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Pupil Premium

Pupils Premium is additional funding for schools to help address the underachievement of pupils due to deprivation.Pupils’ eligibility for Pupil Premium has been chosen as the best indicator of deprivation; in 2012-13 this was extended to include pupils who have been entitled to free school meal in the last six years. In addition, Looked after Children in local authority care and post care adopted children are also eligible for the Pupil Premium.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium in ways that they judge best to raise the attainment of the targeted groups of children. Schools must report annually on how it has been spent and on its impact. The attainment of these groups will be highlighted in school performance tables.

It is our vision that all students will have access to an exceptional education that each student with equal opportunities to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially.

Current Pupil Premium funding for 2019-2020 in the secondary phase at Hatcham College is £356,235. There are 381 eligible pupils in the secondary phase.

Uses of Pupil Premium Funding

  • Accelerating the progress of disadvantaged students is a key component of all priority plans. The performance of these students is scrutinised in leadership and departmental meetings through analysing data from their recent assessment, learning walks and observations and talking to those students.
  • Identified disadvantaged students who are in danger of falling behind in Year 10 and 11 by providing extra English and Maths intervention lessons
  • Providing the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) with extended hours (8am – 5pm in the KS4 site, and 9am – 3pm in the KS3 site) that are staffed to offer support and a productive working environment for students
  • For those disadvantaged students with SEND there is a regular lunchtime homework club to give them support with their homework, so they don’t fall behind
  • A dedicated KS4 admin assistant who monitors attendance, parents’ evening attendance helps the work of the KS4 team monitor, track and intervene where necessary
  • An extensive tie-up with Lewisham LA for their Education Welfare Officer (EWO) who can instigate home visits and monitor attendance issues of disadvantaged students. The EWO is also able to make referral to social care.
  • As part of each departments budget commitments they offer free revision guides for pupil premium students during their GCSE studies
  • We employ two LSAs (one full time, one part time) who are working in the inclusion department and are trained specifically in dyslexia support and mental health awareness.
  • An LSA who has established the young carers club which offers a place to share emotions and seek support for their own wellbeing
  • Pupil premium students are offered trips to support their learning – for example the English and Drama department took those students to see Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre
  • Careers intervention programme designed by our National Award-Winning Careers Advisor aimed at preparing disadvantaged students for transitions into Year 10 and Year 12. Disadvantaged pupils have access to extended personalised careers interviews, a careers fair and world of work trips that raise aspirations
  • Targeted intervention sessions where students have been invited into school during Saturdays or during holidays to enable them to complete revision activities or catch up with any outstanding coursework. 

Impact of Pupil Premium Funding

  • it has been reported that nationally the gap in performance between disadvantaged and other pupils has widened over the last two years, with this being attributed (through not substantiated) as a consequence of reforms to GCSEs and performance measures. Progress 8 for Pupil Premium students was -1.08 

Previous Pupil Premium Statement (2018-2019)

Area Reason for spend  Cost Intended Impact


Continue to run the Improving Teacher Programme and the Outstanding Teacher Programme



Both courses have proven track record of improving the quality of teaching. Teachers with a high percentage of Pupil Premium students given priority to attend course.





100% of teachers on the course will go on to lead an action-based research project aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning. Impact will be presented to Heads at the Federation Conference.

Creation of Subject Leadership for Student Achievement Programme for all Middle Leaders

Rigorous and consistent monitoring of progress and actions to address gaps is required to improve outcomes for Pupil Premium students. The 5 day programme to ensure all subject leaders know how to promote quality first teaching and to track student progress in their department.






In school variation in results will halve and all subject leaders will successfully pass their performance management.

Additional English and Maths classes created at KS4


A select group of students can achieve with a tailor-made and personal timetable which involves additional English and Maths taught by excellent teachers





Limited. Smaller class sizes in lower sets did not appear to improve results.

Extra Intervention

Pupil Premium students make up the majority of the students and are specifically invited into school when needs arise. 




100% of students on the residential will improve by at least one grade in their GCSE exams.

Pupil Premium only trips to increase cultural capital

Extracurricular review showed that Pupil Premium students attend fewer trips and enrichments than their peers




All Pupil Premium students to attend at least one free trip over the course of the year

Staffed lecture series targeted at  High ability Pupil Premium students



High ability pupil premium students are a focus group for all of our weekly monitoring activities including book looks and learning walks





At least 80% of students attending should be Pupil Premium. Student survey will show that at least 80% of students agree that the lecture series deepened their thinking around the subject.


Free revision resources

Pupil Premium students given free revision guides, model essays and exam tip booklets. We have also invested in Hegarty Maths an Show My Homework



All Pupil Premium students have access to model essays and resources for revision


Careers Intervention Programme


Designed by our National Award Winning Careers Advisor. Vulnerable students given specific opportunities to raise aspirations and understanding of the world of work




All Pupil Premium students to b at least one free trip, careers interview or work experience placement over the course of the year.


