Pupil and catch up premiums

Pupil premium information

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

Pupil premium strategy statement 

This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and the recovery premium for the 2021 to 2022 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils. 

It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our school. 

School overview



School name

The Academy at Shotton Hall

Number of pupils in school 


Proportion (%) of pupil premium eligible pupils


Academic year/years that our current pupil premium strategy plan covers

2021 - 2024

Date this statement was published

December 2021

Date on which it will be reviewed

April 2022

Statement authorised by


Pupil premium lead

S. Taylor

Governor / Trustee lead

Yvonne Weston

Funding overview



Pupil premium funding allocation academic year 2021/22


Recovery premium funding allocation 2021/22 only


Pupil premium funding carried forward from previous years (enter £0 if not applicable)

£ 0

Total budget for this academic year

If your school is an academy in a trust that pools this funding, state the amount available to your school this academic year


Part A: Pupil premium strategy plan

Statement of intent

The Academy at Shotton Hall is working to support disadvantaged pupils in all areas of their education from the moment that they arrive in school. Our aim is that every disadvantaged pupil will achieve at least as well as their peers, have every opportunity to excel and be fully prepared for the next stage in their education and future employment. It is vital that we support our pupil’s physical and mental health and wellbeing to enable them to fully engage in learning. Pupils need to experience a wealth of enrichment experiences to widen their horizons and unlock future opportunities.

Some disadvantaged pupils face many and complex barriers during their education which make effective learning very difficult. Other pupils have very specific, individual needs and still others, have few barriers at all. Below are some of the main difficulties faced, although it must also be said that the difficulties encountered are not unique to those who are disadvantaged. We aim to meet and support pupils at their point of need, wherever possible and feasible. 

Common barriers to learning for disadvantaged pupils include less support at home, especially during the pandemic, weak language and communication skills, fewer opportunities to read books, fewer resources to help with learning (eg text books / internet access), lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties and attendance and punctuality concerns. Some pupils have struggled with their physical and mental wellbeing, and this has been exacerbated as a result of the pandemic. There may be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. Some pupils have limited opportunities to experience cultural trips and visits. Some have fewer opportunities to learn about the wide range of opportunities once they leave school for higher education and employment. The challenges are varied and there is no “one size fits all”.

Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium Funding contribute to the work of the school in meeting the needs of disadvantaged pupils by:

  • ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils
  • ensuring that all pupils benefit from high quality teaching in the classroom
  • ensure all pupils have a place to study in school where they can access adult support, class texts and the internet
  • offering tuition in small groups or 1 to 1 where there is identified need
  • developing the resilience of pupils, building their self-esteem and enabling them to develop the skills that will enable them to learn effectively in the classroom environment
  • providing therapeutic intervention where needed through the use of personal intervention programmes and counselling where appropriate
  • working closely with pupils who need additional support to manage their behaviour
  • working with pupils and their families to identify the causes of attendance concern and support good attendance
  • ensuring pupils have every opportunity to access enrichment programmes
  • ensuring pupils receive high quality careers information, advice and guidance so that they have high aspirations for themselves and for their future
  • ensuring pupils personal development is well supported and that they are ready for post-16 education/training/employment
  • meeting individual needs wherever possible and feasible.


This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils.

Our assessments and observations indicate that the education, wellbeing and regular attendance of many of our disadvantaged pupils have been impacted by the pandemic and school closures, to a greater extent than for other pupils. These findings are supported by national studies. 

Through our observations and discussions with pupils and families, we know that many pupils struggle with social and emotional issues and heightened anxiety and that this has been significantly exacerbated by school closures during the pandemic 2019-2021. 

Challenge number

Detail of challenge 


Some pupils struggle to attend regularly, some are often late, and some are persistently absent. (exacerbated by the pandemic)


Some students struggle to manage their behaviour. (exacerbated by the pandemic)


Some students need extensive pastoral support for a variety of reasons. (exacerbated by the pandemic)


Some students struggle with the increased complexity of organisation with a secondary environment and increased demands for independent work.


Some students face significant challenges in their lives and have social, emotional and mental health needs that prevent them from learning. (exacerbated by the pandemic)


Some students need additional adult support to help to enable them to fully achieve their potential both during the school day and after school with managing homework.


Some students need individual tuition and/or teaching in small groups to enable them to achieve. (exacerbated by the pandemic)


Some students have little aspiration for the future and are in need of additional adult support and additional careers guidance so that they do not limit their own potential.


Some students have low levels of literacy and numeracy which impedes their learning and their confidence.


Some students lack access to the internet and the use of computers to support their studies.


Some students lack space to study at home


Some students need to experience a wealth of enrichment experiences in-order to widen their horizons and unlock future opportunities.


School uniform can cause significant challenges for some families.


Some students do not have access to a healthy diet which impacts on their general well-being. Some do not participate regularly in sports and need proactive, individual support in order to overcome barriers. (exacerbated by the pandemic)


All pupils need the highest quality of teaching in every classroom. High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school.


Some pupils need additional personal development so that they have the resilience to cope with everyday challenges, form strong, positive relationships and are ready emotionally for key transitions.


Narrowing the attainment gap across Reading, Writing, Maths and Science


Some children enter the Early Years provision knowing significantly fewer words than their peers and with significant speech and language difficulties. This persists into KS1 for some children, and they need significant support to develop as confident speakers who are able to express themselves clearly and with an appropriate range of vocabulary for their age.


Intended outcomes 

This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.

Intended outcome

Success criteria

Disadvantaged students achieve equivalent attainment to national non disadvantaged

Attainment 8

Disadvantaged students achieve equivalent progress to national non disadvantaged

Progress 8


Average attendance of disadvantaged cohort is in line with the national average or above.  

Improved rates of progress across KS3, particularly for high attaining pupils eligible for pp

Pupils eligible for pp make as much progress as other students identified as high attaining across key stage 3

Improved literacy and numeracy skills for students entering the school in year 7 and through key stage 3

The gaps between pp and their peers in literacy and numeracy closes

Transition pp students go on to access further education/training/apprenticeships post 16

No ‘neets’ pp students

Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our pupil premium (and recovery premium funding) this academic yearto address the challenges listed above.

Teaching (for example, CPD, recruitment and retention)

Budgeted cost: £ 76000


Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

High quality professional development for all staff to secure high quality teaching strategies underpinned by @back to Basics’, metacognitive strategies, planning for interleaving and retrieval practice and grounded through a rich knowledge-based curriculum

EEF guide to pupil premium – tiered approach – teaching is the top priority, including CPD


EEF guide to improving working memory

EEF : Metacognition and Self Regulated Learning


Staffing costs to provide coaching support and lead professional development. 

EEF guide to pupil premium – tiered approach – teaching is the top priority, including CPD

Sutton Trust – quality first teaching has direct impact on student outcomes.


Deepen teacher’s understanding of pedagogy across each curriculum area by engagement with subject specialists in their field. 



EEF : Effective Professional Development


EEF: Teaching and Learning Toolkit


Ofsted: Subject Curriculum research reviews



Going back to basics approach – ensuring that literacy is a focus of teachers planning

EEF: Preparing for Literacy

EEF: Improving Literacy – Supporting oral language development KS1/KS2

EEF: Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools

9, 15, 18

Professional development and retention of middle leaders, to ensure the curriculum continues to effectively be implemented in all areas.

EEF Guide to the pupil premium

‘Ensuring an effective teacher is at the front of every class, and that every teacher is supported to keep improving. Should be the priority to pupil premium spending’.


1, 2 8


Targeted academic support (for example, tutoring, one-to-one support structured interventions) 

Budgeted cost: £265625


Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Gaps in maths and English identified by teaching staff. Maths and English tuition leads plan for bespoke intervention to enable pupils to catch up on earlier work that is missed or poorly understood, due to the pandemic.

Deliver series of lessons (small group and 1-1 tuition) to enable pupils to consolidate insecure learning and catch up with the schemes of learning.

Where appropriate and possible, classes to be reduced in size to increase individual support and facilitate recovery of learning. 


