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Pupil Premium and Y7 catch-up Premium

What are our aims for the Pupil Premium Grant?

The aim of the Pupil Premium is to identify and implement strategies that help to increase social mobility and reduce the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged pupils nationally. We have placed a strong emphasis on securing foundations in literacy and in supporting the family as a whole, in order to secure good attendance.


Who benefits from the Pupil Premium Grant?

At Newland School for Girls, we ensure that the Pupil Premium Grant has the most benefit for those with the greatest disadvantage. Our intention is to build capacity and maximise our impact. Being a small school with a large proportion of disadvantaged children means that some of the interventions put in place are shared by children who are not in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. We do this in order to promote good progress for all children.

The table below details the proportion of students eligible for Pupil Premium funding over the last 4 years

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What barriers do pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant face?

The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face are complex and varied- there is no single difficulty faced by all. However, we have identified several barriers that we believe are particularly relevant to our disadvantaged children in our context.

These are the key barriers we have identified:

  • Difficulty in developing a Growth mind set and maintaining resilience
  • Attendance, as a results of factors affecting physical health or wellbeing
  • Reduced access to revision materials and a dedicated home learning environment
  • Additional input required to support parental engagement

We allocate our Pupil Premium Grant to resources that aim to close the gaps in these areas.


How do we decide how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant?

In deciding how to use our Pupil Premium Grant, we draw upon the following sources:

  • Sutton Trust report: “The Pupil Premium: Next Steps”
  • Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit
  • Research on disadvantaged pupils and the vocabulary gap,
  • Our combined professional experience of what works best


From these sources we have identified the following priority areas for spending:

  • Teaching and support staff
  • Small group and/or individual intervention groups
  • Robust vocabulary interventions
  • Resources and transport to support revision


Details of how the Pupil Premium funding will be spent in 2019 2020 can be found here

Details of how the Pupil Premium funding was spent in 2018 2019 and its impact can be found here

Details of how the Pupil Premium funding was spent in 2017 2018 and its impact can be found here



Year 7 Catch-up Premium strategy statement  2019-20    


School overview

Metric Data
 School name Newland School for Girls
Pupils in Year 7 132
Proportion of pupils eligible 13%
Catch-up premium allocation this academic year ~£7,531
Academic year or years covered by statement 2019-20
Review date September 2020
Statement authorised by V Callaghan
Catch-up lead C Edwards
Governor lead Gill Beckett


Strategy aims for Year 7 Catch-up Premium 2019-20

Aim Target Target date
Increased reading age and engagement – to support progress in English and across all subjects

–       Reading Intervention: Lexia Power-up £1400

–       Reading Lesson in Y7&8

Reading age/level is within two chronological years or has made at least two years improvement July 2020
Spelling age/level is within two chronological years or has made at least two years improvement July 2020
Maths mastery:


On average 20% improvement pre to post assessment /topic Jul 2020


Impact of Year 7 Catch-up Premium 2018-19

Funding was £7,351.  38% of year 7 have a reading score of 6 months to 2+ years below their actual age, and received targeted reading intervention. In comparison 22% of year 8 students, half the number from when they were in year 7, have a reading age of 6 months to 2+ years below, indicating that the reading interventions last year had a positive impact on their reading and comprehension skills.

Mastery shows improvement from pre assessment to post assessment of on average 15%, with some topics over 30% improvement.

Year 7 Catch Up Funding Statement 2018-19

Year 7 Catch Up Funding Statement 2017-18

Year 7 Catch Up Funding Statement 2016-17