Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of:

  • The number of students who are in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM)
  • The number of students who are classed as Children Looked After (CLA)
  • The number of Service Children

This funding is then used to help ensure that these students can achieve the best possible outcomes.

If you receive any of the benefits listed below then your child will be eligible for Free School Meals and will therefore benefit from PPG funding if we are aware:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Please contact Reception if you need advice on how to claim Free School Meals and we will provide you with an application form.

What is the allocation of Pupil Premium funding in 2019 – 2020?

Total number of students on roll (excluding post 16): 800

Percentage of students in receipt of PPG: 33%

Allocation 2019/20No. Of StudentsUnit Value Funding
Service Children1£300£300
Post LAC1£2,300£2,300
Total Funding for Academic Year 2019-20£254,115


How was the Pupil Premium Grant spent last year and what was the impact?

Specific areas of expenditure in the 2019-20 academic year were:

Item/Project Objective
Intervention and small group tuition/mentoringPPG students to exceed their targets in the core subjects to achieve positive Progress 8 scores
Resources to develop literacy skillsPPG students with lower reading ages to improve their reading skills faster than their chronological age. PPG students with lower numeracy skills on entry, make expected progress.
GAP programmePPG students at risk of exclusion remain in full time education and achieve in line with their targets
Revision sessions and resourcesKS4 PPG students have access to all revision materials and opportunities to ensure they exceed their targets
Mentoring and counselling programmesPPG students have all their pastoral needs met to ensure they continue to engage and achieve positive Progress 8 scores
Curriculum and cultural clubs and tripsPPG students are able to engage fully with school life and clubs
Alternative offsite courses and provisionKS4 PPG students achieve positive Progress 8 scores
Summer SchoolProspective PPG students invited to become familiar with NTC and to improve literacy and numeracy levels
Other curriculum resources and supportPPG students are given access to all necessary resources to succeed


In addition to the above areas of expenditure as forecast, resources to support PPG students’ online learning from home during the school closure due to COVID-19 were also provided.

How did Pupil Premium students achieve last year?

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the last nationally published results are for 2019.

2019 Results (provisional)PP Students
(34% of cohort)
Non-PP Students
(66% of cohort)
NTC GapNational Gap (similar schools 2018)
Progress 8 score for disadvantaged pupils

In 2018-19 the gap between the achievement (Progress 8) of our disadvantaged students and those who are not, was much smaller (-0.13) than the National gap (-0.50) for students in similar schools. Progress 8 is a measure used to capture the progress a student makes from the end of key stage 2 to the end of key stage 4.

As detailed earlier in this report, performance data will be regularly analysed throughout this academic year to ensure the best outcomes for all PPG students, with the overall aim of further reducing the gap between PPG and non-PPG students.


What is the forecast allocation of Pupil Premium Funding in  2020 – 2021?

Allocation 2020/21No. of StudentsUnit Value Funding
Service Children0£300£0
Post LAC1£2,345£2,345.00
Total Funding for Academic Year 2020-21£243,005.00

How do we  plan to spend the Pupil Premium Grant in the coming year?

Strategies to support Pupil Premium students are reviewed on an on-going basis using careful analysis of performance data at regular intervals throughout the school year. Planned activities for the coming year include:

  • Small group tuition and support in Maths, English and Science
  • Additional support within the classroom
  • Resources to develop literacy and numeracy skills
  • Vulnerable Child support
  • Counselling/mentoring programmes
  • Learning Support Unit intervention programmes
  • GAP programme
  • Revision sessions out of normal hours
  • Alternative offsite courses and provision
  • Student travel
  • Student uniform
  • Music lessons
  • As guidance from the DfE permits, we hope to be able to provide:

  • Support with curriculum and cultural clubs and trips

Through work with our Achievement for all coach, we are working to identify the individual needs of our Pupil Premium students.  Achievement for all is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with schools to improve the outcomes of young people.

Our guiding principles for spending the Pupil Premium Grant:

  • We will use the Pupil Premium grant to remove the barriers to learning and development which hinder academic progress and those which bring social, cultural and practical disadvantages.
  • It is our aim to close the attainment and progress gaps between those students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding and the rest of our cohort, so that they achieve their potential and do not fall behind their peers.
  • We will ensure that appropriate provision is made for students who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged students are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children eligible for the grant will be in receipt of all Pupil Premium interventions at any one time.