In 2011, the UK Government introduced a new stream of funding to support students who were identified as being disadvantaged. This money was to be given to schools and used in ways to support reducing the attainment gap of disadvantaged students.
There are three groups of students who are eligible for the Pupil Premium
Free School Meals – a student has been entitled to Free-School Meals in the past 6 year
Local Authority Care – a student who has been in care
Service Children – a student who has at least one parent who is serving in the Armed Forces.
The Oxford Academy and Pupil Premium:
Our school has a large proportion of students who are entitled to Pupil Premium funding, in fact well above the national average. This statistical dynamic, along with the community we serve are key elements in our approach. We believe that it is important that we raise the attainment of all and that through high expectations all students will achieve more.
We at the Oxford Academy have always believed that quality first teaching for all is the most effective way to support all our students, including those identified as being eligible for the Pupil Premium. This includes a range of strategies such as bespoke staffing models, a relentless focus on improving outcomes and staff professional development. We believe this will enable all students to reach their academic and emotional potential through a supportive and structured school environment. This has been confirmed in a range of academic studies and research published by the Educational Endowment Fund.
The second strand of our approach is a clear focus on the progress our students are making; at each checkpoint we identify students at risk of under-achieving and put in place support to help them achieve their full potential. The key approach here can be to speak with the student, their teachers, and parents to identify their individual barriers to learning. Interventions can be either in-class or in small groups where students are given access to a range of support to help them succeed.
The third strand of our approach is to build students' resilience and aspirations through a programme of activities and events that seek to expose students to new experiences, and opportunities to learn outside of the ‘normal’ curriculum – for example, we have taken part in the Speakers4Schools programme and also watched a live-streaming of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth.
Please click here for details about pupil premium funding in 2018-19 and who is eligible for pupil premium funding.
Further information about our current Pupil Premium Strategy can be found by following the link below.