Pupil Premium

Statement on Pupil Premium 

The Pupil Premium is government allocated resource for children identified as potentially vulnerable to support their academic progress and general well-being in order to ensure that all pupils achieve to their potential. There are frequently underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their more advantaged peers and the pupil premium is designed to ensure that funding is available to tackle disadvantage and reach the children who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

It has been for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
Wyvern College has allocated Pupil Premium funds since 2011-12 to a wide range of interventions to support the learning of our students, however the focus has remained on high quality classroom practice. Interventions are allocated following thorough analysis of progress data and exploration from the curriculum and pastoral teams to explore why this is the case. This allocation is ring-fenced with a clear budget holder to ensure that it is always spent on the eligible students and focused on raising attainment. In order to maintain the importance of this area within the school a member of the governing body has been allocated responsibility for pupil premium and Performance management targets have included the progress of Pupil Premium learners and an explicit measure.

Since 2011 these interventions have included (not exhaustive):

  • 1:1 teacher led and TA led support, particularly in core subjects, undertaken by the member of staff most skilled in delivering the intervention
  • Group size reduction
  • The employment of a Parent Support Advisor to work closely with parents and their son, liaising with all aspects of school life (2011-2014)
  • The deployment of a Pastoral coordinator and Pastoral support staff
  • Small group support across a range of curriculum subjects
  • Student resources for or practical subjects
  • Revision guides for examination students
  • Student academic mentoring and coaching
  • After school Intervention for students across a wide range of curriculum subjects
  • Alternative curriculum to support individual needs.
  • Transition support for students applying to colleges and 16+ further education
  • Additional Science, Engineering, ASDAN, Learning support and Food Technology classroom equipment
  • Additional ICT equipment and subject software for students mathematics
  • Compass Centre for interventions for students at risk of receiving a fixed term exclusion or those who are not making adequate levels of progress and need additional interventions
  • Key stage 4 transition and engagement programme (extended work experience)
  • Lunchtime classes
  • Secondment of a senior leader with a focus on the most able, and within that group the most able disadvantaged
  • Focus on high quality feedback for disadvantaged learners
  • Clear intervention for attendance and other barriers to learning

All interventions are reviewed using achievement data regularly to evaluate their impact and respond accordingly

New measures have been included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. 

Whole Pupil Premium  Spend 2013 -17

Total Pupil Premium anticipated for academy year 01.09.17 – 31.08.18 = £78,432

Pupil Premium strategy 2017-18

Within Wyvern College the key barriers faced by disadvantaged students is in relation to low aspirations and historic lack of engagement with education and therefore all strategies are focused on remedying this problem for the individuals involved. This is achieved through a clear focus on engagement and outstanding provision to build a cycle of success.

Throughout this academic year we will continue to use successful strategies from previous and focus on high quality first teaching and intervention within the classroom for all students, with a clear focus on those in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. However for this academic year we have allocated the funding to reduce class sizes and provide 1:1 and small group intervention for disadvantaged pupils who are not making the expected progress, as well as pastoral support through deployment in the Compass Centre. This is supported as effective deployment of funds from historic success at Wyvern as well as research from the Sutton Trust and the OFSTED report on The Pupil Premium; how schools are spending their funding successfully to maximise achievement.

The impact of our strategy will be measure in relation to the individual students progress and where appropriate measure that facilitate this such as parent engagement, attendance and student engagement. The strategy for the upcoming year will be reviewed in Jan 2018 and finalised following results in August.

Year 7 numeracy catch up money is used to provide 1:1 intervention with a fully qualified maths teacher for students that arrive in the school without a secondary ready level of maths and also through intervention with a Level specialist dyslexia teacher and accelerated reader to accelerate progress in literacy

Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Funding

For more information on Pupil Premium please access the Department for Education Website via:

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium