Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Information

The Government is giving extra funding called ‘Pupil Premium’ to schools, this is to help children from lower income families do their very best. For every child registered for Free School Meals, funding is currently at £935 per child. With this money we can continue to improve our students' learning experience and achievement.

Is your child entitled to Free School Meals?

Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in our school don't miss out on this vital funding. Registering to check you're entitled to Free School Meals s quick and easy:

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Childrens_services/Schools/School_meals_and_milk/NCC153920 - further information and access to support regarding free school meals

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/view/NCC067241 - link to Norfolk free school meals application forms

Once you are registered, your child will be entitled to a free meal at lunchtime and we will receive extra income to further support our students’ education. If you would prefer your child to not have the school meals, they are welcome to continue as normal, however, providing you're registered, we will still receive the extra funding.

Stalham High School Pupil Premium 2016-17 projected grant expenditure

What is Pupil Premium?

In April 2011, the Government announced the launch of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). The purpose of this funding to schools is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals from reception to Year 11. This entitlement has now been extended to the “Ever6” (been entitled to a Free School Meals at some point over the past 6 years). For looked after children the pupil premium was calculated using the Looked After Children data returns. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well‐being of these pupils. A Top Up grant has been added for pupils coming into year 7 who did not reach L4 in either reading or mathematics by the end of year 6, additional funding is also available for summer school to support transition of prior lower attainers into secondary school.

Why is there a pupil premium? 

The attainment gap between pupils from lower income backgrounds and their more affluent peers is well documented through all stages of education. Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. The government therefore believes that making additional funds available to schools will give the poorest children who achieve less well a better start in life.

How much funding does Stalham High School receive?

For 2016 ‐17 the funding rate will be £935 for each eligible secondary‐aged pupil and £300 for service children. The government have also introduced a higher rate of £1900 for Children in Care. This funding is applied for separately and is specifically allocated to the needs of these students as set out in their Personal Education Plans.

Year Total number of students Number of non PP students Number of PP students % of PP students Pupil Premium Funding
7 66 44 22 33% £20,570
8 63 43 20 31% £19,500
9 84 66 18 21% £16,830
10 79 59 20 25% £18,700
11 83 68 15 18% £14,025
Total 375 280 95 25% £89,625


What can we spend this money on?

Schools are free to spend the money as they believe is most appropriate to assist the groups of students identified. It is understood that schools are best‐placed to identify what will work better for the students within their care, where different strategies might be more effective than others. However, we are accountable for how we have decided to spend the additional funding and for how effective our plans have been to help the groups of students achieve.

Aims for Stalham High School Pupil premium expenditure 

The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils. The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers locally and nationally. As far as its powers allow the school will use additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupils Premium and others. We will aim to ensure that the funding benefits the pupils who need it most so that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

Stalham High School Pupil premium expenditure pledge

  • The Headteacher, in consultation with the governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.
  • School wide plans for Pupil Premium funding expenditure will consider research into best practice and evidence of successful intervention strategies.
  • The school will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.
  • The school will be accountable for how it has used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium and the Headteacher (or their nominee) will report to the governing body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
  • We will publish on the school website information about how we have used the premium.
  • We will ensure that parents, governors and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
  • We will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils.
  • We will encourage all staff, both teaching and support staff to suggest innovative and creative strategies to support the progress of these pupils.
  • We will monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the pupil premium funding.

Key objectives: 

  1. Rigorous monitoring and use of data to measure impact
  2. Student engagement: to improve curriculum engagement and academic achievement for PP and CLA students
  3. Attendance: to implement strategies addressing the attendance gap between for PP and CLA and non PP students
  4. Literacy: to improve the reading age of students whose reading age is below national average
  5. Aspirations: raising pupil aspirations using engagement/aspiration programmes
  6. SEAL: developing social and emotional competencies
  7. Parental engagement: engaging parents and raising parental aspirations

Stalham High School Pupil Premium expenditure for previous academic year (15-16)


