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The Pupil Premium Grant: supporting disadvantaged students


The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between this group of students and their peers.

At Presdales we recognise that there are circumstances in life that present some students with additional challenges. We are committed to ensuring no student is disadvantaged by circumstances and to using the Pupil Premium Grant to diminish differences. We pride ourselves on knowing our students very well and identifying barriers to learning so that we can tackle and overcome them together. In the field of disadvantage we use the work of research bodies such as the Education Endowment Foundation to direct spending the grant for the best value, and we work with students, teachers and parents to find the best means of supporting the individual. We are committed to quality teaching in the classroom, an appropriate curriculum for all, focused and supportive interventions, enjoyable educational experiences shared by all and aspirations for the future.

In 2016-2017 9% of the 7-11 student population was eligible for the additional funding at Presdales, so the school received a Pupil Premium allocation of: £88,049.

This was used to contribute to*:

• 1:1 support in Maths, English and across the curriculum
• small group support in English and Maths at KS4
• professional counselling for individual support
• providing assistance with the cost of educational visits
• providing assistance with the cost of learning resources and equipment
• Easter revision course for GCSE students
• after-school homework supervision
• instrumental lessons
• exam software
• software to track student progress
• individual mentoring
• nurture group
• measures to promote attendance including transport

*Please see attached for full Spending Review 2016-2017  


Below are the results achieved by our disadvantaged students over the last three years.

Number of disadvantaged students in cohort
Average KS2 attainment Eng/Maths Presdales disadvantaged4.74.34.6
Progress 8 (*data yet to be published for 2017) National Othern/a+0.12 
Presdales disadvantagedn/a+0.12  
Attainment 8 National othern/a53.3 
Presdales disadvantaged49.8346.8232.88
Average Attainment 8: English National other n/a11.1  
Presdales disadvantaged11.6710.558.5
Average Attainment 8: Maths National other n/a10.5 
Presdales disadvantaged9.339.456.63
% students achieving grade 4+ in both En & Ma National other65%71% 
Presdales disadvantaged75%55%44%
% students achieving grade 5+ in both En & Ma National othern/an/a 
Presdales disadvantagedn/an/a12%
% students entered for the Ebacc National other45%45% 
Presdales disadvantaged58%54.55%56.25%
% students achieving the Ebacc National other 28%30% 
Presdales disadvantaged18%27.3%18.75%

*The first national progress 8 measure was published in 2016. The first year grade 5 was awarded for English and Maths was 2017. Earlier comparisons are not applicable.


The main barriers to learning faced by students relate to:

Gaps in prior learning, low attendance, support needed with homework and independent work, revision and exam preparation, participation in extra-curricular enrichment, social and emotional difficulties and self-confidence.

The grant will therefore be spent on addressing those barriers. Details of the Action Plan can be seen by clicking on the Action Plan 2017-2018.