Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch Up

What is Pupil Premium funding?

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that gives additional funding to Schools in respect of disadvantaged students (students who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) in the last 6 years or have been looked after by the local authority for more than 6 months).

This has been allocated to every school in the light of national figures which historically show that these groups of students do not achieve as well as their peers. This funding is carefully targeted to ensure every student receives the additional provision and intervention needed to allow them to reach their full potential and help students to fulfil high aspirations.

If you have been in receipt of financial assistance otherwise or feel that your child may be eligible to receive this support then please use the link below to submit an application to County.


How must this funding be used?

“Schools will have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils”.

As a school we regularly evaluate the impact of interventions and spending of the Pupil Premium funding. At the core we use the Education Endowment Foundation who provide a toolkit for schools based on robust evidence, measuring spending impact. Alongside our own measures of impact we target key barriers to outcomes for Pupil Premium students.

Pupil Premium Funding Allocation for 2019-2020

In 2019/20 we are expecting a Pupil Premium budget of £181,375

  • £1320 for Students eligible for Free School Meals, or have been eligible in the last 6 year
  •  £300 for Students whose Parents are Service Personnel
  • £2300 for all Students who are adopted or looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months.
  • The school also receives an additional allocation in respect of students achieving below level 4 in English and / or maths to support catch-up interventions. Plans for which are included in the list of interventions below.

Strategy Statement for 2019-2020

Wollaston School assesses the needs of Pupil Premium students to identify the provision or support that will have the most beneficial impact on their education. It is envisaged that the 2019-2020 budget will be spent on additional staffing to enable students access to the interventions outlined below, as well as the support and intervention outlined in the ‘Pupil Premium Strategy Statement’ linked at the top of this page.

Year 7 Catch Up Provision

Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 student who has not achieved the national standard in reading or mathematics at Key Stage 2.

Students identified as requiring catch up intervention have received an individualised timetable allocation. We have consolidated English and Languages sessions to provide a distinct curriculum which allows students to improve literacy skills with a specialist teacher. Phonics sessions to improve students’ difficulties with decoding text. Additional interventions are included in the examples below. Creation of smaller classes in English to improve literacy and achievement

Examples of intervention include:

  • Creation of smaller classes in English to improve literacy and achievement
  • Additional teachers to support students in the areas of literacy and mathematics
  • Subscription to the Accelerated Reader programme to boost literacy levels and student confidence
  • A literacy co-ordinator
  • Introduction of peer group (6th form) reading buddies
  • Provision of additional support staff to raise progress, in Maths and English, and foreign language assistants in modern languages
  • Provision of Learning Mentors to individually assess student needs and support with progress in individual subject areas as well as individualised student mentoring
  • Additional English support for Students entering the School who are working below Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2
  • After school and holiday revision sessions for GCSE Students
  • Summer School to support the transition of Year 6 students into Year 7
  • Transport home for Students attending catch up sessions
  • Funding for educational trips
  • Funding for music lessons
  • Provision of equipment packs, departmental resources, such as ingredients for Food Technology, or paints and pencils for Art/Graphics,Parental Engagement opportunities through bespoke evenings.
  • Funded revision guides, such as ActiveLearn English and GCSE reading texts.