Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Report 2017/18

What is “Pupil Premium?”

Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is paid by means of a specific grant for any pupils who have been registered as eligible for Free School Meals within the last six years or those who are looked after by the Local Authority. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The Pupil Premium will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. This group of students is currently referred to as “disadvantaged students (DS)”.


The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve progress and raise the standard of achievement for these pupils (referred to as “Disadvantaged”)

  • The funding will be used to narrow/close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers
  • As far as its powers allow, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others. We aim to ensure that the additional funding affects the pupils who need it most, and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.


  • A number of students arrive at Grace Academy with low KS2 prior attainment.
  • Historical behaviour and attendance data shows improvement however, challenges remain.

Actions to address these barriers

  • Teaching groups – targeted enrichment funding was invested into improving our attendance, with specific approaches and initiatives designed to target disadvantaged students and raise the profile of having good attendance.
  • Grace Academy now has independent careers advice, coupled with enrichment via business partners. A variety other initiatives have been introduced to raise standards.
  • The Academy pastoral team implement positive behaviour management strategies, pastoral interventions and support with raising achievement initiatives.
  • Specific staff CPD embeds the data management system and supports the identification of key students/groups of students. PiXL initiatives and Doddle approached to revision for examinations has increased disadvantaged student resilience and replicated the “pressure testing” environment.

 Disadvantaged students pledge:

 ““Striving to inspire every child to be their absolute best!”



Pupil Premium Funding 2017/18
Pupil Premium Allocation 2017/18 £388,111
B/Fwd from 16/17 £0
Percentage of “Disadvantaged”   60.0%

Pupil Premium Spend 2017/18

Staffing Total
HLTAs £64,397
EAL HLTAs £32,024
Learning Support £35,628
Attendance Intervention £38,246
Teaching and Learning Coaching Support £70,389
Additional Needs Support £30,949
Behaviour Support £56,287
Pastoral Intervention £60,625
Teaching and Learning
CPD £10,217
Pixl £6,100
Kerboodle £500
GL Assessments  £1,778
Doddle £5,300
Science Revision Guides  £936
History Revision Guides  £218
Literacy Resources   £2,084
Student Support
Peripatetic Music Lessons £5,371
Revision Enrichment £4,033
Breakfast Club £11,646
Safeguarding  £14,331
Total Costs as at 31/08/18 £451,059
Additional Investment £62,948

Examples of how this funding has been used include:

  • Offering specific academic mentoring and other bespoke support for targeted disadvantaged students
  • Funding educational trips and excursions to help access the curriculum, develop learning skills and build self-esteem
  • Assigning additional budgets to core subjects and senior leaders so that resources can be provided for disadvantaged students
  • Paying for additional staffing hours for targeted enrichment at weekends and other non-school days
  • Renewing licences for educational resources, including Doddle, Kerboodle, Mymaths and PiXL code.
  • Providing a nutritious breakfast for all disadvantaged students, not just those eligible for FSM (free school meals)
  • Targeting those disadvantaged students with poor attendance with additional bespoke support


Evidence of impact: Headline figures for August 2018 

Measure Grace disadvantaged students Local Authority figures for all students
Progress 8 Score 0.0 -0.2
9-4 in English and Maths 43.4% 56.9%
9-5 in English and Maths 30.2% 39.0%

We are proud to say that all our pupils performed well this year with our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils gaining the national average for Progress 8.

Whilst we are proud of our achievements, we are prioritising the following areas for further improvement as we continue to improve our overall scores from Good to Outstanding.  

1 Continue to narrow the gap between the progress of Grace disadvantaged pupils and Grace non- disadvantaged pupils.
2 Continue to narrow the gap between the percentage attendance of disadvantaged students and the attendance of non-disadvantaged students.

Impact upon specific groups: Provision examples 

Provision Desired outcomes Evaluation, 2017/2018
Whole Academy interventions Whole Academy interventions, raise achievement, help staff make more accurate professional predictions and enable staff to support individual student needs. Improved numbers of disadvantaged students made at least expected progress. Progress 8 score for disadvantaged students being 0 to which represents average achievement. The percentage of disadvantaged students achieving a grade 4 or above in English and Maths increased from 40% to 43% and students achieving at least grade 5 in English and Maths increased from 25% to 30%.
Attendance Raise achievement and progress through increased attendance to the Academy. Disadvantaged student attendance increased to 94.45% which is above the national average attendance for this cohort of students.
Mentoring and behaviour support Improve behaviour in lessons and reduce visits to Refocus. Increase resilience of students and support of independent learning.