Pupil Premium allocation 2015-16 Income Planned Expense Additional Expenditure
Ever funding 1/9/15-31/3/16 £79,943.00    
Forecast 1/4/16-31/8/16 £26, 647.00    
LAC £3,000.00    
Year 7 Catch Up Premium (31/3/16) £7,000.00    
Planned Intervention      
Catch Up programmes   £7,000.00  
Intervention Instructor   £4,727.00  
Attendance Support  


Transitiion support  


PastoralInclusion support  


Careers advice Guidance support  


Learning mentor support  


In Class Support  


Total Planned Expenses  


Additional Resources/Equipment      
Books, Stationary,equipment     £2,697.24
School trips/vists/activities     £3,150.50
Uniform/specialist clothing     £407.57
Ext Intervention schooling/mentoring/counselling     £29,379.59
Music Tuition     £2,210.00
Sports Tuition     £1,420.00
Travel Assistance     £5,132.00
Balances £116,590, £70,848.00 £44,396.90
Total spend 115, 244.90
Remaining £1,345.10


Catch-Up Funding Statement


Year 7 Literacy & Numeracy Catch-Up Funding

The Department for Education (DfE) provided additional funding for all students in Year 7 from 2012 onwards, who achieved below their age-related expectations at the end of KS2. This additional funding is to beused by schools/academies to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up support for Year 7 students. It is designed to help students catch up as quickly as possible. 

Academy Context

Total number of students eligible for catch-up premium funding 15 : 2015-16
16 : 2016-17


The academy received £7215 Catch Up funding for 2016-17 and this sum is supplemented from Pupil Premium in order to offer sustained catchup provision.

Our Aims:

At Stalham the Catch Up funding is being used to work towards achieving the following aims:

2016-17 Objectives:

  • To further build upon success with reading in 2015-16.
  • To look to refine the tracking system for targeted interventions.
  • To develop handwriting intervention strategy.
  • To combine with Pupil Premium targeting to develop strategies to enhance reading comprehension skills.
  • To focus on SPAG literacy strategies to support all subjects.
  • To further raise whole academy literacy and numeracy awareness.
  • To promote a culture of reading and increase the number of students using the library.

Deployment of Funding

Specifically this has involved targeting individual literacy and numeracy needs through specialist-led interventions over 30 weeks provided in either 1:1 or small groups to support the development of a range of skills including: fine and gross motor skills development; letter and number recognition, writing sentences; organising ideas in writing; and, early literacy. Typically, interventions might involve 2-3 hours per week for each student divided into 6-8 week blocks. Of the total funding, £5000 is set aside specifically for the teaching hours for intervention at an average hourly rate while resources account for the remainder including specific catchup scheme books, packs or apparatus. Funding can also be allocated for enrichment activities such as library projects or author visits to improve creative writing and confidence.

Impact of Funding

  • Increased whole academy awareness of literacy and numeracy; see lesson observations and student voice.
  • Increased confidence in reading and storytelling; lesson obs and student voice,
  • Intervention sessions impacted positively on 22 students across Yr 7 & 8 in relation to their reading ages. Increase in
  • reading ages of 85% of year 7 students who engaged in literacy intervention.
  • Across Yr 7 & 8, 68% of students who engaged in literacy interventions made over a year’s worth of progress with their
  • reading age.
  • In Maths and Science (which is directly affected by Maths proficiency and reading fluency) last year, 63% and 88% of
  • students respectively ended the year either on or above their age related levels.
  • At Stalham we look to sustain this intervention too and 62% of those on the year 7 catchup programme in either or both core subjects continued in interventions such as Dockside or SPAG.
  • Of those on catch up last year, 38% had caught up to their age related levels.
  • Increased engagement in reading across the whole academy; see library footfall increase by 12% this year.
  • Increase in reading level progress across KS3 as shown by Dockside progressive reading books.
  • The gap in progress in English and Maths is closing for these students and their learning behavior assessments show positive impacts.
  • Writing workshops have enabled students to positively engage in the learning, develop greater confidence and further build upon their ability to use descriptive language.
  • Maths resources which set the subject in a practical context have been purchased and used effectively.

Future Deployment

We intend to further develop and build upon current successes through the Literacy and Numeracy Intervention provisions by targeted spending on teaching time and resources.

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