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 2018-19 we received £120,120 for the 60% of Oak View children who have been getting free school meals during the last six years. In 2019-20 we will receive £106,920, which represents 45% 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 school counsellor, a learning mentor and an emotional literacy support assistant.
- 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 Mastery approach to develop understanding in Maths, using a whole school maths scheme of work (Maths No Problem) to support the development of knowledge and skills. Our staff are working closely with the English hub to develop our teaching of Phonics, using the Read Write Inc programme to improve Early Reading and Writing.
From September 2019, we are working closely with a consultant to improve our outcomes in writing, using the Read to Write units of work.
We’re seeing the results…
The impact of the Pupil Premium is carefully tracked throughout the year using the termly assessments. Our children have made great progress:
Reading: Children in receipt of Pupil Premium have mostly made equal progress to their counterparts so that there is a higher proportion of Pupil Premium children achieving age related expectations in years 5 and 6.
Writing: Children in receipt of Pupil Premium have mostly made equal progress to their counterparts so that there is a higher proportion of Pupil Premium children achieving age related expectations in years 5 and 6.
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 in years 4, 5 and 6.
Year 6: Attainment – In 2019, 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 2019-20 so that a higher % of children are in line with national in July 2020.
Progress: Our Pupil Premium children made excellent progress in 2018. In Writing, the progress of disadvantaged children was significantly above the national for other pupils over two years.
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 with an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and employ a school counsellor and a children’s advocate. For children with significant emotional needs, we have an additional small class which focuses on a therapeutic approach to helping children learn to manage their emotions.
For children with speech and language difficulties, we provide in-school Speech and Language support via our learning mentor.
At Oak View Academy we are passionately committed to helping every child achieve their full potential – regardless of background or ability.