Pupil premium

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.

2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Expenditure Actual Actual Actual Expected Expected Expected
Teachers, Classroom Resources and extra curricular activities £ 125,434 £ 123,401.22 £ 124,132 £ 127,361 £ 130,796 £ 134,803
Education support Staff and SLT £ 80,812 £ 55,069.85 £ 55,396 £ 56,837 £ 58,370 £ 60,158
Counselling £ 6,122 £ 7,570.44 £ 7,615 £ 7,813 £ 8,024 £ 8,270
Attendance £ 17,654 £ 25,558.68 £ 25,710 £ 26,379 £ 27,090 £ 27,920
Mentoring £ 2,973 £ 3,199.29 £ 3,218 £ 3,302 £ 3,391 £ 3,495
Alternative Provision £ 13,264 £ 2,742.25 £ 2,758 £ 2,830 £ 2,907 £ 2,996
1-2-1 Tuition £ 6,969 £ 2,742.25 £ 2,758 £ 2,830 £ 2,907 £ 2,996
ICT £ 3,902 £ 5,649.03 £ 5,683 £ 5,830 £ 5,988 £ 6,171
Well-being intervention (BMS) £ 6,969 £ 13,711.25 £ 13,792 £ 14,151 £ 14,533 £ 14,978
Total Expenditure £ 264,099 £ 239,644.25 £ 241,064 £ 247,335 £ 254,005 £ 261,787


  • 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 trips
    • Adding specific mentoring to Pupil Premium students via SLT
    • Increasing student’s cultural awareness and inquisitiveness through form time and PSHE  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, our link with Birmingham Hippodrome.
  • 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.


  • 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.

    A team of staff have been identified and trained as well-being champions.

    Several of these initiatives have continued into 2021.

  • Providing equal opportunities for all

    A large proportion of the PP funding goes into supporting students’ equality of opportunity. This includes, but is not exclusive to, free resources which include: Revision guides, stationery, supporting families with uniform and educational trips. Educational trips include trips to Wembley, cinema trips, and theatre trips. PP premium students are offered all opportunities and encouraged to participate by supporting families with paying for the trips.

    A portion of the money was used to subsidise the “Going Wild” Summer School activities, which included visits from the Animal Man and resources to print and customise T-shirts. It also supported the payment of personalised water bottles to help students with transition.

    Heads of Year used the funding to purchase vouchers and prizes to reward pupil premium students’ attendance and progress. In addition mentor visits and counselling to support emotional well-being.

  • Raising Attainment

    Raising attainment involves all staff who work with Pupil Premium students to focus on providing differentiated resources and teaching strategies to support students to improve attainment.

    Literacy for Life, which is now embedded in key stage 3, has a nurturing nature and a focused monitoring of students’ progress by a dedicated team of L4L teachers. It provides PP students with an excellent foundation to their learning. In addition it provides PP students with the emotional support to succeed. Literacy for Life places a very high importance on access to technology for all students (every child in Key stage 3 has access to their own device). The richness of the curriculum offered by L4L includes external visitors (holocaust survivor, local religious leaders), external visits (The Space Centre). The maintaining of two extra PPA sessions for each L4L teacher within the L4L team is funded proportionally by Pupil Premium. The planning sessions give L4L staff the time to identify where intervention is needed and adapt learning to support PP students.

    Access to on-line learning resources via class sites and the student portal which includes Accelerated Reader, My Maths, GCSE Pod and Maths Watch and Tute.

    Homework club and session 6. Homework club is a twice weekly after school facility which provides support with homework and access to L4L devices aimed at Pupil Premium students with dedicated L4L staff. Session 6 provides all years with intervention to help students, in particular PP students to close any gaps in learning and achieve exam success with subject specialists.

    Continued subscription, with all staff access, to Trust processes which guarantees close and effective monitoring of PP students’ progress and identifies the need for early intervention.

    PP students are prioritised on an annual PGL which is supported by ASPIRE funding

    Our vulnerable most able PP students have had dedicated staff mentors to support them with their learning.

    PP funding supported extra withdrawals from core PE in Year 11 where students needed it.

    Interventions are always evaluated and their effectiveness regularly reviewed.

  • Lockdown

    During the lockdown Pupil Premium students were given the opportunity to borrow a PC and given internet access to enable them to engage with the online learning.

    In addition, particularly vulnerable Pupil Premium students were invited into the academy to work with bespoke staff around well-being and academic progress.

    Food parcels were delivered to families of pupil premium students from the initial lockdown, and this was later replaced with vouchers.

  • Initiatives for 2020/21

    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

    The intention of the Academy is always to develop strategies to increase the participation of Pupil Premium students in extracurricular activities. The Academy has purchased The Platinum Package from The Hippodrome (HEN). This gives students access to an artist in residence, access to reduced theatre tickets, theatre events and CPD for our staff. We ensure that all of our PP students have direct access to all of the events and are included in the dance, drama and music performances which are a direct result of our involvement with HEN.

    Improving attendance

    We have employed Instill Excellence to provide daily door knocks and engage with our hard to reach families of Pupil Premium students to raise and sustain attendance rates. Our Heads of Year work very closely with Instill Excellence and hold half termly attendance celebrations where PP students are rewarded for improved attendance.

    Targeted staff CPD

    Pupil Premium funding is used to invest in high quality external CPD and a subscription for all Senior and Middle Leaders to The National College, which supplies regular and updated training for all staff.

  • 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 directed to review and evaluate this data and present to SLT and SPC any recommendations for further Pupil Premium intervention.

  • Review of Strategy

    The current date of the Pupil Premium Strategy Review is April 2022.

  • Catch Up Funding