Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at King Richard School  2016 – 2017 

In September 2011, the Government introduced a new factor into funding for schools – the Pupil Premium.

It is intended that this funding should be targeted towards students receiving free school meals (now or anytime in the past 6 years) and other disadvantaged students (looked after children and children of service families) in order to close the achievement gap and promote inclusion between these groups and their peers, locally and nationally.

In 2016-17 the school was allocated £349,515 through pupil premium funding. This funding supports 402 students – 63% of the current cohort.

The school’s analysis of Pupil Premium (PP) students has identified the following concerns:

  • Lower levels of attainment on entry and in some cases very low basic skill levels;
  • Lower levels of school attendance than their peers;
  • Lower reading levels than their peers;
  • Lower aspiration than their peers and a lack of cultural opportunity.

The school has used the research available (e.g. The EEF toolkit and best practice guides) to establish a range of strategies to support pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium.  These strategies include:

  • Delivering small group intervention in English and Maths;
  • Delivering specialist literacy and numeracy provision for the lowest attaining students;
  • Developing a Marking and Feedback Policy to give PP students clear feedback about how to progress;
  • Expanding our attendance team to include our own EWO to target PP students with low attendance;
  • Increasing the availability of catch up support programmes;
  • Introducing accelerated reader, DEAR, reading mentors and Lexia to improve reading scores;
  • Developing a programme of trips and visits to raise aspirations;
  • Introducing extensive business mentoring programmes.

Click here to see how we spend our allocation.

How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

At King Richard School, students eligible for the Pupil Premium are identified and tracked as a discrete group. Students’ progress is assessed, monitored and analysed at regular data collection points throughout the year. ‘Pupil Premium Champions’ work within each subject area to identify students who are at risk of falling behind and ensure support is put in place. In addition to this, attendance and behaviour data are monitored to enable the identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.

Our strategy will be reviewed annually by the Senior Leadership Team, in consultation with our Governors.

Click here to see what the impact of Pupil Premium spending 2015 – 2016 had.

Year 7 Catch-Up Funding

In January 2013, the government launched a new initiative to provide additional funding to schools for each Year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests in reading and/or mathematics.

The purpose of this funding is to enable schools to deliver additional support for students who need it most.

2015 – 2016

The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up premium funding for the previous academic year (September 2015 – August 2016) was £7000.

The catch up funding was targeted at the 14 Year 7 students who arrived with level 3 in English or Maths, and the school used this allocation for the following strategies:

Activity (including approximate spend) Aim Evidence of impact
Nurture group created in English, with specialised phonics lessons and a differentiated curriculum. To provide small group support to accelerate the progress of identified students in English. All students made between 2 – 4 steps of progress across the year. They have now been integrated into mainstream classes.
Small group literacy intervention through the boosting reading programme. To develop more effective independent reading strategies and text comprehension. Students made, on average, 14 months progress over the 10 week programme.
Nurture group created in Maths, with a differentiated curriculum. To provide small group support to accelerate the progress of identified students in Maths. 70% of students made at least 2 steps progress across the year.


2016 – 2017

The projected amount of funding for 2016-17 will be in line with last year’s allocation of £7,000. We plan to spend this in a variety of ways, including:

  • Small group and one to one tuition;
  • Nurture groups in English and Maths;
  • In-class support for literacy and numeracy, with extra TA time allocation to support students in English and Mathematics lessons;
  • Phonics lessons;
  • Boosting Reading Intervention;
  • Increased Lexia provision (During DEAR time and tutor time);
  • Extra-curricular reading clubs (Premier League Reading scheme);
  • DoodleMaths App.