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Pupil Premium Funding for Disadvantaged Students

Key priorities:

To narrow the gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students in low-income families.

What do we expect to see:

Targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress;
  • Close attainment gaps relative to school averages;
  • Have full access to our curriculum;
  • Access our extra-curricular provision.

Evaluation of the 2015/16 situation

Budget : £110330 was spent on the following support for learning

  • Academic Support (£66180)
  • Pastoral Support (£11000)
  • Transition
  • Wider Curriculum Support (£23300)
  • Enhancement (£9850)
  • Race to the Top Funding (£4500)

Evidencing Impact

Daily interventions are recorded on a special proforma to evidence and record impact. The type and frequency of PP support is tracked on a spreadsheet held centrally. Progress is also tracked via the review system and the data collected helps to inform, develop and target intervention strategies.

Progress 8 Score: -0.06

This is the first year that Progress 8 has been used as a headline measure in schools. It is important for us as a high achieving school to score above zero on this measure. National Disadvantaged score was -0.32. The National Non-disadvantaged score was 0.12. With the cohort of Disadvantaged students representing less than 13% of the year group, individual students impact significantly.

Sponne School also participated in the county ‘Race to the Top’ project which provided additional funding to support students considered to be disadvantaged. The funding was used to employ an additional gap year student from which we could also measure the impact of students working with others closer to their age group.

The group of disadvantaged students in this academic year consisted of a number of late arrival students to Sponne school. Based on their Key Stage 2 scores, this cohort were likely to be lower attaining. As such, 37.9% of them achieved A*-C in both English and maths. However, with the Progress 8 figure, it is clear that these students have made a good level of progress across their best 8 subjects. The results were not significantly below national other or for any prior attainment group in English or mathematics.

With regard to expected progress, in both maths and English, 63% of the group achieved this. On prediction, this figure was lower at 51.9%. This is an increase of 11.1%. Students achieving a grade C or above in maths was predicted to be 44.8% but came out with 51.7%. In English, the students performed better with 69% achieving a C, the prediction being 51.7%.

The value added for the PP cohort in Summer 2016 was 1010.8, with those not considered disadvantaged recording a value of 1028.4 at Sponne School.

Sponne Disadvantaged students achieved a higher value added score: 1010.8 compared to 1008.8 national non-disadvantaged.

Expected progress in English and maths is slightly lower. English – 61.5% Sponne Disadvantaged students compared to 74% national non-Disadvantaged. Maths – 61.5% Sponne Disadvantaged students compared to 72% national non-Disadvantaged. There is a relatively low number of students within the cohort and as such, individual results have a greater impact on overall results.

Plans for 2016/17 for Disadvantaged students

Budget : £100980 to be spent on the following support for learning


Dedicated full-time HLTA staff alongside current teaching staff in English, Maths and science to monitor, delivers and track appropriate intervention to support disadvantaged students achieving their targets. This could be in the form of:

  • one-to-one lesson support
  • small group work
  • in class support
  • one-to-one tuition
  • holiday intervention days
  • booster registration sessions
  • afterschool intervention session
  • personalised curriculum where appropriate with House support

Close monitoring and assessing of all students needs ensures the correct support is in place at all times. In addition, LAC students receive 30 minutes of 1:1 support in English and Maths each week.


The PSA and wider Learning support team works closely with parents and students to ensure that pastoral needs are met to support the learning process. This involves working with outside practitioners and agencies where appropriate but also mentors in school. A range of enrichment activities are available to engage disadvantaged students with school and build confidence, self-esteem, motivate, fulfil aspirations and provide guidance for future career plans. The PSA works closely with the Assistant Headteacher in charge of attendance to ensure any attendance issues are monitored and addressed.

Learning Mentors have 30 minute 1:1 appointments with all Disadvantaged students after each review to help students to reflect on the progress made and formulate targets based on the review. Learning mentors also guide the students at key points such as Yr 8 Option Choices and exam preparation.


Close collaboration with our partner primary schools will support pupils in transition from primary to secondary school. Alongside this a summer school runs during the summer holidays to support those pupils transitioning from primary school as well as pupils who require further support in English and mathematics. Students with Free School Meal entitlement and Looked After children are specifically targeted for this activity.


Two additional members of staff support other curriculum areas with catch up and appropriate intervention.

Revision and coursework booster sessions are in place for Key Stage 4 students to ensure support in preparation for exams is structured and fully supportive. Resources including ‘My Maths’ CDs and ‘I Am Learning’ will be provided for all students to support their exam preparation and personal development. The accelerated reading programme has proved very successful and will continue to be promoted.

Where appropriate, funding is available to support additional curriculum related activities e.g. music lessons and school trips.


A comprehensive range of enhancement activities are available, the cost of which is met through the funding.

Click Here to view the PP 2016-17 barriers and strategies