Summary of Pupil Premiums Allocation and Catch up Funding

Financial Year (1st April – 31st March) Apr 15 – Mar 16 Apr 16 – Mar 17 Apr 17 – Mar 18
Status Complete Complete Estimated




Students 539 534 568
Catch up Funding




Pupil Premium Spend – Academic Year
(1st September – 31st August)




Teaching post for intervention




SLT support to focus and achievement




Ed support staff




Raising attainment posts




One post to support behaviour




e-Learning posts




Training and supply cover


£0 £0

Classroom res and extra-curricular activities




Well-being intervention








Pupil Premium 2016-17 and 2017-18

The Pupil Premium is additional Government funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


Key Principles


Pupil Premium funding is used to support a raft of interventions specifically targeted at the students with pupil Premium in the Academy. As almost half the students in the Academy are covered by this (58% in the 2016-17 Year 11 cohort), there are some large scale interventions and principles outlined below.

The key principles of the use of our Pupil Premium funding are addressing individual need and equality of opportunity where there are difficult circumstances and providing strong additional academic support for our Pupil Premium students with the allocated funding.

Pupil Premium is an identified and monitored attribute for students at a whole school and departmental level. All teaching staff are aware of these students within their classes and are asked to be mindful of when and where support needs to be drawn from the funding to provide equality of opportunity.


Key Barriers


Key barriers to student’s attainment are:

  • Significant numbers of safeguarding issues which disproportionally effect these students.
  • Poverty reducing student’s participation in extracurricular activities and trips.
  • Low home aspirations or areas where no English is spoken in the home. • Higher ability student’s confidence and motivation to achieve the top grades.

  • In 2016-17 further, specific interventions were added in the following areas:

  • Raising the standards of Higher Ability Pupil Premium students.
  • Adding specific mentoring to Pupil Premium students.
  • Increasing student’s cultural capital and inquisitiveness
  • Providing strong role models
  • A series of raising aspiration interventions such as our Theatre School

    Addressing Individual Needs


    Educational support staff are important in closing the gap for Pupil Premium youngsters. Mentoring, Safeguarding and Behaviour specialists are all employed to deal with issues within students’ lives, as does support from the Academy Attendance team, Local Authority and Part Time Agencies.

    The Academy has created a supportive learning suite to aid youngsters who are falling behind on their studies. Here in a safe and secure environment students are assessed and given one to one provision with a structured plan to secure a more confident return into mainstream lessons within the Academy. We believe that until students are safely cared for there will be restrictions to their academic progress.

    From a safeguarding perspective to help solve students complex needs the Academy has added an additional 0.5 post to the Safeguarding team to focus on Pupil Premium Students.

    In 2016-17 our non-teaching staff working with Pupil Premium students engaged with the following agencies:

  • Sandwell Women’s Aid
  • Shield
  • Sandwell young carers
  • Birmingham young carers
  • Targeted Youth Support
  • Barnardos Family Support
  • The CSE team (based in Sandwell Children’s Services)
  • Brook
  • Barnardos SPACE (Birmingham CSE team)
  • Family support Team (part of Birmingham children’s Services)
  • Krunch (mentoring and girls group)
  • Brushstrokes
  • Smethwick Food Bank
  • ASIRT (advice and support for asylum seeker families)
  • St Chad’s Sanctuary (for refugees and asylum seekers)
  • RESTORE (befriending service for asylum seeker families)
  • Smethwick Asian Families Support Service
  • PREVENT team
  • Approximately 25% of Pupil Premium funding is spent in this area. Students also have access to a Family Support worker to help engage with school and the authority to get the support they need.


    Equality of Opportunity


    A large portion of the funding goes to supporting students’ equality of opportunity. This includes, but is not exclusive to, free resources such as: revision guides, stationery, uniform support, peripatetic music tuition, trips and after school activities with no charge, Saturday School and transition Summer Schools. This direct support accounts for roughly 25% of all Pupil Premium spend.

    In 2017-18 a new initiative has been launched to try to improve participation rates of Pupil Premium students in extracurricular activity. This has involved all opportunities being offered firstly to Pupil Premium Students. For example, the Curiosity Club that raises student’s cultural capital has been created in partnership with What on Earth. Uptake by Pupil Premium students in this activity has improved by 80%.

    We have also set up the Hard to Reach Families Project that ensures that when there are missed engagements e.g. parents evenings or information evenings additional effort is put in to reach those families to ensure they are involved in students education.

    Raising Attainment


    Raising Attainment involves using specific staff to work with Pupil Premium students to improve their grades. In 2015-16 this involved:

  • A member of staff taken off timetable to work specifically with individuals in our supported learning suite.
  • One to one personalised intervention with “Tute” video-conferenced lessons specifically targeted at their weaknesses.
  • There are a number of whole school opportunities in which the delivery has been changed to maximise the use by Pupil Premium Students. For example, all students have access to SAM learning and Century Learning, Pupil Premium students receive extra tuition on its use, extra monitoring on its usage and the ability to use after school opportunities to access the software. Some of our E-Learning staff have been given the role of improving students uptake in these areas.
  • Individual Mentoring by senior staff of Pupil Premium students.
  • Catch up classes in Year’s 7 and 8 to stop the gap forming early in the students experience.
  • Compulsory attendance at the “Brilliant Club” for higher ability Pupil Premium Students.

  • All of these interventions are continuing in 2017-18 and account for roughly 35% of the overall Pupil Premium Spend.


    New Initiatives for 2017-18


    In 2017-18 a new initiative is being launched around Academic coaches in Mathematics. Pupil Premium performance in this subject last year was below par. By employing from December two academic coaches to work specifically with underperforming Pupil Premium students in Mathematics we hope to reverse this underperformance.



    Measuring Impact


    Impact is measured through a cohort analysis of each subject and year group for pupil premium at each assessment point. A senior member of staff is detailed to examine this data and present to the senior team and Standards and Performance Committee on recommendations for further Pupil Premium intervention. Approximately 10% of Pupil Premium Spend is on Senior Staff to co-ordinate intervention and measure impact.


    Review of Strategy


    The current date of the Pupil Premium Strategy Review is January 2018


    Previous Awards


    In 2013-14 the Academy had some of the finest grades for disadvantaged students in the country and came first in the West Midlands (tied 2nd nationally) at the National Pupil Premium Awards.


    Impact of Pupil Premium 2016-17 spend for Pupil Premium Students


    In 2016-17 Pupil Premium Students achieved a progress 8 score of 0.16, this is ahead of the national average for both Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium Students and a slight improvement of the 0.14 achieved in 2015-16. Overall students achieved 0.45.