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Pupil Premium

Background - What is Pupil Premium?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main Academy funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals {FSM} and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals {FSM} at any point in the last 6 years.  As a group nationally, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.

A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.


What does this look like at Copley Academy?

Pupil Premium is spent within the context of the overall funding agreement between the DfE and Great Academies Education Trust (GAET).

At Copley Academy we are determined in our mission to become ‘Outstanding’ through raised aspirations and educational outcomes for all students.

The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving Copley Academy’s vision to enable all students to reach their full academic potential. In order to achieve this we have set out the following principles for use of the pupil premium funding. 



  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils. 

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. 

  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. 

  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We will seek to support any pupil, or groups of pupils, the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. 

  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. 



The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) may consider the following range of provision for this group

  • One to One and small group tuition

  • Inclusion in enrichment activities including school trips & visits

  • Provision of resources to support individual students with their study where the need is clearly identified

  • Additional curriculum support from targeted resources in identified subjects 

  • Individual support for students identified from pastoral teams knowledge and individual student interviews and family liaison.

  • Student support from external organisations e.g. motivational programmes.

  • Increased access to school counsellors to support emotional and mental health

  • Increased access to other specialist support services e.g. CAMS, Outreach.

  • Support with access to school where identified from family liaison and individual student meetings (e.g. interim transport, uniform)

  • Increased support for Literacy & Numeracy 

  • Staff CPD activity 


All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress to move children to at least age related expectations.  Current Priorities for Copley Academy

The current priorities for Copley Academy in relation to PP are to: 

  • Promote GREAT attendance,

  • Provide quality teaching for all

  • Promote GREAT behaviour

  • Widen aspirations / awareness of ‘next steps’.


Research based decision making

There is a growing body of evidence available on the successful use of the Pupil Premium. Therefore, for 2020-2021, we have reviewed and revised the ways in which we are planning, budgeting, reviewing and then measuring the impact of our allocation. Firstly, for instance we continue to access the growing body of evidence provided by the EEF:

Secondly, we have accessed and reviewed documents from the DfE, the EEF and OFSTED:


  • ‘The Pupil Premium, how schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement.’ OFSTED (2013).

  • ‘The Pupil Premium, how schools are using the Pupil Premium to raise achievement for disadvantaged pupils.’ OFSTED (2012).

  • ‘Evaluation of Pupil Premium Research Report’, Department for Education, (July 2013).

  • ‘A guide to Effective Pupil Premium Reviews by the Teaching School Council.’ (2018)

  • (2019)


Thirdly, we increasingly compare our experiences and outcomes to other schools and evaluate our own performance for all groups of students now that our practice is becoming more secure.



It will be the responsibility of Copley Academy’s PP lead (with the support of other SLT) to identify the potential barriers to achievement for individual pupils that receive PP funding. The Academy’s PP lead will then be responsible for ensuring that the academy provides suitable, high quality activity designed to support pupils in overcoming those identified barriers. Pupil engagement with the activities outlined in the Academy’s PP plan will be tracked and the impact of initiatives will be reviewed regularly. In line with best practice Copley Academy will seek to adapt its provision to facilitate good progress for all pupils.



It will be the responsibility of the Principal, or a delegated member of staff, to include the following information in the annual data report for the GAET ‘Outcomes’ board: 

  • The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils. 

  • An outline of the provision that was made since the last annual report. 

  • An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support. 

At the end of the academic year, the Academy will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils.  This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education. Planned expenditure will be reviewed annually. 


For more information please see the documents below.


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