Pupil Premium



The Charles Dickens School (CDS) aims to realise the potential of all its pupils to achieve their very best: this means tackling and overcoming obstacles to achievement and progress caused by material disadvantage; closing attainment and progress gaps; and ensuring full access to the curriculum and wider extra-curricular programme.


Targeted support and strategies resulting in every pupil, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:

• improve levels of attainment and progress

• close attainment gaps relative to school averages

• have full access to the curriculum

• access the extra-curricular provision


The Pupil Premium Grant is based on pupils who have been on FSM within the last six years, those pupils within Local Authority care and children of Forces families. At CDS we have a relatively high number of pupils eligible for PP; however, it is important that PP is used effectively. The Pupil Premium Grant is an additional sum of money paid to all schools in order to tackle disadvantage resulting from low income or family circumstance. The amount is calculated on the number of pupils on roll who are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been eligible within the last six years (Ever 6), and children looked after in local authority care. It allows schools to address inequality and provide for the pupils who need it most. The government allows schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils in this setting. Schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. At CDS, we encourage parents to register their child as eligible for free school meals so that the Pupil Premium entitlement can be accessed to support these children. Pupil Premium funding is used flexibly to respond to the needs of our pupils, either individually or in groups. As part of our ethos we are committed to helping all of our pupils to fulfil their potential, regardless of circumstances. We therefore extend help and support, where appropriate, to those pupils who are not eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant but where there is known to be financial hardship.

Identified Barriers to Future Attainment


The attendance rate for Pupil Premium pupils 2016-17 was 91.4%, lower than the national target of 95%, and below the school attendance of 93.6%

Desired Outcomes: Attendance rate for Pupil Premium pupils reaches the 95% target, and the gap between them and the cohort is narrowed.

Aspiration, self-confidence and welfare issues

For a number of Pupil Premium pupils across Years 7 to 11 there are some issues of a lack of self-confidence, which impact on aspiration. These pupils can require targeted encouragement and support, as well as additional careers guidance. A small number of Pupil Premium pupils have particular personal or family concerns which impact on their social, emotional and mental health. These pupils require additional support from form tutors and Heads of Year, closer monitoring and tracking of progress, and can require one-to-one professional counselling.

Desired Outcomes: Improvements in aspiration to be reflected in the Key Stage 4 Pupil Premium outcomes, and ultimately in pupils’ destinations at 16, progressing to further education, employment or training, in a similar proportion to the cohort. Attendance at revision sessions and subject support sessions will be in line with other pupils at the school. 

Planned Expenditure for 2017-2018 - £328,715

Funding will continue to be used in 2017-18 to support disadvantaged pupils by:

  • Providing free of charge revision sessions to raise attainment levels
  • Providing a range of interventions and support such as one to one or small group support, including English/literacy support, Mathematics/Numeracy support, Science support, motivational toolkit sessions, emotional support groups and diagnostic testing
  • One to one counselling services to help improve SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues).
  • Enabling identified individuals to enjoy opportunities such as cultural and enriching experiences, education visits, musical tuition and extracurricular activities.
  • Assisting identified pupils with the purchase of uniform, ICT or specific equipment
  • Visits to universities subsidised to encourage pupils and raise aspirations
  • Personalised learning and classroom approaches such as:
  • Providing effective feedback on pupils' performance
  • Encouraging pupils to think about their own learning strategies
  • Pupils learning from each other including peer mentoring
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Parental involvement
  • High expectations and self-belief

PPG 2017 2018

2016-17 Pupil Premium Strategy Review

The Outcomes of Pupil Premium Spending on Year 11 GCSE Performance 2017 – 74 Pupil Premium Pupils 2017


Pupil Premium pupils in all year groups are tracked closely and interventions are put in place where appropriate. The GCSE 2017 results demonstrate that disadvantaged pupils broadly perform below that of the rest of the cohort and below that of national expectations. This suggests that, in the past, the school has not been successful in targeting this group of pupils and are ensuring they make progress.

On 1 March 2017, CDS joined Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT) as a sponsored Academy and the progress of all students, but in particular those eligible for Pupil Premium funding, is the school’s highest priority.

We recognise that it is high quality teaching that has the greatest impact on all pupils’ ability to maximise progress, therefore the provision of outstanding teaching and learning is the school’s focus. Incorporated into outstanding learning, we work tirelessly to ensure that pupils receive excellent feedback from staff both in the form of marking and other methods within the context of their lessons so that all pupils are clear about what they need to do to improve their progress. It is the quality of this feedback that has been evidenced as having the most impact on pupils’ progress (research by Education Endowment Fund and Sutton Trust, updated 2016) and this has been a key area for development at CDS. 


CDS is committed to ensuring that all pupils have high aspirations, regardless of their family circumstances. Pupil Premium pupils are given access to career guidance, education and experiences, to help them understand and value their curriculum.

PPG 2016 2017