Pupil Premium and Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up

Pupil Premium at St Cuthbert's


‘Giving every young person the best start in life, whatever their background and wherever they come from, is a mission that unites teachers. By acknowledging the relationship between family income and educational success, the Pupil Premium cuts right to the heart of the reason most of us became educators.’
~ Sir Kevan Collins
‘The glory of God is a human fully alive!’
~ St. Irenaeus

What is the Pupil Premium?


The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

Pupil Premium funding applies to:

  • Students registered for free school meals (FSM) and who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years.
  • Students who are looked-after (LAC), defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
  • Students with a parent/parents in the armed forces.

Pupil Premium funding is allocated directly to schools and they can choose how this is spent to support the achievement of students who attract this funding.

Our strategy contains information about numbers of PP students at St. Cuthbert’s and funding amounts.


How do we spend Pupil Premium additional funding at St Cuthbert’s?


Evidence nationally suggests that there are a number of common barriers often experienced by our disadvantaged students.  Knowing our students, assessing trends and evaluating previous strategies, the barriers we will focus on in 2022-25 are:

  1. Not engaging in teaching and learning
  2. Low aspirations
  3. Weak literacy skills
  4. Poor attendance
  5. Parental engagement

Our 3-year pupil premium strategy focuses on breaking through these barriers that are most prevalent for our disadvantaged students at St Cuthbert’s.  We have set our sites on closing the attainment gap between our PP and Non-PP students over the next 3 years. In order to do this, we plan to use a variety of methods and micro-strategies based on evidence from:


The DfE

Ultimately, we strive to provide all of our disadvantaged students with the high-quality teaching and opportunities they require to achieve in line with all other students.

Every member of staff in our school community has a part to play in narrowing the attainment gap between our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students.

The EEF suggests a 3-tiered approach to spending (see link above).  All staff have roles that fit into these tiers, but here is where some key members of staff fit into the tiers in our strategy:

There is a key on page 1 of our strategy to help you to access it more clearly.

If you have any questions about our Pupil Premium Strategy, or would like to discuss it in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact school.