The Pupil Premium Grant

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In 2019-20, the Pupil Premium allocation to Dean Trust Ardwick was £537,434 which equates to 575 pupils.

The Pupil Premium is additional grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, children who are in local authority care, children adopted from local authority care and children with parent(s) in the Armed Forces. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress.

The Purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

At Dean Trust Ardwick we target additional support strategies to enable every pupil, however financially disadvantaged, to:

  • Improve their levels of progress and attainment
  • Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
  • Have full access to the curriculum
  • Access extra-curricular provision

At Dean Trust Ardwick we have directed the funding to support work within the classroom and the following interventions:

  • Progress and attainment
  • Mentoring/Staffing
  • Trips and Residential Visits
  • Uniform
  • Attendance

The impact of this funding has been to support and enhance our existing intervention strategies for pupils who would otherwise have been disadvantaged and has allowed them to experience the full range of opportunities offered.

Pupil Premium Expenditure and Impact 2019-20


A Literacy Assistant and Numeracy Assistant have been employed to work with Pupil Premium pupils across the school. A Librarian has been partially funded and Accelerated Reader purchased by the school to monitor and improve reading levels across the year group, HLTA’s have also been trained on the use of Accelerated Reader. Improving reading levels benefits all subjects, helps impact on results, enables full access to the curriculum and helps to narrow the gap between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium pupils.

EAL Tuition

Two EAL Coordinators have been appointed to help Pupil Premium pupils who are also EAL settle into school and learn English. As 64% of Pupil Premium pupils are also EAL pupils, this was partially funded by Pupil Premium funding. Without a good level of English language understanding and speaking, all other aspects of school life from results to engagement and attendance will be compromised. Pupils received weekly intensive tuition and as a result, those pupils developed their confidence in class and were able to participate with the help of other pupils and differentiated work. Those pupils settled in quickly with the extra support. 

Support and Mentoring  

One extra Pupil Support Manager has been employed to support Pupil Premium pupils. Funding was also allocated to employing an Educational Psychologist. All pupils who accessed these services were eligible for Pupil Premium funding.  This resulted in a decrease in behaviour incidents, an improved level of engagement in lessons and around school, together with improved sense of well-being. ReachOut and The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation came in to work with Pupil Premium pupils across year groups to help develop self-belief and self-assurance, gain transferrable skills and focus on their academic studies.

Equipment and Resources
School has used some of the funding for resources for pupils, revision guides and licenses for software and seating plans. We have also used funding to support the KS4 strategy for our Year 11 pupils sitting their GCSE’s for the first time, including specific revision sessions and booster classes.


Dean Trust Ardwick has helped Pupil Premium pupils with uniform. The start of the academic year can be an expensive time for many families. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to contact the school if they require any help towards uniform costs.


Dean Trust Ardwick has introduced monitoring strategies and incentives to improve attendance of Pupil Premium pupils.

Attendance Whole school attendance is 96.6%, this is 2% above National Average of 94.6%. Records this year show the attendance of Pupil Premium pupils is only 0.98% lower compared with non-Pupil Premium pupils.

Persistent Absence (PA) Records show that 8% of pupils in the Persistent Absence group were Pupil Premium. This figure is approx. 6% below the national average for all pupils.

Impact of Pupil Premium

The impact of Pupil Premium can be measured in two ways.

The first measurement is through data.

Attainment this year shows that a higher percentage of Non Pupil Premium pupils are currently working at a grade of 9-4 in English, Maths and Science than Pupil Premium pupils. Although the mean SAS for Non-Pupil Premium pupils is higher than those with Pupil Premium funding. What is encouraging is that the trend in the gaps over time have shown a reduction in these gaps. This has helped shape the Pupil Premium strategy for this year.

Progress this year shows that a higher percentage of Non-Pupil Premium pupils have made better progress than Pupil Premium pupils; there is an overall progress gap of -0.53.

The second way in which we measure the impact of Pupil Premium is through the quality of the activities or intervention that we provide. Each activity concludes with a pupil survey and is compared to a pre-event survey.

‘DMSF taught me how to work as part of a team and support others. I really liked working with the DMSF staff and they helped me with my behaviour in the sessions and in school.Year 7 Pupil

‘My confidence in the sessions has helped me to get more involved every week and I feel more confident in lessons. I have enjoyed working with my mentor and they have really helped me with loads of areas and I feel good when I put my hand up to answer a question.’ Year 8 ReachOut Pupil

What projects will run in 2020-2021

Dean Trust Ardwick has been allocated £584,586 for 2020-21 which equates to 599 pupils. We have detailed below how we intend to spend this year’s allocation per student. Our target is to continue to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Currently we are running attendance incentives and helping pupils with school uniform. Interventions are in place, mentors have been recruited to support our pupils and funding allocated to support our pupils progress and wellbeing following the impact of school closures from Covid 19.

For 2020-2021 Dean Trust Ardwick intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2019-2020 as this had a positive impact on overall achievement and has helped to ensure all our pupils have full access to all the opportunities available at Dean Trust Ardwick. Also due to school closures the intended strategies will help support our pupils in reengaging in school life and supporting them both academically and pastorally.

Our School Improvement targets specifically focus on progress and attainment of vulnerable groups and further closing the gaps. This year a headline target across the school is to reduce the gaps in attainment and progress across all key stages (between each individual vulnerable grouping and non-vulnerable pupils). This will be evidenced through the progress made from KS2-3 for targeted groups of pupils. A further target for DTA this year is to focus on KS4 progress and attainment to support the new cohort of pupils completing their qualifications in Year 11.

Faculties are planning to purchase equipment and resources, and invest in extra-curricular activities to motivate, engage and support learning.

Dean Trust Ardwick’s Pupil Premium Strategy Statement document can be found on our website.

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