Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to students who are:

  • Free school meals (FSM and Ever 6)
  • Children Looked After (including fostered and adopted)
  • Children who have parents/carers in the armed services

The funding is used to support the students in the areas identified as requiring further support from the Raise Online report and Praising Stars (academy reporting system).

We estimate being allocated approximately £270,378 for the academic year 2018- 2019. We receive this money in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the General Annual Grant).

At Outwood Academy Brumby we have developed many intervention strategies over a number of years, all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their full potential. We aim to ‘narrow the gaps’ between different groups of students and fulfill 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 using the Pupil Premium fund. At Outwood Academy Brumby we have developed many robust intervention strategies; all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their potential. We are proud that we have ‘narrowed the gap’ between different groups of students and fulfilled one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”. These 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.

Curriculum Support

  • Revision sessions for are held at regular intervals throughout the year for those students that have an exam. Sessions are provided within the Academy day as well as evenings, and during school holiday time.
  • ‘Maths Watch’ CDs are provided for year 11 students to support their exam preparation for Maths.
  • All students have access to ‘Hegarty Maths, an online resource used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
  • Revision guides are provided for students in Maths and English.
  • Directors of English, Maths and Science have been deployed from the Outwood Grange Academies Trust to support students in making 3 levels of progress and beyond in English, Maths and Science.
  • Option English and Option Maths are additional lessons to the core curriculum for these subject areas where the class sizes are kept small to maximise potential.
  • 100% time within English, is the deployment of specialist staff to support students with small group and personalised intervention sessions to get them back on track.
  • 121 intervention post holders in Maths and English.
  • Specialist literacy and numeracy support in Key Stage 3 and 4.
  • 121 Intervention in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
  • 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.
  • 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 the Academy.
  • Accelerated Reader, all Key Stage 3 students
  • Lexia Intervention Key Stage 3 students

Uniform and Trips

Uniform has been provided for all students so that they are starting from the same point. This will continue in the future. Additional uniform is also provided to vulnerable students. Outwood Academy Brumby 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 advice and guidance for Years 9-11

Careers education is embedded in our ‘Life’ programme and is delivered to all students. We have a Careers office based in the Academy which is run by our independent and impartial brokered company Careers Inc, who can support and advise students on all aspects of Careers guidance. We also have our careers library located in the Impact Zone. Within the Careers library students can also find out about Sixth form and College courses as well as other pathways including Apprenticeships, traineeships and vocational routes and be supported with applications and CVs. Students requiring support for choosing their options in Year 9 or after Year
11 are provided with access to Careers interviews. Students and Parents / carers can also request interviews by contacting the relevant Learning Manager. Presentations have been given by motivational speakers working in industry and from other local services linked to apprenticeships and further education.

Pastoral Care

Our Inclusion Manager and Counsellor works with students. She is an extremely valuable resource and is greatly appreciated by the students.

The Bridge facility is used to provide one to one support for vulnerable students and is also open in a morning for social time and a breakfast club.

The Canteen also offers a free breakfast to all students who are in receipt of free school meals.

Additional schemes are run throughout the year:

  • Friendship club – building self-esteem and offering a support network.
  • Handwriting club – support offered to all year groups to help support their handwriting skills.
  • Stubby Club – an after school club for dyslexic students and parents.

Plans for next year

We anticipate that we will continue to see changes to Pupil Premium in the future.

Curriculum support

The Academy has duplicated in Science the support which is given to English and Maths and will continue to maintain the high standards already established in these departments in supporting student achievement and attainment.

Peer Mentoring

Peer mentors are positive role models working closely with Year 7 and 8, supporting them with a variety of issues. They are trained to listen, provide non judgemental advice and support and support wherever possible.

SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability)

There is planned additional literacy and numeracy intervention in Key Stage 3. Greater enrichment opportunities will also be provided in the field of literacy and numeracy.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

The feedback from students who have worked with our Careers advisor is that more opportunities would be welcomed. We have employed Careers Inc to operate a system of independent advice and guidance to students and we have held bespoke Careers Fairs, which have been open to all year groups.


An even greater focus will be adopted to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95% attendance in an academic year. Students are now rewarded for 100% attendance and for improved attendance. An EWO 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 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. This intervention will be used across Key Stage 3 and 4.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader helps promote Reading whole school, improves literacy and encourages reading for pleasure. It works by testing student’s 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 a week.

Peer Mentor Readers

These students are among the top 5% of readers in the country and will be supporting our KS3 students with their reading skills. Peer Mentors are positive role models working closely with students, supporting them with a variety of issues.

Numeracy Ninja

A Key Stage 3 programme to develop students’ proficiency and skillset within mathematics


Is an online programme that will be delivered during the Vertical Mentor time and can also be accessed at home to support our students in Key Stage 3 to build their confidence with mathematical concepts.

Pat Dog

Animal therapy where students are encouraged to read to a specially trained dog.

Multi sensory learning (MSL)

Students receive specialised dyslexia support from qualified staff, with strategies shared with all staff and parents. An after school club is run by specialist support for both students and parents. This enables students to have a greater understanding of personal need and parents confidence in school actions will increase.

Pupil Premium Strategy Review Meeting will be held on 30 January 2018