Creation of a Spending request form

Designed so that staff that have identified gaps in attainment and want support close them can make a spending request. Funds are granted on their ability to demonstrate impact on progress of pupil premium students



The number of bids for teaching and learning evidence based research increases

Learning Resource Centre open to all students


Staffed from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(Pepys Site) and 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Jerningham Site)



There is no gap in the number homework sanctions over the academic year recorded by PP and Non PP students

Homework club


Supervised homework club that runs at the end of each school provides students with a quiet environment to work




There is no gap in the number homework sanctions over the academic year recorded by PP and Non PP students

Admin structure to monitor and maximise attendance


In school variations in attendance and Pupil Premium students disproportionally represented in the persistently absent figures



Attendance of all year groups consistently above national average and raising over time

Current Pupil Premium Spend (2019-2020). Total allocation- £356,235




Intended Impact

Improving Teacher Programme (each term)

Teachers with a high percentage of PP students are given priority to attend course such as the Improving Teacher Programme which is led by the Atlas Teaching Partnership


Quality of teaching is one of the best ways to improve outcomes and ensure progress for PP students. This programme supports teachers for at least Good or Outstanding lesson outcomes

Outstanding Teacher Programme


Led by the Atlas Teaching Partnership teachers gives good and outstanding teacher a higher skill level with strategies to be consistently and sustainably outstanding


This supports the vision that every lesson is good or outstanding at Hatcham to benefit all students. The school focus on PP students is part of this plan when observing lessons. It also helps share best practice around the school.

Careers Intervention and Support Programme

Continue to deliver on careers education where vulnerable students have been given priority for career interviews, a careers fair and world of work trips that raise aspirations


0% NEET students

SULSA Programme


Time for outstanding leaders to design and deliver a 5-day programme for Middle Leaders of underperforming departments. This training programme includes mentoring from a head teacher and a full day on improving quality teaching and learning and how best track student progress.


Middle leaders can develop their own departments and focus on core groups through every Key Stage such as disadvantaged students.

Enrichment Activities Programme


A well-established enrichment programme ranging from Choir to external trips and visits.


Offering a range of activities enables disadvantaged students to try out new skills and talents that they may not otherwise be able to utilise. Support for disadvantaged students is available should they need specific equipment such as instruments.

Attendance Support and Monitoring


Working in collaboration with Lewisham – Lesley Chatfield (Lewisham Attendance Officer) supports our drive for regular attendance. Working alongside the Assistant Principals, Heads of Year and School Admin team – as well as wider social services – the attendance officer identifies strategies to improve attendance and highlights support available for disadvantaged families.


Reduce the absence rate of PP students to a minimum of 96%

Learning Resource Centre


The LRC is well stocked with a range of literature, textbooks, videos and computer access. The Pepys site LRC is open from 8am to 5pm whilst the Jerningham site is from 8am to 4pm.


Improve access to PP students of support. The LRC is well stocked where students can borrow textbooks and revision guides – as well as use the computers or a quiet work space.

Homework Club


Every lunchtime there is a homework club where students can go and get some support with their homework. This is run by the SEN department

£12,000 Where students may not get as much support to complete homework – this offers a place where they know there is someone there to support them should they need it.
Music Specialism  Pupil Premium students are encouraged to learn a musical instrument. Music lessons are provided free of charge and there is a wide selection of instruments available for loan £15,000 To encourage a student to engage in music regardless of their ability to pay for music lessons or expensive music instruments. 
Revision Guides and Support Each department provides PP students with their own revision guide or workbook for use at home £8,000 Improve outcomes for disadvantaged students by providing extra resources
Year 11  Residential Sessions target specific students – with a PP focus – to catch up coursework in Open subjects, or revision/exam practice for other subjects £25,000 To ensure that PP students are given opportunity outside of the classroom to work with their teacher, alongside weekday sessions too.

Barriers to Achievement

Children entitled to free school meals encompass the full spectrum of needs and backgrounds in the school community, including white and minority pupils, looked after children, most able pupils and those with special educational needs (SEN). Consequently, the barriers and challenges that disadvantaged pupils face can be complex and varied- there is no single difficulty faced by all. Barriers can lie within schools, with learners and their families. It is, therefore, important to analyse where pupils have multiple barriers to learning to ensure a good, deep understanding of children and their families. Other barriers to achievement can be if pupils have suffered early trauma and experience on-going attachment issues. Some pupils may have medical conditions which can impact on attendance and thus learning. 

How will the impact be measured?

We monitor attainment and progress on a termly basis through pupil progress meetings which will inform next steps for learning, lesson observation, book looks and learning walk. We then intervene to address individual learning needs. Heads of Department are challenged during Line Management over specific pupil premium data. In addition, during lesson observations and standards walks, teachers are expected to identify and know their PP students, alongside any actions to support them in class. 

How successful schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils?

  1. Promote an ethos of attainment for all pupils, rather than stereotyping disadvantaged pupils as a group with less potential to succeed.
  2. Have an individualised approach to addressing barriers to learning and emotional support, at an early stage, rather than providing access to generic support and focusing on pupils nearing their end-of-key-stage assessments
  3. Focus on high quality teaching first rather than on bolt-on strategies and activities outside school hours.
  4. Focus on outcomes for individual pupils rather than on providing strategies.
  5. Deploy the best staff to support disadvantaged pupils; develop skills and roles of teachers and Teaching Assistants, rather than using additional staff who do not know the pupils well.
  6. Make decisions based on data and respond to evidence, using frequent, rather than one-off assessment and decision points.
  7. Have clear, responsive leadership: setting ever higher aspirations and devolving responsibility for raising attainment to all staff, rather than accepting low aspirations and variable performance
  8. Address behaviour and attendance and invest in individualised problem-solving and emotional support. 

(From DfE publication: Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils: articulating success and good practice Research report November 2015)

Our school strives to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils as part of our commitment to raise academic standards to all our pupils. We ensure quality teaching for all, ensure that pupils' attendance is good and behaviour and emotional support to pupils - as necessary. We make every effort to understand every pupil as an individual and tailor intervention programmes accordingly. Additionally, we monitor attainment regularly and intervene to address individual learning needs.  

Next Pupil Premium Review

The next Pupil Premium review at Hatcham College will take place in October 2020.