Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to students who:
• have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (£935 in 2015-16)
• have been in Local Authority care for more than 1 day or have been adopted from care (£1900 in 2015-2016, however £1000 will be retained by the Virtual Headteacher in the Local Authority).
• have parents/carers in the armed services currently, or at any time in the past 4 years (£300 in 2015-16).
We were allocated £89,760 for the academic year 2015/2016. We received this money in regular instalments and the funds were in addition to the main school budget (the General Annual Grant, GAG).
At Outwood Academy Ripon we have developed many robust intervention strategies over a number of years, all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their potential. We are proud that we have ‘narrowed the gap’ between different groups of students and fulfil one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”. This has been identified as a particular strength of the Academy:
“The achievement of disadvantaged pupils is exceptionally high. In 2015, the proportion of disadvantaged pupils gaining five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, was above the average for other pupils nationally. It was more than double the average for disadvantaged pupils nationally. The proportions of disadvantaged pupils making or exceeding expected progress in English and mathematics were above others nationally.” (Ofsted, January 2016).
Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students. The intervention strategies exceed by far the total amount we receive for the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium money allocated for 2016/17 will also continue to support these strategies and interventions:
Uniform has been provided for all Year 6 students and, in addition, all students who join Outwood Academy Ripon during the year will receive a free uniform to ensure that all students are starting from the same point. Additional uniform is also provided for vulnerable students.
A careers advisor (Careers Inc) has been employed for one day per week to work with students from Year 9 to Year 13. Presently, all Year 11 students receive an individual ‘interview’ with the Senior Leadership Team to support them with their post 16 applications, but are also offered the opportunity for independent advice with the careers advice service. Work is taking place with Y9, Y10 and Y11 students, in particular with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Students who are identified by the above criteria are all provided with further dedicated time with the careers team with a focus on their future and choices. Following the 2016 results we had no students who fell into the NEET category.
The Inclusion Co-ordinator, Learning Managers, Teaching Assistants, Attendance Officer, Personalised Learning Centre Manager and Education Welfare Officer make up a highly skilled and experienced team whose focus is the achievement of all students.
Weekly meetings ensure that vulnerable students are making the progress they should and any form of intervention that is needed is in place. Our school nurse (one day per week) works with students and is a valuable resource to offer support and medical advice. The peer mentoring team (mentors in Years 12 and 13) provide one to one support for vulnerable students in Key Stages 3 and 4.
In 2015-16 a total of £15,000 was awarded for supporting students with low prior attainment at Key Stage 2. In order to support these students the money was allocated to:
Students making expected progress in English and maths.
Please note that national averages are based on 2015 data.
The funding allocation for this year has increased to £98,175. This will allow Outwood Academy Ripon to continue to offer the above interventions and support for our students.