October 5, 2012

Pupil Premium

Boldon School Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch Up premium

Statutory Information

During 2015/16 Boldon School receive additional funds (called Pupil Premium) for use with specific students.   All schools and academies are required to produce a statement explaining how this money will be spent.  Pupil premium is additional funding provided by the Government to “enhance the education of the most socio-economically deprived (namely those students entitled to free school meals (FSM) and looked after children.


Boldon School will receive £294,850 under this initiative for the financial year 2015/16.  The School will use this money to support systems and processes which;

  1. Have a direct impact on progress in the classroom;
  2. Narrow the gap between achievement of disadvantaged and other students
  3. Equip students with positive aspirations, attitudes and behaviour and
  4. Help to overcome cultural and socio-economic barriers to progress for those in vulnerable groups.


At KS 4 it will be targeted to those with the greatest need, defined by progress against target, reading age and attendance.  Funding will be used to support additional tuition and generate additional help, materials and staff.  Rather than providing initiatives that are only directly targeted at PP students, which may allow them to be identified in their peer group, the school has adopted an inclusive stance that enables initiatives to be available for all.  However these initiatives are such that they are designed to benefit (taking into account statistical analysis) the most vulnerable students and those at risk of under achieving through their family background.


Uses of the funding include the following;


Football Academy – accessible to all students and helps to nurture team building, co-operation, communication and re-enforces British values including integrity and fair play
Produce individualised learning plans to address student need – including Accelerated reading programme
Provided ingredients, equipment and materials for students during practical lessons
Year 7 and Year 8 – extra literacy lesson targeted at students with low reading ages
A variety of literacy intervention programmes
Inclusion Centre and Withdrawal Unit staffing – to give these students tuition in very small groups and try to improve behaviour as a by product.
Investment in Accelerated Reading programme -to raise the reading ages of KS3 students and in doing so, increase their literacy skills.
Year 9 and 10 pastoral withdrawal for Lexia and group reading
Revision guides provided for targeted students
After school revision programme for students in Year 11 and other targeted students
Year 11 intervention programme including coursework catch up days
Refreshments provided to support revision classes
School Theatre Production – opportunity for all students to participate – this includes back stage roles
Maintained level of LSAs to assist with literacy support
Educational Powburn visits – residential activity for targeted students.
​Expansion of the Inclusion Centre to accommodate more vulnerable/at risk of exclusion students
Making computer facilities accessible after school for students
Extra-curricular clubs for the students to develop their skills and opportunities
Work related experience – this is provided to give students a real life environment to prepare them for life after school.
Holiday revision classes – classes are made available during many school holidays for students to access additional revision prior to taking GCSE examinations.
Provision of school equipment and uniform (incl. PE uniform).  Fund available for students who need support.
Support for vulnerable Year 11 students to access vocational programme in building at external provider
Subscription to Sisra to track students’ achievement better – tool for analysis of targets and achievement so that a greater level of information is available on specific groups of students including disadvantaged.
To support and enhance learning in all year groups, three Assistant Pastoral Leaders have been employed by the school. They contribute to the pastoral team within Boldon.
Two full time learning mentors employed to meet the emotional, social and wellbeing of all students
Maintained teaching staff in core subjects to keep class sizes smaller. One each in English, mathematics, science @ approx. £40k each incl. on costs
Introduce a “stroller” during the day to deal with behavioural issues around the school.  Equivalent to one FTE member of staff who can be called upon to assist teachers with behavioural issues and disruption in class – thus leading to greater focus on learning.
Maintained employment of Attendance Officer –this position acts to be proactive in ensuring that students attend more regularly which should lead to improved academic performance.
Use of external specialists in core subjects to enhance delivery of the subject especially to students who are considered to be underachieving.

The School has in place rigorous monitoring and support systems.  This will allow the school to generate attainment data that will demonstrate the impact of initiatives put in place through the use of pupil premium funding.

Students on roll and Pupil Premium

Students on roll (based on April 2015 budget settlement)  
Number of students eligible for FSM pupil premium (Ever 6) 310
Number of students eligible for Looked after children pupil premium 2
Number of students eligible for Service Child pupil premium 4
Total amount of Pupil premium received £294,850


The following demonstrates impact of the pupil premium initiatives in 2014/15.


Accelerated Reading Programme
Made Progress Above Expected Reading Age
SEN 83% 19%
FSM 78% 32%
Some students are showing 2 years improvement in reading age


Attendance 2014 / 15
Boldon School attendance figures compare favourably to those schools with a similar intake. 92.3%



Student Performance 2015 Boldon School National Average
Disadvantaged students achieving 5 A* to C 51.9% TBC
Disadvantaged students achieving 5 A* to C including English and Maths 46.3% TBC
Disadvantaged students achieving English Baccalaureate 0% TBC


Disadvantaged students making expected progress in English 76.5%
Disadvantaged students making more than expected progress in English 17.5%
Disadvantaged students making expected progress in Mathematics 56%
Disadvantaged students making more than expected progress in Mathematics 12%


Exclusions 2008 to 2015 No. of fixed term exclusions No. of permanent exclusions
2008/09 147 2
2009/10 108 3
2010/11 98 2
2011/12 2 4
2012/13 10 2
2013/14 6 4
2014/15 11 3


The trend shown above demonstrates the effectiveness of the inclusion centre and withdrawal unit and reflects efforts that have been made in the last two years to minimise the number of exclusions in the School.

Learning Environment

Many visitors to school comment upon the positive and warm ethos which prevails across the school.

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium


This is an additional amount of funding, allocated at £500 per student, provided for Year 7 pupil recorded on the October 2014 school census and recorded in the 2014 key stage 2 assessment data as not having achieved level 4 in reading and / or mathematics. In 2014 / 15 there were 33 qualifying students and the amount received was £16,500. An amount of £8,000 is included in the current year’s budget in anticipation of the number of students that qualify this year.


The funding is utilised to enhance the accelerated reading programme that is provided for all year 7 and year 8 students.


Key aim of programme To raise the reading ages of Key Stage 3 students and in doing so, increase their literacy skills.
Measurable outcomes of programme 1. Reading ages increasing at least 1 equivalent month per calendar month

2. observable increase in confidence in reading

Description of the Programme Using information generated by the AR software, students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. In addition, it helps to monitor students’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through other reading schemes


The funding is also utilised to subscribe to “My Maths” and other mathematics websites that can be targeted at Year 7 students and allows them to work independently and outside of the school setting.


In terms of achievements,


  1. 84% of students are now making expected progress in Mathematics and 87.5% are making expected progress in English.


  1. Maths: 25 students were below level 4 and 76% of students of these have now achieved level 4


  1. English: 16 students were below level 4 and 81% of these have now achieved level 4