Working with students and families to reduce barriers to learning. Small group intervention with targeted groups of students.


Improved attendance and punctuality.


Reduction in low-level behavioural incidents and fewer seriously disruptive instances from key targeted students


Improved resilience in examinations resulting in improved performance.

Pupil Premium catch up. Targeted enrichment (Year 7/8)


Raising progress for pupils who did not reach the required standard at the end of Key Stage 2. Targeted intervention for all identified pupils.  

This was a successful initiative therefore it will continue into the academic year 2018/19. See Catch Up results report.




Raising aspirations and supporting the pastoral development of our Disadvantaged students was a major goal this academic year, and as a result some of the Pupil Premium funding was directed into improving attendance and educational visits. Both initiatives had a significant positive impact upon outcomes and the plan is to continue this again for 2018/2019. We use key staff for small group teaching and invest in opening the academy for supplementary enrichment sessions during weekends and school holidays. Resources were provided for students taking examinations, and providing breakfast for all Disadvantaged students remains a key priority in terms of increasing engagement.


Future planning 2018/2019

The school has identified the needs of those pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding and have decided to continue using current strategies and provisions, whilst also focusing on developing the following areas:

  • Third Pupil Premium review recently undertaken November 2018 –  new Improvement Plan prepared.
  •  Year 11 focus upon raising aspirations. Guest-speaker assemblies, enrichment, extra-curricular activities and curriculum-based trips are planned for this academic year.
  •  Staff and Governors to attend CPD on Pupil Premium, with curriculum adaptations to reflect the needs of disadvantaged students.
  •  Utilise PiXL and Doddle fully and embed PLCs into all schemes of learning.
  •  Budget to support further pastoral initiatives such as Mentoring, Counselling, Behaviour intervention, raising self-esteem sessions.
  •  Year 11 Active Revision Residential – all pupils are invited to take part in motivational activities and targeted English and Maths revision classes.


 Projected spend: 2018/2019

Funding £435,087
B/Fwd from 17/18 £0
Pastoral and teaching support £360,372
Resources and Breakfast Club £76,592
Total £436,964

Catch Up Premium Report 2017/18


The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at the expected score for reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). Grace Academy Darlaston will receive an additional £500 for each pupil in year 7 who did not achieve the expected score in reading and/or maths at the end of KS2. In order to know which students are eligible, the Department for Education (DfE) will use the following data to determine how much funding each school will receive:

Based on FFT data, we now believe that:

  • 44 students were working below the expected standard in English
  • 49 students were working below the expected standard in Maths

This year Grace Academy Darlaston estimates the Catchup Premium funding to be £31,300 for the 2018/19 academic year.


English: Nationally, 23% of students arrive in Year 7 below the expected standard for English (reading). This year, around 25% of our Year 7 students arrived below the expected score.

Maths: Nationally, 25% of students arrive in Year 7 below the expected standard in Maths. This year, around 28% of our Year 7 students arrived below the expected standard.

(Some students arrived without KS2 data)


Catch Up Premium Funding 2017/18
Catch Up Premium Allocation £38,991
Catch Up Premium Spend 2017/18
Student Support and Nurture £35,929
Numeracy Progress Tests £1,348
Accelerated Maths £1,807
Homework Enrichment £864
English Enrichment £9,055
Total £50,201
Additional Investment £11,210

Impact of provision


Catch up students on average have outperformed their peers throughout the year.

On average catch up students have made 0.19 Levels of progress more than their peers.


Catch up students on average have outperformed their peers throughout the year.

On average catch up students have made 0.58 levels of progress when compared to non – catch up students.


If you have any queries about the Catch up Premium initiative, please visit the DfE website (https://www.gov.uk/year-7-literacy-and-numeracy-catch-up-premium-guide-for-schools),

Or contact Ms. Hannah Cole – hannahcole@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk

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