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The Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is used for the benefit of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible in the last six years as well as children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium is used to support Year 7 students who did not achieve at least Level 4 at the end of KS2.

Pupil Premium – we received £509k for 2019-20, including £6k for looked after children. The indicative allocation for 2020-21 is £446k.

Year 7 Catch-up grant – we received £15k for 2019-20. There is no allocation for 2020-21.

How the two types of premium are spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.  We spend this money in a variety of ways to support students whose families are on a low income. The important thing is to make sure that the ways that it is spent have the highest possible impact on attainment and success.

How we spent the pupil premium and literacy and numeracy catch-up premium in 2018-19

Below are the specific interventions that support our efforts to raise the achievement of all students, including those eligible for Pupil Premium. Costings are rounded:

  • 1:1 tuition for English and Maths - £50,000
  • Increased staffing for core subjects (0.5fte) - £30,000
  • 3 x EAL specialist teachers - £160,000
  • 2 x literacy support workers including (HLTAs)  - £58,000
  • Literacy Centre (1fte) - £40,000
  • Dedicated management oversight for literacy and English support - £4,000
  • Dedicated Years 6-7 transition lead with a focus on literacy catch up - £72,000
  • Dedicated team to support students in terms of attendance and punctuality - £85,000 (Note: one new post created Sept. 2019.)
  • Dedicated Learning Support team to support student behaviour for learning (3 x fte) - £160,000
  • Continued use of interpreters to support assessment of EAL students and to support parents' evenings and meetings - £20,000
  • Continued focus upon examination board training for subject specialist teams - £20,000
  • Continued membership of PIXL club to support raising standards - £8,000
  • Increased availability of alternative provision for students at risk of exclusion - £30,000
  • Homework club/extended library hours and staffing - £7,500​
  • GCSE option subject revision materials and programmes - £6,000
  • Revision materials and access to online resources (GCSEPod) - £15,000

Total spend = £765,500. The percentage of eligible students is 71%. 71% of total spend = £543,505.

The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up allocation of £16,084 funded curriculum and SEN resources, library resources and assessments (CATS and NGRT reading tests)

The following interventions are included within staffing costs:

  • Continued development of in-school seclusion facility as an alternative to temporary exclusion (1fte)
  • Period 6 for KS4 increases learning time for all pupils 
  • Mandarin Excellence Programme (2 class groups KS3) 
  • STEM programme (2 class groups KS3) 

How we measure impact

  • Continual monitoring and review of interventions/strategies
  • Systematic use of data to track the progress of students
  • The curriculum review process during the autumn term includes a review of eligible students' progress in individual subjects at KS4 and 5 

Impact of pupil premium so far

A comparison of the 2019 GCSE performance of disadvantaged pupils against national progress data for similar pupils (all schools) shows that the -0.24 progress score for disadvantaged pupils is significantly better than the national score of -0.48 for pupils with the same classification. This is an improved picture since 2018 when the overall school progress 8 was -0.4.

Data on the effect of literacy interventions for Year 7 students show significant progress in reading and writing.

Evaluation of interventions


1     Effective         

   Useful but improvements needed to ensure fully effective

3     Not effective

Intervention/strategy Rating
One-to-one tuition 2
Period 6 1/2
Specialist teachers – EAL and literacy 1/2
Additional staff member in maths  2
Literacy Centre 1
New Group Reading Test strategies 1
EAL groups in Year 11 1
Year 7 transition and literacy catch up provision 2
GCSEPod and revision materials 1/2
Interpreter services 1
Exam board training: one person per faculty for GCSE and one for A level 1
Attendance and punctuality support strategies 2
Behaviour support strategies 2
PIXL Club membership 1
Alternative provision 2
Internal strategies to reduce exclusion 1/2
Library – additional hours and provision 1

How we will spend the pupil premium and literacy and numeracy catch-up premium in 2019-20

We plan to continue the interventions delivered in 2018-19, with some changes made to delivery. We will keep these under regular review and make changes as required.

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