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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is deployed by schools to narrow the attainment gap between students from lower income families and their peers.

Introduced in April 2011 by the Government in addition to main school funding, schools have the freedom to spend PP funding as they see fit, based upon their knowledge of students' needs.

What is the Pupil Premium (PP) funding?

The Government has allocated funding to support:

  • students in receipt of free school meals or who have claimed FSM in the last six years
  • students who are looked after by the Local Authority, and
  • the children of Armed Service families


How can I know how much my school has been allocated?

Disadvantaged pupils Pupil Premium per pupil
Pupils in Year Groups R to 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1,300
Pupils in Year Groups 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935
Look After Children (LAC) £1,900
Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order £1,900
Service children
Pupils in Year Groups R to 6 recorded as Ever 4 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £300
2016/17: Total this year


Progress Update January 2018

Summer 2017

The Attainment 8 score of DHFS Pupil Premium was 41.9 which was 'in-line' with ‘all’ students nationally and much higher than PP students nationally.

Pupil Premium - Attainment
Pupil Premium - Progress

The unvalidated Progress 8 score of DHFS PP students is -0.47. This figure will improve when the data is validated by the DfE in January.

The PP cohort was 32 students. The Progress 8 score was skewed by non-attendance of some students despite numerous interventions. The Progress 8 score of the students who attended was -0.22.

In 2017, 43% of PP students had positive Progress 8 scores and 50% of Non PP students had a positive Progress 8 score, resulting in a gap of 7%.

We are working to further close this gap.


Pupil Premium Leadership

Two Strategic Leads, Acting Deputy Head (Inclusion and Safeguarding) and Assistant Head (Student Progress and Achievement) have been appointed; funded at 20% from PP. Each has specific responsibility for PP; former from pastoral support angle and second with faculty /curricular focus.

All Curriculum Leaders and House Progress Leaders are to have one additional hour of Leadership and Management time per week, at an average cost of £2,000 per person per annum. Total cost at £30,000. In addition to monitoring and tracking, working with staff, students and parents, Curricular Leaders will be charged with providing mentoring and coaching via peers organised on a Faculty basis and House Progress Leaders will do the same via Houses and Mentor Groups.


Student Progress

The progress of the PP cohort is regularly tracked by teachers and House Progress Leaders, and Curriculum Leaders under Progress an Achievement Assistant Headteacher. All staff are responsible for the progress of PP students as part of broader responsibility for classes. To assist with this, all teaching staff have an additional 30 minutes per week for personalising their planning, assessment and feedback to PP students and contacting parents where appropriate. Thus, teachers without any additional responsibilities will have 2.5 hours PPA and 0.5 hours PP per week. This will be pro-rata for part-time staff. This initiative costs £1000 per teacher per annum, therefore £110,000 per annum for our school. This will ensure that students with the greatest need will be supported by the most skilled adults in terms of teaching.

A Learning Mentor has been appointed who will work with any PP students who are not making appropriate progress and liaise with families where appropriate. The cost of this is £20,000 per annum.

We are proposing to have a Family Resource Worker who will work alongside the House Support Managers to tackle attendance issues. This will ensure that the difference between the attendance of PP students and Non PP students will diminish. At present: % absence school PP/national PP is 7.5% / 7.2%.

Individualised tuition from external tutors will be considered on an individual basis given in line with school focus of "no child left behind".


Personal Support for Home Learning Environment

In line with Children's and Families Bill, there will be an element of "Personal Budget" similar to that for children on Education, Health Care Plan.

The Extended Services Coordinator (ESCo) works with Children at the Year 6 transition stage to assess needs of PP students coming into the school. All PP students will have assistance with a locker, equipment and uniform, as well as funding for technology products, school visits and journeys. ESCo will also work with parents to assess how funding can make a difference in the home environment.

ESCo will also work with parents of existing students in relation to improving the home learning environment e.g. provision of Internet access, home access to kit, be that desktop, laptop or tablet, with Internet access on contract.

We will consider how best to support students to ensure that they have equal access with their peers to extra-curricular learning including hobbies.

Students eligible for Free School Meals will be assisted with additional support with breakfast costs to ensure that they are able to start the day in the correct manner, and be ready to learn.



The introduction and roll out of Pupil Premium Funding has placed significant demands on administration and finance staff in administering the various strands. There will be an admin cost associated with the full programme which will be kept to a minimum and evaluated as the programme rolls out.

Strategy Impact Personnel / Resource Cost
Leadership and Management 1 Additional time for focused tracking with leaders narrowing gaps, securing expected and better progress Assistant Heads 25k
Leadership and Management 2 Additional time for focused tracking with staff as above, Peer Support to be in place Curriculum Leaders and House Progress Leaders 30k
Student Progress 1 PP Time significant, high quality AfL to students and parents All teachers Payment from PP balance up to max 110k
Student Progress 2 Increased motivation of PP students evidenced by increased attendance where there are issues, improved progress Learning Mentor 20k
Student progress 3 Alternative courses of study through e.g. Learning Community Director of Learning Support, House Teams On average £1000 per course
Personal Learning Environment 1 Ensure no barriers to in school learning Provision of uniform, kit, locker, technology costs Subject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.
Personal Learning Environment 2 Ensure no barriers to in school learning Payment for trips and visits, breakfast Subject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.
Personal Learning Environment 3 Ensure no barriers to out of school learning Work with parents to address any additional needs Subject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.


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Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-18


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