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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium for 2015-16 was allocated to schools and academies with pupils on roll in January 2015 that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years; those who are children looked after (CLA); and those who are service children. The Academy has the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. This significant extra resource exists to enable us to overcome the challenges faced by our disadvantaged pupils. It is no longer an option as to whether we use it effectively and transparently.

1. We aim to secure the highest possible attainment for every child and student.
2. In order to achieve this our practice is focused on closing all gaps that may occur between disadvantaged children and others.
3. Our aspirations are high for all our children and students. In order to improve their employability and realise their ambitions we prioritise the development of key skills, qualities and attributes as well as increasing their educational outcomes.
4. We ensure that teaching, learning and progression opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils/students. 
5. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils/students who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. 
6. In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. 
7. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We will ensure that the Pupil Premium funding is used to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being ‘disadvantaged’. 
8. Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at any one time. 
The range of provision the Management Board considers making for Pupil Premium-funded groups include:
  • Reduction in class size to ensure quality focused teaching and learning experiences. 
  • Post academy activities that enrich and supports pupils improving opportunities and accelerating progress. 
  • Providing small group work with highly skilled and experienced teachers focused on reading recovery. 
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through mentors and trained literacy and numeracy Teaching Assistants. 
  • Enhance the internal provision and improve the outcomes for disadvantaged children and young people including the use of quality external agencies that improve outcomes.  
All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving pupils/students to at least age related expectations and/or attaining in line with the national average. For all students who fall below these national expectations in English and Maths at KS3 (Y7-9) they have Language, Communication and Number classes in addition to a statutory curriculum offer and English and Maths lessons to boost their literacy, numeracy and communication.  
Pupil premium resources will also be used to target able students/pupils in receipt of Free School Meals to achieve at least 3 levels of progress (from KS2-4) and C or above in English, mathematics (KS4)
Provision is already made for pupils with statements, as funding for their need is already in place.
It is responsibility of the Principal, or a delegated member of senior staff, to produce regular reports for the Management Board which show the impact of the use of the funding – this will be displayed on the academy website as part of the Academy Statement. Such reports will include, as a minimum:
  • the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils  
  • an outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support
  • the impact of pupil premium funding on attainment of these groups will be included in the Pupil Premium Statement on the academy website. 
 Funding for 2015/16
The forecast Pupil Premium Funding expected into the Academy Budget from 1st September 2015 until 31st August 2016 is £378,000
Spending and Intended Impact



Intended Outcome

Employment of 2 Teaching Assistants


Support for Pupil Premium pupils who are under performing in English and Maths.

Priority focus on pupils within 9 and 10 to close the gaps of attainment between Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium pupils.

Employment of 3 additional teaching staff in English, Maths and Science.


Close gaps of performance between Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium pupils.  Particular focus on year 9 and 10 pupils and year 8 pupils in Mathematics and Science.

Smaller class sizes to allow for more individual support for Pupil Premium pupils.

Employment of Inclusion Manager


To support behaviour of Pupil Premium pupils within lessons and access additional behaviour therapy support within the B2A unit.

Improvement in engagement of Pupil Premium pupils during lessons.  Focus on improving attendance and punctuality.

To identify and tackle early behaviour concerns; proactive approach towards low level behaviour,

Employment of Youth and Well Being worker.


To provide counselling and mentoring support to challenging pupils regarding their mental and health well-being.

Provide support for young careers during school term and out of school term.

Develop links within the local community and raise awareness of mental wellbeing within school.

Employment of teachers in the Accelerate groups.


Improve progress of Pupil Premium pupils in year 7 and year 8 who arrive at the Academy with levels 3a or below in Maths and English.

Development of social and emotional skills.

To rapidly improve levels in Numeracy and Literacy so that pupils can graduate into mainstream lessons.

Create smaller class sizes for pupils who require specific nurturing support.

Funding to provide peripatetic music tuition


Enhanced curriculum through provision of quality music tuition for Pupil Premium pupils.

Subject specific bids for Pupil Premium funding to close attainment gaps.


To encourage and support a whole school approach to closing gaps between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium pupils.

Subject Leaders, through consultation with subject staff, to create proposals for funding and to identify the impact on closing attainment gaps.



Intended Outcome

Development of comprehensive rewards system (VIVO Miles)


Provide an extensive system of rewards to encourage positive behaviour, good attendance and high achievement amongst Pupil Premium pupils.

Transport for pupils to and from the Academy (taxis and bus passes)


Improve attendance and academic progress for Pupil Premium pupils.

Provision of Breakfast club for pupils ensuring hot breakfast for all that require it


Improve timekeeping, attendance and engagement regarding Pupil Premium pupils as well as ensuring that pupils are accessing a healthy breakfast.

Funding of trips and visits for pupils who cannot pay full amount for curriculum trips, uniform, equipment etc.


Pupil Premium pupils have access to out of school field trips and other school activities, they feel included and part of the school environment.

Procurement of alternative provision


Provide a personalised placement to secure engagement and achievement of ‘at risk’ Pupil Premium pupils

Other resources purchased for PP pupils


Various smaller purchases designed to encourage Pupil Premium pupils to attend, attain and enjoy life at the Academy

Total Pupil Premium Funding                                                £378,000

Total Proposed PP Eligible Expenditure                                £418.020