Pupil Premium and year 7 catch-up funding

The Pupil Premium represents an annual amount of government funding aimed at improving the educational achievement of children living in economically disadvantaged circumstances. Schools and academies are required to publish an annual report, giving further detail of how this funding is used, and indications of the educational impact on the children it is aimed at helping.

Government-provided catch-up funding is intended to support those children who did not reach the expected standard in reading and/or maths at primary school. This report also sets out Retford Oaks Academy’s approach to supporting those pupils, and outlines how the academy plans to utilise the funding to effectively raise standards of attainment and achievement for all students.

Pupil Premium and Year 7 catch-up funding 2020/21

Covid-19 catch-up premium

The coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium is aimed at helping schools mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on education. The purpose of this funding is to help children and young people ‘catch up’ with their education and to make up for lost teaching time. The following information details how we will use our funding at Retford Oaks Academy.

How we intend to use the grant

CategoryDescription
Targeted one-to-one intervention in key stage 3 core subjects 1.5 staff) – 1 year contract.One-to-one mentor employed to support targeted students where there is a specific need/shortfall in English and/or maths due to the impact of COVID-19 lockdown.
Teaching assistant to provide support where there is a recovery need at key stage 4 - 1 year contract.Teaching assistant employed with a specific focus on working with key stage 4 students where there is a recovery need. This will be directed to either small group work or on individuals working on a needs basis.
Small group teaching offer made to all teaching staff for period 8 or holiday teaching at October half term, February half term and Easter.An offer will be made to all staff for them to teach small groups outside of work hours at the standard rate of £25 per hour.
Specialist online support packages.Ensure that students are able to access online support for subjects.

How we will assess the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of our students

Student progress and attainment will be tracked through the three formal data points that we have during the year, this will allow us to track overall progress and attainment of students across all subjects. This will be done using GO 4 Schools.

• A detailed analysis will be presented to senior and middle leaders after each data point, this will includes analysis of all groups so trends can be spotted and acted upon.
• Internal tracking of the small group intervention will be used to track progress, these will be reviewed at the end of each term.

16 to 19 tuition fund

The 16-19 tuition fund is £96 million of one-off funding for the 2020-21 academic year only. It is ringfenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus. The funding should be used to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 4 in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16.

How will we use the 16-19 tuition funding?

Retford Oaks Academy is eligible to receive £1,558 from this fund for small group tuition. We will be using this funding to support students who have not yet achieved a grade 4 in English and/or maths at GCSE. We will be prioritising those students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) where appropriate. This tuition will be in addition to students’ normal timetabled GCSE English and maths lessons and will be in groups of no more than 5.