy or numeracy at the end of KS2.

During 2019/20 - 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 despite this funding stream ending.


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.

Star test

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.


Numeracy needs were identified through results from Year 6, tests and assessments on entry to Open Academy, targeted intervention was planned and delivered in small groups by a HLTA.

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