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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2017-2018

‘Giving disadvantaged young people the best start in life is a vital national endeavour that will pay dividends in providing a more skilled workforce and a stronger social fabric for the future’.

Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman, Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation

Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential and close the gap between them and their peers. 

Who are disadvantaged pupils?

Ever 6 FSM – pupils who, in the past 6 years, have been eligible for free school meals (FSM).

Children Looked After (CLA) previously referred to as Looked After Children (LAC) – defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority  or children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order

Ever 6 Service Children – children whose parents have been in the armed services during the previous 6 years or a child in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.


For the financial Year 2017-18

School will receive the following funding:

£935 for every ‘Ever 6 FSM’ pupil

£1,900 for each CLA through the Pupil Premium Plus Grant (PPG+).

£300 for Ever 6 Service Children.


The Government believes Head Teachers and School Leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

Performance tables which show the performance of these pupils compared with their peers.

The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.

Schools also have a statutory requirement to document their intended Pupil Premium spend and impact of the previous year’s spend on their website.

 Pupil Premium at Smithills School

Research shows that students from low social, economic backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The Pupil Premium grant is provided to enable these students to be supported to reach their potential.

At Smithills School we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. When making decisions about using Pupil Premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. Common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’. 

 Raising the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged pupils is a key priority at Smithills School.  The impact of the 2016-17 spend is evident in GCSE exam results, the improving progress of pupils at KS3 and the comprehensive academic and enrichment programme for most able pupils.

We still have areas to address and will be doing so throughout the 2017-18 academic year.  For example, we will continue to raise the attainment and progress of boys and disadvantaged pupils in certain subject areas and provide tailored, personalised interventions to accelerate progress.

At Smithills School we advocate a holistic approach; working with all stakeholders to develop versatile, well-rounded individuals who achieve their full potential and have a positive impact in society. Consequently, we will continue to fund enrichment activities outside the classroom and ensure our pupils are fully supported in school.

We have taken into account the impact of the 2016-17 Pupil Premium spend when deciding on how to spend the current allocation.  Additions include more opportunities for boys (specifically disadvantaged boys) such as mentoring, motivational activities and closer monitoring and tracking systems and the employment of an AVP who is responsible for improving literacy and developing a reading culture across the school.

 An External Review of Pupil Premium was carried out in January 2017. Internal reviews will take place at least annually and the impact of Pupil Premium will be discussed regularly at Governors' Meetings.

The total Pupil Premium funding for 2017 -18 is £439, 450.  This is being used to benefit pupils across years 7 to 11 and provides and/or supports the following provision:

 The three key objectives:

  1. To Improve learning in the classroom
  2. To remove barriers to learning
  3. To provide enrichment beyond the classroom



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