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Pupil/Catchup Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to enhance the education of the most socio-economically deprived.

The amount of Pupil Premium allocation that Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre receives can be seen below.

Year  Allocation
2012-13 £211,410
2013-14 £275,568
2014-15 £257,125
2015-16 £237,331
2016-17 £254,620
2017-18 £262,735
2018-19 £248,944
2019-20 £255,939

In 2019-20 50% of students at Hillcrest are eligible for pupil premium funding, this is significantly higher than the national figure.

This breaks down as Year 7 = 36%(FSM only), Year 8 = 57%, Year 9 =47%, Year 10 = 55%, Year 11 = 52%

Our Pupil Premium Strategy aims to close the achievement gap between students entitled to pupil premium funding and other students nationally. To raise aspirations, promote social mobility and ensure more students get to attend top universities or higher level apprenticeships. The strategy ensures that funding is spent to enable disadvantaged students to receive additional support and resources that remove any barriers to learning and success. The progress of individual pupils is constantly tracked and appropriate support and intervention identified and actioned as rapidly as possible.

This strategy is reviewed annually. Next review September 2020.

Common Barriers To Learning

  • Lack of time, space resources and support for working at home.
  • Lack of enrichment opportunities.
  • Poor literacy and numeracy skills.
  • High mobility – where pupils have attend a number of primary or secondary schools.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Low aspiration.
  • Poor attendance and punctuality.
  • Challenging behaviour.
  • Social/community issues.

Pupil Premium Strategies 2019 - 20

  1. Pupil Support – Teaching
  • Extra staff hours to allow smaller groups in English, Maths and Science.
  • In class support, intervention and one to one tuition.
  • Focus on responsive teaching to meet the needs of all students.
  • Focus on independent study skills and knowledge retrieval.

   2. Pupil Support – Curriculum Enrichment and Pastoral Support

  • Out of Hours Learning and educational visits
  • Gifted and Talented programmes e.g. The Brilliant Club, Aim Higher
  • Accelerated Reading Programme.
  • Student support.
  • Behaviour and pastoral support programmes e.g. Jamie’s Farm
  1. Pupil Support – Music Tuition
  2. Pupil Support – Study support and learning to learn
  • Metacognition, revision programmes and packs e.g. ‘Learning Scientists’ and ‘Flipped Learning’, and Knowledge Organisers.
  • Homework support and ‘Show My Homework’.
  • Home Learning Programmes - Active learn, My Maths, Maths Watch, Hegarty, Seneca
  1. Pupil Support – Individual Resources
  2. Pupil Support –  Pastoral and external agencies
  • IIAG Advisor, Education Welfare and Emotional Well-Being support worker.

Pupil Support Spending 2016 – 2019

    2016-2017  2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020

Pupil Support – Teaching

Additional Maths, English and Science groups, in class support, intervention groups, and training.





Pupil Support – Curriculum Enrichment

Curriculum based trips and learning off site, The Brilliant Club, Out of Hours Learning, The Accelerated Reader Programme, Library resources KS3/KS4 books, IT Dynamic Learning, Online Mathematics Programmes, Pinpoint Maths, Literacy Guides, Literacy boxes, Aim Higher activities, Mathematics new curriculum learning materials and homework support books.





Pupil Support –
Music Tuition

Individual and small group instrumental tuition.





Study Support and Learning to Learn

Holiday revision classes, Maths boosters, Show My Homework





Pupil Support – Individual Resources

Catch up classes for students entering school below expectations in year 7,





Pupil Support –  Pastoral and external agencies

Additional Education Welfare and IAG support.












Closing the gap: 2018-19

Please note all results for 2019 are currently provisional. National data is not currently available (NCA)

Year 11 GCSE Attainment

Students in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding
(Hillcrest) 2019

Other Students (Not in receipt of Pupil Premium
(Hillcrest) 2019

All  students nationally 2018

Other Students Nationally

(Not Pupil Premium)


Attainment 8 Score





Progress 8 Score





% Grade 4 -9 in English and Mathematics





% Grade 5-9 in English and Mathematics





% achieving  English Baccalaureate (Standard Pass = grade 4 or better in English, Maths, Languages, Humanities and two GCSE Science qualifications)





% achieving  English Baccalaureate (Strong Pass = grade 5 or better in English, Maths, Languages, Humanities and two GCSE Science qualifications)





% entered for the English Baccalaureate





English Baccalaureate APS





Year 11 2018-19 – 53% of students at Hillcrest were eligible for pupil premium funding

Summary of the impact of Pupil Premium spending on Year 11 GCSE outcomes 2018-2019

The impact on educational achievement arising from Pupil Premium expenditure are the outcomes for disadvantaged students, as demonstrated in their achievement, attendance and reward data.

