Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium


Brayton Academy is committed to investing funding from the pupil premium, and the Year 7 Catch-Up premium, to provide opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential.

The Pupil Premium and Year 7 Catch Up Premium is spent in an integrated and targeted way, to ensure that students receive the opportunity for additional support and access to learning opportunities. We chose the classroom approach and intervention strategies which research has shown works. The progress of these students is monitored throughout the year at each assessment point and the strategies are monitored for their effectiveness. Sutton Trust research indicates that effective support comes from improving feedback (a whole school focus), reduced class size, early intervention and extending the breadth of the curriculum. Parents will know the progress that their child is making through regular reports and Parents’ Evenings. The needs analysis for the Pupil Premium is an ongoing process throughout a student’s education at Brayton Academy:

  • Transition into the school
  • Following the publication of school report data
  • During Pastoral Education Plan meetings for ‘Children Looked After’
  • As part of a review of any other plan or provision.

Furthermore, circumstances for individual students may change, meaning that a needs analysis results in some students becoming eligible for additional support.

What We Believe In At Brayton Academy, we believe in narrowing the educational attainment gap.

  • We believe that it is a priority to unlock the potential of those students entitled to the Pupil Premium and Free School Meals and so narrow any gap between those entitled to this support, and their peers.
  • We use performance data to identify gaps. Therefore we seek to identify students at risk of underperforming and challenge those whose progress needs to accelerate.
  • We aim to intervene effectively, track progress and change approach where necessary.
  • We aim to listen to students and engage them in dialogue regarding their attitudes to learning.
  • We aim to develop effective ways of engaging both students and their parents/carers.
  • Crucially we do not accept excuses and seek to evaluate, celebrate and share success.
  • We communicate the vision of narrowing the gap and provide the drive and commitment necessary to motivate.
  • We should maintain a consistent focus on the key underachieving group of PP/FSM students.
  • We have a robust tracking system that provides regular, accurate feedback on the progress of students that helps to shape provision
  • We advocate the development of a Growth Mindset, rewarding hard work and resilience. We strongly believe that any student can succeed.

At Brayton Academy, we have implemented a range of strategies which support the students who qualify for pupil premium. No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational needs of any school, and therefore our strategies are as individual as our students are. Our overarching aim is to close the gap in achievement between those students who are eligible for FSM, LAC and Services Children and those who are not.

The following examples outline just some of these ways we’ve committed our pupil

premium to try and achieve our goals:

  • Provision of daily contact with form tutors who build relationships with members of their form
  • A specialist SEN department who provide support for students with particular educational needs
  • A dedicated member of the pastoral team who supports and nurtures; including vulnerable students
  • A Pastoral Manager who supports our most challenging students
  • 1:1 Support and intervention for all students who require it
  • Small group intervention and support for all students who require it
  • A curriculum under constant review which is designed to offer maximum flexibility to meet the needs of individuals
  • A broad and varied enrichment programme that offers outside of the classroom opportunities
  • Constant staff development and training to ensure that all staff in school are able to provide for each student

Analysis of results is required of all staff; showing which groups have underachieved or relatively underachieved, focusing on current progress against targets, for all classes – leading to targeted intervention within classes

  • Evaluation of results of analysis, thereby identifying and discussing potential causes and effects with Subject and Pastoral Leaders.
  • Identification and action for pupils’ specific areas of need taken by staff, focusing on PP students in the first instance
  • Visibility increased and focus sharpened so that specific progress groups have been identified and individuals identified and published. This has ensured that every teacher is aware which students are eligible for FSM and especially those who need to accelerate their progress.
  • Governors have been informed of the data analysis linked to the School Self-Evaluation Form (Updated September 2016) and the School Improvement Plan .
  • Whole staff training on differentiation including the identification of disadvantaged groups. Training on using data to identify and intervene where students are not making expected progress. The development of class data sheets which allow staff to be proactive in the progress and outcomes for all students.

Pupil Premium Priorities

Pupil Premium Funding Expenditure at Brayton Academy

Total number of Students on Roll: 367

  • Students eligible for Pupil Premium: 103
  • Funding from the Pupil Premium: £77,000
  • Students eligible for the LAC funding: 6
  • Funding from the LAC: £9510
  • Students eligible for the Year 7 Catch-Up Premium: 21
  • Funding from the Catch-Up Premium (2016-2017): £16000
  • Students eligible for the Service Children Premium:
  • Funding from the Service Children Premium: £320

Total amount of Funding for Pupil Premium and the Year 7 Catch Up Premium: £102,830

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Number of Pupils 71 92 75 73 56
Number of PP (%) 21 (30%) 21 (23%) 17 (23%) 26 (36%) 18 (32%)
Girls 45 48 38 34 19
Boys 26 44 37 39 37


2016/17 Expenditure

Specialist alternative curriculum £11,200
Accelerated Reader Programme £1000
Twilight/P7 interventions £2500
Data tracking software – SISRA £4,200
Saturday school staffing  £1000
Additional staffing English and Maths £16,500
Books LRC £1000 
Software programmes to support independent learning including Hegarty Maths £3900
Revision materials ( books and revision packs) £1500 
Refreshments for students prior to exams £300 
GCSE holiday intervention sessions (staff costs) £2000 
Rewards : PD Praise and attendance £1000 
Year 11 prom £350 
French Resilience Camp £2500 
Attendance Support Officer £23000 
Behaviour support worker ( 1 term) £8000 
Transport: £3000 
Pastoral support : £15000 
Mentoring £ 4500 
Total £102550

Impact of Expenditure

Trends over time

Progress quintiles displaying percentile rank (1-100 where 1 is the top percentile)                                                                         



Overall Progress 8


How do we spend the allocated funding?

According to the DfE we have the freedom to spend the funding as we see fit based upon their knowledge of student needs. We spend the funding on strategies to support student achievement including mentoring programmes, IT resources and educational visits.

How are we accountable?

We publish our income and performance data on our website and report impact. We monitor the performance of eligible students to ensure that gaps in achievement are closed.

How do staff know who is in the Pupil Premium cohort?

Students eligible are identified on SIMS, and staff are provided with an updated list of students at the start of the year. All staff use information from SIMS when interrogating data and monitoring student performance.

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