The Hawthorne’s Free School

Policy for Effective Pupil Premium Spending  


The Pupil Premium is allocated by local authorities, or the DfE, to schools and academies with pupils between Foundation Stage 2 and Year 11, on roll in January of each year, that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (so-called Ever 6 Pupils). Each of these pupils attracted £935 in the financial year 2014-15. The grant per eligible pupil is £935 for the current financial year 2015-16. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to their underlying budget, in a way they think will best support raising the achievement of funded pupils in comparison with their non-Pupil Premium peers within the school and nationally, whatever their academic starting point and potential. Pupil Premium Plus students are looked after children (LACs) and are entitled to £1900 in the financial year 2015-16, and schools will increasingly be accountable to the LA Virtual Headteacher for the ways in which funding is spent.

The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our overall vision.


  • The Headteacher and an Assistant Headteacher will be responsible for Pupil Premium provision, with specific delegated responsibilities taken by members of the Senior Leadership Team or wider school staff (eg English and maths provision, welfare and inclusion support).
  • We will ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils, since our primary purpose is to ensure that high quality teaching is provided throughout the school.
  • We will ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive, or have previously received, free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered, or have been registered, for Free School Meals (FSM), so we will ensure that entitled parents and carers are supported sensitively in applying for the meals, but also therefore the additional funding.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated to those pupils who are eligible, including proportional funding of strategies accessed by Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students alike.
  • The majority of our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving students to at least age related expectations (ARE) and ‘expected progress’ targets, especially in English and maths, but even further where they have the potential to achieve beyond ARE.
  • We will also use Pupil Premium in areas where eligible pupils show a particular aptitude, but where their parents’ financial circumstances prevent them from accessing specialist coaching or instruction.
  • The Pupil Premium funding will be allocated to a series of interventions grouped progressively; the ultimate outcome of which will be that pupils will achieve their academic and personal potential (see detail below).
  • Funded interventions will include pastoral support where appropriate eg attendance support, family liaison, development of social skills (see detail below).
  • Additional provision for SEN pupils will be funded through a combination of any SEN funding and their Pupil Premium allocation where applicable.
  • We will constantly monitor the effectiveness of strategies used and review provision in the light of tracking data and other evidence.
  • We will inform parents, carers and students about their eligibility for Pupil premium, and where possible we will account to them for its use and impact.
    • We will involve the widest possible group of appropriate stakeholders, especially members of the staff team, the Governing Body, pupils and their families, in making suggestions about Pupil Premium strategies and evaluating their outcomes.
    • We will report to the LA Virtual Headteacher in deciding how to spend Pupil Premium Plus funding.



The Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Body will consider evidence from a variety of sources, including: school’s own data, external evaluative material such as the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit, Ofsted Case Studies and visits to other settings, when choosing which of the following approaches or interventions will be appropriate for a particular group of Pupil Premium students, or an individual student:

Group Examples
1 Family Engagement
  • Assistant Progress Leaders x 2
2 Attendance
  • Assistant Progress Leaders x 2
  • Reward certificates/other reward initiatives
3 Engagement in Learning and widening experiences
  • Educational visits, including a residential trip (or pro rata contribution to the overall cost)
  • Motivational speakers
  • Lifestyle initiatives
  • Lunchtime initiatives and equipment
  • Staffing of after-school clubs
  • Transition support
  • Work skills courses
4 Accelerated Progress
  • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming gaps in learning
  • 1-1 tuition
  • Additional staffing in specific targeted year groups
  • Additional group teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained TAs or external agencies
  • Additional curriculum resources (fully or partly funded through Pupil Premium) for school and home use
  • Staff CPD for outstanding teaching and high-impact interventions (eg feedback, questioning, conferencing, metacognitive activities)
  • University mentors
5 Pupils as enablers
  • Monitor and mentor opportunities for students (eg Year 11 Student Leaders)



It will be the responsibility of the Assistant Headteacher to produce termly Pupil Premium reports for the Governing Body, including the following:

  • an account of the progress made towards closing the gap for socially disadvantaged students (Pupil Premium against non-Pupil Premium students);
  • an outline of any changes to provision that have been made since the last meeting;
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the students receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support (using attendance, attitudinal and academic measures depending on the intervention)

The Governing Body and its committees will share responsibility with the Senior Leadership Team for evaluating and improving the interventions used to close the achievement gap through Pupil Premium funding.

Members of the Governing Body will ensure that an annual statement is published on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘closing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged students, and what the impact has been. Publication will include posting the statement on the school website.


Any appeals against this policy will be through the school’s complaints procedure


This policy will be reviewed annually in the light of any statutory or advisory changes (eg Ofsted Reports).