Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

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

Key Principles

Pupil Premium funding is used to support a raft of interventions specifically targeted at those students who are eligible for this funding in the Academy. Though we have not yet opened, some interventions and principles are outlined below.

The key principles of the use of our Pupil Premium funding are addressing individual need and equality of opportunity where there are difficult circumstances and providing strong additional academic support for our Pupil Premium students with the allocated funding.

Pupil Premium is an identified and monitored attribute for students at a whole school and departmental level. All teaching staff will be aware of these students within their classes and are asked to be mindful of when and where support needs to be drawn from the funding to provide equality of opportunity.

Key Barriers

Key barriers to students’ attainment are:

  • Safeguarding Issues.
  • Poverty reducing students’ participation in extracurricular activities and trips.
  • Low home aspirations or areas where no English is spoken in the home.
  • Higher ability students’ confidence and motivation to achieve the top grades.

Interventions may include but not be limited to:

  • Raising the academic standards of Higher Ability Pupil Premium students.
  • Adding specific mentoring to Pupil Premium students.
  • Increasing students’ cultural capital and inquisitiveness.
  • Providing strong role models.
  • A series of raising aspiration interventions such as our Theatre School.

Addressing Individual Needs

Educational support staff are important in closing the gap for Pupil Premium students. Mentoring, Safeguarding and Behaviour specialists may be deployed to deal with issues within students’ lives, including from the Local Authority and other agencies. We believe that until students are safely cared for there will be restrictions to their academic progress.

The Academy has created an intervention framework to aid students who are falling behind in their studies. This may take place as after school interventions or as subject withdrawal. Here students are assessed and given one-toone or small group provision with a structured plan to secure a more confident return into mainstream lessons within the Academy.

From a safeguarding perspective, to help solve students’ complex needs, The Academy has access to the Trust safeguarding team with focus on Pupil Premium students.

In-house counselling service supporting children one-to-one and through group sessions:

  • Breaking Silence
  • Murray Hall counselling
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Exam stress groups with education psychologist
  • School Health Nurse drop in
  • Black Country Women’s Aid
  • Kooth online counselling
  • Sandwell Young Carers
  • Birmingham Young Carers
  • Targeted Youth Support
  • Barnardos Family Support
  • The CSE team (based in Sandwell Children’s Services)
  • Brook
  • Barnardos SPACE (Birmingham CSE team)
  • ART in Dudley for victims of CSE
  • Family Support Team (part of Birmingham Children’s Services)
  • Krunch (mentoring and girls’ group)
  • Brushstrokes
  • Food Banks
  • ASIRT (advice and support for asylum seeker families)
  • St Chad’s Sanctuary (for refugees and asylum seekers)
  • RESTORE (befriending service for asylum seeker families)
  • Smethwick Asian Families Support Service
  • PREVENT team

Equality of Opportunity

A large portion of the funding goes to supporting students’ equality of opportunity. This includes, but is not exclusive to, free resources such as: revision guides, stationery, uniform support, peripatetic music tuition, trips and after school activities with no charge.

To improve participation rates of Pupil Premium students in extracurricular activity, opportunities are offered firstly to Pupil Premium students. We also look at students not engaging in extracurricular activities and attempt to get them involved either by altering times when they take place or looking to meet student demand of new opportunities.

We will also set up the Hard to Reach Families Project that ensures that when there are missed engagements e.g. parents’ evenings or information evenings, additional effort is put in to reach those families to ensure they are involved in students’ education.

Raising Attainment

Raising Attainment involves using specific staff to work with Pupil Premium students to improve their grades.

  • One to one personalised intervention with “Tute” video-conferenced lessons specifically targeted at their weaknesses.
  • Catch up classes in Years 7.
  • Homework clubs after the Academy day.

Measuring Impact

Impact is measured through a cohort analysis of each subject and year group for Pupil Premium at each assessment point. A senior member of staff is detailed to examine this data and present to the senior team and Standards and Performance Committee on recommendations for further Pupil Premium intervention.

Review of Strategy

The current date of the Pupil Premium Strategy Review is January 2020.


This section will be updated after opening.