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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 6 years; who have been Looked After Children (LAC); and Service children. This equates to 22% (168 students) of the USH school population. 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 development. 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 that fall into the different categories:

Year 7   

Year 8   

Year 9   

Year 10   

Year 11

Current Free School Meals






FSM 6*          






Looked After Children






Children who have been Looked After         






Service Children






*(eligible for Free School Meals in the past 6 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.

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. In 2015-16, the school received an additional funding of £163,745 for the 168 students who were eligible. Each year, the school is required to illustrate how this money has been spent and its impact. A summary of this information can be found below along with a more detailed report regarding impact and areas for further development.  

We use this funding to support the eligible students through:

  • 1:1 support in literacy and numeracy led by our SEN department
  • Support from an intervention teacher who leads sessions in Maths and English as well as in other courses to support Key Stage 4 students
  • Funding an attendance team (school and Trust based) to target support to improve the attendance of key students
  • Funding time for a Life Coach to work specifically with key PP students around school and out of school issues as well as ELSA support
  • 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 extra-curricular provision, including some curricular based trips
  • The use of a Trust Family Support Worker and Educational Psychologist for students who require very specific identification of need and support
  • Funding for any uniform or equipment that is required by the student. This includes resources such as those for cooking in Food Technology and any other requirements for other subjects.
  • 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

The Year 7 Catch Up Premium
The school also receives £500 for any Year 7 student who has not met ‘Age Related Expectations’ (ARE) in their Year 6 SATs. In 2015-16, USH received £15,000. This money is used to fund staff time and resources for appropriate intervention to close the gap in literacy and numeracy skills. Students at USH have different waves of intervention both in tutor time, in English and Maths lessons and where required, removal from other subject lessons to receive intense support.

In 2015-16, 55% of the ‘Catch Up’ students achieved expected progress to close the gap on achievement in English. 20% of these students made the expected progress in Maths.

In this current academic year, 78% of the students who did not meet ARE have now achieved the expected level in English (March 2017). 50% of students have now met the expected level in Maths (March 2017).

It is the Headteacher’s responsibility to produce termly reports to the Governing Body, highlighting progress and impact. Pupil Premium is now a standing item on all agendas.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18 - Overview

“The way the school has dealt with my child's transition in Year 7 has been fantastic - my child is making great progress in their learning thanks to some inspiring teaching.” Year 7 Parent