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Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch-up

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.

Funding for 2018-19

In the 2018-19 financial year, we will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

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  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils

We will also receive £2,300 for each looked-after pupil who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
  • a special guardianship order
  • a residence order
  • Identifying disadvantaged pupils

The Government use eligibility for free school meals as the main measure of deprivation at pupil level.

In total we will receive £178,000 for this academic year.

Barriers to future attainment

In school barriers

Pupil premium students across Years 7 to 11 who are also SEN (codes E,K,S). The majority of these students struggle mostly with literacy, this is likely to impact upon their achievement in all GCSEs but particularly English.

Proportions of pupil premium students not meeting expected literacy standards in Year 7 on entry to the school are higher than that of other pupils.  

The current Year 11 have a large proportion of middle ability students [66%- 16 students out of 24] receiving the pupil premium funding. Middle ability students nationally need extra support in achieving Grade 4/5 in Maths and English and so accessing further education.  

Raising student aspirations, particularly those of the High Prior Attainers.  

External barriers

Attendance, this reduces their school hours and causes them to fall behind in their studies.

How we spent the Money

In 2017-18 we received £181,219 (in addition – £32,386 carry forward).  Below is a breakdown of how we used the money:

Intervention Teaching £59,250
Specialist Exam Access Arrangements £3,000
Other Staff Costs £35,000
School Travel Assistance £3,000
1: 1 Tuition/Tuition Support £10,000
Student & Teacher Resources by Department £47,540
Counselling £10,000
Homework Club, Lunch Lounge & Breakfast Club £14,500
Trip Assistance £7,725
Coaching/Mentoring £5,000
Summer School £7,000
Uniform Assistance/Travel Assistance £2,000
IT Equipment £6,785

Year 7 Catch Up Premium Grant 2018-19

The Department for education has previously allocated £500 per pupil for the number of Year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least a level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2.  This is based on Key Stage 2 data and the autumn school census.  In 2018-19 allocated funding to schools will be based on what they receive for catch-up premium funding in 2017-18, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of their Year 7 cohort between the October 2017 and the October 2018 school censuses.

In 2017-18 the allocation of funds for this purpose to Tring School was £14,500.

In 2018-19 these monies are being used to fund:

  1. Small group interventions
  2. 1:1 support and intervention with numeracy throughout the curriculum – Breakfast Kumon Club, Numicon & Maths Wizard
  3. The purchase of texts and resources for small, specifically focused classes in English and Mathematics (extra time given across the curriculum)
  4. 1:1 reading mentors
  5. Lexia Programme for students to use in English


The funding does support students throughout the whole school - however, the impacts of this funding is demonstrated by our excellent results at GCSE and the data evidences the outcomes for our students exceed national and local outcomes. In 2017/18 our Year 11 student cohort achieved an Attainment 8 Score of 55.3, with 78% of students achieving 5 or more grade 4 or above (A*-C grades) including English and Maths. 

At Tring school those students who are designated as Pupil Premium students represents 13% (31 students) of our year 11 students. 71% achieved grade 4+ in English and 58% achieved a grade 4+ in maths, while 48% achieved 5 or more grade 4+ including English and Maths.

Catch Up Funding Impact 2017-18

There are 38 students in Year 7 [2017-18] that receive Catch up Funding and the impacts in terms of literacy and numeracy are closely tracked in terms of diminishing the differences on a half termly basis to show progression made by students.  For literacy mean average of groups  = 63% of students now working at L5+ skills, 90% working at L4+ skills [Summer 2018].  68% of  students achieved 80+ in word recognition, 97% students achieved 60%+ word recognition.

Key strategies/impact Year 7 Literacy:

  • Use of Lexia programme in literacy lessons for Year 7, 3 lessons per fortnight plus weekly homework.
  • 48 students using Lexia, 100% have made progress. 71% have made 4 or more levels of progress which is regarded as exceptional progress.
  • Use of sixth form ‘buddies’ to support reading programme and additional intervention for Year 7 students who are not making as rapid progress with Lexia.
  • Use of a Sixth form tracking / monitoring by buddies.
  • Small group interventions.

