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The Pupil Premium at Tenbury High Ormiston Academy

What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

How do we ensure our Pupil Premium spend is effective?
We endeavour to engage with parents/ carers over the annual Pupil Premium spend. There is an annual survey when we ask pupils and parents/carers to RAG rate our pupil Premium provision.

Every year we allocate a certain amount of Pupil Premium expenditure to a negotiated spend. From this fund parents/carers can ask for money to be spent on activities, resources and provision as they deem appropriate to the needs of their child.

When producing our action plan for Pupil Premium spend we inform our actions through discussion with the academy Ormiston Educational Advisor, sharing best practice with other schools (OAT academies and Worcestershire schools) and follow the guidance of the Sutton Trust EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit.

Who decides how to spend the Pupil Premium?
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. It is not ring fenced and schools are free to spend it as they wish.

How much does Tenbury High Ormiston Academy receive?
The school  received £66,330 for the academic year 2015/16. The academy uses this funding to ensure that all disadvantaged students achieve their potential and are supported in closing the gap to their peers. The following document details specific actions together with costs and impact for each element of our pupil premium spend. It should be noted that our core belief of social mobility regardless of background drives everything we do to improve students’ life chances.

How does the school spend the money?
As a school we are committed to raising achievement, removing barriers to learning and closing the achievement gap for all pupils.

The school has used and is using Pupil Premium funding in a variety of ways to meet our aims:

  • Provision of coaching and mentoring opportunities for teachers to improve and share best practice
  • Training for all staff in improving the quality of feedback
  • A contribution towards the monitoring and tracking of achievement by Pupil Premium pupils
  • Recruitment of teaching staff to create smaller groups sizes in English and Mathematics
  • Deployment of support staff to work with specific groups or individuals to raise achievement through a programme of assertive mentoring
  • Alternative educational provision and procurement of other external consultants and/or counselling services where applicable
  • Residential trips targeted at raising attainment
  • Improved rewards system and other enrichment activities.
  •  Homework club staffed by cover supervisors to provide on-site support with learning beyond the classroom
  • Purchase the services of an on-site Connexions Advisor to provide targeted support
  • Support Individual needs by nurturing talents and interests through the purchase of Music lessons, kindles, residential trips and much more.

Exceptional Pupil Premium spend

The governors are keen to encourage and nurture particular pupil talents.

At the LGB meeting on the 9th November 2016 they have agreed to consider some Pupil Premium funds to be allocated where a child has an exceptional curriculum or aptitude.
Governors have also decided to allocate some Pupil Premium funds to those families who participate in exchange programmes bearing in mind the cost that is incurred when acting as a host.

When considering this use of Pupil Premium funds governors have asked for such matters to be brought to the LGB meetings.

How does the school ensure the money is effectively allocated?

There are three key areas of actions that will allow the school to meet its aims and objectives for it pupil premium students:

  • Frequent and rich data collection and tracking to inform immediate and personalised intervention
  • Know the child; know the barriers – detailed knowledge of the barriers these students face will allow for more effective interventions
  • Personalised, planned, swift intervention will support the child to get back on track in their area of need.