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Pupil Premium Strategy

Use of the Pupil Premium 2017-18 Update

The outcomes for students with pupil premium at Ulverston Victoria High School compare favourably with similar schools nationally and we are always striving to improve them. [DfE Performance Tables]

We have been allocated £137,305 for the period of April 2017 to March 2018 based on the number of pupils receiving free school meals, those who are “Children Looked After” and those whose parents are in the services. This represents a decrease from previous years' funding, however we have committed further “whole school funds” to closing the gap.

Barriers to learning

  • Attendance and punctuality: statistically there is a gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium attendance. There is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement.
  • Low income: pupils eligible for pupil premium funding are less likely to become involved in extra-curricular clubs and activities and therefore we will ensure children in receipt of pupil premium funding are given the same opportunities to join clubs and activities as their peers.
  • Resources to be ready to learn: pupils eligible for pupil premium funding may not having the correct resources to learn and therefore they will be provided with these.
  • Parental engagement: engaging parents in their child’s learning and wider school life is essential. Some parents may not have had a positive school experience themselves.
  • Prior attainment: some pupils eligible for pupil premium funding achieve below DfE expected attainment  at the end of KS2 compared to their non-disadvantaged peers.
  • Emotional resilience and aspirations: we challenge low aspirations for future pathways and careers.
  • Motivation and behaviour: we break down negative behaviour patterns which may have arisen due to poor prior attainment or a lack of experience of success at school.

We have been using this money to continue to improve the outcomes achieved by those students eligible for pupil premium. Our aim for this year is to continue to do so by:

  • Enhancing our provision for literacy and numeracy through structured support in English and maths at both KS3 and KS4. This will include additional small group teaching and the continued use of the accelerated reader teaching programme.
  • Having an attendance/family liaison officer in place 5 days a week whose focus is to support the engagement and attendance of those students on the pupil premium
  • Additional time given to our Engagement Centre for enhanced primary liaison and student care during Year 7
  • Greater access to extra-curricular activities through our family support fund. This will be for school trips, music tuition, dance lessons and sporting activities.
  • The support of an Intervention Team to work with individuals at risk of disengagement from education
  • Alternative provision to enhance the curriculum and develop employability skills in Year 11
  • Careers interviews with written career plans for all students on pupil premium £1,200
  • We have a member of the senior leadership team whose responsibility it is to oversee the provision and attainment of students on pupil premium.

The continuing purpose

Our purpose is to continue to:

  • Improve the achievement of those eligible for pupil premium.
  • To increase the number of levels of progress achieved by those eligible for pupil premium.
  • To improve the attendance of those eligible for pupil premium.
  • To ensure all those eligible for pupil premium are prepared for the world of work or further higher study.

Impact so far

The Progress 8 gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students reduced again this year to 0.305. The gap in 2016 was 0.44 and the gap in 2015 was 0.74. Pupil premium student progress was particularly strong in English with a gap of just 0.172. The P8 gap in maths was 0.398, EBacc was 0.305 and Open was 0.335.

The percentage of pupil premium students achieving 5 standard (9-4/A*-C) GCSE passes including English and Maths was 52.2% in 2017 compared to 52.0% in 2016 and 45.0% in 2015. 73.9% of our premium students achieved a standard pass in English and 60.9% achieved a standard pass in maths. 56.5% achieved the new 'strong' pass in English and 39.1% achieved a 'strong' pass in maths.

8.7% of pupil premium students achieved the EBacc in 2017 despite the bar being raised to 9-5 in English and maths. This compares to 4.0% in 2016 and 5.0% in 2015 at the old A*-C threshold.

The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed annually, next review date September 2018

Pupil Premium Funding and Expenditure 2016/17 



Pupil Premium


Service Pupil Premium


Year 7 Catch Up (March 2016)




Student Numbers


Pupil Premium


Service Pupil Premium


Year 7 Catch Up







Assistant Head - Intervention


Principal Catch Up Tutor


Catch Up Tutor


Year 7 Catch Up Tutor



Attendance and Family Support


Education Welfare Officer



Engagement Centre


Principal Learning Mentor


Learning Mentor


Learning Mentor



Emotional Well-Being and Support


Professional Counsellor



Health and Well-Being


School Nurse



Accelerated Reader



Educational Visits/Materials/Revision Guides