Pupil Premium

In 2019-2020, the government allocated £955 per student that would be counted under the FSM/ Ever 6 FSM category and £2345 for Children Looked After or those who are adopted. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the new rate will be £955 for those counted under FSM/ Ever 6 FSM category and £2345 for every student who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order

Currently, around 41% of students attending Malden Oaks fall into one of the categories covered by the Pupil Premium, this a three percent rise from last year.  However, the fluctuating nature of our cohort means that the amount received varies considerably.  We only receive the full amount for those students who are not on the roll of a mainstream school at the time the census takes place and this was calculated as 27 students across our KS3 and KS4 sites for 2019-2020.

The majority of our students remain on the roll of a mainstream school whilst attending Malden Oaks and therefore any funding will be allocated to them within their budgets.

The Pupil Premium is primarily aimed at:

  • students from Year 7 to Year 11 who are from low income families and are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • students who have been eligible for FSM over the past six years (known as Ever 6 FSM)
  • students whose parent(s) are serving in the armed forces (added service premium)
  • students who have been in care for a period of at least 6 months – child looked after (LAC)
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order

Plan for 2020-21

Target: To continue narrowing the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising attainment of those students in low income families

Expected outcomes

  • To improve students’ attendance but strengthening engagement
  • To further narrow the gap in performance at GCSE
  • To raise aspirations of eligible students
  • To improve the well-being of eligible students
  • For all eligible students to access extra-curricular opportunities
  • To provide opportunities for students to ‘catch up’ on learning opportunities previously missed through financial disadvantage, poor attendance or exclusion.

These outcomes direct relate to priorities in our School Development Plan and will be achieved through the following activities: Based on the successes of provision in 2019-20, we will continue with some of the same activities.

Mindfulness Sessions– an optional provision for students ahead of their GCSES to support them in managing stresses and anxiety. It is important we are able to support the mental health and wellbeing of our Yr 11 students as well as their academics in a very important and sometimes overwhelming year.

Ongoing Supervision and materials for ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). We have two ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) who are fully trained to work on a 1:1 basis with students in both KS3 and KS4 to support them in becoming more emotionally literate, better able to manage their emotions and more resilient. The ELSA forms part of the package offered to support students’ social and mental wellbeing. In order to ensure ELSAs are able to best support their students, it is important as a school we are able to support them to do so through providing ongoing supervision.

Counsellor The school counsellor acts as an advocate for students’ wellbeing, and is a valuable resource for their personal and educational advancement. The school counsellor can help students to process their problems and plan goals and action. The school counsellor works 1:1 with those students most in need.

Educational visits to support curriculum, social and/or life skills, offsite learning opportunities & PE Malden Oaks sees offsite learning as an integral part of the curriculum. Offering an engaging and broad curriculum means that we are able to capitalise on the chances of a student succeeding which will in turn build their confidence, strengthen their mental health and better their outcomes. 

Extra-curricular activities after school Students are given the opportunity to hone skills in areas they have shown an interest as well as push and challenge themselves to extend their school day, better preparing them for a mainstream environment.

Teacher costs to support KS3 students transitioning into and out of KS3 Malden Oaks The ongoing transition work that Malden Oaks offers to its former students is often crucial for their long-term success. Ongoing work with our Education Psychologist ensures that our processes are reviewed and updated regularly.

Equipment for health and well-being suite (sensory equipment & gym equipment) Malden Oaks aims to support the whole child; considerable work is done to support students academically, socially and with their mental health. The new well-being suite aims to support students’ sensory needs and will form an important part of the KS3 curriculum.

Monitoring

  • Termly updates to the Management Committee on the impact of the plan
  • 2020-2021 GCSE results will provide information about the effectiveness of the plan in terms of raising attainment.
  • Tutors will monitor and report on academic needs in terms of attainment, progress and participation of individual students through half-termly reviews and make recommendations for interventions.

 

Impact of Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2019/20

Activity/Provision

Year Group

Cost

Impact

Mindfulness Sessions- an optional provision for students ahead of their GCSES to support them in managing stresses and anxiety. Yr 11 £1000 Due to lockdown and the cancellation of GCSEs, this planned activity did not take place.
Ongoing Supervision and materials for ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). All £1000 The ELSA has successfully worked with numerous KS4 students to support them in attending school, engaging with the learning and developing their emotional literacy. This enables students to successfully express themselves and better manage their emotions, leading to improved well-being and better academic progress.
Counsellor   £5000 Whilst the school was open, the counsellor worked with a number of students to support them with personal issues. Of particular noteworthy success was some art therapy for a KS4 student.
Educational visits to support curriculum, social and/or life skills, offsite learning opportunities & PE All £7500 Ahead of lockdown, various educational visits were able to take place which enriched students’ learning experiences and complimented the curriculum. Of particular note were KS3 visits to BodyWorlds, a KS4 trip to the panto and ZooLab visiting KS3. Regular timetabled outdoor learning and curriculum enrichment activities also took place.
Teacher costs to support KS3 students transitioning into and out of KS3 Malden Oaks KS3 £4000 The KS3 transition teacher has continued to welcome students into Malden Oaks and support them in their moves to longer term placements. The last academic year offered quite a unique opportunity to induct students virtually to Malden Oaks and support them in moving on to their next placements. Regular reflection of the transition is carried out and the transition teacher has been called upon by numerous mainstream schools to support students when they are experiencing difficulties with their engagement.
Body, Mind and Well-being worker KS3 £2000 An invaluable opportunity for KS3 students to learn about how to make positive choices for their bodies and minds but also an excellent opportunity for staff to be provided with a fresh perspective on the needs of the students and how the environment can be adapted to best meet needs. These discussions have facilitated the creation of a health and well-being suite at KS3.

Proposed Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2020-21

Activity/Provision

Year Group

Cost

Mindfulness Sessions- an optional provision for students ahead of their GCSES to support them in managing stresses and anxiety. Yr 11 £1000
Ongoing Supervision and materials for ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). All £1000
School Counsellor All £5000
Educational visits to support curriculum, social and/or life skills, offsite learning opportunities & PE All £7500
Extra-curricular activities after school KS3 £2500
Teacher costs to support KS3 students transitioning into and out of KS3 Malden Oaks KS3 £4000
Equipment for health and well-being suite  (sensory equipment & gym equipment) KS3 £5000