Pupil Premium & Catch-up Funding


"The progress of the most vulnerable pupils, including those eligible for the pupil premium and those with special educational needs or disabilities, has been a focus for the school in recent years and as a result of this work, the gap between these students and their peers is beginning to close." -DCI Report, 2018



Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 to provide additional support for students form disadvantaged backgrounds. Extra funding has been made available to support these students. Pupil Premium money is provided for those pupils who have been on Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (Ever 6) or for Look After Children.

For the year 2016/2017 the Pupil Premium had a value of £935.00 per eligible student. There is also a provision of £300 for pupils who have a parent in the armed forces/adopted and £1900 per LAC.

St Philip Howard is a highly inclusive comprehensive academy. The Pupil Premium allows us to give targeted individual additional support so that every pupil, however financially disadvantaged, is able to:

  • improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • close attainment gaps relative to the rest of the school cohort
  • have full access to our curriculum
  • access our extra-curricular provision


Qualifying Students


Qualifying pupils in the January census resulted in a grant of £140, 000 for the academic year 2016/2017.

We received this money in regular instalments and these funds were in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).

Interventions for each student were decided on an individual, needs-led basis. This meant that pupils were able to benefit from more than one intervention at any time.


Summary Information


Review Date: Oct 2017

Academic Year


Total PP budget


Total number of pupils

436 Y7 – 11

 Number of pupils eligible




2016-2017 Pupil Premium review

The detailed plan and review of how this funding was allocated can be found by clicking here.

  • 2016-2017 Plan
  • 2016-2017 review can be found by clicking here.

There were some really good individual achievements from the pupils eligible for premium in their exam results.

The chart below is a summary of how the 2016-2017 funding was spent:


The document below details some of the impact of this spending:

  • Impact information sheet can be found by clicking here.


Whilst there has been some positive impact of the 2016-2017 plan, the progress and outcomes for these pupils from their starting points is one of the main focuses for the academy. The correct systems, processes and initiatives have now been put in place and need time to embed and show their full impact on pupils progress at both Key Stages.


2017-2018 Pupil Premium Plan. (Review October 2018)


Our core purpose is to ensure that students of all abilities and backgrounds have high aspirations and achieve their potential. By continuing our relentless drive to maintain and improve the quality of teaching and learning we expect to further improve the outcomes of all the students at St Philip Howard, demonstrated through our headline figures. We aim to identify skills gaps, and address them, as early as possible. Therefore, during the 2017 – 2018 academic year we will increase, and embed, our provision through the following ways:

  • Quality teaching for all: Teaching at St Philip Howard is good and we focus all our CPD activities on professional development to ensure students continue to benefit from this feature of our school.
  • The Curriculum: We have made substantial investment in additional classes across all areas of the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum to reduce the number of students in a class and facilitate more targeted support for students who are in need of more support. Further investment has also been made in securing the breath of the curriculum, whilst introducing new subjects.
  • Pastoral Care: this aim involves supporting pupils to behave well, have good attitudes to learning, being ready to learn through making sure pupils attend school along with participation in extra-curricular activities. It also involves working with families to make sure the child’s education is supported at home.
  • School to School Support: through forming a network where best practice can be shared so we can learn form to keep improving the provision for pupils eligible for the fund.

The detailed Pupil premium plan is based on the above four areas. A copy of the plan can be downloaded from here. The impact of each aim of this work will be ascertained through the following measures comparing those eligible  for the fund with those who are not eligible:

1.        Quality teaching for all

  • Class teachers have individual class data readily available to plan lessons at the right level, so has an immediate impact on progress.
  • Data Tracking Internal data tracks performance of students at Key Stages 3 and 4.
  • High profile given to Quality First teaching focusing on individual care and classroom rigour.
  • Diminishing the Difference by focusing on progress for all.

2.       The Curriculum

  • High levels of progress in Literacy for students with PP funding.
  • Rapid progress for students whose reading ability is significantly below chronological age.
  • To develop further the  programme of peer tutoring to raise achievement
  • Increased attainment in English and Maths Key Stage 4 for our disadvantaged students.
  • Year 11 disadvantaged students are part of a Mentor Scheme run by SLT.
  • Disadvantaged students choose appropriate Post-16 pathways.

3.       Pastoral Care

  • The percentage for disadvantaged students to be better than the National average.
  • The percentage of disadvantaged students who are persistently absent to be lower than national average.
  • The proportion of disadvantaged students with fixed term exclusions to be lower than national average.


What is the Catch Up Premium funding?


The Government allocated extra funding to those pupils in the current Year 7 cohort who did not achieve the expected in reading and/or mathematics. In 2016-17, this gave a budget of £5484. This funding is not ring-fenced but there is expectation that it will be directed to additional literacy and numeracy catch-up support during Year 7.

We have used it to fund extra literacy lessons and extra numeracy lessons each week on the curriculum. The lessons have been delivered to groups no larger than 10 and have focused on the individual students skills gaps highlighted from CATS and Keys stage 2 tests.

Pupils reading ages are periodically assessed using GL reading test and regular assessment is carried out through English and maths lessons. These assessments give rise to GCSE predictions which are compared to the individual student’s targets.


Further information on how these fund was spent and the Impact of these pupils can be found by clicking here.

A detailed action plan for 2017-2018 can be found here.

The impact measures with historical data can be found here.