Pupil Premium Funding

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 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools get £1,320 for every primary school age pupil, or £935 for every secondary school age pupil. 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. However, it is estimated that in 2019/2020 the academy will receive in the region of £13,000.

Olive AP Academy – Havering does not currently receive any Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium funding.

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 the academies.
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
• Specialist staff training courses 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

2. Improve literacy and communication skills
• Buy reading and literacy tools to improve the reading age of our students
• Strengthen numeracy skills e.g. through use of Timetables RockStars to strengthen knowledge of times tables

3. Improve attendance
• Develop an attendance plan for each student so they have the appropriate support to encourage them to attend school

4. 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

5.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? We will review our priorities and the actions agreed throughout the year and at the end of the year when planning for 2020/2021. Data we will use to see what progress is being made will include:
• Students improving their attendance
• Student progress made from the baselines on their arrival to the academy
• Improvement in reading ages
• Students achieving formal qualifications
• Student destinations after they have left the school
How was pupil premium funding spent and used in 2018/19? In 2018/19 our focus was on:
• Strengthening teaching skills through additional specialist training courses
• Developing the Student Voice programme within the academy and ensuring that all participate in this
• Support to improve attendance with individual attendance plans
• Provision of 1:1 tutoring, coaching and counselling support for pupils in need
Our 2018/19 report is available here.