EEF : Teaching and Learning Toolkit - One to one tuition & Small Group Tuition



In all other subjects, Heads of Department to identify pupils who need bespoke curricular intervention Pupils should be taught in small groups where there are common areas of intervention required 

EEF : Teaching and Learning Toolkit - One to one tuition & Small Group Tuition



Professional development for all staff in developing a love of reading for pleasure and for learning within their specialist subject areas. 

Identified pupils - small group regular reading planned into curriculum. Support for pupils to learn is provided through the library.

EEF: Preparing for Literacy

EEF: Improving Literacy – Supporting oral language development KS1/KS2

EEF: Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools


To provide students with adult mentoring support, access to workspace and IT facilities to support their learning.

EEF : Mentoring


To identify students with low levels of literacy and numeracy which impedes their learning and their confidence and facilitate / enable bespoke provision to meet the identified needs. LINK, moving up and 20-20-20

EEF: Preparing for Literacy

EEF: Improving Literacy – Supporting oral language development KS1/KS2

EEF: Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools


Provision and staffing of safe spaces available to targeted children throughout the day.

NFER: Recovery during a pandemic


Developing resilience and independent learning, through consistent setting, completion and marking of homework

EEF: Guide to the pupil premium


Social and Emotional Learning – interventions to support children with a range of skills including for example, emotional regulation, managing grief. Deployment of   Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner 

EEF: Improving Social and Emotional Learning in Primary Schools 

NFER: Recovery during a pandemic



Wider strategies (for example, related to attendance, behaviour, wellbeing)

Budgeted cost: £ 80000


Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Attendance team to work with families to reduce the absence of pupils who struggle to attend regularly.

EEF: Guide to the pupil premium


Pastoral teams to support pupils who struggle to manage their behaviour including provision of personal intervention programmes. 

EEF: Teaching and Learning Toolkit – Learning behaviours


EEF :Improving Behaviour in Schools


To provide the pastoral support to pupils who need additional help, including those who face significant challenges in their lives and have social, emotional and mental health needs that prevent them from learning well (this includes support for those who have experienced bereavement)



EEF: Improving Social and Emotional Learning in Primary Schools


EEF: Guide to the pupil premium

EEF: Healthy Minds


DFE: Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges



Encourage pupils to take part in extra-curricular activities (onsite) to widen their experiences and broaden their horizons. 

Facilitate pupils in taking part in range of enrichment experiences (off site) in-order to widen their horizons and unlock future opportunities.

EEF: Guide to the pupil premium

6, 12,14

Provision of daily breakfast

National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) 


Provision of clear post 16 guidance 

EEF: Guide to the pupil premium



Support for families from the attendance team

DfE: Improving school attendance: support for schools and local authorities

Sutton Trust: Learning in Lockdown


Support for parents to become engaged with their children’s learning through a range of activities including reading clubs / provision of family cooking clubs to promote healthy eating 

EEF: Parental Engagement



Total budgeted cost: £ 421625

Part B: Review of outcomes in the previous academic year

Pupil premium strategy outcomes

This details the impact that our pupil premium activity had on pupils in the 2020 to 2021 academic year. 

The academic year 2020-21 marked the end of the pupil premium plan. 

The engagement of pupils with online learning was the same for disadvantaged pupils and other pupils throughout the lock down periods of the pandemic. Engagement with online learning was well over 95% across the whole school. (Attendance figures during the academic year 2020-21 when the school was not in lockdown, are so heavily distorted due to covid illness and periods of self-isolation / bubble closure, that comparisons of groups of pupils have very limited meaning.)

All pupils were in contact with teaching staff every day of the pandemic online and through telephone contact ranging from daily to once per week with bespoke and individual support where needed. A significant number of pupils attended school during the pandemic. 

End of Year assessments in Year 11 indicate that overall, disadvantaged students achieved on average, across all their subjects, a grade below that of other students. 

All pupils have progressed to post-16 education, employment or training. 

The deployment of pupil premium funding has been utterly crucial in supporting our pupils throughout the pandemic.

The Academy at Shotton Hall