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The Pupil Premium Grant

In 2017-18, the Pupil Premium allocation to Dean Trust Ardwick was £345,679, which equates to 344 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 2017- 18


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 reading books have been purchased to engage pupils in the Form Time reading programme to increase opportunities for pupils to read age-appropriate material and promote reading for pleasure. 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 65% 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  

Two extra Pupil Support Managers have been employed to support Pupil Premium pupils. SLAs were purchased for an Educational Psychologist and Educational Behaviour Consultant to come into school. 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 Year 8 and 9 Pupil Premium pupils to help develop self-belief and self-assurance, gain transferrable skills and focus on their academic studies with a particular focus on numeracy and literacy support. Pupils who participated in ReachOut also experience four work based placements across the year that introduced them to career opportunities and employability skills.

Equipment and Resources

School has used some of the funding for resources for pupils, revision guides and licenses for software and seating plans.

Residential/Social and Cultural Visits

School partially funded a residential and cultural visit for identified pupils. Pupil and staff surveys reveal positive feedback on all these events. Trips included a Harry Potter trip and a rewards day trip to Alton Towers.

The costs associated with residential/social/cultural visits, which provide vital cultural, social and enrichment experiences for pupils, are often a barrier to those pupils with free school meals or from low income families. Pupil Premium funding has enabled these costs to be subsidised for eligible pupils, thus allowing greater access to the same high quality and exciting opportunities offered by these experiences. Pupil Premium families are encouraged to apply for help with funding in all our trips and activities through letters that are sent home.


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 records this year show the attendance of Pupil Premium pupils is only 1.3% lower ( 96.3%) compared with non-Pupil Premium pupils ( 97.6%).

Persistent Absence (PA) records show that 7.1% Pupil Premium pupils were in the Persistent Absence category ( 10% or more absence) compared to 3.5% of non- Pupil Premium pupils, leaving a gap of only 3.6%.

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 slightly higher percentage of Pupil Premium pupils are currently working at a grade of 9-4 in English, Maths and Science than Non-Pupil Premium pupils (a gap of 3.4%, 7.6% and 4.2% respectively) although the KS2 Average GRM for Non-Pupil Premium pupils is higher than those with Pupil Premium funding.

Progress this year shows that a higher percentage of Pupil Premium pupils have made better progress than non-Pupil Premium pupils; in English there is a 13% gap for pupils on target and a 14% gap for pupils above target. In Science there is a 9% gap for pupils on target and a 10% gap for pupils above target, both in favour of Pupil Premium pupils. In Maths 0.6% more Pupil Premium pupils are on target in comparison to non-Pupil Premium pupils and 8% more Pupil Premium pupils are working above target.

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.

‘I have really enjoyed DMSF sessions. I have developed my personal responsibility and my leadership skills. I enjoyed running the primary sessions and I feel like I have improved my behaviour in school’ (Year 8 Pupil)

I really enjoyed the trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, I have never traveled that far before. I loved seeing the model castle and the surprise doors were brilliant. We really looked at all the details and hard work that went into making the films. It was great! ’ (Year 7 Pupil)

 ‘My mentor has really helped me to develop my confidence not only with English and Maths but also as a person. I really enjoyed the trips to the different businesses with Reachout and I really understand what types of skills I will need and what employers are looking for.’ (Year 8 ReachOut Pupil)

“ReachOut is a place where we can get help with our Maths and English skills and also get to know new people. My mentor was really helpful and supported me to understand questions I thought I couldn’t do.’ (Year 9 ReachOut Pupil)

Year 9 boys seem to value school and education more since joining ReachOut. They cares much more about the quality of their work compared to when they started out.” (Michael Wright, The University of Manchester – ReachOut Mentor)


What projects will run in 2018-2019?

Dean Trust Ardwick has been allocated £467,883 for 2018-19 which equates to 504 pupils. We have detailed below how we intend to spend this year’s allocation per pupil. 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 are delivering appropriate interventions such as Diane Modahl Sports Foundation and ReachOut mentoring to aid our pupils’ development and improve outcomes.

Planned breakdown of spend per pupil 2018-19

 For 2018-2019 Dean Trust Ardwick intends to continue to fund similar interventions to those used in 2017-2018 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.

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.

Faculties are planning to take Pupil Premium pupils on trips and visits, 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 below.

Past Pupil Premium Strategies

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