Pupil Premium & Year 7 catch-up premium

The Tonbridge Federation
Please note that the data in this report is based on the school's own analysis. The report was considered and approved by the Governing Body prior to the publication of national data by the Department for Education.

The latest Pupil Premium Strategy Statement can be downloaded here

(This was agreed at the Governing Body meeting held on 27th September 2017.)
Principles for the use of funding agreed by the Governing Body:
  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our children.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged children are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Funding to support any child or group of children the federation has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • Pupil Premium Funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.

Year 7 catch-up premium - provisional report

In 2016, of the students joining us on roll in Year 7, 51% were judged as meeting the age objectives in reading and 44% judged as meeting the objectives in Maths.

The school received £17,000 in 2016/17 for this purpose.

The funding was used for:

  • Additional staffing within the REAL curriculum to create an additional nurture class to support the improvements in reading and writing (including grammar, punctuation and spelling) for our lowest ability students on entry. The greatest barrier to students being able to catch-up is very low reading and spelling ages. Additional funding to facilitate this is also made available through the Pupil Premium Strategy.

Impact of the funding:

  • The proportion of students meeting their age related objectives in reading improved from 51% to 56%.
  • The proportion of students meeting the age related objectives in writing was 65%.
  • Of lower achieving students, a third were now meeting the age related objectives.
  • The proportion of students below their chronological age has improved from 39% on entry to 18% by October 2017.

This report and 2017/18 plan is to be discussed by Governors in December 2017.