Pupil Premium

How do we support our pupil premium students?

Pupil Premium 2017-2018

At Sir Robert Pattinson Academy we encourage positive attitudes and aim to provide an environment in which all learners feel valued, challenged and secure; where they can develop the skills and confidence to become young adults prepared for the future challenges of an exciting and increasingly global world. We aim to foster a desire for learning that will continue into adult life. Pupil Premium allows us to support all students in achieving their full potential with no regard to their economic background.


What is it?

The government has allocated schools a sum of money which is called the ‘Pupil Premium’. This is to ensure that all students, from Reception through to Year 11, are given the same opportunities to achieve academically and so that no pupil is disadvantaged due to economic or social circumstances. From April 2015 the amount of the grant for students in secondary education is £935 per student and £300 for students who have a parent working in the armed forces, whilst the premium for looked after children and those adopted from care will be £1900.



The three identified groups entitled to the Pupil Premium are:

1) Students who are currently, or who have been, entitled to free school meals (FSM) or have been at any point over the past 6 years (Ever 6).

2) Children in local authority care or adopted from local authority care (LAC)

3) Students who have at least one parent working for the Armed Services or have had at some point in the past 4 years (Ever5 Services).


In relation to allocating interventions, we priorities those students not making appropriate progress in line with their benchmarks.


Needs analysis

The needs analysis for the Pupil Premium is ongoing throughout a student’s time with us; there are various points in their education when this is undertaken formally:

  1. Transition into the Academy from their primary school (Y6/7).
  2. Review of report data.
  3. Review of EHCPs.
  4. Parent request.
  5. As part of a review of any other plan or provision.

Our approach to Pupil Premium at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy

This is to:

  1. Ringfence all Pupil Premium funding from the main budget.
  2. Remember that the money is for designated pupils therefore we believe that pupils and their parents should have an input about how this money is spent.
  3. Offer and implement a range of strategies – the Pupil Premium students are a diverse group of different ages, backgrounds, abilities and needs. The essential point is to ensure that disadvantage does not hinder potential.
  4. Monitor, evaluate and offer interventions.

We have:

  1. Taken guidance from the Ofsted September 2012 report ‘The Pupil Premium’, the EFA Guidance Pupil premium 2015 to 2016: conditions of grant, the relevant Sutton Trust reports, recommendations in the Education Funding Agency bulletins, a member of SLT has attended training with the CfBT and we are sharing good practise with other schools.
  2. Undertaken a Pupil Premium review from the CfBT in March 2015. This created a report of our strengths and areas we need to develop. We have begun implementing the suggestions made. They are highlighted in the action plan 2017-2018.
  3. Allocated interventions, by prioritising those students not making appropriate progress in line with their benchmarks, to ensure the funding has a direct impact in ensuring they achieve their potential.

The Funding

Funding is based on the data submitted on the annual January census day. Information collected from previous census will continue to feed into the funding formula. Based on January 2017 census return we have:

2016Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Number on roll241181167221173

3 = 1.2%


45= 18.6%

Total: 19.8%

FSM: 13= 7.2%

Ever6: 17=9.4%



Total: 16.6%

FSM: 10=  6%

Ever6:20= 12%


Total: 22%

FSM: 19= 8.5%

Ever6: 23= 10.4%


Total: 18.9%


12 = 7%

Ever6: 15= 8.7%


Total: 15.7%

TOTAL DIS4830304228
Total PP6452484251


Current provision for this academic year 2017/18

Parents are invited to make requests for how the funding is spent and to discuss their child’s needs and possible support which could be provided by the Pupil Premium funding.
The interventions given below come from a variety of different sources including academic data collection and requests from subject leaders and from parents. Most importantly, we look at the needs of each individual pupil to create a personalised approach.

Academic Interventions:
• One to one/small group tuition in a range of subjects, both within and outside of the school day.
• Nurture groups for Year 7 pupils in Literacy and Numeracy
• Learning mentor

Other strategies to support learning include:
• Breakfast club
• An exam preparation package for KS4 Pupils, including revision guides and revision support.
• Exam kits
• Access to various resources for specialist subject areas
• Educational trips
• Easter and half term revision school
• Transports to allow students to attend revision sessions
• Summer school for year 6 students in preparation for the following September
• Salaries for staff involved in the organisation, delivery and management of the Pupil Premium to include Learning Mentors
• Career guidance for all Pupil Premium students creating a personal career plan
• Progress mentoring from both teaching and support staff
• Professional Learning to improve Teaching and Learning
• Professional Learning to improve Assessment and Feedback
• Specialist Projects to include ‘Engage’ with the Energize team

Strategies to offer Care, Guidance and support include:
• Transition package for pupils at key stages 2/3
• Careers advice, resulting in a personalised career plan
• Provision of school uniform allowance
• Counselling
• Transport
• Transition package for pupil at key stage3/4

Impact evaluation

We closely monitor the progress and attendance of students entitled to the Pupil Premium. At each assessment point, analysis may lead to interventions suggested by subjects, tutors, learning support or parents. Following agreement the required intervention is put into place.

The impact of strategies on the progress and achievement of individual students is monitored through the Academies reporting procedure. At the end of each academic year, the impact of the implemented strategies is evaluated to enable recommendations and adjustments to be made for the following year.


How much have we received?

2017-18        £183,130
2016-17        £180,792
2015-16        £174,380
2014-15        £189,840
2013-14        £115,650
2012-13        £80,056
2011-12         £37,083

How have we chosen what to do?

There is a growing evidence base on what works and how best to use the funds to support students. If you want to learn more, some of the research that we have used is included here: