Pupil and catch up premiums

Pupil premium

The government offers funding to tackle inequalities between children on free school meals and their peers called pupil premium.

Pupil premium funding is allocated to a school based on the number of students who are or have been in receipt of free school meals or who are children looked after by a local authority or those children whose parents are in the armed forces. To find out more click here

School overview



 School name

The Academy at Shotton Hall

Pupils in school


Proportion of disadvantaged pupils


Pupil premium allocation this academic year


Academic year or years covered by statement


Publish date

October 2020

Review date

October 2021

Disadvantaged pupil performance overview for last academic year

Progress 8


Ebacc entry


Attainment 8


Percentage of Grade 5+ in English and maths


Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils



Target date

Progress 8

Disadvantaged students P8 matches that of national non-disadvantaged students

September 21

Attainment 8

Achieve equivalent attainment to national non disadvantaged

September 21

Percentage of Grade 5+ in English and maths

Considering prior attainment – increasing the proportion of disadvantaged students obtaining 5+

September 21


Improve pp attendance to national average

September 21

Ebacc entry

Increase number of disadvantaged students achieving EBACC

September 21

The current year 2020-2021

The Academy is aware that some disadvantaged students face many complex barriers during their education, which make effective learning very difficult. Other students have very specific needs and others, have few barriers at all. Some of the main difficulties faced by disadvantaged students that pertain to the Academy are identified below, although it must also be said that this is not an exhaustive list and that the difficulties encountered are not unique to those who are disadvantaged.

The main barriers faced by eligible students in 2020-2021 are:

  1. Some struggle to attend regularly and of these some are persistently absent.
  2. Some students need extensive pastoral support for a variety of reasons.
  3. Some students struggle with the increased complexity of organization with a secondary environment and increased demands for independent work.
  4. Some students struggle to manage their behaviour.
  5. Some students face significant challenges in their lives and have social, emotional and mental health needs that prevent them from learning.
  6. Some students have low levels of literacy and numeracy which impedes their learning and their confidence 

  7. Some students with high prior attainment need additional help to enable them to fully achieve their potential.
  8. Some students need targeted support to understand and use extended forms of spoken English.
  9. Some students have little aspiration for the future and so do not understand why they need to do well in their exams and so limit their own potential.
  10. Some students lack access to the internet and the use of computers to support their studies.
  11. Some students lack space to study with adult support.
  12. Some students need to experience a wealth of enrichment experiences in-order to widen their horizons and unlock future opportunities.
  13. School uniform can cause significant challenges for some families as can transport.
  14. Some students do not have access to a healthy diet which impacts on their general well-being.
  15. All students need the highest quality of teaching in every classroom.

Teaching priorities for current academic year 2020-2021



Priority 1

High quality teaching and learning across the curriculum including additional curriculum time via period 6

Priority 2

All staff to ensure that the ‘lost’ learning gap is closed through consolidating prior learning and having high expectations with respect to the quality and return rate of homework set.

Barriers to learning these priorities address

Disadvantaged students have variable parental support, influencing outcomes.

Projected spending


Targeted academic support for current academic year



Priority 1

Numeracy and literacy interventions across KS3 for low to middle attaining disadvantaged pupils

Priority 2

Ensuring that support is in place so that the disadvantaged fully achieve their potential

Barriers to learning these priorities address

Ensuring that the school is fully staffed by well qualified teachers to help support the development numeracy and literacy skills and the progress the disadvantaged make.

Projected spending


Wider strategies for current academic year



Priority 1

Ensuring more regular attendance for PP including those who are persistently absent

Priority 2

Raising aspirations

Barriers to learning these priorities address

Improving attendance is key to raising the academic success of disadvantaged students.

Projected spending


Monitoring and implementation



Mitigating action


Ensure all students have access to high quality teaching and learning across all curriculum areas.

Robust process of monitoring teaching and learning in place. A CPD programme that reflects/highlights current pedagogical thought.

Targeted support

Ensuring that the curriculum allows for intervention to take place within the normal school day. Ensuring that identification of students who need support is robust.

Extra staffing to ensure intervention can take place with small groups. Smart use of data to ensure early identification of those students who are likely to fall behind

Wider strategies

Engaging with families that are the hardest to reach. Trying to change the culture so that education is valued.

Working closely with other agencies to help improve attendance. Use of links with university and other to raise aspirations.

Review: last year’s aims and outcomes



Achieve the national average P8 figure for all schools

The schools disadvantaged P8 was =+0.26 comparisons not available this year.

Achieve national average for attainment for all schools

The schools disadvantaged A8 was 47.4 comparisons not available this year.

Achieve average English and maths 5+ scores for similar schools

Not available this year.

How pupil premium was allocated last year

41% was allocated to actions focussed on teaching and learning in the curriculum.

22% was allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural issues.

9% was allocated to actions focused on enrichment beyond the curriculum.

11% was allocated to actions focused on families and communities.

17% was allocated to actions focused on alternative learning pathways.