Pupil Premium Strategy
Catch up Funding

Pupil Premium Strategy


At Stafford Manor High School, we recognise the need to adopt effective strategies to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Our methodology sets out a process which helps us to decide on the optimum strategies to maintain efficient and effective use of pupil premium (PP) funding over time. Underpinning the process is the absolute focus on the quality of teaching. There is solid evidence that poor teaching disproportionately disadvantages deprived children.  So high quality teaching must be at the core of all our pupil premium work.

The process of decision-making on PP spending starts with an analysis of the barriers to learning for PP pupils. Barriers to learning might include issues around parenting, limited access to language, poor literacy levels, poor attendance, low aspirations, low expectations, narrow experience of life outside school. 

Governors, Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and staff agree on the desired outcomes of the PP spending. These include: raising attainment of PP-eligible pupils; closing the gap between PP pupils and others in the school; closing the gap between the school’s PP pupils and all pupils nationally; improving attendance; reducing exclusions; accelerated progress by all PP pupils; increasing the engagement of parents with their children’s education and with the school; increasing opportunities for PP-eligible pupils and broadening experience. 

Pupil premium and Catch Up funding intention

The strategy has an emphasis on providing ‘quality first teaching for all’. This can be the single factor that makes the biggest difference for disadvantaged pupils. This is supported by Sutton Trust research and the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation). There is the ‘targeted support’ for pupils who have specific barriers to their learning and progress that, with a solution in place, could make significant gains in their learning. Finally ‘other approaches’ will be implemented that can help students access and enrich their education to a greater extent. Evidence, expertise and good practice is gained from the schools involvement in the RADY (Raising Attainment of Disadvantaged Youngsters) programme.

Pupil Premium Grant for 2020/2021

Schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £955 for secondary-aged pupils

A Pupil Premium Grant of £2345 is awarded for each looked after pupil defined by the Children Act 1989 as one who:

  • is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by an English local authority

  • have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order or a residence order.

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.  Stafford Manor High School is committed to providing effective resources and ensuring vital support is in place for our disadvantaged students to improve their academic outcomes.

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.  These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel.  The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable.  It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.​

In 2018/2019 £134,640 received - Click here to see the evaluation report

In 2019/2020 £143,990 received – Due to the coronavirus pandemic the actions from 2019/2020 have been evaluated and combined in to the following years report.

In 2020/2021 £151800 estimated - Click here to see the 2019-2021 planned spend

Catch-up premium provides additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not meet age related expectations in English and/or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). 

The individual needs of specific individuals who attract the year 7 catch-up premium, will be assessed to decide the best way to use the funding.  Only the most effective programmes and approaches are used.

​In 2019/2020 £11,500 received - Click here to see the evaluation report


The Government no longer provides the Year 7 Catch-up fund to secondary schools. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all schools have received a COVID Catch-up fund for 2020/2021.

In 2020/2021 £28,800 estimated - Click here to see the planned spend