Pupil Premium funding & Covid catch-up premium

Pupil Premium Funding

What is pupil premium funding? Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded 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 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 it is estimated the academy will receive £55,000.

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. In addition, leads for PPG across the trust will be working with each other on an ongoing basis to share learning and practice.

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
• 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.

2. 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.

3. Improve attendance
• OA’s Education Welfare Officer 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 online counselling service for young people.

How will we know we have made progress? Data we use to see what progress is being made includes:
• Pupils improving their attendance
• Pupils progress made from the baselines on their arrival to the academy
• Improvement in reading ages
• Pupils achieving formal qualifications
• Pupil destinations after they have left the school
How was pupil premium funding spent and used previously? In 2018/19 our focus was on:

• Enhancing quality of teaching in relation to supporting learning and differentiation for disadvantaged pupils
• Strengthening analysis of data and focussing on disadvantaged pupils
• Development of student council ensuring disadvantaged pupils are well represented
• Literacy interventions to improve reading ages
• Numeracy interventions to increase numeracy levels
• Introducing repair and rebuild meetings to support pupils to develop positive relationships
• Increasing attendance of disadvantaged pupils
• Decreasing incidents and exclusions through behaviour management support
• Increasing pupils’ resilience and wellbeing
• Supporting emotional resilience through the introduction of therapeutic interventions
• Developing the outdoor curriculum to increase resilience and teamwork
• Supporting pupils with the provision of uniform where needed.

A review of our 2018/19 pupil premium strategy 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 jenny.wingate@oliveacademies.org.uk


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.