Pupil Premium

Overview of Outwood Academy Portland

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure:

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

  • Total number of pupils on roll: 1318
  • Total number of pupils eligible for PPG: 433
  • Amount of PPG received per pupil: £958
  • Total amount of PPG received: £414,794

Outwood Academy Portland has been provisionally allocated £414,794 for the academic year 2019/20 (this figure may be amended once the actual funding allocation is known)

Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to students who:

  • have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (£935)
  • have been in care for more than six months (£1900)
  • have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges (£300)
    Outwood Academy Portland has been allocated £414,794 for the academic year 2019/20. We receive this money in quarterly instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget (the General Annual Grant).

The aim at Outwood Academy Portland 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 fulfill one of our core aims “to raise standards for all students by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”.

The current barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible students at Outwood Academy Portland are listed below:

Low literacy skills
Low numeracy skills
Attendance and punctuality
Well-being and confidence

These barriers are unique to each student and are addressed through a bespoke programme of interventions and support which are covered in the section below.

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, weekends and during holiday time.

  • All students have access to an online Maths 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, Science, Humanities, MFL and the Arts have been deployed from the Outwood Trust to support students in making outstanding progress in English, Maths and Science and other subjects.
  • External consultants and examiners from the awarding bodies are engaged in English, Maths and Science to support raising student attainment.
  • 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 (circa £19,000). 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.
  • Level 3 Teaching Assistants in both Literacy and Maths to be used for strategic support and intervention strategies to improve the performance of pupils.
  • One to One intervention post holders in Maths and English to improve pupil performance in English and Maths.
  • PLC and Bridge provision to provide 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.
  • 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.
  • VMG English & Maths; the deployment of specialist staff to support students with small group intervention will take place during VMG time in the Maths and English Departments.
  • We have Hegarty Maths, Maths Peer Mentors and Numeracy Ninjas to support students with low level numeracy at KS3.

Pastoral Care

The Inclusion Manager, Learning Managers, Teaching Assistants, SEND Officer, Bridge Manager and PLC Manager make up a highly skilled and experienced team whose focus is the achievement of all students. Weekly meetings ensure that vulnerable students are making the progress they should and any form of intervention that is needed is in place.


Our Inclusion Team led by our Inclusion Coordinator are specialists in areas of safeguarding, SEND, attendance and pastoral support, working tirelessly to support our students maintaining strong links with external agency support services. They are an extremely valuable resource and greatly appreciated by the students.


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 proactive intervention programme offers a varied and wide ranging programme of workshops and courses throughout the year including ABC (Actions Behaviour and Consequences programme), Anger Management, Self-esteem groups, Personal Safety and the STOP programme, a behaviour modification programme designed to support the most difficult to reach and disengaged students and prepare them for life.


The Personalised Learning Centre is co-ordinated by the PLC Manager and provides students with personalised learning packages designed to meet individual needs, provide focussed intervention to support and raise attainment and to support and promote independent learning. The PLC is home to the One to One Maths Mentors who support students to achieve their full potential and is the hub for EAL students supporting them to immerse themselves in academy life.

We are supported by Kooth, a counselling service who work with our students. They currently provide 24 hours a day 7 days per week access to support students with mental health, anxiety and other issues. Partnerships also include working with the NHS school nurse team, sexual health advisors and local PCSOs.

Peer Mentoring Programme

A strategy running again this academic year is Peer mentoring. Peer mentors are Year 9, 10 & 11 who are specifically trained and 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 and signpost when required to specialist support both internal and external.

Access Arrangements

A member of staff trained to assess students for exam access arrangements following JCQ guidelines. This ensures all students receive the support they are entitled to enabling them to reach their potential and beyond.

Uniform and Offsite Visits

  • Uniform has been provided for all Y7 students who are awarded a place at Outwood Academy Portland. This ensures all students have an equal starting point.
  • Outwood Academy Portland 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

Careers advisors (Careers Inc.) have been employed to work with students from years 9-11. 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 9-11 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.


The academy maintains a relentless focus on improving attendance for all pupils, particularly for those eligible for pupil premium funding. Rigorous tracking, monitoring and intervention procedures are in place to support all students in meeting the minimum requirement of 95%.

A full time Attendance Manager is employed to drive attendance and work closely to support the most vulnerable groups of students and families. There is also a financial allocation available 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 helps 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) is in place for students identified from LUCID and targeted if reading age is below 9.

Dyslexia Interventions

Students will receive specialised dyslexia support 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.

Outcomes for Students 2019/20

2019-20 Outcomes
All Pupils
All Pupil Premium
Deprivation Pupil Premium
Looked After Pupil Premium
Service Child Pupil Premium
Non Pupil Premium
Number on Roll 218 53 52 2 0 165
Key Stage 2 APS 28.9 28.3 28.2 28.4 0 29.1
Attainment 8 Score 53.02 43.95 43.76 32.5 0 55.93
Progress 8 Score +0.56 -0.09 -0.09 -1.23 0 +0.77
Achieving Basics (5+) 67.0% 47.2% 46.2% 50.0% 0% 73.3%
Achieving Basics (4+) 88.5% 75.5% 75.0% 50% 0% 92.7%
Studying Ebacc 35.8% 18.9% 17.3% 50.0% 0% 41.2%
Achieving Ebacc (5+) 23.9% 7.5% 5.8% 50% 0% 29.1%
Achieving Ebacc (4+) 29.8 13.2% 11.5% 50% 0% 35.2%
Achieving English (5+) 74.8% 60.4% 59.6% 50% 0% 79.4%
Achieving English (4+)c 93.6% 83.0% 82.7% 50% 0% 97.0%
Achieving Maths (5+) 75.2% 54.7% 53.8% 50% 0% 81.8%
Achieving Maths (4+) 90.4% 81.1% 80.8% 50% 0% 93.3%

Pupil Premium Strategy