Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Since 2011, the Pupil Premium has been the Government’s principal strategy to help schools improve the learning and opportunities of disadvantaged pupils, reducing the attainment gap and in doing so, reduce educational inequality.

Pupil Premium has now been extended to include children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (the Ever 6 measure) and children who have left the care system through adoption, residence orders or special guardianship orders. Additionally, the Service Premium grant is for pupils who have a parent serving in the armed services.

Pupil Premium is £935 per FSM Ever 6 secondary pupil and £1,900 for Children Looked After and Post CLA (adopted). The Service Premium is £300 per pupil.

The Department for Education has recently published a document on the Pupil Premium for 2017/18 and the conditions of the grant which is available to view here.

Download the William Howard School Pupil Premium Policy: pdf Pupil Premium Policy

Why is there a Pupil Premium?

Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.

How is the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium measured?

Our usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.


2011-12    £34,000
2012-13    £81,000
2013-14    £135,000
2014-15    £140,000
2015-16    £159,000
2016-17    £157,000
2017-18    £199,000

WHS Pupil Premium Strategy for 2017-18

pdf View the 2017-18 Pupil Premium Strategy here

Use of the Pupil Premium in 2016-17

  • Actions focused on learning in the curriculum – including maths intervention, one to one support, subject resources, trips, learning mentors.
  • Actions focused on social, emotional and behavioural issues – including family support work, one to one provision packages, and lifestyle groups.
  • Actions focused on enrichment beyond the curriculum – including extracurricular trips and visits.
  • Actions focused on families and communities – including family support work, outside agency support.
  • Alternative learning pathways and curricula – including extended work placements, training at external agencies.
  • Actions focused on clear data tracking and targeted intervention for pupils.

The findings of the Sutton Trust as to how the pupil premium can be most effectively used to raise achievement have been adopted by William Howard School as part of continued school improvement planning. Since 2014/15, we have had Collaborative Classroom groups of staff embedding good practice in the classroom based on this research.

Statistical Information 2016-17

Statistics demonstrate results for Pupil Premium students were in line with targets demonstrating positive progress towards reducing the achievement gap for this sub group.

  4+ English & Maths 5+ English & Maths 4+ English 5+ English 4+ Maths 5+ Maths
2017 42.3% 74.7% 26.9% 51.1% 61.5% 83.1% 53.8% 68.4% 46.2% 80.4% 26.9% 57.8%

PP=Pupil Premium Students / NPP= Non Pupil Premium Students

WHS Pupil Premium 2016-17 Spend Review

pdf  Review of 2016-2017 Pupil Premium Spend