Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure:
Report to Governors: 2014/2015

Overview of the Academy

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received
Total number of pupils on roll (Y7-Y11) 1015
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 360
Amount of PPG received per pupil FSM - £935

LAC - £1900

Service Child - £300

Total amount of PPG received £340,237

Previous performance of disadvantaged pupils (pupils eligible for free school meals or in local authority care for at least six months)
2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
% of pupils making expected progress in English 56 77 92 95
% of pupils making expected progress in maths 42 71 71 74

Use of the Student Premium in 2014/15 and plans for next academic year

Outwood Academy Portland was allocated £340,237 for the academic year 2014/15. 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 Portland 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 time.
  • 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
  • Period 6 – an additional hour of teacher input for identified students for core and option subjects. These 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 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 Portland, 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.

Health and Wellbeing:

We have purchased the services of CASY Counselling to work with our students. They currently provide support six sessions per week. We have also employed and ARNA (Anxiety Related Non Attenders) Coordinator to support students with mental health and anxiety issues.


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 2014

Number of Students 5A*-C OAP 5 A*-C including English & Maths OAP English OAP English National Maths OAP Maths National
Free School Meals (FSM) 66 66% 73% 86% 51% 77% 49%
Looked After Children 0 N/A N/A N/A 29% N/A 27%

Outcomes for students – Results for 2015

Number of Students 5A*-C OAP 5 A*-C including English & Maths OAP English OAP English National Maths OAP Maths National
Free School Meals (FSM) 65 66% 65% 89% 51% 70% 49%
Looked After Children 1 0% 0% 100% 29% 100% 27%

Plans for Next Year (2015-16)

Pupil Premium funding for the future is expected to be:

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

The funding for 2015-16 is £340,000 subject to EFA. In addition to the above interventions and provision the following areas will be used to support students:

Curriculum Support Period 6:

New Period 6 lessons will be offered across the curriculum. An after school additional lesson offered to identified students who would benefit from additional teaching time. The Academy plans to increase additional period 6 taught sessions delivered by subject specialists after the academy day has officially ended. We will 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%.

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). Free 1 to 1 tuition is provided from peripatetic teachers for students to learn how to play a wide range of musical instruments.

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.