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.

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Stalham High School Pupil Premium 2019-20 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 students and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for students 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 students. A Top Up grant has been added for students 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 students 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 2019 ‐20 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 £2300 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.


Total number of students

Number of non PP students

Number of PP students

% of PP students

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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 students. The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these students 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 Pupil Premium and others. We will aim to ensure that the funding benefits the students who need it most so that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

Stalham High School Pupil premium expenditure pledge

  • The Executive and Assistant Headteacher, in consultation with the governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of entitled students.
  • 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 individuals.
  • The school will be accountable for how it has used the additional funding to support the achievement of those students 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 students covered by the Premium.
  • We will seek to further develop strategies and interventions, which can improve the progress and attainment of these students.
  • We will encourage all staff, both teaching and support staff to suggest innovative and creative strategies to support the progress of these stduents.
  • 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 LAC students
  3. Attendance: to implement strategies addressing the attendance gap between for PP and LAC 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 (17-18)


Pupil Premium allocation 2017-18


Planned Expense

Additional Expenditure





Ever funding 1/9/18-31/3/19




Year 7 Catch Up Premium (31/3/19)




Balance brought forward from (18-19)




Planned Intervention




Catch Up programmes


£ 8,493.86


Attendance Support




Transition support




Pastoral/Inclusion support




Careers advice Guidance support




Admin Support




Learning Support




Total Planned Expenses




Additional Resources/Equipment




PPB – (Books & Resources)








PPM (Music)




PPS (Specialist schooling)




PPT (Transport)




PPU (Uniform)




PPY (Trips)








Total spend





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 be used 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

16 : 2016-17

16 : 2017-18

16 : 2018-19

 The academy received £8,077.00 Catch Up funding for 2018-19 and this sum is supplemented from Pupil Premium in order to offer sustained catch up provision.

Our Aims:

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

2017-18 Objectives:

  • To further build upon success with reading in 2018-19.
  • To look to refine the tracking system for targeted interventions.
  • To develop handwriting intervention strategy through morning intervention.
  • To focus on SPAG literacy strategies to support all subjects.
  • To support Yr 11 students in their revision
  • To further raise whole academy literacy and numeracy awareness.
  • To promote a culture of reading and increase the number of students using the library.
  • To continue to provide study support and resources for students through homework club


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, £8000 is set aside specifically for the teaching hours for intervention at an average hourly rate, while resources account for the remainder including specific catch-up 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,
  • 7 students engaged in a morning handwriting programme which saw the legibility and readability of their work improve.
  • Across Yr 7 & 8, 68% of students who engaged in literacy interventions made over a year’s worth of progress with their
  • All average reading ages for three year 7 classes increased through Accelerated Reader. 7L 9months, 7R 3monts, 7C 1 month. Pupil premium students showed accelerated progress 7L 11months, 7R 1 yr 2months and 7C 3months.
  • At the end of Yr 7, 92% of Pupil premium students were expected to hit level 4 or above in English and Maths.
  • In Yr 8 95.2% of students were expected to hit level 4 or above in English and Maths.
  • Increased engagement in reading across the whole academy; see continued footfall increase in library this year and ERIC programme in form time.
  • Increase in reading level progress across KS3 as shown by Accelerated Reader assessments.
  • The gap in progress in English and Maths is closing for these students and their learning behaviour tracking continue show positive impact.
  • Fewer students referred for scribe assessment for exam access arrangements
  • Maths resources continue to be used effectively to support teaching.


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.