Pupil Premium

Pensby High School Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17


At Pensby High School our aim is to ensure that all pupils make good progress and that we have high aspirations and ambitions for our pupils regardless of their socio economic background. We believe that no child should be left behind and we are determined that our pupils are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil Premium funding represents a significant amount of funding to the school and this plan outlines how we will ensure it is spent to maximum effect.


The pupil premium is a fairly recent government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research is unequivocal when showing that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The pupil premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential.

The government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for this sum. The school also receive funding for those pupils who have been registered for FSM during the past six years (Ever 6).


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 from FSM children can be less support at home, lack of ambition and aspiration, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’.


By following the key principles below, we believe we can maximise the impact of our pupil premium spending.


We will provide a culture where:

  • Staff believe in all children
  • There are no excuses made for underperformance
  • Staff adopt a solution focused approach to overcome barriers
  • Staff support children to develop ‘growth’ mind-sets towards learning


We will ensure that:

  • All staff are involved in the analysis of data so that they are fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses across the school
  • We use research (Education Endowment Foundation/Sutton Trust to support in determining the strategies that will be most effective


  • All staff are aware of who the pupil premium children are
  • All pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming
  • Underachievement at all levels is targeted (not just lower attaining pupils)
  • Pupil’s individual needs are considered so that support is tailored where necessary


We will ensure that all children across the school receive good teaching by:

  • Setting high expectations
  • Ensure consistent implementation of the non-negotiables
  • Share good practice within and across departments
  • Providing in house high quality CPD
  • Improve assessment through Schemes of Learning, assessment plans and moderation


We will maximise the time children have to realise their potential by

  • Improving attendance and punctuality
  • Extended learning out of school hours
  • Period 6
  • Holiday sessions
  • Breakfast club
  • Offering a wide and varied extra curricular programme


We will ensure that:

  • A wide range of data is used – tracking data, pupil’s work, learning walks, lesson observations, pupil voice
  • Assessments are closely moderated to ensure accuracy
  • The pastoral team contribute to pupil progress by meeting following each tracking data, reviewing pupil progress, meeting with parents, planning interventions
  • A designated member of SLT maintains an overview of spending


When reporting about Pupil Premium funding we will include:

  • An overview of spending
  • Total PPG grant spent last year
  • Total PPG intended spend for this year
  • A summary of the impact of PPG
  • Performance of disadvantaged pupils compared to non PP children
  • Implications for PP spending the following year

Case studies of examples of where PP funding has been spent