A Helping Hand
Children from lower-income families are making great strides at Oak View Academy thanks to a Government funding scheme called Pupil Premium.
Eligible pupils, who also receive free school meals, benefit from an additional £1,320 which is paid to the school.
We spend the money in a variety of productive ways, from helping create smaller classes to improving resources and learning tools for teachers.
Our performance tables demonstrate how we successfully apply the Pupil Premium to ensure all our children get an equal start in their education.
How we use the additional funding…
In 2016-17 we received £106,920 for the 60% of Oak View children who have been getting free school meals during the last six years. In 2017-18 we have received £109,560, which represents 51% of our children.
Key things we do to get real value from the Pupil Premium:
- WE MAKE learning easier for children through the provision of smaller classes.
- WE SUPPORT children in the classroom with the use of additional qualified adults including a counsellor.
- WE DELIVER extra programmes to those who need more help. For example, we have reading volunteers, small booster groups and do some one-to-one tuition.
- WE ALLOCATE funding to allow all pupils access to extended school activities and clubs.
- WE EMPLOY our own Speech and Language Therapist, as this is an area of difficulty for many of our children.
Since September 2014, we have used the Pupil Premium to pay for resources, which help develop children’s mental maths, spelling and handwriting skills.
The extra funds have also been used to equip staff to support children even more effectively than before.
Among other things, they have been trained to run proven maths interventions, use the Concrete Pictorial Abstract approach to develop understanding in Maths, use a whole school spelling scheme to support the development of spelling, and to apply Phonics to improve reading and writing.
Since November 2016, it has also helped us participate in the two-year Primary Reasoning Project, which focuses on high-quality training for staff in the development of reasoning in maths and which has given the children a greater confidence in maths.
From September 2017, we are using this money to pay for a full time speech and language therapist to support our children’s language development.
We’re seeing the results…
The impact of the Pupil Premium is carefully tracked throughout the year using the termly assessments. Our next pupil premium strategy review will be held in April 2018. Our children have made great progress:
Reading: Children in receipt of Pupil Premium have mostly made equal or better progress than their counterparts so that there is a higher proportion of Pupil Premium children achieving age related expectations/higher in most year groups.
Writing: Children in receipt of Pupil Premium have mostly made equal or better progress than their counterparts so that there is a higher proportion of Pupil Premium children achieving age related expectations/higher in each year group.
Maths: Most children have made equal or better progress than their counterparts, which is helping to bridge the gap. There is a higher proportion of Pupil Premium children achieving age related expectations/higher in most year groups.
Year 6: Attainment – In 2017, children for whom we receive Pupil Premium did better than their counterparts in reading and writing, and were broadly in line with national in mathematics. The school is working on diminishing this difference in maths in 2018 so that a higher % of children are in line with national in July 2018.
Progress: Our Pupil Premium children made excellent progress in 2017. Our Pupil premium children made more progress than those without pupil premium in reading (PP +6.52, non PP +5.25); they made more progress than those without pupil premium in writing (PP +6.12, non PP +2.78); but not as much progress in maths (PP +3.12, non PP +7.46).
Barriers: our children’s attendance can act as a barrier to progress when they don’t attend school every day. We work with our families and the Education Welfare Officer to improve this. For some children the barrier can be behavioural/emotional needs. We provide a caring environment where all children can flourish. For children who need additional support, we run nurture groups and employ a school counsellor.
At Oak View Academy we are passionately committed to helping every child achieve their full potential – regardless of background or ability.