Pupil Premium

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What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.

The Pupil Premium Grant is a lump sum given to the school based upon the number of students in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been registered for FSM in the past six years. Students in care who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant as well as students who have been adopted from care. Students whose parents are in the armed services are also contained within the Pupil Premium bracket and attract additional funding in order to support their social and emotional well-being. The impact the Pupil Premium Grant is making in each school is closely monitored by the Department for Education and by OFSTED.  The funding, quite rightly, has to be accounted for. 

Like all students, Pupil Premium students are all unique and have differing needs – some greater than others.  We therefore try to make best use of this funding by supporting students according to their needs and all Pupil Premium students will not get the same support.


Why is there a Pupil Premium Grant?

Nationally students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment on average than those who have never been eligible. For example, over the last five years around a third of students in England who have been eligible for FSM achieved five or more 4-9 grades in their GCSEs, compared to more than two thirds of their peers.


Was your adopted child formerly a ‘looked after child’ and adopted on or after 30 December 2005?

From April 2014, schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005.  Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.  The Government has extended the coverage of the Pupil Premium in recognition of the traumatic experiences many adopted children have endured in their early lives and a realisation that their needs do not change overnight.

To enable our school to claim the Pupil Premium which could benefit your child, you will need to inform the school about your child and provide supporting evidence.  For example, you will need to show the school a photocopy of the original Adoption (Court) Order with sensitive information concealed; e.g. the names of the birth parents. Please contact your child's Assistant Head of Year if you would like more information. Read more about Pupil Premium on this FAQ sheet.


 Our Objectives

At Liskeard School the Pupil Premium Grant will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The funding will be used to close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers, particularly in maths and English. As far as possible, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities and we will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most.


Our Policy

  • The Pupil Premium funding will be clearly identifiable within the budget. 
  • The Headteacher, in consultation with the governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium funding is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.
  • We will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.
  • We will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant and the Headteacher will report to the governing body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
  • We will publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium funding.
  • We will ensure that parents, governors and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant.
  • We will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils.
  • We will track the impact of the strategies put into place through the funding to ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.
  • We will monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the Pupil Premium funding.


How many pupils at Liskeard are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?

Our Pupil Premium funding for 2018-19 is based on the following numbers:

Year 7: 70

Year 8: 54

Year 9: 53

Year 10: 43

Year 11: 71

Total: 291


What additional support do we provide for students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?

Funding is committed to specific mentoring support and booster programmes in English, maths and science, as well as pastoral support such as counselling and a TicTac centre supported by the school. In addition, we fund bespoke sessions by external agencies to support learning and behavioural programmes as well as alternative curriculum programmes..

We have specific financial support plans for help with buying school uniform, residential trips, breakfast clubs and school meals, music lessons and after school clubs and transport.

Greater detail of each area of support and the allocation of the funding is provided below.


How do we monitor the progress of Pupil Premium students and track any additional support?

Details of the overall progress individual students are making in each year group (with additional detail for English and maths) are collated centrally each term. 

After every Progress Check the progress and attainment of students are analysed at a whole school level as well as by Heads of Faculty, Heads of Year and by the classroom teachers. The progress of Pupil Premium students is a standing agenda item at fortnightly meetings to ensure the most recent data is scrutinised and acted on by the Heads of Faculty and Heads of Year.

Progress meetings (known as ‘RAG meetings’) are held for each year group each term in which any Pupil Premium students not making good progress in English, maths and science are discussed and actions to address this are agreed.


Measuring the impact of the Pupil premium Grant


Pupil Premium students (50 students)





Average Total Attainment 8



Average Attainment 8 Grade



Average KS2 Prior Attainment



Average Total Progress 8



Students Achieving 9-5 in English and Maths



Students Achieving 9-5 in English



Students Achieving 9-5 in Maths



Students achieving 5 Standard Passes inc EM  




Non-PP students (115 students)




Average Total Attainment 8



Average Attainment 8 Grade



Average KS2 Prior Attainment



Average Total Progress 8



Students Achieving 9-5 in English and Maths



Students Achieving 9-5 in English



Students Achieving 9-5 in Maths



Students achieving 5 Standard Passes inc EM  




  • The tables above show that the difference in progress (measured by the ‘Progress 8 figure’) between PP and non-PP students is -0.16.  This compares with the gap nationally of -0.4.  There is a gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and others in our school, but it is smaller than nationally. 

  • Students from disadvantaged backgounds arrive at our school in Year 7 considerably behind other children (see the ‘Average KS2 Prior Attainment’ figures above).   

  • Too few students from disadvantaged backgrounds are achieving the grade 5s or better in English and Maths or five standard passes in English and Maths (grade 4s).  These figures are important because they open access to young people to A Levels and more skilled vocational courses.  PP students’ progress in Maths is a particular area for improvement. 




% of students on or above track to make good progress







Year 10









Year 9









Year 8









Year 7









  • In the above table, good progress is defined by students being on track, as far as it is possible to predict, to meet or exceed the outcomes of the top 20% of other students who were working at the same ability in Year 6.
  • The gap nationally between PP and non-PP students in terms of progress or students meeting expectations, is around -20%.
  • Our biggest gap is with last year’s Year 9 (current Year 10) and shows a gap of -10%. In Years 7 and 8, the PP students are performing slightly better than non-PP students in terms of progress.




Website PP Policy 2018 19 Page 6

Website PP Policy 2018 19 Page 7

TOTAL SPEND FOR 2017-18 = £243,000



Of the 194 students in Year 7 who took the end of KS2 tests:

  • 64 were below the expected standard in Reading;
  • 59 were below the expected standard in Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary and Spelling;
  • 64 were below the expected standard in Maths;
  • 96 students were below in at least one of the expected standards and 46 were below in all three.

The considerable needs are largely addressed by the employment of a specialist teacher with primary education expertise and experience.  Extra groups in English and Maths are being taught by this colleague in Years 7 and 8 and these lessons are supported by TAs.  The students who are significantly below the expected standard in literacy are withdrawn from studying a foreign language and have five extra hours of literacy, phonics-based teaching in Years 7 and 8.

Website PP Policy 2018 19 Page 8


TOTAL SPEND FOR 2017-18 = £22,000

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
PL14 3EA

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Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

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