Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding & Year 7 Catch-Up Funding


Pupil Premium funding is a grant provided to schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and for supporting students with parents in the regular armed forces.

The following students are eligible for PP funding:

  • Pupils in Y7-11 recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’. This means any students who have been eligible for Free School Meals any time in the last six years, as well as FSM students at the most recent census.  These students attract  £935
  • Looked After Children (LAC): £1900
  •  Children adopted from care/special guardianship: £1900
  •  Children with a parent in the regular armed forces recorded as Ever 5 Service Child: £300

The Department for Education (DfE) and the Pupil Premium

The DfE document ‘Pupil Premium 2017-18: Conditions of Grant’ states that the funding must be used in the following way:

  • for the purposes of the school, i.e. for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school

As such, the DfE does not have a view on specific ways in which school leaders make use of the grant, including whole school initiatives, as long as it fulfils the purposes of the grant in closing the attainment gap in the context of generally improving attainment. The funding does not have to be used for approaches which benefit only the eligible students.

The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year beginning 1 April 2017; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.

Ofsted and the Pupil Premium

The position of Ofsted with regard to PP funding is : “ Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit “ ( ‘The Pupil Premium: How schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement ‘. Ofsted, 2013).

The School Inspection Handbook (2015) states that inspectors will evaluate  “how leaders and governors have spent the pupil premium, their rationale for this spending and its intended impact”.

As such, there are no specific expected strategies or approaches to spending the funding, as long as the school can show:

  • that disadvantaged and Service children are making at least expected progress against national outcomes
  • that the progress of all students, including PP students, is regularly tracked
  • that there is robust monitoring and evaluation of the impact of PP funded interventions and actions.

Pupil Premium Student profile 2016-17


PP students


PP students


Total number of non-PP students

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Pupil Premium Funding 2016-17

The school received £114,095 in 2016/17.  Funding was used in a variety of ways, including:-

- Literacy Intervention Strategies

- Staff deployment and training in literacy intervention strategies

- Appointment of a Service Children's Champion

- Additional resources for subject areas, to deliver specific T&L strategies

- addressing the attendance gap between PP non PP students

- to support access to wider outcomes eg. residential visits, Duke of Edinburgh Award

Pupil Premium Analysis of Examination Results Summer 2017

Boroughbridge High School is proud of the progress made by the majority of pupil premium students during their time at the school.  The school uses a variety of strategies to ensure that pupil premium students make at least the same progress as non pupil premium.  This is a combination of school wide initiatives and some targeted strategies for individual students.  The impact of those strategies, in terms of examination success, is summarised below. 

Key Stage 4


Measure (progress)

Non eligible students

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Y7 Catch-Up Funding

The Department for Education (DfE) explains that the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with: “... additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2) “.

The DfE does not stipulate any particular ways in which the funding must be used.  It directs schools to  “assess the individual needs of each of the pupils who attract the year 7 catch-up premium to decide the best way to use the funding. You should only select programmes and approaches that you know are effective”.

The premium is worth £500 per pupil in 2015/16.

For 2015/16, the school received £10 000.

Uses of the Y7 Catch- Up Funding in 2015/16

  • A nurture group for students with a KS2 level of below 4 has been created, taught by an English specialist and a teacher with Primary experience. The funding has contributed towards the staffing cost. It has also contributed towards funding the cost of TA hours to provide 1:1 support both within the class and through withdrawal for reading recovery intervention, and for appropriate resources.

Impact of actions:  95% of the Catch Up cohort made Expected or More Than Expected Progress in 2016-16.


Education Endowment Foundation research :

  • Reading Comprehension Strategies: moderate impact; low cost; extensive research; 5+ months gain
  • Reducing Class Size: effective only when the group is smaller than 20; 3+ months gain ( Group size is 17)
  • Oral Language Interventions: moderate impact; low cost, extensive research; 5+

Governors to commission a review of Pupil Premium Plan February 2017