Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

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

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”   Source – DfE website

Pupil Premium at Mascalls Academy

Mascalls believes that it is every student’s right to achieve, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our student and we believe that no child should be left behind. The Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is used to address the underlying inequalities between students eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.  We are determined to ensure that our students are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.

Pupil Premium Context

Students eligible for Pupil Premium Grant by Year group

Cohort # eligible for PPG % eligible for PPG # not achieved KS2 expected standard         (Eng / Maths) % not achieved KS2 expected standard
Year 7 200 39 19.5% 13/15 33%/38%
Year 8 211 38 18.0% 14/14 37% / 37%
Year 9 206 32 15.5% 8 / 7 25% / 22%
Year 10 213 32 15.0% 14 / 14 44% / 44%
Year 11 233 33 14.1% 10 / 8 30% / 24%

Pupil Premium Spending

Our budget for 2016 – 2017 is based on receiving expected pupil premium funding of £183,000.

At Mascalls Academy, our pupil premium grant has been used to provide a range of additional support for our students and these interventions, along with quality first teaching are having a positive impact on student’s attainment and self-belief.

Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress.

The school’s strategy for the 2016/17 year identifies the following barriers to educational achievement among its pupils eligible for the pupil premium:

  • Lack of access to books
  • Lack of access to resources and technology
  • Lack of access to extra-curricular activities
  • Poor attendance
  • Low levels of parental engagement
  • Social and emotional needs that lead to poor behaviour

How will Mascalls Academy measure the impact of the Pupil Premium?

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Mascalls Academy, alongside attendance tracking, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place at each semester and will include the Leadership Teams of each College, led by the Vice Principal in charge of Pupil Premium Grant.

The pupil premium strategies focused within three key areas:



A proportion of the grant is allocated to whole school strategies within these key areas as highlighted below.  A further allocation is made available to staff to improve teaching and learning, personal development and well-being through a bidding process underpinned by one question:


What will the impact of… 

…be on the outcomes of disadvantaged students?


Summary of 2016 Outcomes for students eligible



For the 2016 -17 Pupil Premium Strategy statement, please click here.

Pupil Premium Review 2016