Pupil Premium

pdf icon Pupil Premium Strategy 2017- 2018

The Pupil Premium Grant

In 2016-17, the Pupil Premium allocation to Dean Trust Ardwick was £235,266, which equates to 240 pupils.

The Pupil Premium is additional grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, children who are in local authority care, children adopted from local authority care and children with parent(s) in the Armed Forces. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress.

The Purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

At Dean Trust Ardwick we target additional support strategies to enable every student, however financially disadvantaged, to:

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

At Dean Trust Ardwick we have directed the funding to support work within the classroom and the following interventions:

  • Progress and attainment
  • Mentoring/Staffing
  • Trips and Residential Visits
  • Uniform
  • Attendance

The impact of this funding has been to support and enhance our existing intervention strategies for pupils who would otherwise have been disadvantaged and has allowed them to experience the full range of opportunities offered.

  Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact 2016 – 17


A Literacy Assistant and Numeracy Assistant have been employed to work with Pupil Premium pupils across the school. A Librarian has been partially funded and Accelerated Reader purchased by the school to monitor and improve reading levels across the year group, HLTA’s have also been trained on the use of Accelerated Reader. Improving reading levels benefits all subjects, helps impact on results, enables full access to the curriculum and helps to narrow the gap between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium pupils.

EAL Tuition

Two EAL Coordinators have been appointed to help Pupil Premium pupils who are also EAL settle into school and learn English. As 64% of Pupil Premium pupils are also EAL pupils, this was partially funded by Pupil Premium funding. Without a good level of English language understanding and speaking, all other aspects of school life from results to engagement and attendance will be compromised. Pupils received weekly intensive tuition and as a result, those pupils developed their confidence in class and were able to participate with the help of other pupils and differentiated work. Those pupils settled in quickly with the extra support.

 Support and Mentoring  

Two extra Pupil Support Managers have been employed to support Pupil Premium pupils. SLA’s were purchased for an Educational Psychologist and Educational Behaviour Consultant to come into school. All pupils who accessed these services were eligible for Pupil Premium funding.  This resulted in a decrease in behaviour incidents, an improved level of engagement in lessons and around school, together with improved sense of well-being. ReachOut and The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation came in to work with Year 8 Pupil Premium pupils to help develop self-belief and self-assurance, gain transferrable skills and focus on their academic studies.

Equipment and Resources
School has used some of the funding for resources for students, revision guides and licenses for software and seating plans. IPads have been purchased for Pupil Premium pupils’ use.

Residential/Social and Cultural Visits

School partially funded a residential and cultural visit for identified pupils. Pupil and staff surveys reveal positive feedback on all these events. Trips included a Harry Potter trip, a rewards day trip to Blackpool and residential Outward Bound trip to Ullswater in the Lake District.

The costs associated with residential/social/cultural visits, which provide vital cultural, social and enrichment experiences for pupils, are often a barrier to those pupils with free school meals or from low income families. Pupil Premium funding has enabled these costs to be subsidised for eligible pupils, thus allowing greater access to the same high quality and exciting opportunities offered by these experiences. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to apply for help with funding in all our trips and activities through letters that are sent home.


Dean Trust Ardwick has helped Pupil Premium pupils with uniform. The start of the academic year can be an expensive time for many families. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to contact the school if they require any help towards uniform costs.


Dean Trust Ardwick has introduced monitoring strategies and incentives to improve attendance of Pupil Premium pupils.

Attendance records this year show the attendance of Pupil Premium pupils is only 1.65% lower ( 95.92%) compared with non-Pupil Premium pupils ( 97.57%).

Persistent Absence (PA) records show that 6.5% Pupil Premium pupils were in the Persistent Absence category ( 10% or more absence) compared to 2.18% of non- Pupil Premium pupils, leaving a gap of only 4.32%.

Impact of Pupil Premium

The impact of Pupil Premium can be measured in two ways.

The first measurement is through data.

Attainment this year shows that a slightly higher percentage of Pupil Premium pupils are currently working at a grade of 9-4 in English and Science than Non-Pupil Premium pupils (a gap of 3% and 4% respectively. In Maths there is a higher percentage of Non-Pupil Premium pupils that are working at a grade 9-4 in comparison to Pupil Premium pupils (gap of 14%). Although the mean SAS for Non-Pupil Premium pupils is higher than those with Pupil Premium funding.

Progress this year shows that a higher percentage of Non-Pupil Premium pupils have made better progress than Pupil Premium pupils; in English there is a 7% gap for pupils on target and a 6% gap for pupils above target. In Science there is a 9% gap for pupils on target and a 2% gap for pupils above target. In Maths 11% more Pupil Premium pupils are on target in comparison to Non-Pupil Premium pupils, however, 9% more Non-Pupil Premium pupils are working above target.

The second way in which we measure the impact of Pupil Premium is through the quality of the activities or intervention that we provide. Each activity concludes with a pupil survey and is compared to a pre-event survey.

‘DMSF taught me how to lead and take responsibility. I enjoyed leading the primary pupils and feel I am more likely to take responsibility in school and behave better’ (Year 7 pupil)

I really enjoyed the trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, because it was a once in a lifetime experience for school pupils. We got to see the famous Diagon Alley and all of the characters and wax models that they used for the movie. Now I really understand the effort and determination and the amount of money that goes into the budget of making a billion pounds film. It was truly amazing and I am truly grateful for this experience.!’ (Year 7 pupil)

 ‘I am more confident in lesson. I will attempt the harder questions and I give up less’

Year 8 ReachOut Pupil

“It has been great to see the girls come out their shells throughout the year. They have worked really well together and are more settled and comfortable in letting others have their say. Their teachers have even commented on the positive changes in their behaviour in terms of taking part and contributing more in class. They have all taken on the character strengths well and have a better awareness of how their actions and behaviour impact not only them but others around them.”

Caroline Carter, Year 8 ReachOut Girls Project Leader

The Outward Bound trip was great! I did things that I didn’t think I could and now I feel more confident. I improved my teamwork skills and am better friends with people from the trip.’ (Year 7 pupil)

What projects will run in 2017-2018?

Dean Trust Ardwick has been allocated £307,280 for 2017-18 which equates to 328 pupils. We have detailed below how we intend to spend this year’s allocation per student. Our target is to continue to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Currently we are running attendance incentives and helping pupils with school uniform. Interventions are in place, mentors are booked to come into school and accelerated reader books have been received.

Planned breakdown of spend per pupil 2017-18

 For 2017-2018 Dean Trust Ardwick intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2016-2017 as this had a positive impact on overall achievement and has helped to ensure all our pupils have full access to all the opportunities available at Dean Trust Ardwick.

Our School Improvement targets specifically focus on progress and attainment of vulnerable groups and further closing the gaps. This year a headline target across the school is to reduce the gaps in attainment and progress across all key stages (between each individual vulnerable grouping and non-vulnerable pupils). This will be evidenced through the progress made from KS2-3 for targeted groups of pupils.

Faculties are planning to take Pupil Premium pupils on trips and visits, purchase equipment and resources, and invest in extra-curricular activities to motivate, engage and support learning.

Dean Trust Ardwick’s Pupil Premium Strategy Statement document can be found on our website.