Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Total number of pupils on roll: 1045
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG: 446
Total amount of PPG received: £373,916
Outwood Academy Danum has provisionally been allocated £373,916 for the academic year 2019/20.(This figure may be amended once the actual funding allocation is known)
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
• have been in care for more than six months
• have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges
The aim at Outwood Academy Danum is to develop many robust intervention strategies, all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their full potential. Our aim is to ‘narrow the gap’ between different groups of students and fulfil 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:
• Revision sessions for students who are examined are to be held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the school day, evenings, weekend and during holiday time.
• All students have access to Hegarty, an online resource used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
• Revision guides/packs are provided for students in Maths, English and Science
• Directors of English, Maths and Science have been deployed from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust to support students in making the required progress and beyond in English, Maths and Science.
• Option and extra English and Maths and Core Science are additions to Core Curriculum for these subject areas.
• Specialist literacy and numeracy support in Key Stage 3.This includes the implementation of the Accelerated Reader programme along with curriculum time allocated for pupils in year 7 who have been identified with reading ages significantly below chronological age.
• 1-to-1 tutor for Literacy and Maths to be used for strategic support and intervention strategies to improve the performance of pupils.
• 1-to-1 intervention in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 to improve pupil performance in English and maths.
• PLC and Bridge provision to provide curriculum pathways for pupils to improve pupil outcomes and performance.
• Offsite provision is offered to support students who are disengaged with the traditional school environment or who have a particular wish to explore a more vocational route, approximately £50 per day per student.
• Students who qualify for Pupil Premium are also supported with music lessons and contributions towards equipment and trips to enhance their learning experience whilst at Outwood Academy Danum.
Uniform has been provided for all students who are awarded a place at Outwood Academy Danum, so that all students have an equal starting point. This will continue in the future.
Outwood Academy Danum offers financial assistance for families and students wishing to attend school trips and excursions, this ensures that all students benefit from a variety of experiences designed to enhance life chances and removes what could be a financial barrier.
Careers advisors (Careers Inc.) have been employed to work with students from Years 8 to 13. Presently, all Year 11 and Year 12/13 students receive an individual ‘interview’ to support them with their 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 8 to 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 advisor with a particular focus on their future and choices.
A greater focus will be adopted to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95%. An Attendance Officer is employed to drive attendance and work closely to support the most vulnerable groups of students and families. There is also an allocation for hardship fund to assist pupils who may struggle to attend school due to transport or uniform issues.
Lexia Reading is used by school systems throughout the world to encourage students to improve their reading and literacy. Lexia Reading is an interactive, educational software which will help identified students learn to read, and increase school performance. The package is used with identified Key Stage 3 students to support lifelong literacy. Accelerated Reader programme is also used for all Key Stage 3 students.
Students will receive specialised dyslexia support, with strategies shared with all staff and parents. Staff and students will have greater understanding of personal need and parent’s confidence in school actions will increase.
The Bridge is the Academy’s Social Inclusion Centre, co-ordinated 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. The Bridge facility is used to provide one to one support for students and is also open on a morning for social time and a breakfast club.
The Personalised Learning Centre is co-ordinated by the Personalised Learning and Assessment Manager and provides students with personalised learning packages designed to meet individual need, provide focussed intervention to support and raise attainment and deliver alternative GCSE equivalent qualifications.
Other interventions put into place:
Peer Mentoring Programme:
Peer mentors are positive role models working closely with Year 7 and 8 students, supporting them with a variety of issues. They are trained to listen, provide non-judgmental advice and support wherever possible. The peer mentor team (mentors in Year 11) will receive training to help them provide one to one support for vulnerable students.
Our Inclusion Coordinator is a specialist in the area of safeguarding; she works 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.
Additional schemes to run throughout the year:
• Brand New Me programme – focusses on getting students back on track and understanding why they are behaving in a way that is a cause for concern.
• Self-esteem Group work – working with students who need to build personal confidence.
• Study support – working with students to create a culture of organization, preparing for their future.
• Rebound Programme – A behaviour modification programme designed to support the most difficult to reach and disengaged students and prepare them for the transition from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4.