Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The government has allocated our school a sum of money which is called the ‘Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)’. The PPG provides funding for two policies:

  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

This will improve the educational chances of students who may find circumstances outside school challenging due to financial hardship or other issues.

The four identified groups are:

  • The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census who are known to have been eligible for FSM since May 2012, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2018,
  • Students eligible for the service child premium since the January 2013 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2018 school census – Ever 6 service child,
  • Students in local authority care – LAC,
  • Students who have ceased to be LAC due to adoption, a special guardianship order, child arrangement order or a residence order - Post-LAC.

Financial year 2019 to 2020

The PPG per pupil for 2018 to 2019 is as follows:

Disadvantaged Students

Pupil Premium per pupil

Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority


Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


Service children

Pupil Premium per pupil

Pupils in year groups 7 to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


The designated virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority will manage the PPG for student eligible for the £2,300 funding. Funding for these students does not go to their school. The VSH will ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss how the child will benefit from pupil premium funding with the designated teacher or another member of staff in the child’s education setting who best understands their needs.

For more information, please contact Paul McFadden, Senior Deputy Headteacher, Olney campus.


The Funding - Our Aims

Funding for 2019/20 is expected to total a minimum of £240,000. This will be spent on targeted additional support strategies and interventions resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to: 

  • Improve levels of attainment and progress with high expectations and standards
  • Nurture a thirst for knowledge and love of learning through excellent teaching
  • Have full access to the curriculum that will broaden horizons and develop character that include enriching opportunities
  • Work effectively with parents and offer personalised support and guidance

The essential point is to ensure that disadvantage does not hinder potential and to monitor, evaluate and intervene. We have taken guidance from the Department of Education 'Pupil premium: effective use and accountability' (October 2019), Eduaction Endowment Foundation 'The EEF guide to the pupil premium' (June 2019) and Ofsted pupil premium report (January 2013).

Our three year specific strategic aims can be found in our 'Pupil Premium Strategy Staement' (November 2019) by following the link below.

Barriers to Achievement

The school has identifed the following areas as barriers to achievement for students supported by the PPG.

  1. Weak literacy and numeracy skills
  2. Medical, social and emotional barriers
  3. Material poverty in terms of resources for learning, space to work at home -
  4. Low self-esteem, aspiration and lack of resilience
  5. Poor parental engagement -
  6. Behaviour and Attitude to Learning-
  7. Poor attendance and punctuality-
  8. SEND

Deployment of Pupil Premium Funding

Full details of how the Pupil Premium funding is used to improve the attainment, progress and experiences of our students can be found in the Pupil Premium Report  by clicking on the link below. These strategies and initiatives are paid for from the PPG, which have been found to benefit pupil premium students.  

Teaching Priorities:

  1. Embedding responsive teaching to ensure all students make good progress
  2. Embedding low stake testing to develop knowledge, recall and application across all year groups

Targeted Academic Support:

  1. Literacy and numeracy interventions across Key Stage 3 and 4 for low attaining students
  2. Buy-in and embed Accelerated Reader across Key Stage 3 to increase reading for pleasure

Wider Strategies:

  1. Improve AtL of PP students through improved attendance and less FTEs
  2. Provide financial support for disadvantaged families so they have the materials in readiness to learn

Proposed strategies to narrow the attainment gap at both campuses (2019/2020)

  • Development of  data tracking that identifies the gaps and identifies students that are underachieving, but crucially why? For example this could be due to attendance, behaviour etc. Each student, where appropriate, will have a one to one pupil premium plan and interventions will be put in place.
  • Targeted support to improve attendance and behaviour, and to work closely with parents/guardians and carers etc.
  • Student mentor to work closely with pupil premium students in class and in the PILC.
  • Tailored individual support and resources provided in Maths, English and Science.
  • Member of SLT to ensure provision of good information, advice and guidance (IAG) for all pupil premium students in Year 9 and 11.
  • Access to a full range of educational experiences, that will include (numbers dependant) a residential trip for pupil premium students based on English and / or Maths progress, sporting events, Duke of Edinburgh, music, enrichment activities, careers and work experience.

The vast majority of the PPG is spent on the strategic development of quality teaching in the classroom and academic support interventions. In line with the guidance from the Deapartment for Education, the PPG is not deployed so that it solely benefits eligible students. Many of our strategies impact on a wider range of students. The school will consider requests to support resources, trips and enrichmentment activities from familes of eligible students but does not guarantee that they will be fully or partially approved.

Requests can be made via email: PupilPremium@ousedale.org.uk

Impact of Pupil Premium funding - Monitoring, Evaluation and Intervention

A pupil premium tracking system has been developed in order to monitor progress, attendance and behaviour. This is updated every term. Every Pastoral and Academic Leader (PAL) will meet with pupil premium students on a regular basis to support and discuss progress and issues. They will engage with whole school and external agencies if there are concerns regarding attendance and well-being. 

  2019 2018




Non PP


Non PP

School PP


Non PP


Non PP

Progress 8 -0.13 0.34 tbc -0.21 0.21 0.13
Attainment 8 43.34 54.99 tbc 38.58 53.03 50.14
% Basics 5+ 29% 55% tbc 27% 57% 50%
% Basics 4+ 54% 83% tbc 49% 78.% 71.5%
% Entered for the EBacc 29% 33% tbc 22% 41% 43%
% Achieving EBacc at grade 5/C or above 12% 19% tbc 13% 22% 20.%
% Achieving EBacc at grade 4/C or above 20% 24% tbc 16% 29% 28%
% Staying in education or employment after Key Stage 4 tbc tbc tbc 92% 98% 96%

The Department for Education introduced a change in methodology for calculating progress scores. This means the outcomes for different year groups are not comparable.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement | PDF

Pupil Premium Report | PDF

Updated November 2019

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