Pupil Premium & Catch Up - Willowfield Humanities College

Pupil Premium & Catch Up

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.  Pupil Premium is currently worth £935 for each child of secondary school age who met the criteria.

On this basis Willowfield will receive £295,460 for the 2016/17 financial year. With an increasing roll indications are that the school will receive a slightly larger sum for 2017-18. On this basis the school has allocated a pupil premium budget of £298,810 for the academic year 2016-17.


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 children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

Pupil premium has also funded Summer School Programmes for disadvantaged pupils to support their transition to secondary schoos.


The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers

  • the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium

  • the reports or online statements for parents that schools have to publish

There is certain information that must be in the online report:

  • the school’s pupil premium allocation in respect of the current academic year;

  • details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent;

  • details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent, and

  • the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.


Details of the arrangements for funding the pupil premium for Willowfield Humanities College can be found on the links below.

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2.

Schools then assess the needs of their individual pupils and decide the best way to use the funding. This may include:

  • individual tuition in addition to classroom teaching
  • intensive small-group tuition
  • purchasing external services and materials to add to those provided by the school, for example tutor services or proven computer-based learning or online support
  • summer or holiday schools to deliver intensive catch-up over a short period

Schools also have a duty to publish information about the use of the funding on their web-site. In particular they must:

  • describe how they spent the previous academic year’s allocation,
  • describe how the school assessed the effect of the spending on attainment
  • evaluate the effect the premium has had on pupils’ educational attainment
  • outline their plans to spend the current academic year’s allocation

 Year 7 Catch Up Spending 2015-16

The continuation of this strategy was dependent upon the outcome of the government's comprehensive spending review. Until this was completed the school had no details of the budget for 2015-16. As of 1 March 2016 we have received news that the school has been allocated £12500 from central government. Details of how we intend to use this funding will follow in due course.

Year 7 Catch Up Spending 2014-2015

  • The allocation made this year is £13,500.
  • From initial data regarding levels of entry from KS2: 10 students have been identified for Literacy Catch-up; 8 for Maths and 9 for both.

Objectives in spending catch up funding:

  • To move 10 identified students to a level 4* in English (* based on the level attained for Reading in KS2 SATs)
  • To move 8 identified students to a level 4 in Maths (9 students have been identified for both)

Summary of spending and actions taken:

  • Small group tuition in English – 1 and ½ day a week – for 20 weeks – Spring/Summer Term - £6,000
  • Small group tuition in Maths  – 1 and ½ day a week – for 20 weeks – Spring/Summer Term  - £6,000
  • Librarian’s reading group  ( a  ½ day a week for 20 weeks) - £750
  • Resources (exercise books/photocopying): £250
  • Additional reading books purchased for librarian’s reading group: £250
  • Additional teaching resources purchased for numeracy - £250
  • 9/19 students who were identified for Literacy catch up received an additional intervention in the form of Sound Training for Reading in the  Spring and Summer Term. Impact is recorded separately for catch-up and STfR.

Methods used to assessing the effect of spending on attainment

  • Use of Year 7 progress monitoring: Autumn, Spring, Summer and End Of Year levels
  • STfR – single word reading test – WRAT4

Outcomes as at July 2015

  • In English 78% of the target group have made progress from their fine KS2 English level to their end of Year 7 level.
  • 7 out of the 18 students now on roll (39%) have reached a level 4.
  • 2 students are currently operating at a 3A.
  • In Maths 59% of the target group have made progress from their fine KS2 Maths level to their end of Year 7 level.
  • 82% have made progress from internal data monitoring between Autumn 2014 and June 2015.
  • 5 out of the 17 students (29%) have reached a level 4.
  •  3 students are currently operating at a 3A.

Rates of progress made by Catch up Students against those of the whole year 7 cohort

  Catch up cohort Whole Year 7 cohort
Average number of sub levels of progress made from English KS2 Test (Sub level) to Year 7 EOY ATT   2.38   1.45
Average number of sub levels of progress made from Maths KS2 Test (Sub level) to Year 7 EOY ATT   0.76   1.14


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