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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided to schools to improve the educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.

The school receives funding for the following groups of pupils:

  • £985 per pupil - Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years.
  • £2410 per pupil - Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care.
  • £320 per pupil - Pupils with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence. This funding is to help with pastoral support.

Funding (£2410 per pupil) is paid to the Local Authority (LA) for children who are looked after by the LA. The designated virtual school head (VSH) in the LA will manage the PPG for pupils eligible for this funding. The VSH will ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss how the child will benefit from pupil premium funding with the designated teacher or another member of staff in the child’s education setting who best understands their needs.

For more information, please contact Paul McFadden, Senior Deputy Headteacher, Olney campus.


Statement of Intent

Our strategy will, in line with the school’s vision, ensure that our Disadvantaged pupils will leave Ousedale ready to succeed in life. As effective learners, they will acquire the character, experiences, knowledge skills and qualifications that will enable them to thrive, and lead successful, happy lives. The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support Disadvantaged pupils so that they make good progress and achieve highly across the curriculum, including those who are already high attainers. This will be achieved through our ambitious and broad curriculum comprising of 3 elements – Character, Experiences and Knowledge Skills.

The strategy will be guided by the following key principles:

  • Ambition
  • Knowledge and Skills

         - Key concepts

         - Core Knowledge

         - Powerful knowledge

  • Offering new experiences
  • Developing character
  • Identifying and addressing context specific need
  • Learning is sequential

Our strategy is integral to the wider school developments that will support the continued improvement in attainment of our Disadvantaged pupils whilst sustaining improvements in outcomes of their Non-Disadvantaged peers. High quality teaching is fundamental to supporting the aims of our strategy that will be supported by accurate and timely diagnostic assessment resulting in targeted interventions. Our approach will be responsive to the needs of the cohort so that emerging challenges are identified and acted upon, ensuring all pupils can access our rich and broad curriculum.

The essential point is to ensure that disadvantage does not hinder potential and to monitor, evaluate and intervene. We have taken guidance from the Department of Education 'Using Pupil Premium: Guidance for School Leaders' effective use and accountability' (October 2019), Education Endowment Foundation 'The EEF guide to the pupil premium' (April 2022) and Ofsted pupil premium report (January 2013).

Our three year specific strategic aims can be found in our 'Pupil Premium Strategy Statement' (updated March 2023) by following the link at the bottom of this page.


The school has identified the following areas as challenges to achievement for pupils supported by the PPG.

  1.  Attainment and progress at the end of Key Stage 4
  2.  Weaker literacy and numeracy skills
  3.  Social and emotional barriers
  4.  Low self-esteem, aspiration and lack of resilience
  5.  Poor parental engagement 
  6.  Behaviour and Attitude to Learning
  7.  Attendance

Deployment of Pupil Premium Funding

Full details of how the pupil premium Funding is used to improve the attainment, progress and experiences of our pupils can be found in the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement by clicking on the link below. These strategies and initiatives are paid for from the PPG, which have been found to benefit our disadvantaged pupils.

The three strands (and subsequent sub-strands) are:

  • Teaching Priorities
    • ​Identified Subject Support
    • Identified Skills Support
    • Classroom Strategies
    • Recruitment and Retention
  • Targeted Academic Support
    • ​ICT - Hardware & Software
    • Interventions - in school & extracurricular
    • Tutoring Programmes
    • Literacy/Reading
  • Wider Strategies
    • ​Ready for School & Learning
    • Cultural Capital
    • Wellbeing
    • Parental Engagement

The vast majority of the PPG is spent on the strategic development of quality teaching in the classroom and academic support interventions. In line with the guidance from the Department for Education, the PPG is not deployed so that it solely benefits eligible pupils. Many of our strategies impact on a wider range of pupils. The school will consider requests to support resources, trips and enrichment activities from families of eligible pupils but does not guarantee that they will be fully or partially approved.

Requests can be made via email: