Disadvantaged Students (Pupil Premium)
The Pupil Premium was introduced in by the coalition government in April 2011 to provide additional support for students from low income families and looked after children. The extra funding is made available to schools to help them to narrow the attainment gap that exists between children from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.
Using Pupil Premium Funding To Improve Opportunities for Students.
At Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, we use Pupil Premium funding to provide a wide range of academic and enrichment opportunities to students to broaden their cultural experiences and raise their academic achievement and aspiration.
In the last year, some of these opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, have included:
- Supporting students to allow them to develop skills, confidence and team building abilities on an activity camp at PGL.
- Supporting students to learn to ski on the academy’s ski trip.
- Supporting trips to the theatre to promote cultural enrichment
- Paying for university visits for Year 11 students to raise aspirations and improve understanding of opportunities at higher education.
- Helping students to develop their language skills by subsidising trips to France.
- Providing revision guides to Year 11 students.
- Running out of hours learning for GCSE students both after school and during academy holidays.
- Increasing staffing in our Children’s Services team to allow us to provided more personalised support for vulnerable students.
- Providing resources to support students in learning musical instruments.
- Supporting families in providing academy uniform.
- Paying for curriculum resources to enhance the academic experience for students across a range of subjects.
- Providing one to one support for looked after children.
- Running ‘Can Cook, Will Cook’ sessions for less able students who planned, shopped for and prepared two course meals to promote skills, confidence and independence.
- A week long sailing course to improve the self-esteem, leadership and teamwork skills of some of our disaffected students.
- Small group intervention sessions for students falling behind in English and maths in years 7 and 8.
- Promotion of reading for pleasure to develop students’ reading skills, through the launch of a weekly DEAR session and the expansion of the Accelerated Reader programme.
A breakdown of how we utilise the money and our rationale for it can be found in the attached documents below.
Checking Eligibility and securing financial support
Students that meet the government criteria for pupil premium funding will receive free school meals and the
academy receives additional funding to support with their studies. An application can be made online by a parent, via a secure website and your information will be processed and you will be notified of the outcome.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply or wish to make an application, please click on the link below, which will provide you with more information and access to an online application form via Walsall Council Services (Search for Free School Meals).