Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Report 2016/17

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
  • Disadvantaged student destination data (Post-16) implied a lack of aspiration
  • Historical behaviour and attendance data highlighted challenges
  • Data tracking systems not fully suited to maximising effectiveness

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, “Aspirational Assemblies” and “Assertive Mentoring” were all introduced to raise standards and aspirations
  • 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!”

 Statistics and breakdown of Pupil Premium spend

Pupil Premium Spend 2016/17                                       £339,210
Pupil Premium – Funding
Pupil Premium Allocation 2016/17 £339,210
B/Fwd from 15/16 £0
Percentage of “Disadvantaged”:   60.4%
Staffing Total
HLTAs                                             £87,129
Progress Support £9,457
Learning Support £35,628
Attendance Intervention £21,926
Teaching and Learning Coaching Support £50,518
Additional Needs Support £26,902
Behaviour Support £15,584
Pastoral Intervention £23,504
Teaching and Learning
CPD £18,871
Pixl £5,400
Kerboodle £600
Mymaths                                               £599
GL Assessments                                               £1,221
Doddle £5,300
Science Revision Guides                                               £3,328
English Revision Guides                                               £455
Literacy Resources                                               £9.427
Numeracy Resources                                                 £1.892
Student Support
Peripatetic Music Lessons £3.376
Behaviour Support                                             £15.584
Revision Enrichment £6,316
Breakfast Club £11,426
Safeguarding                                               £9,699
Total Costs as at 31/08/16 £348,557
Balance -£8,927

Examples of how this money 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, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Maths, 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 2017 

Measure Grace disadvantaged students National all other students
Progress 8 Score 0.11 0.11 (2017)
9-4 in English and Maths 40% 71% (2017)
9-5 in English and Maths 25% 49% (2017)

We are proud to say that all our pupils performed well this year with our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils gaining positive progress 8 scores.

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, 2016/2017
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 rose from -0.33 to 0.06
Attendance Raise achievement and progress through increased attendance to the Academy. Disadvantaged student attendance increased to 94% which is broadly in line with national.
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.  

See catch up results report on the website.




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 2017/2018. 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 2017/2018

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 to be held this academic year (January 2018)


  • 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.

 Pupil Premium strategy action plan available from September 2017.

 Projected spend: 2017/2018

Funding £347,850
B/Fwd from 16/17 £0
Pastoral and teaching support £327,281
Resources and Breakfast Club £72,617
Total £399,899

Catch Up Premium Report 2016/17


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:

  • 60 students were working below the expected standard in English
  • 48 students were working below the expected standard in Maths

35 students entered year 7 below the expected standard in both English and Maths, meaning that Grace Academy Darlaston estimates the Catchup Premium funding to be £25,398 for this academic year.


English: Nationally, 34% of students arrive in Year 7 below the expected standard for English (reading). This year, around 42% of our Year 7 students arrived below the expected score.

Maths: Nationally, 30% of students arrive in Year 7 below the expected standard in Maths. This year, around 33% of our Year 7 students arrived below the expected standard.

(Some students arrived without KS2 data)

 Catchup Premium Spending 2016 – 17

Provision Cost
Student Support and nurture £21,522
Accelerated Reader £3,143
Maths Enrichment Sessions £1,069
English Enrichment £1,069
Reading Initiatives £787.00
Accelerated Maths £1,807
Total £29,395
Additional Investment £3,997.

Impact of provision


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

  • On average catch up students have made 0.26 Levels of progress more than their peers.
  • 18 students have now caught up by achieving at least a level 2 in English.
  • 42% of catch up students have made at least 2 levels of progress in English. This is 29% more than non – catch up students.


Catch up students have outperformed non – catch up students throughout the year.

  • On average catch up students have made 0.99 levels of progress when compared to non – catch up students.
  • 98% of students have made at least 1 levels of progress (37% more than non-catch up)
  • 61% of catch up students have made at least 2 levels of progress in maths compared to 0% of 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 Mr. Holland (henryholland@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk).

Pupil Premium Policy

Grace Academy Pupil Premium Policy Report

If you have any questions or queries regarding any aspect of Pupil Premium spending please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Assistant Principal Ryan Slattery on 0121 568 3300.

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