Pupil Premium Strategy 2018/19


What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is extra government funding allocated to schools, based on the number of learners who:

  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) over the last 6 years (Ever 6)
  • Have been in local authority care at any point
  • Have a parent in the armed forces, or have been registered as a “service child” in the school census since 2011


The DfE provides schools with the freedom to use the Pupil Premium Grant as they see fit, based upon knowledge of students’ needs. Schools are held accountable for the use of this funding.

The purpose of Pupil Premium funding

Statistics show that, in England and Wales, the academic performance of students classed as “disadvantaged” has been significantly lower than those students who are not. Pupil Premium funding is intended to remove any barriers to learning, as well as enabling these students to be able to access all areas of the curriculum as well as their peers.

Barriers to Learning

Students in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant often face certain barriers to learning, such as:

  • Weak literacy skills
  • Lack of access to resources for learning
  • Lack of access to extra-curricular activities
  • Social and emotional issues
  • Mental health issues
  • Low aspirations and self-expectation
  • Poor parental engagement
  • Poor attendance
  • Poor diet and nutrition
  • Lack of independence and resilience
  • Poor organisational skills
  • Behaviour and exclusions
  • Limited FE and HE family experience

The projected amount of funding for Pupil Premium students is £220,000. The aim for this funding is to address the above barriers to learning, enabling Pupil Premium recipients to achieve as well as, if not better than, their peers.

The table below shows how we propose to use Pupil Premium funding in 2018/19 to overcome students’ barriers to learning, thus raising achievement.



Academic Support


Approach Objective Evidence Base Expected Outcome
Outstanding teaching provision To make sure all Pupil Premium students experience teaching of the highest quality through targeted professional learning opportunities and improved QA. 2017/18 Pupil Premium recipients will achieve higher than those nationally.
CATS analysis To test year 7 students on entry, identifying students who may already be falling behind. Previous years Students will join a rapid intervention programme, allowing them to access the curriculum at the appropriate level for their ability.
FSM focus To ensure all staff are aware of best practice when it comes to overcoming FSM students’ barriers to learning through a targeted student focus scheme. 2017/18 Closer monitoring, along with increased aspiration and motivation for students will improve outcomes.
Mentoring schemes




To provide students with a mentor for the entire year to enable them to overcome obstacles, improve mental well-being and increase outcomes. 2017/18

Visits to other schools for good practice

Students will reduce barriers to learning by receiving swift intervention where needed.
Parental engagement To allow parents to actively engage with their children’s education and to also allow us to support families. Extra reminders and messages will encourage parents to engage with school. EEF Toolkit Parents will have access to simple and effective ways in which they can support their child’s learning. Students will be supported by home and school.
Tracking and monitoring through SISRA and 4Matrix To track students’ academic progress closely, allowing all staff to be able to quickly find the data they need for meaningful interventions to happen. Developments in 2017/18 All staff will be confident and trained in tracking and monitoring students’ progress. Increased monitoring will improve student outcomes.
Homework club To provide students with a suitable study space, as well as the support and guidance to excel in independent study. This will support the new homework policy. EEF Toolkit Students’ homework will support and enhance their learning within the classroom.
Breakfast club To allow students the opportunity to get breakfast to set them up for the day. Staff can also monitor basic equipment and organisation. Visits to other schools for best practice. Attendance, organisation and outcomes will improve.
Accelerated reader and Lexia To improve targeted students’ literacy skills across all subjects through bespoke support. Visits to other schools for best practice. Students will be able to access more of their learning, ensuring they do not fall behind.
Music Tuition To enable all students to be able to access music lessons. Previous years Students will receive a broad and balanced curriculum, including a range of artistic subjects. Improved motivation and engagement.
Revision guides To provide students with all the revision materials needed to succeed in the exam. Previous years Students are able to revise thoroughly at home.
Breakfast revision To encourage students to take part in a final revision session the morning of an examination. 2017/18 Exam punctuality and attendance is improved. Students have access to a breakfast to help energy in examinations. Last minute revision improves performance.
CLA funding To provide each CLA student with a named teacher to support their needs. Fortnightly meeting.


Previous years CLA students will have improved outcomes as a result of closer monitoring.
Holiday revision sessions To provide students with additional revision during school holidays to maximise their chances of achieving their target grade. 2017/18 Students will feel supported with their learning during holidays and will be actively revising.








Behaviour, Attendance, Social and Emotional

Approach Objective Evidence Base Expected Outcome
PASS analysis To further understand students’ attitudes to school and self. Student surveys By highlighting the barriers for each individual student, we can use targeted funding to address them – diagnostic tool.
Needbright Solutions and BOSS To support our PP and SPP students’ mental health and behavioural needs through Needbright Solutions and BOSS. Increased mental health issues amongst teenagers PP students will have reduced absence due to mental health and behavioural issues, meaning they access more lessons and achieve their target grades.
Improving Attendance To provide students with transport to and from school if they are a serious attendance concern. To be aware of potential attendance problems using primary school data. To improve attendance policy. 2017/18 Attendance figures Students will have improved attendance, thus improved outcomes.
Subsidising enrichment opportunities To allow students access to all enrichment opportunities. Student voice Students will remain motivated and engaged in their studies and not feel held back compared to their peers.
Uniform To ensure students and parents have access to correct uniform. Student/parent voice. Students feel smart, take pride in their appearance and do not stand out from their peers through improper uniform.
Family Service Liaison Officer To provide our Service students with a named member of staff to support their emotional and pastoral needs. Student voice Students feel supported during challenging times when a family member may be serving overseas. Students also enjoy spending time with other services students in a lunchtime club.



These strategies will be closely monitored and tracked to ensure they are raising achievement and diminishing the difference between all students and our disadvantaged students.

Review date: January 14th 2019