Pupil Premium & Year 7 Catch Up Premium

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Pupil Premium funding
The pupil premium is additional money given to publicly funded schools in England. The purpose is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils by supporting them to reach their potential. Research shows that students from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided to enable these students by supporting them to reach their potential. The Government has used students 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 student based on the number of students registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. 

At The Lancaster Academy we believe that every student should be ambitious to succeed irrespective of their background. We are committed to raising their aspirations and supporting them on their path to success. We are passionate about providing meaningful and enriching learning opportunities that inspire our students both in and beyond the classroom, while recognising that the diversity of our students’ needs necessitates a personalised approach. It is our aim to challenge all students to be the best that they can be and staff at The Lancaster Academy work hard to close the gaps and ensure that students are equipped to achieve their potential.

For the academic year 2017-18 the Pupil Premium funding was £277,695. For the academic year 2018-19 the Pupil Premium funding will be in the region of £255,255.

Impact is measured annually from a range of sources including results, in year data, student voice activities and teacher assessment.

Please find a more detailed plan of interventions and costings by opening the attached link.

The date of the next pupil premium review is December 2019.

Pupil Premium Spending Report 2016 - 2017

Pupil Premium Spending Report 2017 - 2018

Pupil Premium Action Plan 2018 - 2019

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy ‘Catch–Up’ Premium

The literacy and numeracy ‘catch-up’ premium is additional funding given to schools from the Department of Education to support Year 7 students not achieving the Expected Standard set by the government in reading and/or mathematics at the end of KS2. In 2017-2018 The Lancaster Academy received £9,166 additional funding for Year 7 students, based proportionally on the amount the government had awarded the previous year.

At The Lancaster Academy we assess the individual needs of each student in receipt of the Year 7 ‘catch-up’ premium to decide the best way to use the funding. We then provide a range of appropriate interventions to meet students’ needs, monitor progress and review and refine the interventions as and when appropriate. Some of the interventions that the students can benefit from include:

  • screening using a diagnostic reading test      
  • tutor time reading interventions with specialist tutors
  • mentoring opportunities
  • private tuition bought into the school to provide further targeted specialist support
  • 1:1 support to improve literacy skills out of the classroom
  • phonics programme (RML) to support students with their reading and writing skills
  • Inference training to support students with their comprehension skills.
  • literacy activities, clubs and trips beyond the classroom to improve engagement

Impact for 2017-2018


  • 19 of 33 Students (58%) now working at a Grade 2 or above
  • 33 of 33 students (100%) now working at a Grade 1 or above
  • 21 students on track to attain target
  • 12 students close to tracking at target


  • 11 of 18 students (61%) made significant progress from relative starting points
  • 8 of 11 students (42%) working at a 2 or above by the end of Year 7
  • 19 of 18 (100%) students working at a 1 or above by the end of year 7
  • 6 students on track to achieve targets
  • 9 students close to tracking at target
  • 4 students adrift from target

2017-18 allocation:





12 students gained access to small group maths intervention through an external tutor.

  • 67% of these students made significant progress throughout the year from their relative starting points.


12 students gained access to small group intensive RML tutoring for one hour every week.

  • 85% of these students made significant progress and 52% improved their reading age within the region of 18 to 66 months


Tutor time reading intervention.

  • 96% of these students increased their reading age.
  • 41% made significant progress and increased their reading age by more than 24 months over a 9 month period.
  • 20% made a substantial amount of progress of 40 months or more.


TA support in English or maths curriculum time


  • Students in receipt of the funding gained additional TA support in and were taught in smaller class sizes. This impacted positively on both their engagement and attainment.
  • Both the inference group and the RML group were staffed to the ideal capacity as a result of TA support.


All students were targeted for literacy enrichment activities including author visits, reading clubs and external events.

  • Students in receipt of the funding engaged with the opportunities, gaining a positive literacy based experience, which improved confidence and self-esteem.