Purpose of Report

ARK Schools Board has asked individual school LGBs to consider and discuss the application of Pupil Premium funding.  This report gives the context and information to support that discussion.



The LGB is asked to discuss the information below and to indicate its support for the school’s approach to the use of Pupil Premium funds.


General Context

·         The Pupil Premium is a per-pupil payment, additional to main school funding, which is intended to address underlying socioeconomic inequalities between pupils.

·         The Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid to children eligible for free school meals (FSM pupils) in that year. From April 2012, this was replaced by the ‘Ever6’ measure i.e. it is paid for every pupil who has been FSM eligible at any point in the last six years.

·         The 2012/13 rate of funding has been increased to £600 per pupil.

·         Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

·         New measures will be included in performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

·         From September 2012, schools are also required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.


Ofsted Recommendations


Ofsted conducted a survey of Pupil Premium usage during April/May 2012.  Recommendations from the findings included the following:


·         School leaders, including governing bodies, should ensure that Pupil Premium funding is not simply absorbed into mainstream budgets, but instead is carefully targeted at the designated children.  They should be able to identify clearly how the money is being spent.

·         School leaders, including governing bodies, should evaluate their Pupil Premium spending, avoid spending it on activities that have little impact on achievement for their disadvantaged pupils, and spend it in ways known to be most effective.

·         Schools should continue to seek ways to encourage parents and carers to apply for FSM where pride, stigma or changing circumstances act as barriers to its take-up

·         Ofsted should continue to evaluate the use of Pupil Premium funding by schools to ensure that they are focusing it on disadvantaged pupils and using it effectively



St Alban’s Academy


·      We currently have 518 students on roll.  The Pupil Premium allocation for 2013/14 is based on 354 students which is 68% of our full roll. Funding is based on Ever6 which means that if a student has received free school meals during their school life (primary) they are included in the total number of students for PP funding.  It is difficult to predict the percentage of Ever6 pupils until there is an analysis of the new intake.


·      The allocation for 2013/2014 has been estimated at £318,600; based on 354 students at £900 per student.  Pupil Premium is paid on an April to March basis.  Academy budgets are run on a September to August basis.  It has not yet been established whether the per student figure will rise in April 2014, however, it has been indicated that any increase will be directed at the primary sector.


·         Attainment (comparison between FSM and non FSM):


Year 7, In Maths, English and Science there is no significant difference in progress or attainment.

Year 8 and 9 there is no significant difference between FSM and non FSM in English, Maths and Science in either progress or attainment.

Year 10 there is an average of a grade difference in attainment in both English and Maths, with non FSM showing greater attainment. There is no difference in progress.

·         Exclusions (comparison between FSM and non FSM):

Fixed term exclusions :

Total students = 39

FSM = 24(61.5%)

Non FSM = 15(38%)


Perm exclusions:

Total students = 7

FSM = 6(86%)

Non FSM  = 1(14%)






Application of Pupil Premium Funding


Approach Amount Breakdown Detail Likely impact
Additional teaching hours in both English and maths. At least 5 hours per week compared to the national average of 3 hours.


Additional resources required for lessons







2.5 x teachers in English at £32k each

2.5 x teachers in Maths at £32k each



Books/Consumables £2000

This funding provides additional teaching capacity to provide additional lessons in English and Maths. 100% (354) of students gain a sound grounding in the English and Mathematics (breadth before depth).

We set challenging targets above the national average and this funding enables the academy to meet these.

The additional lessons provide a sound basis for achieve A* - C at GCSE

Literacy Lead Teacher who co-ordinates and teaches the following:


Lead literacy lesson 30 minutes for Years 7 and 8

Additional literacy lessons for the lower sets in Years 7 and 8


Resources for literacy lessons













1 x Lead Teacher at £58,206



10 teachers teaching the equivalent of 1.5 teacher working time at £32k

Lead Teacher is assisted by 2 Teaching Assistants at £16756 and £16,105

Text books and work books £10,500



A significant number of students are below national average attainment when entering the academy at Year 7. This strategy provides additional support to those students to ensure ‘catch up’.








54% (195) benefit from intensive literacy teaching
Breakfast Club £5,750 Staffing Costs

Food Costs £2,250



The academy is open from 7.45 – 8.15 a.m. to enable students to obtain a breakfast, free of charge, and then use the library facilities for study. Many students do not have computers at home and this time not only provides nourishment but also enables use of much needed study time. On average 120 students use this facility on a weekly basis. This equates to 33% of free school meal students.
Homework club £1,800 Staffing costs £1,800 Many students do not have the facilities or use computers at home and, therefore, the library is kept open for an hour after the academy day finishes enabling those students to complete homework assignments. On average 100 students use this facility on a weekly basis this equates to 28% of free school meal students.


September 2013


The report for 2012/13 funding is available here