Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2020/2021 


The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011.  It is additional government funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and to close the gap between disadvantaged students and their peersDisadvantaged students are defined as those who are in receipt of Free School Meals or have been in receipt of Free School Meals in the past six years.  There is additional funding for Looked After Children, and those who have been adopted from care.  In addition, disadvantaged students may also include students who have a parent serving in the armed forces or a parent who has served in the armed forces in the past six years.  (Please note that allocations are not made for students in the sixth form.)  


In 2020/2021 the funding allocated is £955 per pupil (Pupil Premium), £2345 for Looked After students and children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order, and £300 for pupils of Armed Forces families.  


Pupil Premium Profile December 2020 



of Cohort

Low Prior
Middle Prior

High Prior


Non PP  PP  Non PP  PP  Non PP  PP  Non PP  PP 

Non PP 

Year 7 


73%  23%  77%  40%  24%  48%  54%  12% 


Year 8 


63%  50%  50%  30%  11%  52%  46%  18% 


Year 9 


66%  41%  59%  33%  14%  40%  39%  23% 


Year 10 


58%  40%  60%  36%  22%  45%  33%  15% 


Year 11 


58%  60%  40%  50%  32%  41%  48%  9% 




Pupil Premium Funding 


Total number of students Years 7 to 11  


Total number of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding 

143 (£136,565) 

Looked after/adopted 


Projected Funding  



The Pupil Premium is spent in an integrated and targeted way, to ensure that students receive the opportunity for additional support and access to learning opportunities.  We chose the classroom approach and intervention strategies which research has shown works.  The progress of these students is monitored throughout the year at each assessment point and the strategies are monitored for their effectiveness.  


Sutton Trust research indicates that effective support comes from improving feedback (a whole school focus), reduced class size, early intervention and extending the breadth of the curriculum.  Parents and carers will know the progress that their child is making through regular reports and Parents’ Evenings.  The needs analysis for the Pupil Premium is an ongoing process throughout a students’ education at The Featherstone Academy: 

  • Transition into school 
  • Following the publication of school data 
  • During Education Plan Meetings for ‘Children Looked After’ 
  • As part of a review or any other plan or provision. 


What we believe in 

  • We believe it is a priority to unlock the potential of those entitled to Pupil Premium and Free School Meals.
  • We use performance data to identify gaps. 
  • We aim to intervene effectively, track progress and change approaches where necessary. 
  • We aim to listen to students and to engage them in dialogue regarding their attitudes to learning. 
  • We seek to evaluate, celebrate and share successes. 
  • We maintain a focus on key underachieving groups. 
  • We have a robust tracking system. 
  • We advocate the development of a Growth Mindset.  We strongly believe that all students can succeed.  


How pupil premium supports our learners   

Curriculum Support 


Small group teaching – in key subjects to support literacy, maths and science.  Improved outcomes in literacy, numeracy and science skills for Pupil Premium students.  
Small withdrawal groups for selected pupils at Key Stage 3.  These sessions focus on literacy skills to provide consistent and targeted support.  Improved outcomes in literacy to evidence progress. 
Small groups for GCSE support in English and maths  Improved outcomes.  Support both within the classroom and in afterschool support 
SLT Afterschool sessions  Identified students are offered a variety of afterschool sessions, staffed by SLT, core subjects, homework and revision clubs.  
Literacy Leader – team to co-ordinates Base Line Assessments which informs the groupings for Years 7 and 8. 

A team monitorthe progress of KS3 and the scheme of work.  

Ensures that there is a consistent approach to embedding skills at KS3. 

A specialist within the department is best placed to provide support and timely intervention.  

Improves KS3 outcomes and improved outcomes at GCSE.  

Individual analysis of need both through assessments and in conjunction with pastoral staff.  SLT identify needs and deployment of resources.  
Rise and Read Programme (including transport)  All Y7 students take part in this scheme designed to increase reading age and a love of reading 
Governors  SLT report to governors once per term identifying key groups and their progress and interventions 
Alternative Provision  A group of disengaged students have a tailored programme which includes core subjects and vocational subjects.  
Accelerated Reader   All Y7 students take part in this scheme designed to increase reading age and comprehension. 
Data tracking software  SISRA – to monitor progress of students. 
Review of curriculum  To offer flexibility to meet the needs of individuals. 
Enhanced Curriculum/Pre Option (extending the breadth of the curriculum)   Aspirational activities that offers outside of the classroom opportunities. 
Support to access learning opportunities   
Food provided during revision days and twilight sessions. 

Breakfast club runs throughout the external examination period. 

Wellbeing of students to have hot food during the revision period. 
Water provided for GCSE examinations  Water provided at all GCSE examinations. 
Revision materials   Revision guides also made available in the Study Room sessions. 
Twilight, P7 and P8 Interventions  Targeted students – on a needs analysis   
Holiday Revision Programmes to support students preparing for examination classes – resources and staffing  To improve outcomes and to provide learning opportunities. 
Rewards  90 day challenge focused on attendance and praise. 
Resources for technology. 

Software programme to support independent learning 

Online resources such as: 

Mathswatch, Educake.  These activities are linked to student progress. 

Provision of in-house pastoral staff.  Full time members of staff dedicated the support students with a range of needs. 
Subsidised residential trips.  Aspirational opportunities and access to the curriculum through enhanced opportunities.  
1:1 tuition in core subjects  Afterschool sessions for LAC children. 
Actions focused on improving attendance    
EWO – works with the school pastoral team and external agencies to improve student attendance.   Overall attendance of Pupil Premium pupils to improve to in line with other students nationally. 
Case Studies – an additional non-contact lesson per week.   Plans in place to address underperformance/behavioural issues. 

Middle Leaders to provide updates on interventions and outcomes for Pupil Premium students at all Progress Points.  



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