Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Report 2019/20

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 education support to improve progress and raise the standard of achievement for these pupils (referred to as “Disadvantaged”)

  • The funding will continue to support the accelerated progress of our “disadvantaged” pupils ensuring they continue to outperform their peers nationally.
  • 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 2019/20
Pupil Premium Allocation 2019/20 £434,763
B/Fwd from 18/19 £0
Percentage of “Disadvantaged”   57.4%

Pupil Premium Spend 2019/20

Staffing Total
HLTAs £34,905
EAL HLTAs £31,881
Learning Support and Teaching Assistants £121,638
Attendance Intervention and Safeguarding £97,982
Teaching and Learning Coaching Support £47,018
Behaviour Support £41,392
Pastoral Care £98,178
Teaching and Learning
CPD £8,499
Pixl £3,544
Kerboodle £975
GL Assessments  £974
Doddle Maths £660
Mymaths  £344
Revision Guides  £1,278
Literacy/Numeracy/EAL Resources   £4,683
Student Support
Peripatetic Music Lessons £2,718
Revision Enrichment/Motivation £2,942
Breakfast Club £6,028
Total Costs as at 31/08/20 £505,639
Additional Investment £70,876

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 2019

Measure Grace disadvantaged students Local Authority figures for all students
Progress 8 Score 0.0 -0.11
9-4 in English and Maths 43.4% 58.0%
9-5 in English and Maths 30.2% 36.0%

We are proud to say that all of our pupils performed well this year with our disadvantaged and non – disadvantaged pupils gaining above national average for progress 8

Whilst we are proud of our achievements and our most recent results, we are prioritising the following areas for further improve the quality of education that we deliver to all of our students including our most disadvantaged

1 Raise the attainment of disadvantaged students ensuring more of the students gain grades 4’s and 5’s or above in both English and Maths.
2 Continue to narrow the gap between the percentage attendance of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students.

Impact upon specific groups: Provision examples 

Provision Desired outcomes Evaluation, 2018/2019
Whole Academy interventions Whole academy interventions, raise achievement and improve progress of disadvantaged students. Improved numbers of disadvantaged students making above expected progress.

Progress 8 score for disadvantaged students being 0.27 which represents above average progress.

Attendance Raise achievement and progress through increased attendance to the Academy. Disadvantaged student attendance dipped to 93.69% which is below national average.
Mentoring and behaviour support Improve behaviour in lessons and reduce visits to refocus. Increase resilience of students and support of independent learning. Reduction in behavioural incidences and fewer seriously disruptive incidences from key targeted students.


Improved resilience in examinations resulting in improved performance.

Pupil Premium intervention for students with low KS2 scores in KS3. Raising progress for pupils who did not reach the required standard at the end of Key Stage 2. Targeted Strategies, initiatives and interventions for all identified pupils  

Students continue to make accelerated progress towards their aspirational targets within both English and Maths.

This will continue for the next year.




The continued improvement of progress of our disadvantaged students across all year groups was a major goal this academic year, and as a result some of the pupils premium funding was directed into intervention and initiatives designed to raise aspiration and motivate students to achieve above expected progress. This has had a positive impact on our disadvantaged progress 8 score which was above national average.

In addition to this, 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. Although attendance dipped when compared to the previous year the initiatives had a significant positive impact upon outcomes. Moving forward we plan to develop our focus on the improvement of attendance to continue to improve our already above average progress.

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 2019/2020

  • Year 11 focus upon raising aspirations. Guest-speaker assemblies, enrichment, extra-curricular activities and curriculum-based trips are planned for this academic year.
  • Departments to implement a curriculum based on knowledge that builds on prior learning that supports the development of all students.
  •  Utilise PiXL initiatives to support the development of students’ knowledge
  •  Budget to support further pastoral initiatives such as Mentoring, Counselling, Behaviour intervention, raising self-esteem sessions.
  • Year 11 Active Revision Residential to continue with a focus on Geography and Science.
  • Implement strategies, interventions and initiatives to improve the attendance of disadvantaged students.


 Projected spend: 2020/2021

Funding £443,034
B/Fwd from 19/20 £0
Pastoral and teaching support £392,953
Resources and Breakfast Club £50,081
Total £443,034

Catch Up Premium Report 2019/20


The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 and year 8 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 in year 7
  • 38 students were working below the expected standard in English in year 8
  • 49 students were working below the expected standard in Maths in year 7
  • 58 students were working below the expected standard in Maths in year 8

This year Grace Academy Darlaston estimates the Catchup Premium funding to be £31,300 for the 2019/20 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)


Catch Up Premium Funding 2019/20
Catch Up Premium Allocation £31,300
Catch Up Premium Spend 2019/20
Student Support and Nurture £31,204
Resources £552
Nessy Phonics £480
Nessy Numbers £192
Cultural Trips £1,368
Total £33,796
Additional Investment £2,496


Impact of provision


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

Catch up students in year 7 made an average progress of +0.19.

Catch up students in year 8 made an average progress of an amazing +1.77


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

Catch up students in year 7 made an average progress of +0.58

Catch up students in year 8 made an average progress of an amazing +0.19


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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