Pupil Premium

PUPIL PREMIUM 2020-2021

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.  Additionally, schools are allocated Service Premium, to support the pastoral care of pupils who have a parent serving in the armed forces or a parent who is retired with a pension from the Ministry of Defence.

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 2018/19 Progress 8 scores show that Pupil Premium students’ Progress 8 score is, on average, 0.58 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 Year 11, as a non-Pupil Premium student with the same starting point.  The reasons for this are down to the barriers to success that disadvantaged students may have to overcome.  No National Data is available for 2019/2020.

At Tewkesbury School the Progress 8 difference between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students in 2019/2020 (Centre Assessed Grades) was -0.55 and the Pupil Premium Grant is directed and spent with a view to reducing this gap further. 

Evidence from research suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas:

  • Teaching - schools arrange training and professional development for all their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
  • Academic and Pastoral support - schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to support extra help.
  • Wider approaches - this may include broader use of the pupil premium

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 2020-2021

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant received;

Total number of pupils on roll (Sept 2020)

1305

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (Sept 2020)

227 (35 forces)

Total amount received  

£208,467

Summary of income 2019-2020

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant received;

Total number of pupils on roll (Sept 2019)

1321

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (Sept 2019)

222 (38 forces)

Total amount received  

£199,155

Summary of income 2018-2019

Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Grant received:

Total number of pupils on roll (Sept 2018)

 

1347

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (Sept 2018)

 

267

Amount received

 

£232,975

Tewkesbury school uses a range of strategies to improve attainment of disadvantaged pupils and there are further details of these, including a breakdown of spending, in the Pupil Premium 2020/2021 strategy document.