Outwood Academy Adwick was allocated £398,076 for the academic year 2015/16. We received this money in regular instalments 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 (£935)
• have been in care for more than six months (£1900)
• have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges (£300)
At Outwood Academy Adwick 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:
Uniform has been provided for all Year 6 students who are awarded a place at Outwood Academy Adwick 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 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.
Additional schemes run throughout the year:
• Free school meals (FSM) £935
• Looked after children £1900
• Armed service children £300
Ouwood Academy Adwick has been allocated £393,749. 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.
Continue to suport the mentoring programme to Year 11, 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.
We are introducing additional English and maths sessions during the school holidays. These sessions will focus on basic skills to strengthen lifelong learning, achievement and attainment.
Please find attached a full interventions calendar for 2016/17.