Please note 2019 national data is not currently available so all comparisons are to 2018 data.

2019 figures show that Year 11 disadvantaged pupils at Hillcrest achieved well:

  • GCSE Attainment 8 Score of 47.14 which is above the A8 score for all students nationally in 2018.
  • GCSE Grade 4-9 in both English and mathematics percentage of 60% compared to 64% (All students nationally 2018).
  • GCSE Ebacc percentage of 32% at grade 4+ in Maths, English, Languages, Humanities and Science compared 28% (Other students nationally 2018) and 24% (All students nationally 2018).
  • GCSE Ebacc percentage of 20% at grade 5+ in Maths, English, Languages, Humanities and Science compared 20% (Other students nationally 2018) and 16.7% (All students nationally 2018).
  • The attendance of disadvantaged students is in line with all students nationally, but below non-disadvantaged students at Hillcrest. Whole school attendance 2018-19 - All students = 95.83% (Nat 2018 94.5%), Non disadvantaged =96.57% (Nat NFSM 2018 95.8%), disadvantaged =95.52% (Nat FSM 2018 92.4%)
  • The transition onto further education, training or work is excellent with 100% of 2019 leavers starting KS5 courses or apprenticeships.

The IDSR for Hillcrest School for 2018/2019 shows:

  • Progress 8 was in the top quintile (20%) for at least two years for low

           prior attainers and disadvantaged pupils.

  • In 2018, Progress 8 was significantly above average and in the highest

           10% for the following groups of pupils: all, middle prior attainers and


Summary of impact of Pupil Premium spending on Year 7 to 10 in 2018 – 2019:

  • One of the main barriers to learning identified by students and staff was the successful completion of homework to prepare students for the next stages of their learning. To support students with this the school introduced ‘Show My Homework’ in 2016 to give students and parents access to homework tasks and resources online and via their smart phones. The homework facilities in school are available 8am each morning, at lunchtime and after school to allow students access to IT facilities and teacher support.
  • The gap between students in receipt of pupil premium funding is closing, for example in Year 8 students in receipt of pupil premium funding achieved grade 3.18 and those not grade 3.2.

Summary of impact on Post 16 data 2018-19

Disadvantaged students achieved the average grade of C and other students C+ in the sixth form. 30% of Year 13 in 2018-19 were eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years. All Year 13 students eligible for pupil premium funding achieved University places, apprenticeships or employment. University places include The University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Nottingham and University of Law. Courses include Biochemistry, Biomedical Science and Law.

Pupil Premium Priorities for 2019-2020

  • Raise attainment and increase progress for all students, especially those in receipt of pupil premium funding and having high prior attainment.
  • Close the gap between students in receipt of pupil premium funding and others in attainment in grade 4+ and 5+ and 7+.

How can I support my child?

  • Ask your child about their day and what they have been learning.
  • Provide a quiet place at home for students to work and encourage your child to attend homework club.
  • Make sure your child has the basic equipment needed to do her homework and establish a routine for when homework is completed.
  • Use your Show My Homework login to check what homework your child had and monitor that it has been completed.
  • Ensure your child arrives at school on time every day with the correct equipment and in correct uniform.
  • Praise your child and talk about their aspirations for the future.
  • Watch current affairs programmes and discuss as a family.
  • Arrange visits in the school holidays and weekends to the many free museums and cultural sites locally.
  • Promote the importance of school and reward success.
  • Attend school events such as parents’ evenings, review meetings, parental support sessions, concerts and awards mornings.
  • If you have any concerns about your child’s education or well-being contact school for support.

For more information please visit the Department for Education Website

Catch-up Premium Strategy

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who achieved a SATS score below 100 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.


2012-2013                            £8,500

2013- 2014                           £7,500

2014-2015                            £4,500

2015-2016                            £10,000

2016-2017                            £9,765

2017-2018                            £9,647

2018-2019                            £11,647

Impact of Year 7 Catch-up Premium

Maths Support Group Impact:

Pupils who had not met the expected standard in their end of KS2 SATs examinations were taught in a smaller group with a focus on re-teaching key concepts from KS2 and then building upon these to develop concepts from the KS3 curriculum. The group followed a conceptual mastery approach with a focus on number and shape topics, using manipulative to build an understanding of the structure of number.

Pupils were assessed using KS2 topic based assessments at the end of each module.

All pupils progressed their pre-topic to post-topic grades for all topics studied.

Two pupils had caught up to the expected level within the first term.

Two thirds of pupils improved from their overall baseline assessment grade.

A third of the remaining pupils caught up to the expected KS2 level by the end of the year.

English LIT Programme Impact:

  • 2/14 (14%) students exceeded their Hillcrest target grade by the end of the school year.

  • 10/14 (71%) students made progress by at least one HC grade from their initial baseline assessment in September.