Outwood Academy Hemsworth was allocated £430,0000 for the academic year 2016/17. We received this money in regular installments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).
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
have been in care for more than six months
have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges
At Outwood Academy Hemsworth over the past 3 years we have worked on the strategies identified in order to achieve our aim of improving outcomes for our PP students. We are very pleased that the achievement of our PP students has improved rapidly, thus reducing both internal gaps (PP vs other) and external gaps (PP vs Nat. other). Our Year 11 gaps were significantly below national gaps in 2016 and throughout KS3 in the vast majority of subjects, PP students are making more progress than their peers – the gap has closed! This demonstrates the positive impact of our work here in the academy. 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 fulfilled one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”.
Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students and the total cost of some of these strategies. The intervention strategies exceed by far the total amount we receive for the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium is used to support all of these strategies:
Revision sessions are held at regular intervals throughout the year for those students that have an exam. Sessions are provided within the Academy day as well as evenings, weekends and during school holiday time.
All students have access to “HegartyMaths”, an online resource used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
Revision guides are provided for students in English, maths, science and ICT.
Directors of English, maths and science have been deployed from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust to support students in making progress beyond what is expected in English, maths and science.
External consultants and examiners from the awarding bodies are engaged in English, maths and science to support raising student attainment.
Option English and Option Maths are additional lessons to the core curriculum for these subject areas.
100% time within English and maths is the deployment of specialist staff to support students with small group and personalised intervention sessions to get them back on track.
One to One intervention post holders in maths, science and English.
Specialist literacy and numeracy support in Key Stage 3 and Option Literacy and Numeracy at Key Stage 4.
One to One intervention in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
Students who qualify for Pupil Premium are also supported with music and food lessons and contributions towards equipment and trips to enhance their learning experience whilst at the Academy.
Uniform has been provided for all Year 6 students who are awarded a place at Outwood Academy Hemsworth so that all students are starting from the same point. This will continue in the future. Additional uniform is also provided to vulnerable students.
An independent careers team (Careers Inc) have been employed for one day per week to work with students from years 9-13. 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 and guidance with the Careers Inc service. Additional consultations have been made available to any student who wishes to receive further support with their Post-16 transition routes. Work is taking place with years 9-11 students, in particular with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Employment Education or Training). Students who are identified by the above criteria are all given time with the advisors with a particular focus on their future and choices.
The Academy employs its own Education Welfare Officer. Our Education Welfare Officer is a specialist in the area of Safeguarding; working tirelessly to support our most vulnerable students maintaining strong links with external agency support services. Both are an extremely valuable resource and greatly appreciated by the students.
The Bridge is the Academy’s Social Inclusion Centre, coordinated by the Bridge Manager. Within the Bridge support is given to students with more complex social, emotional, behavioural and medical issues. It provides a safe and supportive environment for the Academy’s most vulnerable students whilst maintaining the links with academic and curriculum areas to support a seamless re-integration.
The Progress Learning Centre is coordinated by the PLC Manager and provides students with personalised learning packages designed to meet individual need. Focused intervention is also provided to support and raise attainment and deliver alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications.
The peer mentor team (mentors in Year 12/13) provided one to one support for vulnerable students.
Behaviour change programme focusing on getting students back on track and understanding why they are behaving in a way that is a cause for concern.
Study support – working with students to create a culture of organisation in relations to school commitments as well as preparing them for their future.
Our proactive intervention programme offers a varied and wide ranging programmes of workshops and courses throughout the year including Anger Management, Self-esteem groups, Personal Safety and Social and Emotional support.
Free school meals (FSM)
Looked after children
Armed service children
Ouwood Academy Hemsworth has been allocated £430,000. In addition to the above interventions and provision, the following areas will be explored to support students:
The Academy plans to duplicate in science the support which is given to English and maths and to continue to maintain the high standards already established in these departments in supporting student achievement and attainment.
The Bridge and PLC will now have access to ‘tute’ education for online specialised lessons for small groups across all years. Literacy support is also offered through the “Fresh Start” programme.
Continue to support the mentoring programme to Year 12 and 13, and offer this resource to Year 7 and 8.
There is planned additional literacy and numeracy intervention in Key Stage 3 including a Literacy Teaching Assistant fully trained on our new literacy programme Ruth Miskin. Greater enrichment opportunities will also be provided in the field of literacy and numeracy. There will also be a focus on literacy and numeracy through VMG time.
The feedback from students who have worked with our Careers advisor is that more opportunities would be welcomed. We have employed Careers Inc to operate a system of independent advice and guidance to students.
After a successful trial with attendance incentives, an even greater focus will be adopted to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95% attendance in an academic year, including the employment of a full time Attendance Assistant.
Lexia Reading is used by school systems throughout the world to encourage students to improve their reading and literacy. Lexia Reading’s interactive, educational software is helping students learn to read and increase academic performance. The package will initially be used with Key Stage 3 to support life-long literacy.