Pupil & Catchup Premium

Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers. Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

In total we received £221,050 for the Pupil Premium for 2017-18. The Government requires schools to inform parents how we have used the money to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In allocating this funding our decisions were informed by the needs of our pupils and by existing good practice shared in the Ofsted publication “The Pupil Premium, How Schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement”.

Additional members of staff in English and Mathematics

This has enabled us to:

  • Introduce an additional literacy lesson in Year 7.
  • Additional English and Maths lessons now firmly embedded in the curriculum in Key Stage 3
  • Provide an additional lesson each week at Key Stage 4 for English and Mathematics introduced from September 2015.
  • Reduce class sizes with carefully targeted work to improve particular aspects of literacy and numeracy skills. Group sizes at Key Stage 4 are well below average for the school.
  • Increase flexibility in staffing allowing us to allocate our best teachers to teach intervention groups to maximise pupils’ progress.
  • Provide additional small groups and individual support during the school day, after school and in planned sessions during the holidays.
  • The Accelerated Reading Programme, a commercially purchased, structured programme which assesses pupils’ reading ability and matches tests to pupils’ reading ages is now firmly embedded in Years 7, 8 & 9 following the successes of previous years.
  • The appointment 3 Progress Lead members of staff to monitor and support identified pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9


GCSE results 2018 – 42 Disadvantaged pupils

      • 27% of disadvantaged pupils achieved a positive Progress 8 score compared to 45% of all pupils
      • 32% of disadvantaged pupils achieved a positive Progress 8 score in English and 24% in Maths
      • Progress 8 in English for Disadvantaged pupils was -0.72 and in Maths -0.75
      • 52% achieved a standard pass in English and 36% in Maths
      • 33% of disadvantaged pupils achieved a standard pass in English & Maths

Accelerated Reader Programme

  • 95 Year 7 pupils were included in the programme this year. 67% of the disadvantaged pupils made at least 3 months progress, 30% made 12 months or more progress and 19% have made 18 months progress or more.
  • Nearly half of the disadvantaged pupils that take part in Accelerated Reader in Key Stage 3 achieved more than chronological growth in reading

Development of the Bridge

Poor behaviour leading to exclusion is a significant barrier which prevents some pupils from achieving as well as they could. Very often it is these pupils who also lack the social, emotional and interpersonal skills which will allow them to succeed. We introduced and developed the internal exclusion facility as an alternative to excluding pupils. In addition to completing school work, pupils receive additional support and monitoring.


  • Fixed term exclusions for Disadvantaged pupils as a percentage of the pupil group were at 12.78%, significantly below the national average of 23% (ASP 2017).
  • % of Disadvantaged pupils with 1 or more fixed term exclusion was 9.25%, again below the national average 10.1%.
  • % of Disadvantaged pupils with more than 1 fixed term exclusion was 2.64% below the national average of 4.55%.

University Access Project

This project was set up in collaboration with Halesowen College and Worcester University. The purpose is to raise aspirations and increase the number of our pupils progressing to study at University. The project outline:

    • Target Groups. Year 9 disadvantaged pupils/middle/upper ability pupils.
    • Pupils attend 6 half day sessions at Halesowen College sampling various courses and experiencing college life
    • 1 full day visit to Worcester University


  • 32 pupils in 2018 leavers group attended the project, a mix of upper and middle ability pupils.
  • 9 girls (7 disadvantaged) and 23 boys (7 disadvantaged)
  • 19 pupils achieved a standard pass in English and Maths
  • 14 pupils achieved a positive Progress 8 score overall.
  • 12 pupils achieved a positive Progress 8 score in English and 14 in Maths
  • Overall Progress 8 for this group of pupils was -0.33 (1/3 grade below pupils with the same prior attainment nationally)
  • 1 pupil achieved 2.5 grades higher overall than pupils with the same prior attainment nationally

Activ9 Funding

Activ9 is a school based initiative which aims to ensure that all pupils have full access to broad educational experiences such as educational visits and extra-curricular activities including residential courses and support with the cost of school uniform.


  • 6 pupils supported financially with contribution towards the trip to France
  • 10 pupils supported financially with contribution towards a trip to the Theatre
  • 5 pupils supported financially with contribution towards PGL adventure weekend
  • 8 pupils supported financially with a contribution towards the Geography Field trip.
  • 10 families have received financial support with uniform

Plan for 2018/2019

  • The four key action detailed above will be maintained for the next 12 months.

Catch up Premium

In the past funding has been allocated on a per pupil basis. Funding for 2017/18 was allocated on the basis that schools receive the same overall amount of year 7 catch-up premium funding they received in 2016/17, but adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the year 7 cohort, and not the number of children who require additional support.

The school was allocated £13,000

In previous years, the number of pupils eligible for catch-up premium has been between 20-28; these were pupils who did not achieve the required standard at KS2 in Reading and/or Maths. The number of pupils in the 2017/18 cohort who did not meet the standard in the Key Stage 2 tests in these areas was:

  • 58 in reading
  • 49 in Maths
  • 29 in both reading and maths

Range of strategies to enhance progress include:

  • Key Skills group in Year 7 – small group with additional Learning Support Assistant.
  • One-to-One input from Learning Support Services.
  • Phonics Awareness Training – 4 Registration sessions each week.
  • Individual support in Homework Club.
  • Focus for in-class support.
  • Additional support in developing self-esteem.
  • Additional support in behaviour and anger management.
  • Secondary Transition Project.
  • Maths small group work with additional support from specialist LSA.
  • Reading Buddy – weekly support with reading.
  • Reader Leaders – weekly support from Year 9 pupils with reading.
  • High Accelerated Reading Programme. (HARP)
  • 10 week reading programme, 2 sessions per week.
  • Support from Educational Psychologist.
  • Reduced set size with a specialist Learning Support Assistant.
  • Accelerated Reading Programme.
  • Purpose deigned Maths scheme of work
  • Consistent teacher in year 7 & 8


In the eight months between reading tests the average increase in Reading Age for the group was 9 months

  • 27 pupils improved their Reading Age by more than 9 months
  • 14 pupils improved their Reading Age by 18 months or more

Progress in English overall – end of Year 7

  • 60% of pupils have made the same amount of progress in English as pupils with higher ability in Reading


  • 60% of pupils have made the same amount of progress in Maths as pupils who achieved the standard for maths at Key Stage 2

If you have any questions regarding the Premium Use at The Wordsley School, please contact Miss K Brinsdon (Data Manager) on (01384) 816015 or email us.