Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

It is currently paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:

  • Registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
  • Been in care for 6 months or longer.
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, pupil premium funding is £935 for each eligible secondary-aged student and £300 for each Service Child. Funding to support looked-after children has increased to £1,900 for each eligible student. Eligibility for funding will be extended to all children who have been looked after for 1 day or more; were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005, a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received:

Total number of pupils on roll: 713
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG: 145

Outwood Academy Freeston has been allocated £194,480 for the academic year 2018/19.

Our Pupil Premium cohort for 2018/19 is 20.3% of students on roll.

As Freeston Academy (before being rebrokered from Wakefield City Academies Trust into Outwood Grange Academies Trust on May 1 st 2018), the allocation for 2017/18 was £192,610.

The aim at Outwood Academy Freeston is to develop many robust intervention strategies, all of which are designed to support each individual student to achieve their full potential. Our aim is to ‘narrow 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”.

Closing the Gap

Closing the gap for our disadvantaged students is a core improvement drive at Outwood Academy Freeston. We are very aware that Outwood Academy Freeston and the surrounding area has areas of deprivation which can result in academic disadvantage, and are working to address this gap. We want to be part of moving things forward for all our students and parents. We are determined to work together with all outside agency support to get to the root of the issues around the disadvantaged gap and develop strategies and interventions to challenge that gap. We focus on attendance for this cohort as this can be a barrier to learning, engaging with parents where possible and highlighting the importance of academic achievement for future life chances.

Below is a list of strategies that we use to support students and the total cost of some of these strategies. The 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 students who are examined are to be held at regular intervals throughout the year. Sessions are provided within the school day, evenings, weekend and during holiday time.
  • All students have access to Hegarty, an online resource used to set homework, review lesson outcomes and guide students through activities.
  • Revision guides are provided for students in maths, English and science.
  • Directors of English, Maths and Science have been deployed from the Outwood Trust to support students in making the required progress and beyond in English, Maths and Science.
  • Option and extra English and Maths and Core Science are additions to Core Curriculum for these subject areas.
  • Specialist literacy and numeracy support in Key Stage 3. This includes the implementation of the Accelerated Reader programme along with curriculum time allocated for pupils in year 7 who have been identified with reading ages significantly below chronological age, Lexia and Numicon.
  • 1-to-1 intervention in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 to improve pupil performance in English and maths.
  • PLC and Bridge provision to provide support in curriculum pathways for pupils to improve pupil outcomes and performance.
  • 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, approximately £50 per day per student.
  • 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.
  • Funding of uniform for disadvantaged students.

Uniform and Trips

Uniform has been provided for all students who are awarded a place at Outwood Academy Freeston, so that all students have an equal starting point. This will continue in the future.

Outwood Academy Freeston 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 8 to 11

Careers advisors (Careers Inc.) have been employed to work with students from Years 8 to 11. Presently, all Year 11 students receive an individual ‘interview’ to support them with their Post 16 applications, but are also offered the opportunity for independent advice and guidance with the Careers Inc service. Additional consultations have been made available to any student who wishes to receive further support with their Post-16 transition routes. Work is taking place with Years 8 to 11 students, in particular with those students who are at risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Education or Training). Students who are identified by the above criteria are all given time with the advisor with a particular focus on their future and choices.


A greater focus will be adopted to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95%. An Education Welfare Officer 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.

Reading Programmes

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 will help identified students learn to read, and increase school performance. The package will initially be used with Key Stage 3 to support lifelong literacy. Additional reading interventions (MISKIN/Corrective Reader) will also be put in place for students identified from LUCID and targeted if reading age is below 9.

Dyslexia Interventions

Students will receive specialised dyslexia resources from qualified staff, with strategies shared with all staff and parents. Staff and students will have greater understanding of personal need and parent’s confidence in school actions will increase.



The Bridge is the Academy’s Social Inclusion Centre, 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 Bridge facility is used to provide one to one support for students and is also open on a morning for social time and a breakfast club.


The Personalised Learning Centre is co-ordinated by the Personalised Learning and Assessment Manager and provides students with personalised learning packages designed to meet individual need, provide focussed intervention to support and raise attainment. This includes extra revision time to work on core subjects.

Other interventions put into place:

Peer Mentoring Programme (soon to be implemented):
Peer mentors are positive role models working closely with Year 7 and 8 students, supporting them with a variety of issues. They are trained to listen, provide non-judgmental advice and support wherever possible. The peer mentor team (mentors in Year 10) will receive training to help them provide one to one support for vulnerable students.

Pastoral Care/Interventions:
Our Inclusion Coordinator is a specialist in the area of safeguarding; she works tirelessly to support our most vulnerable students maintaining strong links with external agency support services and in school support to ensure students are receiving an inclusive education. Both are an extremely valuable resource and greatly appreciated by the students.

Our Academy Life Coach works with students who require support for anxieties, self-belief and positive mind set.

Additional schemes to run throughout the year as necessary and appropriate:

  • Balance Education and Movement (BEAM) – focuses on getting students back on track and understanding why they are behaving in a way that is a cause for concern, this also includes an element of working on self-confidence and targeting barriers to learning.
  • 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.
  • Focussed Transition – for vulnerable and Pupil Premium students. An additional transition to assist the move into Year 7 and from Year 11 into college.
  • Positive Role Models programme – A programme put in place to work with some of our male students to attempt to reduce incidents of negative behaviour around school.
  • Future In Minds (FIM) - Focus on group or individual work with students to ensure better outcomes for students.

IMPACT OF SPENDING – Outcomes will be measured by reviewing how the gap is within the academy and by comparing to the national picture.

2018 Outcomes – pre rebrokerage to OGAT

Attainment 8

Progress 8

Passing English and Maths 5+

Achieving EBacc 5+

All Students

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Free School Meals

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Deprivation Pupil Premium

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The next strategy review for pupil premium will be in July 2019.

Pupil Premium Documents

Year 7 Catch Up

Catch Up Fund Statement 2018 to 2019

Freeston Academy was rebrokered from Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) to become Outwood Academy Freeston part of Outwood Grange Academies Trust on the 1st May 2018. It has since worked tirelessly to 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 do their best. To identify children who require intervention fine point scores are used from primary data. in addition to this during transition all students are assessed using the Lucid Exact programme. This programme tells us if students need support with Phonics, Reading, Spelling or Handwriting. This information is used to support the setting of students and using the literacy and numeracy option to support students. We also use the Academy reporting system Praising Stars© in early October to identify students who are not making the required progress in both English and mathematics. As such the Academy reserves the right to allocate the Year 7 Catch-Up Fund to support any students or groups of students the Academy has identified as needing additional support in English or mathematics to achieve improved outcomes in learning.

In allocating this fund consideration will be given to those students who:

  • Have not made the required progress in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2.
  • Praising Stars© shows that they are currently not making the required progress.
  • Have been identified as requiring extra support using the Lucid Exact programme.
  • Further psychometric assessments are carried out if further information is needed to identify if a child has SEN. This is part of the new SEND code of practice where early identification is of paramount importance. In these cases the SENDCO and Inclusion Co-ordinator will liaise with parents & carers as set out in the SEND Local Offer and SEND Policy.
Year 7 Catch-Up Fund Related Activities during 2017-2018 – our academy was then part of a different trust – WCAT and therefore, worked under their remit for interventions.

  • In 2017-18 Freeston Academy received £12,249.
In 2018-19 the funding at Outwood Academy Freeston will be used to provide a range of interventions such as;

  • Accelerated Reader – A Global Reading Programme.
  • Small group work sessions for low levels of literacy focusing on Phonics using a Multi-Sensory approach.
  • Handwriting programme – focusing on letter formation, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • LEGO and Team building intervention and enrichment.
  • Library small group reading programme.
  • Small group work Lexia.
  • Lucid testing.
  • Visual Stress Testing.
  • After school literacy.
  • Small group work using Numicon numeracy.
  • 1 to 1 Numeracy work.
  • After school Maths using the Hegarty maths programme.
  • Numeracy Ninja.
  • 1-1 intervention and assessments through Learning Support Services.
We are currently developing a system whereby each term there will be a Numeracy & Literacy awards ceremony for both Year 7 and Year 8, where student progress will be celebrated and students will be provided with information about how much progress they have made which they can share with their parents/carers.

Evaluating the Effectiveness

The internal reporting Praising Stars© system is always used to assess students’ progress throughout the year. At the start of the academic year the profile for the new Year 7 cohort showed that nearly a third of students were below the expected standards in both reading and maths.


Number on Roll

Average KS2 Reading Scaled Score

Average KS2 Maths Scaled Score

KS2 Prior Attainment

Low/Bellow Expected Standard




Middle/Expected Standard




High/Higher Standard




It is also important to note that students Progress 8 is +0.27. This demonstrates that the interventions being implemented are having significant impact and is enabling learners to Catch Up with their peers.

Year 7 Catch Up - Students Progress 2017-18
Please note that the academy was part of a different multi academy trust and interventions during that year. Progress was measured using a different strategy plan.

In 2018 - 2019 the same formula will be used to allocate money. Outwood Academy Freeston received £10,997

Success of interventions will be demonstrated both through the Academy reporting cycle and Numeracy & Literacy intervention.

In September 2019 there will be an opportunity for parents/carers to attend a Numeracy & Literacy Evening to discuss how parents can support their child at home;

  • Mathematics: parents invited to see how mathematics is taught in year 7 and 8. They will also watch a demonstration of Numicon and Hegarty maths to help them support their child at home.
  • English: The Accelerated Reader and Lexia programmes will be explained and they will be given passwords to access at home to ensure they can support their child.
  • Information about other interventions the Academy is running.
  • Opportunity to speak to the lead in maths and English along with the SENDCO and Inclusion Coordinator, who will provide information about small withdrawal groups for both numeracy and literacy sessions.
  • Information will also be provided regarding access to literacy & numeracy sessions in subsequent years. For example, Maths Mastery.