Pupil Premium


What is Pupil Premium?

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

‘Disadvantaged pupils’ are those who have claimed free school meals at any point in the last six years and pupils in care, or who left care through adoption or another formal route. Evidence shows that the progress and achievement of disadvantaged pupils is normally lower than that of ‘other’ pupils.

Nationally, those students who are entitled to Pupil Premium underperform in comparison to other students, and there is a difference in attainment and progress at GCSE between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students – the overall national 2016/17 Progress 8 scores show that Pupil Premium students’ Progress 8 score is, on average, 0.4 lower than total non-Pupil Premium students. This means that overall, a Pupil Premium student does not make as much progress from entry in Year 7 to leaving in Y11 as a non-Pupil Premium student with the same starting point; and the reasons for this are down to the barriers to success that disadvantaged students may have to overcome.

At Tewkesbury School the Progress 8 difference between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students is -0.86 and the Pupil Premium Grant is directed and spent with a view to diminishing this difference.

The Pupil Premium funding ensures eligible students benefit from the same educational opportunities as all other pupils. The grant may therefore be spent in the following ways:

  • For the purposes of the school i.e. for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
  • For the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
  • On community facilities e.g. services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated

The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the fiscal year; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.

Summary of income 2018-2019

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant received;

Total number of pupils on roll ( Sept 2017)


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (Sept 2018)


Total amount received  

£232, 975

Following an evaluation of the impact of Pupil Premium Spending in 2017-2018 the following barriers to learning have been identified for 2018-19 and a full action plan has been developed, breaking down each area into the following range of action points:

  • Ensure all disadvantaged students make excellent progress in line with their peers in all subjects
  • Improve attendance of disadvantaged students
  • Support disadvantaged students to make positive behaviour choices
  • Further develop Teaching and Learning strategies to engage and challenge disadvantaged students
  • The current action plan (below) is reviewed termly with an overall Pupil Premium strategy Review in June 2019.

Summary of income 2017-2018

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant received:

Total number of pupils on roll (Sept 2017)



Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (Sept 2017)



Amount of PPG received per pupil

Free School Meals



Forces Premium



Looked After Children


Total amount of PPG received  






Non Disadvantaged

Number of students



% of cohort



Basics (4+ English & Maths)

36 %





Tewkesbury school used a range of intervention strategies to improve attainment of disadvantaged pupils during 2017-18 and there are further details in the Pupil Premium Impact Spending Review document (below).

Behaviour and attendance Support

  • The school recognises that supporting students with their behaviour can have a positive impact on progress. There are a range of interventions employed by the school
  • Investment in Class Charts Software so as to be able to closely track behaviour, tailor behaviour interventions and specifically reward positive improvements.
  • The development of an Inclusion centre supported by a behaviour support worker to support students with more challenging behaviours and ensure on site alternative provision rather than exclusion
  • The employment of pastoral support workers to work closely with Heads of House providing pastoral intervention and support
  • An Assistant Headteacher with specific oversight of attendance and behaviour
  • An Educational Welfare office employed two full days each week who can make home visits for students at risk of falling below 90% attendance
  • Funding of places at Abbey View Alternative Provision Free School

Counselling support

  • The school employs a wellbeing mentor who can offer tailored  interventions specific to the social or emotional needs of students

Targeted Homework and reading support

  • The school uses Class Charts software which allows Middle and Senior Leaders to monitor the quality of homework set. This also allows parents to work in close partnership with the school and support their child with homework tasks.
  • The library provides an after school homework opportunity so that students have a quiet space in which to learn and use of ICT resources to support this.
  • All Year 7 students complete the Accelerated reader programme which has proven impact on reading and literacy skills.

Learning Support Intervention

  • Small group literacy intervention during tutor time for targeted students
  • Alternative provision pathways and vocational training off site for specific students
  • Lead TAS to provide subject specific expertise and support in Humanities, science, English, MFL and maths

Use of Digital Technology to support learning

  • The school has invested in laptops, interactive whiteboards, ipads and tablets in order to support traditional teaching methods.

Extra curricular

  • The school has subsidised trips which support the curriculum or provide enrichment for disadvantaged students

Breakfast Club

  • The school has funded initiatives such as breakfast club to support those from disadvantaged backgrounds and provide a healthy start to the day.

Music lessons

  • The school offers subsidies to disadvantaged pupils to encourage their participation in music activities (e.g. music tuition).

Reducing class sizes and employing additional teachers

  • The school continually reviews the number of teachers and class sizes

Tailored interventions to support GCSE revision; after school, holiday and tutor time booster sessions

The impact on educational achievement arising from expenditure of previous financial years’ Pupil Premium has been demonstrable with some improvements in behaviour, reading, writing and some good GCSE performance for more able Pupil Premium students.

Narrowing the progress gap between disadvantaged students and their peers remains a school improvement priority for 2018-2019.