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 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 £13.000.
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.
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Strategic priorities and actions to narrow the gap
Enhance quality of education
- Specialist staff training courses including outdoor learning qualifications to improve teachers' skills
- Continue to review the curriculum to ensure it is relevant to each student’s needs
- Strengthen data tracking so that students can plan their own targets
- Further develop the academy’s Student Voice programme of activities so we better understand their views about learning and school
Improve literacy and communication skills
- Buy reading and literacy tools to improve the reading age of our students, e.g. ‘word of the week’, 100 most commonly used words
- Strengthen numeracy skills e.g. through use of Timetables RockStars to strengthen knowledge of times tables
- Develop an attendance plan for each student so they have the appropriate support to encourage them to attend school
Strengthen diagnosis and interventions to meet specific needs of those with SEND
- 1:1 mentoring programme to support pupils to develop positive strategies to understand and manage their emotions
- Give students access to a counsellor and to yoga sessions to support them with their mental health and improve behaviour and engagement at school
Strengthen attitudes to learning
- Further develop outdoor learning and PE curriculum so that all students are taking part in regular physical exercise
- Implement a coaching programme to ensure students have regular access to information on careers to raise their aspirations and are encouraged to engage with wider topical issues
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