The Pupil Premium
The ‘Pupil Premium’ is top-up funding received by schools which aims to address the underlying inequalities between disadvantaged students and their peers. The funding is used to tackle disadvantage by providing additional support in a wide variety of ways, and is targeted to reach those children who need it most. The amount that any school receives will depend on the number of pupils that it has who are eligible for Free School Meals or who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point over the preceding six years. In addition, pupils who meet the following criteria are also eligible:
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.
For clarification, children whose parents are in receipt of the following are entitled to receive Free School Meals:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (as long as you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and you don't get more than £16,190 a year)
Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Universal Credit (with annual earned income of no more than £7,400 after tax and not including any benefits you get).
The Service Premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces. Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
One of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years.
Pupils will only be able to claim either Pupil Premium or Service Premium if the school is notified in advance of the annual school census (mid January).
If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals the easiest way to apply is here:
If you would like any help with the application process please contact us for further advice.
Our letter outlining further information on Pupil Premium can be found below:
Our letter sent to the families of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium funding can be found below:
Pupil Premium Strategy at The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School
The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School is a high achieving and aspirational school and the challenge for all our pupil premium students is to reach the targets not only set by the school but by their peers. Our starting point is that all the pupils in the school can achieve their goals and we work particularly hard on ensuring this is the case for our pupil premium students. We ensure their aspirations are the same as those around them. For the academic year 2021/2022, 108 (8%) of students in the whole school cohort are eligible. Our estimated pupil premium allocation is £100,000 - see below for a breakdown of how this is spent. In such a small group, with a diverse range of needs, any interventions have to be cost effective and have high impact. The School’s leadership team has embedded key practices, strategies and ideas lower down the school, from the point of transition, to avoid the need for lots of ‘bolt on’ interventions in Year 11. All Year 6 into 7 Pupil Premium Students were invited to the Summer School in the summer with over 90% attending. Many of the initiatives the school adopts are in place because we have identified the barriers to the progress of all groups. The initiatives are school wide but are intended to have maximum impact on those who don’t have the opportunities that many others in our community are exposed to.
How is the additional funding used?
In 2021/2022 the funding is being used to support relevant staffing including a pupil premium champion on the SLT, a dedicated Literacy and Numeracy Tutor and, where possible, small support groups in Numeracy and Literacy. We have also created a nurture pathway in to give focussed support to those pupils who need it the most and to give them access to a relevant suite of courses. This allows the School to provide additional support for vulnerable pupils at risk of under-achieving at KS3 & 4 through individual and small group tuition. Some pupil premium funding is being used to support individual pupils through assistance with uniform, transport or enrichment activity costs as this has a direct impact on self-efficacy and the confidence of the pupils concerned.
This year we will also be using the funding to support students who have gaps in their knowledge due to schooling that was missed during lockdown. We are using MyTutor to provide online tuition to specific Year 10 & 11 students.
Planned actions, strategies and interventions for 2020/21
View our pupil premium strategy document here
Listed are some of our current strategies
The Saint John Henry Newman 10 Steps to addressing disadvantage in the classroom – All staff have been issued with the updated 10 steps poster, using the latest research from the EEF and this is a continual focus at whole staff inset, subject leaders meetings and department meetings. The ’10 steps’ programme was launched at a whole school Inset to ensure that PP students were at the forefront of the staff’s mind during planning, teaching and assessment.
The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School’s development of the whole School Curriculum puts disadvantaged students at the very centre. The updated curriculum will ensure all disadvantaged students receive the very best curriculum experience that will allow them to move confidently to the next stage of their education. We have ensured that the whole school focus on emotional health and wellbeing encompasses the specific needs of all disadvantaged students.
Assistant Learning Coordinators (ALCs) in Years 7-13 are developing a focussed programme to ensure the pupil premium students in every year group make progress in line with their peers and that they have a positive experience. ALCs meet regularly with the PP group to discuss any issues and ensure that any barriers to learning are identified and strategies to overcome these are put in to place.
