Oak Lodge School, Barnet: Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is provided by central government to support the achievement of students entitled to free school meals, who are looked after by the local authority, or who have a parent currently serving as a member of UK armed forces.

The main barriers to educational achievement for all students at Oak Lodge relate to their special educational needs. However, these barriers can be compounded by the effects of economic disadvantage, impacting in particular on emotional health and wellbeing, with the potential to further affect academic or personal development. The impact of PPG interventions are measured through comparisons of academic progress and personal development with other students at school in Years 7 to 11.

The 2017-2018 Pupil Premium grant of £51,425 was used as follows:

To provide additional pastoral support, student mentoring, family support and school counselling


To subsidise costs of educational visits for identified students who are disadvantaged


To purchase additional and personalised resources to support literacy, numeracy and personal/social development


PPG has a positive impact on the work of the school, supporting educational aims and objectives to be met for our students and their families.

As a result of this funding, we are able to continue offering a highly personalised approach to curriculum planning and delivery so that ALL students are able to make good or outstanding progress towards their academic and EHCP outcomes.

Progress for 2017-18 was measured for each student in Years 7 - 11 against the CASPA database to judge whether their progress was 'above', 'at', or 'below' the expected progress rate based on students with comparable prior attainment in CASPA's nation-wide data set, with the results shown in the table below:

Pupil Progress for Pupil Premium 2018

Analysis of progress data collected by the school provides evidence that due to pupil premium funded interventions, students for whom pupil premium is awarded, are just as likely to make or exceed expected progress. No student is left behind in English demonstrating our interventions are appropriate and further complemented by the work on targeting functional social communication as part of our Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support (SCERTS) interventions. The impact of Autism means language and comprehension skills are lower for students eligible for PP than national averages. This slows reading progress in subsequent years, which is why we actively target speech language and communication interventions and introduce more reading comprehension programs that target inference and social understanding.   

Our analysis also shows that further interventions are required as part of our ongoing strategy to close the gap in Maths and better align curriculum interventions for PSHE across the school particularly for our largest cohort of learners who are autistic. We are mindful that for many students, aspects of PSHE curriculum require them to understand themselves physically, socially and emotionally, which is a challenge for our autistic population that can often lead to an increased loss of well being.  

Of those students eligible for PPG, 64% have a diagnosis of autism and therefore require a range of specialist teaching methods with particular focus on applying mathematical concepts, generalizing learning, reading for meaning and social emotional development. The majority of students for whom PPG is allocated have more complex intertwined symptoms: they show evident differences in the way they relate to others, they do not access the same opportunities as mainstream peers to have broad experiences beyond school.

Many of these students also require more specialist parental guidance, to meet their social emotional and academic needs despite the impact of their SEN. These factors have been accounted for as part of our review and strategy for the academic year 2018- 2019.

Pupil Premium Strategy is reviewed annually as part of the school's on-going review, planning and development procedures. We aim to spend the expected £53,762 Pupil Premium Grant allocation for 2018-19 as follows:

  • To provide mentoring and family support and Art Psychotherapy 


  • To subsidise costs of educational visits off site for identified students who are disadvantaged


  • To purchase additional resources to supplement the curriculum particularly for delivery of enrichment activities in Numeracy and Personal Social Health and Education


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