Pupil Premium



The pupil premium grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It’s a school-level grant that gives schools extra resources to help them meet challenges, including those arising from deprivation.

It’s allocated for schools to:

  • improve the academic outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities
  • close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers across the country.

School leaders are best placed to decide how to use the pupil premium to improve disadvantaged pupils’ academic attainment. There is a growing body of evidence on how schools can best help disadvantaged pupils make progress. The needs of all pupils should be assessed and the grant used to make maximum impact in the school. Pupil needs will differ and will cost differing amounts to address.

There is no expectation that schools should spend the grant only on eligible pupils, or on a per eligible pupil basis.

The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the fiscal year; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years. Pupil Premium funding is provided on a fiscal year basis (April to March) based on pupil data in the January census.

The amount of Pupil Premium allocated to The Cotswold School during the 2018-19 academic year was £148,400.

The Cotswold School – Pupil Premium Objectives

  • To provide additional educational support to raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils
  • To make a positive impact on the education and personal outcomes of disadvantaged pupils

The Cotswold School – Pupil Premium Strategy

  • To develop whole school programmes when addressing the attainment gap experienced by disadvantaged pupils
  • To develop targeted support for individual pupils who have specific needs
  • To create a pupil premium action plan that sits within the School Development Plan, with an approximate cost of providing each intervention
  • To regularly monitor and assess the overall impact of whole school and individual interventions in terms of educational outcomes and the pupil’s wider personal development
  • To monitor and report on the cost effectiveness of pupil premium spend, and amend future strategy’s and plans as a result
  • To report regularly to the governing body and to publish information on Pupil Premium spending an annual basis to parents.

Pupil Premium Grant – Whole School Programme

There are a number of whole school programmes that the school may use to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, which may include:

  • Behaviour and attendance support programmes; reducing challenging behaviour in schools can have a direct and lasting effect on pupils’ learning. The school uses a merit / demerit system to improve behaviour and also implements programmes which are targeted at students with specific behavioural issues.
  • Counselling and pastoral support programmes; the school directly employs two counsellors who offer 1:1 coaching and tailor their interventions to the specific needs of the pupils
  • A focus on social and emotional learning; the school delivers specialised programmes which are targeted at pupils with particular social or emotional problems, as well as a whole school approach supporting greater engagement in learning.
  • Supported learning through digital technology; the school has invested in interactive whiteboards, laptops, tablets and a number of learning platforms that supplement the traditional methods of teaching. The additional technology enables different learning interactions, which particularly benefits pupils with lower engagement or motivation.
  • Subsidised participation in art and music clubs and lessons; the school offers subsidies to disadvantaged pupils to encourage their participation in art and music activities (e.g. music tuition).
  • Subsidised participation in extra-curricular activities; cultural and enrichment activities and trips; the school will fully subsidise trips that wholly support the curriculum and will part subsidise other extra-curricular activities that promote the social and educational development of pupils. The school provides a breakfast club and a late bus to encourage disadvantage children to attend extra-curricular activities.
  • Parental involvement programmes; the school encourages the active engagement of parents in supporting their children’s learning. The school includes programmes to encourage parents to support their children to read or do mathematics.
  • Reducing class sizes and employing additional teaching assistants; the school continually reviews the number of teachers and class sizes, endeavouring to increase staffing levels and reduce class sizes. This allows teachers to provide greater focus on pupil premium performance.

Pupil Premium Grant – Targeted Interventions

There are a number of targeted individual interventions that the school may use to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, which may include:

  • Mentoring and feedback initiatives; Mentoring is being used in the school for disadvantaged pupils aiming to build confidence, or to develop resilience and character. Although it doesn’t directly focus on teaching or tutoring specific skills, evidence shows that it does improve educational outcomes.
  • 1:1 teaching and small group tuition; the school provides additional tuition from a trained teacher which is linked with normal teaching. The teachers monitor progress to ensure the tutoring is beneficial and to determine whether one to one tuition or small group tuition leads to greater improvement.
  • Targeted homework and reading programmes; the impact of homework on learning is consistently positive and the school has invested in systems and teaching programmes that ensure homework can be set and targeted feedback provided to pupils. The system also allows parents to monitor and actively support their child in homework activities.
  • Subsidised purchase of educational materials; the school will part subsidise additional materials and resources that support the educational development of pupils.

Pupil Premium reporting

The school reports to Governors on the impact on educational achievement (reading, writing and GCSE performance) of disadvantaged pupils as well as improvements in attendance, behaviour and personal development. The impact in educational achievement arising from expenditure of previous financial years’ Pupil Premium has been demonstrable with improvements in attendance, behaviour, reading, writing and GCSE performance. When compared to the National picture, students eligible for Pupil Premium do significantly better at The Cotswold School.