Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch up

Pupil Premium - annual report 2015-16


The Pupil Premium is allocated to students from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings at any point in the last 6 years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure), and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However as a school we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support students from low-income families.

From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.

The school receives the following levels of Pupil Premium Grant for each student:

Free School Meals Ever 6 - £935
Service Children - £300
Looked after Child - £1900
Adopted from care of Special Guardianship or Residence order - £1900

Our School

In the financial year 2015-16 St Bede’s School received £114,314 for Pupil Premium (estimated allocation for 2016-17 is £114,000). Other funding was added to this to ensure that we could support all of our most disadvantaged students.

2015-16 PP numbers (114 students)

2016-17 PP numbers (148 students)

Year 7



Year 8



Year 9



Year 10



Year 11




How the Pupil Premium is spent

Activities Selected

What this does?

Targeted Pupils

1. Mathematics & English Targeted mentoring

Identified Year 11 students were provided with additional Maths and English input to raise attainment, including one-to-one tuition.


Years 9, 10 & 11

2. Additional English & Maths set

In Years 10 & 11 an additional ‘set’ has been established to provide better individual support in smaller group sizes. This is part funded by Pupil Premium.

Years 10 & 11

3. Curriculum Support Group

Year 10 & 11 students requiring additional support to remain engaged with education were allocated additional learning support in order to meet their needs.

Year 10 & 11

4. Small group work

Students in KS3 are given additional support in reading, spelling, handwriting & numeracy

Years 7, 8 & 9

5. Homework Club

Students are provided with staffed support with access to IT resources at lunchtime and between 3:30pm and 4:45pm each evening. This is part funded by Pupil Premium.

All Years

6. Attendance Support

Attendance support, including staff release time for Attendance Panel Meetings with parents and the Education Welfare Service, for students with levels of attendance below 92%.

All Years

7. Support for students with English as an Additional Language

Part funding of English as an Additional Language (EAL) specialist to support the progress of students for who English is not their first language.

All Years

8. Enhanced pastoral support for identified students

Heads of Year/tutors closely monitored progress, achievement & needs in a half-termly meeting

All Years

9. School Financial Support – Trips & Curriculum Resources 

Students financially supported and not disadvantaged. Able to attend a variety of trips (eg. Coalbrookdale) & providing resources (eg camera, art boxes) for curriculum needs.

All Years

10. Mentoring disengaged students

One to one sessions with parents and students to discuss need and individualised action plans.

Years 10 & 11

11. Counselling Service

External counsellor to whom students can self-refer and be referred.

All Years

12. Chaplaincy one to one support

Chaplains provide confidential one-to-one guidance for identified students.

All Years

13. Careers Mentoring

Selected students from Year 10 and 11 are allocated a volunteer mentor in a programme developed by SATRO (this is not happening in academic year 2016-17)

Years 10 & 11

14. Alternative provision

Enrolment on alternative courses for KS4 students, where applicable.

Years 10 & 11


Please note, that other funding was also used to support these activities.


Pupil Premium Performance

Internal tracking procedures suggest that nearly all Pupil Premium students make good progress and in line with students not in this cohort. This is confirmed by our external KS4 exam results which suggest that pupil premium students make as good as progress as other students. The school received a letter from Sam Gyimah MP congratulating the school on winning a local award in the key stage 4 category of the Pupil Premium Awards 2016.

Validated 2015 RAISEonline results - March 2016


Non PP Students

Pupil Premium

Number of Children in Cohort



Average Entries per Child



% Pupils with 5+ A*-C + En & Ma



% pupils with EBacc



Average Grade per qualification



Value Added Score


1038.5 (national mean 976.3)

2016 Unvalidated results (note that these are new performance measures)


All Students

Pupil Premium

Number of Children in Cohort



Progress 8 score



Average Attainment 8 score



% pupils entering EBacc



% pupils with EBacc who entered



% of students achieving a good pass in English and Maths



Future Pupil Premium Plans

Our pupil premium provision is regularly analysed and refined depending on individual need at the time for ALL those who are deemed disadvantaged or vulnerable in any way. Our analysis, we have concluded that students are most successful in making the same progress as their peers when:

They are taught in lessons that are outstanding

The receive high quality feedback for all their work

The work that they receive is exceptionally well differentiated

We have high expectations of them

We know the students well and how they learn best as individuals

We understand that no one Pupil Premium student or family are the same and we must work closely with them to meet their individual needs

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium Funding 2015-16

We received a sum of £13,000 specifically for Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch up for the 2015-16 academic year. The catch up funding is targeted at the 36 Year 7 students who arrived with level 3 in English or maths, and we spent the allocation in the following way:

1.  Investment in staffing to allow smaller sets for lower ability students

Both English and maths are subjects that set students based on ability. The funding allowed the four groups (one on either side of the Year 7 ‘population’) to have smaller numbers than the other sets. The impact of the lower pupil to teacher ratio allows greater teacher input and individualised lessons. Some specialist resources have also been purchased to assist in the creative and engaging delivery of these subjects. Students are further supported in these lessons, with ad hoc one-to-one and/or small group support which helps to build student confidence in these subject areas.

 2. Intervention with academic tutors

The vast majority of the 36 identified Year 7 students also received ‘catch up’ literacy intervention classes delivered by a specialist literacy tutor. This tutoring allowed students to express anxieties and for the tutor to identify ‘gaps’ in learning and misconceptions.

Student Performance

On average, all students made well over a sub level of progress in English and Maths between September 2014 and July 2015. Internal tests demonstrate that the students have consolidated KS2 skills and have begun to use KS3 skills successfully. Historical internal data demonstrates that these ‘low prior attainment’ students usually make more of a rapid progress in Year 8 and Year 9 contributing to the school’s high progress levels from KS2 overall.

Title Date  
FSM Pupil Premium eligibility form.pdf 16th May 2016 Download
Pupil Premium policy 19th Jan 2017 Download
Pupil Premium List Statement 2015-16 19th Jan 2017 Download