Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education to enhance the education of most socio-economically deprived (namely those students entitled to Free School Meals, ‘Ever 6’ students, and Looked After Children).
Please see our policy regarding how Pupil Premium will be used during the current academic year:
Despite the funding for the catch-up premium being discontinued in June of this year, we at The Ongar Academy feel the work done with students who arrive at our school having not met the expected standard in English and Maths is vital in allowing them access the broad curriculum we deliver, and consequently enabling them to flourish both in school, and outside of it. As such we will be conducting internal assessments, and acting upon advice given from Primary schools in the first few weeks of the academic year in order to ensure that we can correctly identify those in need of support. Not all students are the same, and therefore a blanket policy to engage pupils to be ‘secondary ready’ is not appropriate. We will identify those who are not at the nationally expected standard academically, and subsequently identify the reasons for this, which, given the global situation in 2020 is likely to be extremely diverse. We will then look at implementing a bespoke catch up programme for these students to bring them up to speed as quickly as possible. The bespoke catch up programme will be tailored to individual students, but may include some of the following (or more); differentiated class work, differentiated homework, pupil specific questioning, extra home learning activities, one to one work with adults, smaller group teaching where available, pastoral support, SEN support (when applicable), etc. By working proactively to identify those students who arrive not having met the nationally expected standards and bringing them up to speed we allow them the opportunity to flourish at The Ongar Academy both as learners as well as well-rounded contributing members of society who will ultimately achieve the qualifications they need to make the next steps on their personal journeys.
You can see whether your son/daughter qualifies for Free School Meals by following the link below: