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Pupil Catch-Up and Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium Funding 

Governor responsible for the Pupil Premium – Claire Mudd (NLE)

Senior member of staff responsible for the Pupil Premium – Marc Cooper (Headteacher)

The Department for Education (DfE) allocates publicly funded schools in England an additional grant known as the Pupil Premium. The purpose of the funding is for schools to provide additional support for pupils identified as ‘disadvantaged’ and ensure that gaps in their achievement are narrowing, compared to ‘other’ pupils of similar ability. 

At The Marvell College we are committed to ensuring that the following gaps narrow in order of priority:

  • Attainment, progress and outcomes of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils fall at least in line with ‘other’ similar ability pupils nationally  
  • Attainment, progress and outcomes of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils fall at least in line with ‘other’ similar ability pupils within the school

We prioritise this way so as not to limit the achievement potential of any pupil within the school; it is our belief that all pupils should be given the very best chance of achieving their potential in order to take a full and active part in our communities, now and in the future.

Schools are free to decide how they use the money but must publish this on their website and account for it annually. Please refer to the Pupil Premium Statement for details of identified barriers, desired outcomes, chosen approaches and a review of the impact of spending from the previous academic year.

At The Marvell College we seek to develop an analytical understanding of the needs of pupils and respond in a carefully planned and systematic approach through quality first teaching, high quality pastoral support and a range of specific interventions.

We rely on some evidence based approaches informed by the published research of the Education Endowment Foundation, along with other strategies that seek to provide pupils with a broad and rich experience of culture, the arts and sporting opportunities.

As of September 2017, secondary schools were allocated Pupil Premium grants per pupil based upon the following criteria:

  • £935 per pupil for each Ever 6 free school meal FTE in year groups 7 to 11, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC Premium
  • £1,900 per pupil for each post-LAC in year groups reception to year 11  
  • £300 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 11 who is either Ever 6 service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)  

Governors are required to scrutinise the use of the pupil premium and hold school leaders to account for the impact of our actions on the achievement of those in receipt of the grant. This is reflected in the minutes of the Local Governing Body meetings (available upon request).  

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium  

Senior member of staff with responsibility: Paul Martin (Assistant Headteacher)  

This additional grant gives public funded schools in England an additional premium (per pupil) to support pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of year 6.  

Pupils are identified during the initial transition process and their needs are assessed using the ‘Question Level Analysis’ function of the ‘Analyse School Performance’ service. This informs our chosen strategies/approaches for each child.  

Chosen approaches are influenced by national research and reflect strategies identified in the DfE document “Literacy and numeracy catch-up strategies, November 2017”.  

We are required to publish details of how we spend our grant and the impact of our chosen approaches. Details can be found below.