Key strategies/impact Year 8 Literacy:

  • Extended number of Lexia licenses to continue support with Year 8 students for 2 lessons per fortnight plus weekly homework.
  • 30 students using Lexia, 97% have made progress. 37% have made 3 or more levels of progress which is regarded as exceptional progress.
  • Use of sixth form ‘buddies’ to support reading programme and additional intervention for Year 8 students who are not making as rapid progress with Lexia.
  • Use of a Sixth form tracking/monitoring by buddies.
  • Small group interventions.

Key strategies/impact in Year 7 Numeracy:

  • 14 students given tutor time intervention - Kumon tutition.
  • Use of 35 Touchscreen Chromebooks purchased out of funding allowing students to answer timed questions with hand gestures. Greater use of applications and programmes that use touchscreen presented through this opportunity (accessibility to Android applications). Chromebooks used in specific Numeracy sessions and interventions for this cohort.
  • Use of additional IT programmes such as MyMaths, Timetable Rockstars and XtraMaths for basic addition.
  • The Maths department are part of the ICCAMS project, which involves the delivery of 30 lessons using materials prepared by a range of universities relating to numerical reasoning and algebra skills. Catch up funding students were the priority group for these resources.
  • 93% of the students have shown a marked improvement and significant progress in their basic numeracy skills - overall 21% of these students achieved above expected progress for the year and 43% made expected progress.

Key strategies/impact in Year 8 Numeracy:

  • 11 students given tutor time intervention.
  • Continued use of touchscreen Chromebooks.
  • Continued use of additional IT programmes such as MyMaths, Timetable Rockstars and XtraMaths for basic addition.
  • Year 8 group, based on Forest Schools, is in operation 5 hours per fortnight for five students in the Autumn term.
  • 83% of the students have shown progress in their basic numeracy skills.
  • 60% of students have also shown improvements in their raw assessment marks when completing numeracy assessments.
  • 100% of students have shown progression towards the international standard of basic numeracy skills.
Key stage 4 (KS4) Performance 2018 all pupils disadvantaged all other pupils
Progress 8 & Attainment 8      
Progress 8 Score 0.25 -0.51        0.33
Attainment 8 Score 53.3 37.3 55.2
English & Mathematics      
English & Maths Strong Pass (5+) 54% 16% 59%
English & Maths Standard Pass (4+) 80% 52% 84%
English Baccalaureate (EBACC)      
Percentage of Pupils entered for EBACC 39% 20% 41%
EBACC Average Points Score 4.66 3.09 4.87
Percentage achieving Grade 5 or above in the EBACC 22% 8% 24%
Percentage achieving Grade 4 or above in the EBACC 26% 8% 28%

Data DfE March 2018 – Validated.

2016-17 SCHOOL Disadvantaged

NATIONAL Disadvantaged

School Other (non-disadvantaged) Local Authority Other (non-disadvantaged) National Other (non-disadvantaged)
Progress 8 -0.43 -0.40 -0.06 0.17 0.11
Attainment 8 38 37 51 53 50
English & Maths Grade 5 or above 26% 25% 59% 56% 49%
English & Maths Grade 4 or above 56% 44% 81% 77% 71%
Achieving the EBACC 7% 10% 22% 33% 26%

Areas for development 2018-19

  • Intervention teaching – continue KS3 focus but ensure PP students are the very highest priority
  • Middle ability boys – exploring different ways of improving outcomes for these students
  • Peer mentoring and tutoring – to improve outcomes for students
  • Basic equipment/Uniform – ensuring every PP student can access the basics needed for school
  • Rewards – encouraging students to achieve in lessons and in their school life (including attendance)
  • 1:1 & small group tutoring – mainly at KS4 readying students for examinations (My Tutor – online tutoring)
  • Attendance – greater monitoring and faster interventions to combat poor attendance.

KS3 Interventions/Pupil Premium Coordinator – Miss F Mitchell
KS4 Interventions/Pupil Premium Coordinator – Mrs L Toovey

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