Disadvantaged Students (Pupil Premium)

Pupil Premium Grant 2017-2018

Harton Academy Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged Students) Report 06/01/2019

During 2017-2018 Harton Academy received additional funds called Pupil Premium. 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), children looked after (CLA), children adopted from care and Service children.

The Pupil Premium for 2017-18 was allocated to local authorities and schools with students on roll in January 2017 that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (Ever 6).

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school’s budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for students eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

Students on roll (based on April 2018 budget settlement) 1579

Students (in years 7 to 11) 1347

Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged Students) on roll: 462.

Pupil Premium Group Number of students Premium amount
Free School Meals (FSM) 440 £935
Children Looked After (CLA) 11 £1900
Service children 11 £300
Total 462

The school has received £535,347 under this initiative for the academic year 2017-18

The School has used this money to support systems and processes which;

  • Have a direct impact on progress in the classroom.
  • Increase the achievement of all students including those on FSM.
  • Equip students with positive aspirations, attitudes and behavior.
  • Help to overcome cultural and socio-economic barriers – leading to progress for those in vulnerable groups.

At Key Stage 4 we have targeted those with the greatest need, defined by progress against target, reading age and attendance. Funding has been used to support additional tuition and generate additional help, materials and employ extra staff in critical areas such as English and mathematics.

In making additional provision for Pupil Premium students we do recognise that, for a variety of reasons, not all socially disadvantaged students will be in receipt of free school meals. In addition to providing initiatives that are targeted at FSM students, the School has adopted an inclusive strategy that enables initiatives to be available for all. To further narrow the attainment gap we are currently exploring various strategies that will have a sharper focus on the Pupil Premium group.

The following are some of the areas which have benefited from funding from the Pupil Premium Grant;

  • Inclusion Centre, Nurture Groups and Withdrawal Unit Staffing – to give these students tuition in small groups and to try to improve behavior.
  • Levels of LSAs and HLTAs to assist with literacy and numeracy support
  • Photography course/ Film studies course – Whilst these were GCSE qualifications, they had been chosen to enhance vocational skills that can be utilized in a wider context.
  • Holiday period revision classes – Classes are made available during the Easter and Whit holidays for students to access additional revision prior to taking GCSE exams.
  • Provision of school equipment and uniform (incl. PE uniform and help with Prom clothing). Funds are available for students who need support.
  • Developing in-house data tracking systems to accurately track student’s achievement. Tools for analysis of targets and achievement so that a greater level of information is available on various groups of students including those on FSM.
  • Increasing the number of teaching staff in core and also some other subjects to keep class sizes smaller and the inclusion of ‘nurture’ groups at KS3 with a specialist teachers.
  • The use of Patrol staff at each period to deal with behavioral issues around the school. Equivalent to two FTE members of staff who can be called upon to assist teachers should behavioral issues or disruptions occur in class – thus leading to greater focus on learning.
  • Use of lead practitioners 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, which are under continual refinement and review. These have allowed the school to generate attainment and tracking data which will monitor the impact of initiatives put in place through the use of Pupil Premium funding.
  • CPD to support effective teaching and learning in the classroom.
  • Routine formative assessment.
  • Peer tutoring.
  • Learning support.
  • Coaching.
  • Mentoring.
  • Accelerated Reading Programme.
  • 1-1 and small group tuition in English and maths.
  • Small group intervention to support reading and writing.
  • Enhanced ICT provision.
  • Key Stage 4 GCSE/ BTEC intervention.
  • Transition events.
  • Key Stage 4 work related programmes.
  • Careers Education/ Information advice & guidance.
  • Enterprise activities.
  • The outreach team & parental support.


The following demonstrates the outcomes of the Pupil Premium initiatives in 2017/2018 which should be viewed in light of the changes to both the curriculum and the examination style.

Academic attainment 2017-18 – Outcome of all KS4 qualifications

Harton academy disadvantaged students ‘v’ Harton Academy non-disadvantaged students

KS4 performance 2017-18 Harton academy students only
Headline Disadvantaged Non-disadvantaged Gap
Cohort 35.4% 64.6%
KS2 on entry 4.68 4.94 -0.26
Attainment 8 40.48 51.34 -10.86
Progress 8 -0.521 0.098 -0.619
9-5 in English and maths 26.3% 52.6% -26.3%
9-4 in English and maths 48.4% 73.4% -25.0%
Achieving EBacc strong pass 9.5% 20.8% -11.3%
EBacc average points score 3.42 4.52 -1.10


Harton academy disadvantaged students ‘v’ National disadvantaged cohort

National values are taken from the revised national statistics tables 2018. Values which appear in brackets are collaborative data values.

Collaborative data explained – The data management system used by the academy, provided by SISRA analytics, allows comparison of Harton Academy students with all other students within the SISRA system. This currently stands at 200,000+ students and 2000+ schools and therefore represents a realistic representation of the national picture.

KS4 performance 2017-18 Harton academy ‘v’ national cohort
Headline Harton academy National stats. Gap
Cohort 35.4% (29.4%) +6.0%
KS2 on entry 4.68 (4.53) +0.15
Attainment 8 40.48 36.70 +3.78
Progress 8 -0.521 -0.440 -0.081
9-5 in English and maths 26.3% 24.9% +1.4%
9-4 in English and maths 48.4% 44.5% +3.9%
Achieving EBacc strong pass 9.5% 7.2% +2.3%
EBacc average points score 3.42 3.07 +0.35

Further work is required to narrow the gap in English and Maths.

We are developing further strategies to address this issue.