Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2015-16

The Pupil Premium Grant

In 2015-16, the Pupil Premium allocation to Dean Trust Ardwick was £53,156 which equates to 58 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 the following interventions:

  • Intervention Classes
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • Incentives
  • 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 2015 – 16

Music Provision

A music tutor from One Education came in once a week to teach music and vocal tuition. This encouraged inclusion and engagement for all pupils. Pupil Premium funding has paid for 65% of this as all Pupil Premium pupils access this service. Staff have monitored this intervention and looked at levels of interest, enthusiasm and improved confidence in willingness to perform in front of others. The outcomes achieved have increased motivation, confidence and participation in performing arts extra-curricular activities as well as in lessons.

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader has been purchased by the school to monitor and improve reading levels across the year group. Improving reading levels will benefit all subjects, help impact on results, help full access to the curriculum, and help to narrow the gap between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium pupils. HLTAs have also been trained on the use of Accelerated Reader and the school is now ready to start using the programme.

EAL Tuition

External EAL tuition was purchased to help Pupil Premium pupils who are also EAL settle into school and learn English. As 52.5% 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.

Educational Psychologist & Inclusion Specialist Teacher

An SLA was purchased for an Educational Psychologist to come into school for 9 sessions. All pupils that accessed this service were eligible for Pupil Premium funding.  An inclusion specialist teacher was partially funded by Pupil Premium funding to come into school to support the school in identifying pupils with SEN through observations and assessments, and mapping provision for them. 65% of the pupils accessing this service are Pupil Premium and are receiving extra support, impacting on their improved level of engagement in lessons and around school, together with improved sense of well-being.

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 Exhibition trip to London, a rewards day trip to Chester Zoo and residential Outward Bound trip to Ullswater, 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 that there is only slight gap of 0,3% where Pupil Premium attendance is 96.4% compared with Non-Pupil Premium attendance of 96.7%.

Persistent Absence (PA) records show there is a slight gap of 3.4% Pupil Premium pupils who are PA compared to 2.5% Non-Pupil Premium pupils who are PA.

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 have attained Level 4+ in English, Maths and Science than Non-Pupil Premium pupils (a gap of 5%, 3% and 7% respectively);

Level 5+similarly (a gap of 2% in English, no gap in Maths, and 8% in Science);

However, Non-Pupil Premium pupils have attained slightly higher than Pupil Premium pupils at Level 6 (5% English, 15% Maths; 1% Science), although the mean SAS for Non-Pupil Premium pupils is higher than those with Pupil Premium funding, and there are more higher attaining pupils on entry who do not receive Pupil Premium funding.

Progress this year shows that a higher percentage of Pupil Premium pupils have made slightly better progress than Non-Pupil Premium pupils: in English there is a gap of 17% pupils making expected progress (EP), 1% exceeding expected progress (EEP); in Maths there is a gap of 9% pupils making EP and 6% EEP; in Science there is a gap of 9% pupils making EP, but there are 2% Non-Pupil premium pupils than Pupil Premium pupils exceeding expected progress (EEP).

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.

‘When we went to Chester Zoo I loved it because we were given the responsibility to discover the zoo on our own and the teachers didn’t follow us around. We had to meet at certain times, so we had to be organised.’ (Year 7 pupil)

The Outward Bound trip boosted my confidence. It strengthened my potential and helped me build my teamwork skills.’ (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)


‘On the Outward Bound trip we learned new skills like how to be a leader and how to work well in a team. We took part in activities that I would never have done anywhere else.’(Year 7 pupil)


‘It has improved my ability to organise my thoughts when revising for tests.’ (Year 7 Pupil)

What projects will run in 2016-2017?

Dean Trust Ardwick has been allocated £139,993 for 2016-17 which equates to 149 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 2016-17



For 2016-2017 Dean Trust Ardwick intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2015-2016 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.

Now the school is able to offer funding availability across all subjects, faculties are planning to take Pupil Premium pupils on trips and visits, purchase equipment and resources, and invest in extra-curricular activities to motivate and engage, and support learning.

Literacy provision is essential for the school, and as such we intend to appoint a Reading Co-ordinator and EAL Co-ordinator, with a view to supporting Pupil Premium pupils who need extra intervention with reading and language skills.

The school’s Rewards Shop and rewards trips are an effective inventive for our pupil, Premium pupils, and we intend to impact on the quality of work, personal organization, behaviour and attendance through our rewards strategy.

We are embarking on a careers programme and intend to provide Pupil Premium pupils with the opportunity to visit higher education establishments, work with MMU and Manchester University and engage pupils in a mentoring programme this year. The next internal Pupil Premium strategy review will be April 2017.