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Pupil premium and additional funding

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 – Suffolk (OA-Sf) 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 £58,142. In 2020/21 the academy received £55,000.

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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.

Please contact jenny.wingate@oliveacademies.org.uk for further details.

Strategic priorities and actions to narrow the gap

Enhance quality of education

  • Continue to develop curriculum to ensure broad and balanced offer
  • Staff to attend training resources, reflect on practice and share information with the wider school community
  • Outdoor learning focus across the provision to improve pupil engagement and participation in learning
  • Fund trips, visits and guest speakers (Covid-19 restrictions apply) to help pupils gain experience and a wider understanding of opportunities within their local community.

Improve literacy and communication skills

  • Lead best practice in high-quality oracy education across the school through the Voice 21 project
  • Ensure effective baseline data on all pupils for a greater understanding of their needs
  • Reading Revelations training – pupils with a low reading age will see accelerated progress and engage in reading activities
  • Phonics Intervention – a focus on pupils in KS2 and KS3 with poor phonological awareness
  • Up to date working walls in every classroom to reflect current learning
  • Disciplinary literacy with a KS4 focus.

Improve attendance

  • OA’s Attendance and Welfare lead to work with the school, parents, local authority and pupils to improve individual attendance
  • Rewards for pupils with good attendance
  • Attendance certificates to help pupils and parents understand attendance and how to improve it.

Strengthen diagnosis and interventions to meet specific needs of those with SEND

  • Training on zones of regulation and other relevant topics throughout the year
  • Training on trauma informed practice for school staff so that they can better understand how this affects the young people who attend our school.

Strengthen attitudes to learning

  • Use of PASS (Pupil Attitude to School and Self) assessment to give staff a better understanding of a pupil's starting point and the progress they have made
  • Engagement with Kooth, a confidential counselling service for young people
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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