Pupil Premium

Overview of the Academy

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure: Report to Governors: 2015/2016

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Total number of pupils on roll (Y7-Y11) 1364
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 281

Amount of PPG received per pupil
FSM -£935
LAC – £1900
Service Child – £300
Total amount of PPG received £300,313

Previous performance of disadvantaged pupils (pupils eligible for free school meals or in local authority care for at least six months)
% of pupils making expected progress in English 69%
% of pupils making expected progress in maths 63%
% of pupils making expected progress in English 69%
% of pupils making expected progress in maths 65%
% of pupils making expected progress in English 87%
% of pupils making expected progress in maths 62%

Use of the Student Premium in 2015/16 and plans for next academic year

Outwood Academy Valley was allocated £300,313 for the academic year 2015/16. We received this money in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).

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 (£935)
• have been in care for more than six months (£1900)
• have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges (£300)

At Outwood Academy Valley we have developed many robust intervention strategies over a number of years, all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their full potential. We are proud that we have ‘narrowed 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, the Pupil Premium contributes to them all.

Curriculum Support:

  • Revision and enrichment sessions for students are held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the Academy day, evenings, weekend and during holiday.
  • All students have access to the Mathswatch VLE, an online resource. CDs are available for students unable to access the internet at home.
  • Additional maths and English focussed support sessions during VMG.
  • Additional Learning – an additional hour of teacher input for identified students for core and option subjects. These lessons taught sessions are delivered by subject specialists after the academy day has officially ended.
  • All students have access to MyMaths, an online resource used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
  • Directors of English, Maths and Science are deployed from the Outwood Trust to support students in making 3 levels of progress and beyond in English, Maths and Science.
  • External consultants and examiners from the awarding bodies are engaged in English, Maths and Science to support raising student attainment.
  • Option and extra English, Maths and Core Science are additions to Core Curriculum for these subject areas.
  • Specialist literacy and numeracy support in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 is provided by Subject Specific Mentors.
  • One to one intervention in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
  • Weekly meeting with senior staff to track and monitor students and the impact of intervention.
  • Additional 1-1 support for LAC students.

Uniform and Offsite Visits

Uniform has been provided for all Year 6 students who are awarded a place at Outwood Academy Valley, so that all students have an equal starting point. This will continue in the future and also includes free uniform for all in year admissions.

The Academy 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.


Our Inclusion Team are specialists in areas of Safeguarding, SEND, attendance and pastoral support, working tirelessly to support our students maintaining strong links with external agency support services. It is an extremely valuable resource and greatly appreciated by the students.


The Bridge is the Academy’s area for social, emotional and well-being support, 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 Progress Learning Centre is co-ordinated by the PLC 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.

Additional schemes running throughout the year:

  • Behaviour for Learning (B4L) – focuses 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.
  • STOP + ABC – Actions Behaviour and Consequences – A behaviour modification programme designed to support the most difficult to reach and disengaged students and prepare them for life.
  • Take 5 Each Amazing Breath.
  • Y6 Focussed Transition – for vulnerable, Pupil Premium and SEND students. An additional transition to assist the move into Year 7.

Outcomes for students - Results for 2015-16

Outwood Academy Valley
Attainment 8 Progress 8 Passing English and Maths English Baccalaureate
All Students - National: State Funded 5 -0.03 62.60% 24.50%
All Students 5.6 0.44 85.50% 24.80%
Free School Meals Ever 6 5 0.34 75.90% 10.30%
Pupil Premium Total 5 0.37 75.80% 9.10%

Plans for Next Year (2016-17)

Pupil Premium will continue to change in the future.

  • Free school meals (FSM) increases to £935
  • Looked after children and eligible pupils who have been adopted from care £1900
  • Armed service children £300

The funding for 2016/17 is £273,020 subject to EFA. In addition to the above interventions and provision the following areas will be used to support students:

Curriculum Support:

The Academy plans to provide an additional learning session delivered by subject specialists after the academy day has officially ended. The aim is to spread the availability of these sessions from maths English and science across the majority of the curriculum to continue to maintain high standards supporting student achievement and attainment.

Inclusion Team

Our Inclusion Team will continue to work with students and external agencies.


Plans are being implemented to focus on dyslexia support, group and one to one support in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 through the Inclusion Department. Greater enrichment opportunities will also be provided in the field of literacy and numeracy.


The academy maintains a relentless focus on improving attendance for all pupils, particularly for those eligible for pupil premium funding. Rigorous tracking, monitoring and intervention procedures are in place to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95%.

Lexia Reading Programme

Lexia Reading is used by school systems throughout the world to encourage students to improve their reading and literacy. Lexia Reading’s interactive, educational software is helping students learn to read, and increase academic performance. The package will initially be used with Key Stage 3 to support lifelong literacy.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader, helps promote reading whole school, improves literacy and encourages reading for pleasure. It works by testing students’ comprehension once they have read a book, giving incentives as they progress. In order for the scheme to be effective students must read for a 20 minute period three times per week.

Peer Mentoring Programme:

Peer mentors are positive role models working closely with year 7 and 8 students, supporting them with a variety of issues. The student mentors are trained by Outwood staff to listen, provide non-judgmental advice and support wherever possible.

VMG Maths and English:

The deployment of specialist staff to support students with small group intervention will take place during VMG time in the Maths and English Departments.

Revision Guides:

Guides will be provided for Y11 students in Maths, English and Science to assist with exam preparation.

Access Arrangements:

Will be applied for following JCQ guidelines. Assessments will be done by qualified Academy staff.

Breakfast Club:

The Breakfast Club will run daily in the Bridge targeting vulnerable groups of students. Fresh breakfast items are provided free of charge daily for all students and include juice, milkshakes, toast and fresh fruit. The aim is to provide students with a positive start to the day, encouraging student and staff interaction as well as providing a healthy breakfast.

Support In Music:

The Academy will provide free music lessons and support with the purchase of musical instruments (if required).

Praising Stars ©:

Praising Stars © is a reporting system updated and published to parents/carers six times every academic year. Praising Stars reports on the effort and academic progress of every student in Year 7 to Year 13, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable students and groups (including those receiving Pupil Premium). Praising Stars is an effective vehicle which provides us with powerful information utilised by staff and departments. Using the 4 I Model students are identified, information is gathered, intervention is put in place and impact measured.

Year 7 Catch-up

Catch-up Fund Statement 2016-17

In 2013, the Government introduced the year 7 catch up fund. This will enable all secondary schools to help all students who did not achieve the expected standard at the end of key stage 2.

Outwood Academy Valley received £20,853 for 2016-2017. We strive to attain the highest standards and ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners. A wide range of provision and intervention strategies are offered to enable all learners to engage in learning and reach their potential. In 2015/16 47 students were eligible for additional support through Y7 Catch Up funding. 70% of students made outstanding or good progress in literacy skills. 13 students will continue to receive support through the Inclusion team and SEND department in Year 8.

Year 7 Catch-Up Fund Related Activities 2016- 2017

  • Ruth Miskin phonics
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Handwriting support
  • VMG Literacy
  • Lexia
  • Small group literacy
  • Lucid Exact
  • After school literacy
  • Dyslexia Portfolio
  • TRUGS (Teaching reading using games)
  • 1:1 Numeracy support
  • After school numeracy
  • Mathswatch VLE
  • VMG Numeracy

There will also be further opportunities to discuss how parents can support their child’s learning at home.

Evaluating Effectiveness

Our internal reporting Praising Stars system will be used to assess student’s progress.

The pupil premium strategy will be formally reviewed each September.