Pupil Premium report for the academic year 2015/16
The DfE (Department for Education) has allocated a specific pupil premium grant to every school, beginning in 2011/12. The allocation of this money is received in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the ISB).  The key priority of the fund is to narrow the disadvantage gap by raising the attainment of those pupils in low-income families (namely those in receipt of free school meals and looked after children). 
 
  The additional support is aimed at: 

  • improved levels of attendance, attainment and progress
  • reduction in exclusions and improvement in behaviour
  • improve family contact and better relationships with families
  • improve destination data
  • attainment gaps closing
  • have full access to our curriculum
  • access our extra-curricular provision
     
    For 2012/13 financial year each eligible pupil attracted £623 and for 2015/16 £935 of funding.  This converted to £295,000 for the academic year (year ended 31st August 2015).  For the current financial year £320,100 will be received. The following indicates how the pupil premium monies have been spent but this list of intervention and support is not exhaustive.
     
    School Counsellor: (4.5 hours per week) is an extremely valuable resource and greatly appreciated by the pupils she works with.  There are always a significant number of pupils on the waiting list to see the counsellor.
     
    Learning Mentor and LSA Support (3 staff):  provides additional support for some of our most vulnerable pupils who otherwise would not engage in any activity within school.  These pupils, with this support, have gone on to make progress with a positive results profile.  The work of this team has been supported by investment in ICT and 1:1 iPads
     
    Pupil Support:  Further support is given to pupils which could include access to a range of off-site provision through external agencies, revision guides, subsidies for school visits and extra-curricular activities.
    EAL Pupils:  As a proportion of the school pupil population we have a large group of pupils, significantly higher than national average (nationally highest quintile), who join Oakwood High School with English as an Additional Language (EAL) and who may also have very limited educational experience. A significant proportion of this group have great difficulties integrating with other pupils within school and adjusting to the routines of the school day.  We have employed a LSA to work with these pupils and with their families in the community to try to make the transition easier.  She works to provide help with curriculum support, aspiration work, access to mentoring and one-to-one withdrawal work.  
    Renaissance Reading: This is a programme for pupils in Year 7 and some pupils in Year 8. We recognise that when pupils arrive from primary school some of them have a reading age well below their chronological age.  This programme is delivered through Explore Learning Zone lessons, with help from staff in the Communicate Learning Zone and Learning Resource Centre (LRC).  Over the course of the programme pupils are assigned a book appropriate to their reading age.  Pupils are assessed online and then moved to the next level.  This programme also benefits more able readers as it moves them to higher level texts.   Further investment in books has also been made
    Staffing:  Increases made in staffing in the core subject areas (English, maths and Science) to allow for smaller class sizes, intervention groups, 1:1 and support in teaching time.  We have appointed a Leader of Learning to explore different ways of engaging pupils with school life.  This colleague is working with the SENCO to develop an active Children Champion Network. Additionally, Coaching/CPD is carried out throughout the school to innovatively develop new ways of differentiating resources for pupil use
     
     
    Evaluation
    Formal recording of the pupil assessment performance is carried out three times per year.  The progress of pupil premium pupils is assessed for every year group, across all subjects at each of those assessment points.  This allows staff to discuss the progress of pupils within their subject area, to compare performance across the breadth of subject areas and allows for intervention as necessary; this may include Head of House intervention and involvement.
     
Closing the Gap
Progress 8 Score 2015 2016 2015 Gap 2016 Gap
Disad Non-Disad Disad Non-Disad
Overall -0.55 -0.11 -0.25 -0.08 -0.44 -0.17
English element +0.14 +0.3 +0.14 +0.25 -0.16 -0.11
Maths element -0.86 -0.44 -0.53 -0.3 -0.42 -0.23
EBacc element -0.96 -0.32 -0.45 -0.27 -0.64 -0.18
Open element -0.38 +0.06 -0.14 +0.03 -0.44 -0.17

 

2016/7 and beyond
Oakwood High School is committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities.  The achievement of pupils with Pupil Premium will continue to be a priority within our Excellence Plans.  It is expected that the level of Pupil Premium for this year will be similar to that of 2015-16.  The actions described for 2015/6 will continue to be monitored and evaluated with necessary intervention put in place during the 2016/17 academic year.