Pupil and catch up premiums

Pupil premium and catch up premium

The government offers funding to tackle inequalities between children on free school meals and their peers called the pupil premium. There is further funding for any Year 7 student who has not achieved Level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2 known as the Year 7 catch up 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

Pupil premium – how the money is used at the Academy

In the school academic year 2015-2016 the school received £440,385 in pupil premium funding. The percentage of students that qualify for this funding is currently 42%. This funding was distributed across the school in the following ways in order to close any gaps in learning outcomes and raise achievement.

35% (£154,135) was allocated to actions focussed on learning in the curriculum

17.5% (£77,067) was allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural

9% ( £39,635) was allocated to actions focussed on enrichment beyond the curriculum

13% (£57,250) was allocated to actions focussed on families and communities

24.5% (£107,894) was allocated to actions focussed on alternative learning pathways and curricula

Achievements and performance

The Academy at Shotton Hall has an impressive set of results data, and improving trends can be seen year-on-year for Key Stage 4.

This table shows the preliminary achievements of our students in 2016, comparing how well those eligible for free school meals compared to all students within the country and as well as all students within their own year group at The Academy at Shotton Hall.


Percentage of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and maths 2016

Difference from national equivalent figure




All students in Year 11 at The Academy at Shotton Hall



Disadvantaged students in Year 11 at The Academy at Shotton Hall



This shows that our students performed significantly better when compared to the national average for achieving five A*-C including English and maths. Furthermore, those entitled to free school meals achieved better than the average figure for all students within this category.

It is recognised that there is a difference in performance between how well free school meal students and all students within the Academy perform and this is explored further here


Other 2016

Disadvantaged 2016







This Progress 8 (P8) figure shows that all students and disadvantaged students are making positive progress although a gap still exists between all students and disadvantaged students. The Attainment 8 (A8) figure shows us that the average grade for all students is slightly better than the average grade for disadvantaged students leaving the Academy.

The Academy at Shotton Hall works tirelessly to raise the attainment for all students and to close any gaps. The deliberate allocation of funding into the five areas outlined above has to ensure that these are gaps are closing and that all pupils are equally successful when they leave the Academy. The gap between all students and those in receipt of pupil premium is closing in the context of significant improvement in results for all students within the school.

The current year 2016-2017

The current forecast for the amount of pupil premium the school will receive in the academic year 2016-2017 is £419,815. Whilst we have had a small decrease in the amount of funding for this year we intend to continue with all of the strategies that are in place to narrow the gap between pupil premium students and their peers following on from the success we had last year. The strategies in place are substantive plans designs to impact over the long term on outcomes for students.

38% (£159,530) is allocated to actions focussed on learning in the curriculum this includes: staffing and other resources related to LINK provision – extra maths and English staffing, staffing and resources related to the LSU – staff with a commitment to improving the outcomes of those students who are at risk of dropping out of school (poor attendees), staffing and resources pertaining to SEN – specialist SEN qualified teaching staff, carousel activities focussed on achievement for all – a range of qualifications geared at ensuring that Year 10 and 11 students leave school competitive in the work place.

19% (£29,765) is allocated to actions focussed on social, emotional and behavioural issues: staffing and resources relating to the pastoral team – three pastoral workers (non-teaching staff) helping to deal with a range of issues, two student school based counsellor, one school based attendance officer.

6% (£25,189) is allocated to actions focussed on enrichment beyond the curriculum: trips to raise aspirations, rewards (VIVOs), proportion of department budget, breakfast club, learning manager budget, peripatetic music lessons, iSparks for gifted and talented students.

13% (£54,576) is allocated to actions focussed on families and communities: counselling service, attendance service, uniform - to ensure that all students feel like they belong.

24% (£100,756) is allocated to actions focussed on alternative learning pathways and curricula: work related – college fees etc, Key Stage 4 work experience.

Year 7 catch-up premium

The Deputy Prime Minister has made a commitment to provide educational funding to schools for each Year 7 student who has not achieved Level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2.

The Academy at Shotton Hall received additional funding of £500 for each Year 7 who did not achieve Level 4. The allocation for the academic year 2014/2015 was £13,000 (26 students, 12 English, seven maths and seven overlapping both subjects). The additional grant has been primarily used to target support in small groups.

Use of additional funding

Targeted support Use of small group teaching and primary teaching techniques in LINK, moving up and 20/20/20 to build up and re-enforce a strong skill base in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension and numeracy, giving students a toolkit of skills that allows them to access the mainstream curriculum more effectively.
Whole school literacy and numeracy

Whole school focus on students literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum. All departments ensure that literacy and numeracy are developed and enhanced within their curriculum.

Whole school use of differentiation A differentiated approach to learning ensuring that individual needs are met and that all students have access to an appropriate curriculum and are challenged to move forward.
Additional resources Purchase of additional texts and resources to support students with low confidence and reluctance in reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.

Impact of Year 7 catch up funding

The impact of the Year 7 catch up funding was evaluated through the schools termly assessment routines, when national curriculum levels, progress, effort, behaviour and homework are analysed for patterns and trends. Support was adapted at these points, if appropriate, in order to meet individual students needs.

Measured impact

Results analysis of the achievement of the students involved in this programme shows that the programme had the following impact.

In English two thirds of the students targeted moved from Level 3 to Level 4, whilst in maths a third of the targeted students moved from Level 3 to Level 4. Sub-level analysis also shows that students made progress in English and maths.

This group of students will continue to be monitored for the foreseeable future.

Academic year 2015-2016

The intervention programme has been evaluated and the information gathered has been used to restructure and strengthen some aspects for the new academic year. As yet the funding arrangements have not been released.