The Senior Leadership Team pupil premium champion oversees all pupil premium progress data and identifies those in need of intervention. This information is regularly shared with Governors, the Headteacher, SLT and ALCs. The SLT PP champion has recently completed an MEd in leading teaching and learning with a focus on disadvantaged students.
Year 11 PP students all have an SLT mentor. The mentor meets with the students half-termly and with the parents on a termly basis to discuss in depth the child’s progress, the impact of any interventions, and whether any extra support or resources are required.
RAP meetings for Year 11 & 10 to track progress and to create strategies to improve individual and group performance, ensure that pupil premium students are the highest priority.
Teaching and learning work scrutinies and learning walks across all departments focus on pupil premium students’ progress and their whole school experience and this includes Sixth Form students who were entitled to the PP in Year 11.
Other strategies include:
English and Maths support and use of Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths
KS4 PP students a study residential to a PGL camp.
Provision of revision materials and general school resources for students to use in all subjects.
Subsidised music lessons for all those PP students in year 7 & 8. All PP students in KS4 taking GCSE music have their weekly music lesson provided.
Enrichment provision opportunities – We are working towards all PP students taking part in one extra-curricular club. We ensure there is a wide range of clubs to catch the attention of a wide range of students.
Every PP pupil receives a Connexions appointment to ensure independent evaluation of best work experience placements and next stage of education or training.
Access to School Counsellor.
How is the impact of the Pupil Premium measured?
All pupil premium students will have a termly meeting with their Assistant Learning Coordinator to discuss progress and their day-to-day experience at school. Parents are invited in to school at various points throughout the year to discuss the impact of interventions and strategies in place.
Pupil Premium Plus students meet regularly with their named teacher to discuss progress and their day-to-day experience at school. Our Virtual School advisor visits the school termly to discuss these pupils and PP+ self-evaluation is completed on a termly basis.
SLT Pupil Premium ‘Champion’ regularly reviews progress data to ensure pupil premium students’ progress is in line with other students in the year group. Any areas of strength and weakness are raised with the respective department / learning coordinator for review.
SLT Pupil Premium ‘Champion’ shares and reviews data and strategies with Governors, the Headteacher and the SLT.
Actual Impact on Pupil Premium students
The key judgement of impact of the use of the pupil premium grant at The Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School is that at every stage of their education students have the opportunity and the qualifications to go on to their chosen qualification, training or career. We believe this is the true meaning of the phrase ‘Social mobility’. We have ensured that gaps from key stage 2 to 3, 3 to 4, 4 to 5 and 5 and beyond have been closed to ensure the best possible path for our pupil premium students. We continue to monitor the destinations of all our PP students at the end of KS4 and KS5. Last year 52% of our KS4 PP students remained at the Saint John Henry Newman Catholic School and the other 48% went on to their chosen courses elsewhere. 85% of our KS5 PP students went on to university in 2021. Every year we review the impact of the way we spend the pupil premium, we use this review to decide which initiatives to continue with and those which we need to drop or change. Please see here for last year’s review.
Pupil Premium Students’ Results 2020/21
In the academic year 2020/2021, 24 out of 236 year 11 pupils were in receipt of the pupil premium (10%). GCSE outcomes for the group were outstanding; 29% of grades were awarded at 9-7, and 67% were awarded at 9-4.
*TAGs were used for GCSE results.
Number of Pupils: 24
4 in English and Maths
5 in English and Maths
Actions strategies and interventions used during 2020/21
The Saint John Henry Newman 10 Steps to support Pupil Premium Pupils
The Senior Leadership Team pupil premium ‘champion’
Develop more focussed tracking for those Pupil Premium students now in the 6th Form
Enrichment provision opportunities
Access to School Counsellor
Holiday revision sessions targeting Year 11 students
KS 3 Reading mentors
Peer Mentors; embedding the capacity of peer mentoring across Year 7, developing to work with younger students, particularly in numeracy, literacy and science
RAP meetings for Year 11 to track progress and to create strategies to improve individual and group performance