Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Premium

The Pupil Premium

DfE Guidance on Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. Schools can make decisions about how to spend the Pupil Premium funding to ensure that there is a narrowing of the attainment gap.

The Pupil Premium provides funding for pupils:

  • Who are eligible for free school meals
  • Who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (£935 per child)
  • Who have been continuously looked after for the past six months (£1900 per child)
  • Whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces (£300 per child)
  • Who are adopted from care under the 2002 Adoption Act or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005. Schools will also receive the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991 (£1900)

Schools are held accountable for the spending of these monies, and performance tables will capture the achievement of disadvantaged students covered by the Pupil Premium.

2016/17 PUPIL PREMIUM plan:

At Siddal Moor we acknowledge the need to close the gap in performance between our disadvantaged students and the performance nationally of students with no recognised disadvantage. We believe that the gap in attainment is a product of a gap in one or more of the following areas:

  • Learning & Skills
  • Opportunity
  • Engagement
  • Aspiration

Click on the PDF icon for the Pupil Premium Plan 2016/17 Adobe_logo_big
Date of next review : September 2017


The school monitors this spending closely and attached is an overview of how the Pupil Premium funding was spent for the previous academic year (2015/16 = £384,300).

Click on the PDF icon for the Review of Pupil Premium Spending 2015/16 Adobe_logo_big

Year 7 Catch-up Premium 2016/17

Catch-up Premium for 2016/17 - £18 000

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).

In the academic year 2015/16 Siddal Moor received £18 000 to support these pupils. In 2016/17 the guidance published by the Department for Education indicates the funding received will be the same.

How we spent Catch-up premium in 2015/16

Midyis Testing – Baseline assessment for Year 7 to measure student aptitude for, and attitude to, learning.

Experiential Learning - project based learning with each topic changing every four weeks. The programme employs collaborative learning using structured activities at an appropriate level and differentiated for each student. It contains aspects of literacy, numeracy, art and science as its main foundations.

Social use of Language Programme (SULP) – Small group intervention developing students communication skills.

Small group Literacy intervention – Phonics and Primary Literacy intervention.

Online Literacy Assessment software – Enabled accurate assessment of year 7 reading and spelling ages.

Impact of the Catch-up premium in 2015/16

Through the deployment of the Catch-up premium the following gains in student attainment were recorded:

  • An average improvement in the Reading age of targeted students of 21 months
  • An average improvement in the Spelling age of targeted students of 27 months
  • Across all subjects the targeted students made an average of 0.5 levels more progress than others in their cohort.
How we intend to spend the Catch-up premium in 2016/17
Intervention/Activity Amount (£)
Midyis Testing £1950
Experiential Learning £8130
SULP/Literacy £3000
FFT proof of Progress tests £3000
Online Literacy Intervention programme £4620