Pupil Premium & Yr 7 Catch-up

The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools by the Department for Education. The Pupil Premium is calculated according to the number of children from low-income families who are known to be: eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) now, or at any point in the last six years; who have been Looked After Children (LAC); Service children. As a school, we continually strive to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our students and appropriate provision is in place for those who need it most. This funding enables us to focus on some of our most vulnerable learners, utilising different strategies that promote achievement and develop character.

All schools are held accountable for how the Pupil Premium has been used and measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of our students.

Overview of eligible students in our school. The information below outlines the number of students at USH who are eligible:

Year 7  

Year 8  

Year 9  

Year 10  

Year 11

Current Free School Meals






FSM 6*         






Looked After Children






Service Children






*(eligible for Free School Meals in the past six years)

Different students have different needs, regardless of why they are eligible for this funding and we aim to ensure support is created and utilised dependent upon what each student requires to achieve.

Based on assessments and evaluations, disadvantaged students at USH face the one or more of following barriers:

  1. Low numeracy and/or literacy skills

  2. Low confidence in numeracy and/or literacy

  3. Lack of independent learning skills

  4. Reduced contact to broad reading materials

  5. Lack of embedded reading routines

  6. Low attendance

  7. Fewer out of school cultural experiences

  8. Limited access to additional learning resources

  9. Limited and/or unarticulated personal long-term ambitions

The plan outlines how we will spend the funding to address these barriers. The approach we have taken is based on distributed model of ownership across the school; one which divides the funding between services and intervention as well as learning and development resources. Our strategy is geared around the following philosophy:

1.  Create teacher/leadership energy around our disadvantaged students to raise confidence and build learning power

2.  Take an individual approach to the needs of every disadvantaged student, recognising all are unique and need a personalised plan.

3.  Develop (in each student) an awareness, a confidence and an ability to see future potential; beyond the barriers and to achieve well.

The impact of our strategy is measured by a series of metrics. These include: achievement data, attitudes to learning grades and the successful transition into the next stage of learning.

We undertake an interim impact review in February of each year, followed by a full annual review of the strategy and its impact in October.

The Funding 

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. It is used to raise achievement, to promote social skills and develop learning and behaviours for learning, in order to increase the progress of eligible students. For the academic year 2018-19, the school has received an additional funding of £170,340 for students who were eligible. Each year, the school is required to illustrate how this money has been spent and its impact (please see budget attached below).

We use this funding to enhance the support for eligible students through:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:

  • Funding for our 'High Flyers' leaders who carry out lesson observations, learning walks, book scrutinies and lead on Professional Development for our teaching staff

  • Specific tracking of achievement by a Data Lead, who focuses on where there are differences in achievement for any PP students and then works closely with subjects to diminish this difference

  • Additional Maths and English 1:1 tuition at Key Stage 4

  • 1:1 support in literacy and numeracy at Key Stage 3, led by our SEN department

  • Support from an intervention tutor, who leads sessions in Maths and English, as well as in other courses to support specific Key Stage 4 students

  • A specific focus on literacy, utilising our library team and Accelerated Reader Programme

  • Additional provision during twilights and holiday periods to support Year 11 students

  • Funding for additional study resources, including stationery and revision guides

  • Funding for any required uniform, or equipment, including resources such as art equipment and ingredients for Food Technology


    Raising aspirations:

  • Funding for our 'High Flyers' leaders who facilitate student conferences and small group sessions to raise aspirations

  • Funding cultural enrichment and extra-curricular activity; including some curricular-based trips


    Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (including attendance support)

  • Subsidising our attendance team (School and Trust based), to target support for improving the attendance of key students

  • Additional support for eligible students who have additional special needs

  • Funding support for a Life Coach, who prioritises support for eligible students to meet their emotional needs

  • Additional support for eligible students who also speak English as an additional language

    £54,000 + £13,500 for attendance

    Achievement of students eligible for PP 2017-18

Last year’s GCSE results demonstrate that the gap in achievement for eligible students at USH has continued to close (in comparison to all other students nationally), in the key subjects of English and Maths. The percentages outlined below show how far the gaps have closed (comparing Pupil Premium students at USH with ALL students nationally).


English Language

English Literature



gap reduced by 5.4%

gap reduced by 7.5%

Gap increased by 3.1%


gap reduced by 4.7%

gap reduced by 4.8%

gap reduced by 13.2%


gap reduced by 11.2%

gap reduced by 3.5%

gap reduced by 22%

Whilst the gap for English Language has closed to 0.5% compared to all students nationally (9-4), leaders continue to work to diminish the difference in English Language (9-7&9-5) and in English Literature and Maths.

To support this achievement, a key strand of the 2017-18 strategy was to improve the attendance of Pupil Premium students. This was achieved with an increase of 3.25% attendance in just one year, closing the gap compared to the national attendance data for all students. The gap closed from 4.59% to 1.34%.

The Year 7 catch-up Premium

How much Year 7 catch-up premium did Upper Shirley High receive for 2018-19?

For the academic year 2018-19, USH received £17,434 to support students who did not make the Age-Related Expectations in English and Maths by the end of Key Stage 2.

How do you intend to spend the funding?

This money will be used to fund staff time and resources for appropriate intervention to diminish the gap in literacy and numeracy skills. Students at USH have different waves of intervention, both in tutor time, English and Maths lessons and, where required, removal from other subject lessons to receive intensive support.

  • Wave 1: 1:1 Support for specific needs, such as handwriting and spelling interventions

  • Wave 2: Small group bi-weekly sessions during tutor time following a specific Numeracy and Literacy catch-up programme

  • Wave 3: Close monitoring by English and Maths teachers, with progress reported on in Line Management sessions

A breakdown of the way in which the money will be spent is outlined below:

  • Staffing for the 1:1 Numeracy Programme and 1:1 Literacy Programme, as well as licenses bought for Teaching Assistants to teach the programme

  • 3-day training course on the implementation of the 1:1 Numeracy Programme

  • Sumdog online licences bought for the 26 students in the Numeracy Catch-up

  • Lexia Reading licences bought for the 40 students as part of the Literacy catch-up programme

  • Prize fund for the catch-up programme for students who focus and achieve targets

  • Stationery and resources provided so that all students on the catch-up programme are equipped for learning

  • Prize fund for Literacy and Numeracy catch-up programmes

  • Funding for Homework Club, with Teaching Assistant support

How did you spend your Year 7 catch-up premium last year?

Last year, 52 students had started at USH below age related expectations in Literacy and 39 students in Numeracy. These students received a bi-weekly extra Numeracy and or Literacy session to boost their attainment and confidence in these areas. The money was spent on staffing and resourcing these sessions, as well as gaining the licences for their learning as detailed above.

How did it make a difference to the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding?

  • 76.1% of students on the English catch-up course saw their reading age improve between October and June

  • 88% of students on the English catch-up course made progress in English

  • 94.4% of students on the Maths catch-up course made progress in Maths 

It is the Headteacher’s responsibility to produce termly reports to the Governing Body, highlighting progress and impact. ‘Students eligible for the Pupil Premium’ is a standing item on all agendas. The Hamwic Trust also complete a yearly review into the achievement of eligible students.

PP Strategy