Over half of students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe are eligible for Pupil Premium. We passionately believe that this is not a barrier to success, but rather that by improving outcomes for all in our community we benefit the most disadvantaged most of all.
The ‘Pupil Premium’ is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families who are considered disadvantaged compared to their wealthier peers.
Pupil Premium is spent within the context of the overall funding agreement between the Department for Education and Oasis Community Learning.
Funding is based on children who have been registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years, further reinforcing the importance of making sure all those who qualify are actually registered. Nationally, one in four children comes into this category across the entire ability range.
Many of the plans we put in place to support Pupil Premium students also support and raise the outcomes of other groups within the school such as those with Special Education Needs, and those identified as Most Able.
Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Premium
We are passionate about supporting all learners to achieve their full potential – whatever their starting point. Given this fact, we invest in:
- the training and development of our staff
- English and maths Mastery programmes for all students in Year 7
- accelerated reading programmes and bespoke intervention support.
Catch Up funding is used to support Year 7 students’ reading skills. We employ a literacy specialist to work in small groups, or one-to-one if necessary, with students in Year 7 who have reading ages below their chronological age. Interventions used for groups include:
- Read Write inc
- Fresh Start
- Literacy Box
- Toe by Toe
- Inference Training.
Reading interventions are monitored and progress carefully tracked using GL Assessment NGRT and the Renaissance STAR reader test. All students in years 7, 8 and 9 have reading logs, which are monitored, and take part in the Accelerated Reader scheme. Literacy support is provided for students further up the school who still require additional intervention.