Pupil premium

Pupil Premium 2018-19

The Pupil Premium is additional Government funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and close the gap between them and their peers.

  • Key Principles

    Pupil Premium funding is used to support a raft of interventions targeted at the students with Pupil Premium in the Academy. As almost one third of students in the Academy are covered by this (29% of all students), there are some large-scale interventions and principles outlined below. There are also some more bespoke interventions that are targeted towards individuals due to their specific needs.

    The key principles of the use of our Pupil Premium funding are addressing individual need and equality of opportunity where there are difficult circumstances and providing strong additional academic support for our Pupil Premium students with the allocated funding.

    Pupil Premium is an identified and monitored attribute for students at an Academy and departmental level. All teaching staff are aware of these students within their classes, their prior attainment and current progress and are asked to be mindful of when and where support needs to be drawn from the funding to provide equality of opportunity so they can make the progress that is expected of them, in line with non-Pupil Premium students.

  • Key Barriers

    Key barriers to students’ attainment are:

    • Attendance which is significantly lower than that of non-PP students
    • Significant numbers of safeguarding issues which disproportionally effect these students
    • Low family aspirations
    • Higher ability students’ confidence and motivation to achieve the top grades
    • Poverty reducing students’ participation in extracurricular activities and tripsIn 2017-18 further, specific interventions were added in the following areas:
    • Adding specific mentoring to Pupil Premium students via SLT
    • Increasing student’s cultural awareness and inquisitiveness through form time ‘culture vultures’ sessions
    • Improving literacy and numeracy through form time taught sessions
    • Providing strong role models through our prefect provision
    • A series of raising aspiration interventions such as links with further and higher education providers
  • Impact of Pupil Premium 2017-18 spend for Pupil Premium Students

    In 2017-18, there were 56 Pupil Premium students in year 11. This accounted for 32% of the cohort. Pupil Premium students achieved a Progress 8 score of -0.93.

    In 2016-17, there were 63 Pupil Premium students in Year 11. This accounted for 38% of the cohort. Pupil Premium students achieved a Progress 8 score of -1.06.

    In 2015-16, Pupil Premium students achieved a Progress 8 score of -1.16

  • Addressing Individual Needs

    Our team of highly-skilled educational support staff have vital roles in closing the gap for Pupil Premium students. Safeguarding and Behaviour specialists are all employed to deal with issues within students’ lives, and, in the same way, the Academy provides support from an Attendance Officer, the Local Authority and other external agencies where appropriate.

    From a safeguarding perspective, to help solve students’ complex needs, the Academy has a member of staff with DSL responsibilities working within the BMS and Safeguarding team that is part-funded by Pupil Premium because much of the work undertaken is with Pupil Premium students.

    Here are examples of agencies with whom our non-teaching staff have worked closely to support our students during 2017-18:

    • Connexions
    • Spurgeons (Young Carers Dudley)
    • Youth Workers
    • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Providers
    • Switch
    • CAMHS
    • PREVENT team
    • Barnardos
    • Early Help
    • Children’s Services – Educational Psychologist
    • Alternative Education Provider ‘Black Country Wheels’
    • Cherry Tree educational provision, to support students with medical needs.

    Other examples of initiatives that supported students with regards to welfare and safety include the work of our Attendance Officer who monitors attendance and punctuality of students throughout the day. The attendance of vulnerable Pupil Premium students is closely tracked. Heads of Year monitor these students and intervene accordingly, in line with our attendance policy.

    A School Counsellor was funded for part of the year to support several Pupil Premium students with social, emotional and mental health issues.

    Several of these initiatives have continued into 2018-19.

  • Providing equal opportunities for all

    A large portion of the funding goes to supporting students’ equality of opportunity. This includes, but is not exclusive to, free resources such as: revision guides, stationery, uniform support, breakfast clubs, educational trips with reduced charge, transport costs for students who live a distance from the Academy and have to use public transport and reduced charges for the Transition Summer Schools.

    Heads of Year came up with creative ways to support and reward the Pupil Premium students in their Year group. Ideas included vouchers to reward good attendance and progress of Pupil Premium students, resources and materials to support emotional wellbeing.

    Some Pupil Premium students were collected and transported to the Academy during the GCSE exam period to ensure their attendance at exams.

    A portion of funding was used to support and improve participation rates of Pupil Premium students in extracurricular activities. This has involved all opportunities being offered firstly to Pupil Premium Students and a discount of 25% being offered to these students. Activities have consisted of a range of enrichment activities and opportunities to see the England football team play at Wembley Stadium. Uptake by Pupil Premium students in this area of the has improved.

  • Raising Attainment

    Raising Attainment involves ensuring that all staff who work with Pupil Premium students are able to focus on key differentiation strategies to support students in improving their grades. In 2017-8 this included:

    • Access to on-line learning resources through our own systems and also access to GCSE Pod. Pupil Premium students have received extra support and tuition on its use, extra monitoring on its usage and the ability to use after school opportunities to access the software.
    • Homework Club – an afterschool facility aimed at Pupil Premium students to provide support with homework and access to ICT facilities.
    • Purchase of Sisra, a data analysis package to allow closer and easier monitoring and manipulation of progress data to allow for rapid interventions.
    • Our session 6 provision for students in years 10 and 11 supports all students with a particular emphasis on Pupil Premium students with after school focused curricular activities designed to improve exam success.

    A number of these interventions are continuing in 2018-19 and will be evaluated in the next review.


  • Initiatives for 2018/19

    Literacy for Life

    Approximately one third of Literacy 4 Life capitation is allocated to the improvement of Pupil Premium progress. The purchase of the new curriculum, resourcing and external development expertise has been proportionally funded, with a particular focus on the broadening of cultural opportunities and horizons for vulnerable families.

    The Literacy for Life initiative places a high importance on access to technology. To facilitate this for homes without access to ICT, staff run homework support clubs after school. Additionally, ICT resources are provided within school for priority access for Pupil Premium students.

    The richness of the curriculum depends on external visits, events and visiting speakers. Where there is a cost, Pupil Premium students are entitled to a discount of 25%.

    Intervention is embedded within the L4L model – the form teacher model provides focused intervention for all Pupil Premium students after each assessment point. Maintaining three extra PPA sessions for each teacher within the L4L team is funded proportionally by Pupil Premium Funding.

    Participation in Academy life

    For this academic year it is our intention to develop strategies to increase the participation of Pupil Premium students across the Academy in extra-curricular activities and positions of responsibility such as prefects and our anti-bullying peer support provision ‘TAB’.

    Improving attendance

    Support will be available from Shireland CAT to engage with our hard to reach parents. This work has already begun and will continue. A highly-experienced colleague from Shireland will liaise with Heads of Year to target specific families of Pupil Premium students to raise attendance rates rapidly.

    Targeted staff CPD

    Pupil premium funding will be used to invest in high-quality external CPD provision to embed cutting edge practices in all classrooms to support all students but specifically Pupil Premium students. The focus for CPD will be differentiation, challenge and white British boys.

  • Measuring Impact

    Impact is measured through a cohort analysis of each subject and year group for Pupil Premium at each assessment point. A senior member of staff is detailed to review and evaluate this data and present to the senior team and Standards and Performance Committee on recommendations for further Pupil Premium intervention.

  • Review of Strategy

    The current date of the Pupil Premium Strategy Review is February 2019.