Pupil Premium 

A summary of the Kingsmead Strategy for disadvantaged students.

The overall objectives in spending our Pupil Premium Grant are:

“Firstly, quality of teaching and learning counts most. Schools that create the best outcomes for students, recruit, train and retain great teachers and support staff. They adhere to model practice in the use of professional development. If the teaching is not consistently very good at your school, then that should be the focus for Pupil Premium funded activity – any other initiative is sticking plaster”  OFSTED 2017

Pupil Premium funding is being used in a number of ways to ensure that entitled students achieve their full potential, academically and emotionally. In addition to tailored academic support it is being targeted at participation in extra-curricular activities and some of the funding has been used to improve attendance.  

Some specific examples of how it is being used are: 

Spending rationale

Our spending of Pupil Premium is aimed to redressing some of the disparity of opportunity which is evident within our student population. We have a number of students from more deprived backgrounds, and it is important to us that they are able to flourish as much as any others.

Research suggests that young people growing up in more deprived communities experience less access to language and literacy-rich activities at home and in the community. They are also more likely to have emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Some are more likely to experience physical hardship and neglect. Therefore, the interventions that we have been able to implement as a result of this funding all attempt to redress this balance in some way.  

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to ‘close the attainment gap’ and to give those who may be financially disadvantaged the best opportunities in their school life.

What PP funding expenditure has had the greatest impact and why?  

PP funding has been used to support students across Years 7-11, not just Year 11 examination groups. We believe this is crucial if we are to make a difference over time with all our PP students.

1. Appointment of our Pupil Premium Learning Support Co-ordinator has improved the number of readers in the school and raised the average reading age. Many students have attended Universities and work-place visits to raise their aspirations. 

2. Leader of Upper and Lower School have led to increased tracking and monitoring of performance of PP students.

3. Additional staffing allowed us to put on additional teaching groups in core and option subjects cutting class sizes.

4. Revision classes for Year 11 were run during Feb half-term, Easter holidays. Staff were paid for these during holiday time. Targeted sessions were run for PP students. 

5. Bespoke transport arrangements have allowed PP students to attend revision classes and catch up sessions afterschool.

7. We produced additional revision materials, ran additional mock examinations (staffed by external invigilators), paid for revision guides across all subjects and funded school trips and visits for subjects such as Drama and History in order for PP students to access the full curriculum. 

9. We have ensured PP students have had mentors in Year 11.

10. All staff have Performance Management targets to raise the performance of PP students within their classes. A key focus has been on Teaching and Learning, particularly personalisation in the classroom. Observation data highlights this as strength and we support the research that this is the key to improved performance. 

11. We have insisted on class packs for all subjects with all teachers highlighting all subgroups but particularly PP students. Detailed monitored of lesson planning shows that additional strategies are being used to support these students.

12. We have supported the salary of one of our senior leader who has overall responsibility for the progress of PP students. He carried out an in-depth analysis of provision and held regular meetings with staff and parents to raise aspirations. 

For full details of our 2019-2020 Pupil Premium strategy, click here

For precise details of our 2019-2020 Pupil Premium spend, click here

For precise details of our 2018-2019 Pupil Premium spend, click here

Year 7 Catch-up Funding

Upon arrival to Kingsmead a number of students are identified as in need of additional support in Maths and English. The Inclusion Centre coordinates 1 to 1 and small group intervention to raise ability in core subjects, with the objective of improving their access to all other curriculum areas through this intervention. The impact of all such interventions are recorded by Inclusion Centre staff.  For an example of 2018-19 catch-up spend outcomes, click here

Joint Pupil Premium Policy – Shared by Kingsmead and our feeder schools)

This is a joint policy drawn up with our feeder schools. The actions and interventions are shared with Kingsmead during transition. The feeder schools and Kingsmead have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.


The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils who meet a specific set of criteria, including whether they are, or have been, in receipt of free school meals.  Comprehensive and well-established research shows that these pupils underachieve compared to their peers.  The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. 

There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium:


When making decisions about pupil premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced.  Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties and attendance and punctuality issues.  There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing.  The challenges are varied and there is no “one size fits all”.

Key Principles 

Analysing data 

We will ensure that:

Identification of Pupils 

We will ensure that:

Improving day to day teaching and provision

Quality First Teaching has the greatest impact on the outcomes for all children. As a school, we will ensure that the following impact on the attainment, progress and holistic wellbeing of pupil premium students:

Increasing learning time

We will seek to maximise children’s learning time:

Additional support

We will ensure that any additional support we provide is effective by:

Monitoring and evaluation

We will ensure that:


It will be the responsibility of the headteacher and SENCo, to regularly report to the governors on:

When reporting about pupil premium funding we will include: 

  1. Information about the context of the school
  2. Objectives for the year
  1. Nature and support of allocation
  2. An overview of spending
  3. A summary of the impact of PPG  

Parents will receive information as to the progress of pupils through personal information sent home on individual education plans (where relevant) and through reporting of assessment results at the end of each term and the academic year.

The governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the pupil premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for these pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education and will appear on our school’s website.

Progress Data for Pupil Premium students

Data Measure



Progress 8 for disadvantaged students – Overall



Progress 8 for disadvantaged students – English



Progress 8 for disadvantaged students – Maths



Progress 8 for disadvantaged students – Ebacc



Attainment 8 score for Pupil Premium students



The next review of the Pupil Premium Strategy will be October 2020