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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 £246,840 (Estimate)

In 2018-19 45% of students at Hillcrest are eligible for pupil premium funding, this is significantly higher than the national figure for 2017- 18 of 28%.

This breaks down as Year 7 = 20%, Year 8 = 23%, Year 9 = 53%, Year 10 = 62%, 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, to promote social mobility and ensure more students get to attend top universities or higher 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 15th September 2019.

Can the following be accordions in two blocks (common barriers to learning, pupil premium strategies 2018-2019)

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 attended a number of primary or secondary schools.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Low aspiration.
  • Poor attendance and punctuality.
  • Challenging behaviour.
  • Social/community issues.

Pupil Premium Strategies 2018 - 19

1. Pupil Support – Teaching

  • Extra staff hours to allow smaller groups in English, Maths and Science.
  • mall group and one to one tuition.
  • Diagnostic Feedback and Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time (DIRT).

 2. Pupil Support – Curriculum Enrichment 

  • Out of Hours Learning and educational visits e.g. Further Maths sessions and Year 7 Team Building
  • Gifted and Talented programmes e.g. The Brilliant Club, Aim Higher
  • Accelerated Reading Programme.

 3. Pupil Support – Music Tuition

4. Pupil Support – Study support and learning to learn 

  • Metacognition, revision programmes and packs e.g ‘Learning Scientists’ and ‘Flipped Learning’.
  • Homework support and ‘Show My Homework’.
  • Home Learning Programmes e.g Active learn, MyMaths, MathsWatch

5. Pupil Support – Individual Resources

6. Pupil Support – Pastoral and external agencies

  • IAG Advisor, Education Welfare and Forward Thinking (CAMHS) support worker.

Pupil Support Spending 2015 – 2018

    2016-2017  2017-2018 2018-2019

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: 2017-18

Please note all results for 2017 are currently provisional. National data is not currently available (NCA).

Year 11 GCSE Attainment

Students in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding
(Hillcrest) 2018

Other Students (Not in receipt of Pupil Premium
(Hillcrest) 2018

All  students nationally 2017

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 2017-18 – 59% of students at Hillcrest eligible for pupil premium funding

Summary of the impact of Pupil Premium spending on Year 11 GCSE outcomes 2017-2018

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 2018 national data is not currently available so all comparisons are to 2017 data.

2018 figures show that Year 11 disadvantaged pupils at Hillcrest achieved:

  • GCSE Attainment 8 Score of 49.1 which is above the A8 score for all students nationally in 2017 and in line with other students (not disadvantaged) nationally in 2017.
  • GCSE Grade 4-9 in both English and mathematics percentage of 71% compared to 71% (other students nationally 2017) and 64% (All students nationally 2017)
  • GCSE Ebacc percentage of 40% at grade 4+ in Maths, English, Languages, Humanities and Science compared 28% (Other students nationally 2017) and 24% (All students nationally 2017).
  • The attendance of disadvantaged students is in line with all students nationally, but below non-disadvantaged students at Hillcrest. Whole school attendance 2017-18 – All students = 95.9% (Nat 2017 95%),Non disadvantaged =96.5% (Nat 2017 95.9%), disadvantaged =95% (Nat 2017 92.8%)
  • The transition onto further education, training or work is excellent with 100% of 2018 leavers starting KS5 courses or apprenticeships.

Summary of impact of Pupil Premium spending on Year 7 to 10 in 2017 – 2018:

  • 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 9 students in receipt of pupil premium funding achieved on average half a grade higher than other students.

Summary of impact on Post 16 data 2017-18

Disadvantaged students achieved the same average grade as other students in the sixth form. 55% of Year 13 in 2017-18 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, The University of Hull, Swansea University and Newman University. Courses include Biochemistry, Nursing, International Relations, Biology and History.

Pupil Premium Priorities for 2018-2019

  • 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 you 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 incorrect uniform.
  • Praise your child and talk about their aspirations for the future.
  • Watch current affairs programmes and discuss as a family.
  • Arrange visits during 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 did not achieve at least level 4 (or score below 100 from 2017 onwards) 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

Maths Impact 2017-18

 In 2017/18, students who did not meet the government floor standard in mathematics at the end of KS2 undertook mathematics catch-up through the Passport Maths programme.

Passport Maths was designed by National Numeracy to be uniquely tailored for each student’s needs, highlighted by a baseline test prior to the programme.

Of the 30 students who undertook the programme:

77% passed at the highest level

3% achieved a good pass

7% achieved a standard pass

English Impact 2017-18

 LIT programme benefited all of the students: it fostered a love of reading, successful independent learning, and a huge boost in confidence for our students.

1.  75% of the group reached their end of year 7 targets. The 25% who were not on target either joined the school late, or had additional needs.

2. 75% of the group have been moved up to set 2 or 3 this academic year.

3. 75% of those with KS2 Reading Scores, improved on their reading skills by the end of the year.