The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years. The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.
At Ormiston Endeavour Academy we are determined to demonstrate that there are no barriers to learning and that all young people can be successful in their own way, regardless of their background. We consistently focus on helping our students to become better learners; to increase their resilience and to raise their aspirations.
This document explains how we use our Pupil Premium Funding to achieve these aims for all young people.
The Academy is committed to “Narrowing the Gap” for disadvantaged students and the pupil premium will form a vital part of that process. Provision will be made through:
The amount of the school’s allocation from the Pupil Premium grant in respect of the current academic year is £157,675. We currently have 164 students who qualify for pupil Premium funding. We will allocate the money to meet the pastoral, social and academic needs as described below.
We provide support to students and parents to overcome the barriers to learning caused by poor attendance or poor behaviour. Currently this is met by the Lead Pastoral Officers who support students in all aspects of their school life; the Internal Exclusion Room (IER) Manager who supports students with their behaviour; the Ormiston Family Engage Practitioner who works with specific families in need of support and assistance; and the Attendance Officer who follows up any attendance issues.
Equality of access means students have access to memorable learning experiences. This includes: starting the day ready to learn after a healthy breakfast and in the correct uniform. The Academy supports students by offering a breakfast club and can help with the cost of uniform in emergency situations. We also try to ensure parity for all by helping those in need to access extracurricular activities such as sport, music and art, trips and visits. The Raising Achievement Manager also supports students in their final two years at the Academy to help plan their next step in education or training and to revise for external exams.
The most important aspect of satisfying academic needs is high quality teaching in the classroom but as soon as we track a student falling behind and at risk of underachievement interventions are put in place. These may involve teachers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants, delivering small group or one-to-one tuition sessions.