Pupil Premium / Catch Up Funding

What is Pupil Premium?


  • The Pupil Premium is a type of funding which the school receives each year from the government. This extra money is allocated to every school and it is expected that it is used to:
  • Raise the attainment of students entitled to Free School Meals (FSM)
  • Raise the attainment of students who have been entitled to Free School Meals in the previous 6 years (FSM Ever 6)
  • Raise the attainment of children who are ‘Looked After’
  • Raise the attainment of children of serving forces personnel and to ‘close the gap’ between the attainment of these students and the attainment of the students who do not qualify for Pupil Premium.

What is Catch Up Funding?

“The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.”  DfE


The school receives an extra £500 for each Year 7 student who has not achieved at least a scaled score of 100 in English and/or maths at Key Stage 2. For 2016/17 the total Catch Up Grant fund is £21,000.


Pupil Premium Actions and Impact 2016-2017

St. Benedict’s School aims to use the additional funding to reduce or remove potential barriers to learning. Barriers to learning include:

  • Attendance and punctuality: statistically there is a gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium attendance. There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement.
  • Low income: pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding are less likely to become involved in extra-curricular clubs and activities and therefore we will ensure children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding are given the same opportunities to join clubs and activities as their peers.
  • Resources to be ready to learn: pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding may not having the correct resources to learn and therefore they will be provided with these.
  • Parental engagement: engaging parents in their child’s learning and wider school life is essential. Some parents may not have had a positive school experience themselves.
  • Prior attainment: some pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Funding achieve below DfE expected attainment  at the end of KS2 compared to their non-disadvantaged peers.
  • Emotional resilience and aspirations: we challenge low aspirations for future pathways and careers.
  • Motivation and behaviour: we break down negative behaviour patterns which may have arisen due to poor prior attainment or a lack of experience of success at school.


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Pupil Premium Actions and Impact 2017-2018

What Impact has pupil premium and Catch Up spending had?


There are currently 205 students for whom we receive this additional funding, which is 20.5% of the total number of students in our school. Due to the number of these students in our school we have been allocated the following amount of Pupil Premium:
Financial Year 2016-17: £170,637 (PP) + £21,000 (catch-up)

How we use the Pupil Premium
In line with our School Improvement Plan, we have allocated funding for September 2016-August 2017 to the following areas:
1. Mentoring – We employ 5 Learning Mentors for Key Stages 3 and 4 who work with targeted students both within lessons and outside lessons. The Learning Mentors work very closely with the Director of Learning for each Year Group, and with individual teachers, to implement Rapid Improvement Plans and strategies to raise attainment for the students. Data is collected to assess the impact of these interventions and support structures.
Cost £133,740
2. Student Support Officer – Sixth Form We employ a Student Support Officer to deliver dedicated support to students in our Sixth Form. Whilst this work is not
exclusively focussed on those students eligible for Pupil Premium funding, some of her work is specifically planned to meet the needs of these students. The Student Support Officer offers specialist IAG, intervention and attendance support, advice regarding study skills, organisation and independent learning.
Cost £3,250 10% of total annual cost
3. Attendance Officer – This is a role with the accountability for improving attendance across the school. Most of the work is focussed on those students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. The focus of this role is to reduce the number of persistent absentees; to reduce the number of unauthorised absences; to identify students who need additional support and to deliver intervention and support plans to increase levels of attendance. This includes working very closely with parents and families, including home visits. Attendance figures indicate that attendance for disadvantaged students has improved and that persistent absenteeism has decreased. See attached document for yearly figures. This is a significant improvement and exceeds the national averages.
Cost £24,481
4. SRA – Reading Intervention Scheme We employ 1 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to deliver a targeted programme of Reading Intervention for identified students in partnership with a specialist literacy teacher. Other STAs deliver small group work as part of this programme. There is extensive data to demonstrate rapid progress of students participating in this programme, with accelerated progression in their reading ages. We are now assessing the impact of improved reading ages across the curriculum.
For 2014 there were 41 students participating in this scheme: 12% improved their reading age by 6 months; 10% improved by 13-18 months; 28% improved by 7-12 months; 20% improved by 19-23 months and 30% improved by 24+ months.
For 2015 there were 46 students participating in this scheme: 18% improved their reading age by 6 months; 17% improved by 13-18 months; 11% improved by 7-12 months; 15% improved by 19-23 months and 39% improved by 24+ months.
Cost £14,682
5. Numeracy Support – We employ 1 HLTA to deliver support for numeracy. Most of the work is focussed on those students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. It is targeted towards pupils who show a significant gap between their chronological age and their maths age (3+ years) or those pupils who show a maths age of below 8 years. (As indicated on their Numeracy Learner Profile Assessment). For 2014, we have had 32 pupils participate in the scheme.97% have shown an overall improvement while on the programme. 89% improved by 6 months, 63% improved by 12 months, 47% showed that they have improved their maths age of between 12 and 24 months with 19% improving their maths age by 24+ months.
Cost £14,682
6. Health and Counselling Support – This is provided by external agencies, following an agreed referral system.
Cost £6,640

Total cost of provision for PP £ 197,475
£5,838 spent in addition to the allocation for Pupil Premium.


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Pupil Premium Report 2016-2017