Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant


The Pupil Premium grant is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.  The Pupil Premium grant has remained unchanged for the academic year 2016-17, with secondary schools attracting £935 per disadvantaged child (DfE website 2016).  Schools will also receive £1900 for each looked-after pupil, although this money will be spent in consultation with the child’s Local Authority Virtual Headteacher.

Aims of the Pupil Premium Grant

  • To increase social mobility
  • To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to top universities
  • To reduce the national gap between the highest and lowest attainment


  • The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
  • Each of these pupils will attract £935 in 2016-17.
  • Schools also receive funding for children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more, and children of service personnel.
  • Schools will have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
  • Schools and local authorities are urged to encourage parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement.  This may become more relevant if universal free school meals in Reception to Year 2 discourage parents from registering for FSM.

Further details can be found at:


Every Autumn this document and further internal documents will be updated, reviewed by the Governing Body and shared on the school website.  There is also a copy of a letter about Project Aspire which aims to address specific needs of Children-in-Care and students eligible for Free School Meals.

2013 to 2016 Year 11 Pupil Premium Headlines

Over the last four years we have been pleased to see the progress of our disadvantaged students improve and the gaps with other students reduce.  Our Ofsted report of March 2016 commended us on our use of the pupil premium funding, saying:

“The progress that disadvantaged pupils make has improved markedly in the past two years.  Pupils currently in school are making good progress, in many cases the same or better than their peers.  This is because of your skilful use of pupil premium funding.  For example, you are rightly proud of the highly effective literacy support that these pupils receive.  This has led to a significant increase in their reading ages.”

Headline measures prior to performance table changes can be seen in the table and chart below.





5 GCSEs at grades A*-C




5 GCSEs including English and maths




Progress 8 measure




As a school we have also had significant success in closing the gap between our disadvantaged and other students.  The table and graph below shows how the gap has closed for the headline measure of 5 A*-C grades including English and maths for the years prior to the performance table changes.

5 A*-C including English and Maths

Data gathered from the new performance table measures for Summer 2016 and other headline achievements are highlighted here.  In Year 11 of the academic year 2015-16 36 out of 232 students were eligible for the Pupil Premium grant.  This represents 16 % of the cohort.  Headline figures follow:

Year 11 2016

All students

Disadvantaged students

Achieving A*-C in English and maths



Attainment 8 measure



Progress 8 measure



EBacc qualification



* Data taken from 4Matrix data analysis tool, using best entry grades.

A number of students received personalised learning programmes with Alternative Education provides, with the majority of these students attending a provider rated Outstanding by Ofsted.  These students completed a package of qualifications best suited to their needs, but did not necessarily match the needs of Attainment and Progress 8 performance measures.

Some notable individual successes include:

Student B who achieved 10 A*-C passes including A* in English Language, A in English Literature and B in maths.  Student B joined Notley High School with KS2 levels in English and maths of 5c and 5c.  Student B achieved three A*, five As and two Bs.  Student B achieved a personal Progress 8 score of +0.8.

Student C who achieved 8 A*-C passes including Cs in English Language and maths.  Student C joined Notley High School with KS2 levels in English and maths of 3a and 3a.  Student C achieved seven grade Cs and one grade B.  Student C achieved a personal Progress 8 score of +1.41.

Notable intervention strategies include Sound Training for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students.  Details taken from the Impact Statement written for this intervention follow:

Sound training is an intensive, small group reading intervention aimed at improving students’ reading ages.  It is led by an outside tutor who focuses on teaching syllabification of words.  Students are tested before and after a six weeks intervention period.  Students participate in a one hour session each week.

The initial cohort of 20 students was a mixture of both Year 10 and 11 students who had noticeably lower reading ages.  Data drawn from before and after tests suggests that on average the students involved improved their reading age by 53 months.

Students enjoyed the intervention.  The external tutor integrated well.  Intervention was baseline tested and clear progress was evidenced.  Progress for some students was startling and impactful.  Improving reading ability has had a beneficial effect for other subjects.  As a school we will retest these students at a later stage to see if the impact has been lasting.

Specific queries relating to the Pupil Premium Grant should be addressed to Mr J Fuller Deputy Headteacher.

If you wish to contact the person responsible for this page, please email jonathan.fuller@notleyhigh.com