Pupil Premium - What is it?

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

In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, we will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM):

We will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Pupil Premium - The Parklands Principles

We personalise the support offered to our students, rather than apply a universal, standardised approach. Every child is an individual and, as such, we take time to ensure that the support offered through the pupil premium is relevant to individual needs and impacts on progress and achievement- raising attainment for all.

Research published in November 2015 by NFER, on behalf of the DfE, identified  seven building blocks that are common in schools which are more successful in raising disadvantaged pupils’ attainment. They are as follows:

1. Whole-school ethos of attainment for all

2. Addressing behaviour and attendance

3. High quality teaching first

4. Meeting individual learning needs

5. Deploying staff effectively

6. Data driven and responding to evidence

7. Clear, responsive leadership

At Parklands we are guided by these findings to ensure that we take a whole school approach with high expectations and aspirations for all.

Pupil Premium Allocation 2016 - 2017

Eligibility for the pupil premium is mainly related to Free School Meals entitlement, so the number of students can vary in the course of the year. However, school funding is based on January 2016 school census data, so the figures provided are taken from that point.


Whole School

Pupil Premium

Percentage of school

Free School Meals

Percentage  of school







Based on these figures pupil premium funding will be approximately £288,915.00

The barriers faced by our disadvantaged pupils are wide and varied, which is why the provision made is personalised and we do not operate a ‘one size fits all’ approach. While not applicable to all of our disadvantaged pupils there are some areas where the difference between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is more widespread.

Barriers to the educational achievement of our disadvantaged pupils.
  1. Attendance - 92.06% disadvantaged, compared to all other pupils at 95% nationally.

  2. Starting points of KS3 in reading and maths

  3. Hard to reach families

  4. Financial barriers to educational experiences and extra-curricular opportunities

  5. A quiet place to work

  6. Aspiration and ambition

  7. Access to technology and internet

How will we address those barriers?
  1. Attendance - Recruitment of new attendance officer to specifically focus on the attendance of the disadvantaged pupils, promote and reward improved attendance, complete home visits, build links with families and instigate more frequent hotspots and attendance panels. Provision of school pick-up service for most vulnerable.

  2. Starting points at KS3- the disadvantaged pupils who start with a reading and maths score lower than expected level receive targeted intervention through the Connect class. This is where extensive literacy and numeracy support is provided by subject specialists in addition to their maths and English lessons.

  3. Hard to reach families- dedicated team of staff, the Achievement team, provide community drop-in service, home visits to parents unable to attend parents’ evenings, attendance concerns or social emotional concerns. In addition we work closely with external agencies to support families, offering links to a range of services and support where needed.  

  4. Financial barriers- we have introduced a policy that grants an annual allowance towards organised educational trips, so that financial reasons are not a barrier to experiences and extra-curricular opportunities. Subsidies for kit in extra-curricular activities, such as Dance, are available to encourage disadvantaged pupils to engage. KS3 Learning Challenge residential week develops team-building skills and provides disadvantaged pupils with enriching and educational experiences.

  5. A quiet place to work – silent study rooms, after-school homework club, Pupil Premium club and daily revision sessions are provided. Y11 boarding school delivers an intense week long strict and structured regime to encourage and enforce targeted revision with specialist support from core subjects.

  6. Aspiration and ambition - comprehensive careers programme delivered by our Careers and Destinations Co-ordinator. Disadvantaged pupils are given priority careers interviews, college visits and university residentials.

  7. Access to technology and internet – we have purchased laptops, iPads and mobile internet that are available for loan to our disadvantaged pupils. This enables full access to the curriculum and ensures that all subjects are accessible.

The pupil premium strategy is reviewed every term and up-dated annually on our website.

The 2016-2017 spending forecast can be accessed here.

Pupil Premium 2015 - 2016

School funding was based on January 2015 school census data The figures below are taken from that point.


Whole School

Pupil Premium

Percentage of school

Free School Meals

Percentage of school







Based on these figures pupil premium funding was approximately £283,385.00

Pupil Premium Impact 2016

Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and diminishing the differences between them and their peers.

When reporting on the progress of Pupil Premium students it is expected that their progress is measured against the progress of non-pupil premium students nationally and not the difference within school.

We are pleased to report that we continued to close gap in overall progress between disadvantaged pupils and their peers nationally. Significant progress was made in all measured areas, with only one exception- English, where there was a small dip from a previously positive progress score last year. This is an area of focus this year and is being addressed through a range of strategies detailed in the 2016-2017 forecast.

While the gap is diminishing we continue to drive advancement and build on the improvements made in most areas. The gaps in all areas, other than English, have been at least halved or reduced by two-thirds. The open element has moved from a negative progress score last year to a positive progress score of 0.29. Through concentrated focus and developments at curriculum and whole school level, it is predicted that the upward trend will continue.



Gap between PP and non PP students nationally


Gap between PP and non PP students nationally

Overall Progress 8





English element





Mathematics element





EBacc element





Open element















Information on how the funding was spent 2015-2016 can be accessed here.