Pupil premium and catch-up funding

The government introduced pupil premium with the aim of increasing social mobility, reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally and enabling more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend top universities.

Catch-up premium is government funding to assist schools in providing additional support in literacy and numeracy. Each school is entitled to an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

The impact of funding for individual students will be closely monitored and evaluated and a report will be provided at the end of each academic year. Please view our latest reports below:

Pupil premium plan 2021-2022 and 2020-21 impact statement

Pupil premium plus (PP+) – Lincolnshire County Council

Pupil Premium Plus Lincolnshire CC

Covid-19 catch-up premium

The coronavirus (Covid-19) catch-up premium is aimed at helping schools mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on education. The purpose of this funding is to help children and young people ‘catch up’ with their education and to make up for lost teaching time. The following information details how we will use our funding at Walton Academy.

How we intend to use the grant

Quality first teaching and intervention:
The EEF recommends a tiered approach to closing the gap. Tier 1 is high quality teaching for all, tier 2 is targeted support using teaching assistants (TAs), high quality one to one and small group interventions and planning for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) with tier 3 offering support in pastoral aspects, attendance and social and emotional learning.

Tier 1:
A primary school teacher to deliver interventions to years 7, 8 and 9 students in school. This may take the form of one to one tuition, small group work or supporting in existing lessons to ensure the students catch up on lost learning from the lock down period.

Tier 2:
One to one and small group tuition to be delivered to key stage 4 students either face-to-face or online. Tuition to be delivered by teachers within school, sixth form mentors and previous trainees who have had their placements within school.

Tier 3:
• Catch up mentor employed on a part time basis to mentor students in a pastoral capacity, ensuring links with home remain productive.
• Casey counselling for approximately five students per term until the end of the school year.
• CPD – Pupil premium conference for one delegate to attend in December.
• Tassomai subscription for English, maths and science for years 9, 10 and 11.
• PiXL English Strive for 5 webinar package; a reading and writing package which can be streamed into classrooms for whole lessons or bitesize chunks.

How we will assess the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of our students

Data points:

• Student progress and attainment will be tracked through the three formal data point that we have during the year, this will allow us to track overall progress and attainment of students across all subjects.
• A detailed analysis will be presented to senior and middle leaders after each data point, this will includes analysis of all groups so trends can be spotted and acted upon.
• Internal tracking of the small group intervention will be used to track progress, these will be reviewed at the end of each term.

16 to 19 tuition fund

The 16 to 19 tuition fund was first provided for the 2020 to 2021 academic year and is being extended beyond 2021 to 2022 for a further two years into the 2023 to 2024 academic year. The fund provides additional funding for schools, colleges and other 16 to 19 providers to help with the disruption to learning caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

It’s for small group tuition in English, maths and other subjects that have been disrupted, including vocational and/or academic learning.

Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE maths or English, the students supported need to be:

  • Those who have not yet achieved a Level 4 or above in English and/or maths at GCSE.
  • Those who have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from an economically disadvantaged background and would need catch-up support
    • These are defined as students from the 27% most economically deprived areas of the country based on the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

How will we use the 16-19 tuition?

Walton Academy is eligible to receive £3,199 from this fund for small group tuition. We will be using this funding to support Post 16 students who have not yet achieved a Level 4 in GCSE maths and/or English. Due to our deprivation indicator, we will also be using the fund to support those students who have achieved a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths where there has been considerable disruption to learning caused by Coronavirus. We will be prioritising those students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) where appropriate. This tuition will be in addition to students’ normal timetabled GCSE English and maths lessons and will be in groups of no more than five.