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    Pupil Premium and Catch-up Premium

    Pupil Premium

    What is the Pupil Premium?

    Schools receive Pupil Premium funding annually from the government; the amount of funding is determined by the number of students attending the school who currently receive ‘free school meals’ or who have received ‘free school meals’ within the last six years. This funding is also based on the number of looked after children and the number of children whose parents are in the regular armed forces.

    Why is Pupil Premium funding required?

    It is widely recognised that nationally an attainment gap exists between Pupil Premium students and their peers; this can potentially lead to lower results, which can in turn negatively affect their future life choices thereafter.

    Pupil Premium funding is provided by the government to raise the attainment of Pupil Premium students. The funding aims to ensure that all students meet a minimum of national standards by the end of Year 11, eradicating any attainment gap that exists.

    How must this money be used?

    Whilst the Pupil Premium funding must be spent on closing the gap of those who are eligible for the funding some of the most effective strategies, such as improving teaching, will benefit all students. The funding can also be used for non-educational items and support for pupils outside of school hours, if this can be shown to improve academic attainment.

    Our Approach to Pupil Premium Allocation

    At Wath Academy, we have a clear vision for what all our students will achieve through high quality teaching, with an ethos that reinforces aspiration and attainment for all. We understand the importance of getting the basics right, like attendance and behaviour, and understand that failing to put these building blocks in place will undermine the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium in raising standards.


    Wath Academy Vision

    Delivering world-class learning, which inspires every child to achieve excellence.

    World-class Learning

    World-class learning in every lesson, every day 

    The Highest Expectations

    Everyone can be successful; always set and expect the highest standards

    No Excuses

    Create solutions not excuses; make positive thinking a habit

    Growth Mindset

    Believe you can improve; work hard and value feedback

    Never Give Up

    Resilience is essential; be relentless in the pursuit of excellence

    Everyone is Valued

    Diversity is celebrated; see the best in everyone

    We have reviewed the impact of last year’s spending, the ‘National Foundation of Educational Research’ (NFER) and the Pupil Premium Toolkit to implement this year’s spending. Along with our Vision and Key Drivers, we underpin our Academy Improvement Plan and ‘day to day’ working with the NFER ‘Building Blocks to Success’.


    Whole-school ethos on attainment for all



    Addressing behaviour and attendance



    High quality teaching for all



    Meeting individual learning needs



    Deploying staff effectively



    Data driven and responding to evidence



    Clear, responsive leadership



    Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

    What is Catch Up Funding?

    Schools receive Catch Up Funding annually from the government. The amount of funding is determined by the number of Year 7 students attending the school who did not make expected progress in literacy and mathematics at primary school.

    Why is Catch Up Funding required?

    It is widely recognised that students who have fallen behind during their time at primary school and have not made as much progress as expected will also fail to make good progress at secondary school. Catch Up funding is provided to ensure that intervention is put in place to accelerate the learning of these students while they are in the first year of secondary education so that they can catch up with their peers.

    How must this money be used?

    The funding must be used to provide addition interventions for Year 7 students to rapidly develop their skills in mathematics and literacy. It can be used to pay for additional staffing, for staff training or for specialist resources. How this money is used is closely scrutinised by the governing body of the academy.