The Hart School: Pupil Premium Impact Review 2015-2016

About the Academy 2015/16 2016/17 (estimated)
Total number of pupils on roll


626 1154
Total % of pupils eligible for PP funding


22% 26%
PP funding entitlement per FSM student for year £935 £935
Total amount of PP funding received £137,595 £ 297,570

Pupil Premium: The Facts

The Pupil Premium is additional funding paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils (pupils who have been registered for free schools meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years or are looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months or whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces).  Schools receive this funding to support their eligible pupils through a number of aims:

  • to increase social mobility
  • to enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top Universities
  • to narrow the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving nationally
  • to improve the achievement of pupils eligible for PP by closing the gap with their peers.

The level of premium for secondary age pupils in 2015-16 is £935 per pupil.

Looked after children will attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families – the ‘Pupil Premium Plus’, which is £1,900 per pupil for 2015-16. This is to reflect the unique challenges they face at school where they often struggle to keep up with their peers.

Children who have parents in the armed forces are supported through the service child premium which for 2015-16 will be set at £300 per pupil.

How does it work?

Simply spending more money on children does not necessarily improve their learning or their aspirations. There is no direct link between spending money and outcomes for students. If the Pupil Premium is to succeed in achieving its ambitious goals, the choices that the school makes in allocating the money are vital so that the funding can help raise student attainment, improve progress and raise aspirations. The money needs to be allocated as part of a strategic approach to raising standards across the school, providing better opportunities for our students academically, as well as developing life, work and personal skills to give them the best chance of a successful future.

At The Hart School we use the Pupil Premium to enable us to provide a number of different interventions and strategies. The Pupil Premium enables us to, both directly and indirectly, provides additional support and interventions for those students highlighted by the government, as needing it most.

What do we do? Strategies 2015 onwards

The Pupil Premium allows us to develop and invest in our students, in the two areas we feel to be key to their success:

  1. Core support                     approximately 57% of the funding                                         
  2. Personalised support    approximately 43% of the funding

There are many ways the School use Pupil Premium within these areas. A number of the ways Pupil Premium is used within each area is explained below:

1- Core support to accelerate the progress of disadvantaged pupils:

Pupil Premium is used for strategies and interventions to ensure the inclusion of all its disadvantaged pupils and to maximise their progress within the school.  The funding is allocated as follows:


Type of support  Cost this year Number of pupils  Cost per pupil
Core support:  
Increased Curriculum Time  £     8,000.00 626  £   12.78
Careers education  £     6,000.00 626  £      9.58
Staff Curriculum INSET  £     6,000.00 626  £      9.58
TA INSET Training  £     3,000.00 626  £      4.79
SLT lead – Disadvantaged  £     8,000.00 626  £     12.78
SLT lead – Achievement  £     2,000.00 626  £       3.19
SLT lead – Assessment  £     2,000.00 626  £       3.19
SLT lead – Behaviour and Inclusion  £     2,000.00 626  £       3.19
Whole School Literacy Coordinator  £     2,000.00 626  £       3.19
Maths Achievement tutors  £     1,300.00 626  £       2.08
English Achievement tutors  £     1,300.00 626  £       2.08
Science Achievement tutor  £     1,000.00 626  £       1.60
Intervention tutors  £     2,200.00 626  £       3.51
Rewards  £     4,000.00 626  £        6.39
Breakfast Club  £     2,500.00 626  £        3.99
Student support leaders  £     2,000.00 626  £        3.19
Attendance Officers  £   18,000.00 626  £       28.75
Behaviour admin support  £     7,000.00 626  £       11.18
Total Spend £     78,300.00  

2 – Personalised support for targeted pupils:

This funding is allocated to targeted disadvantaged pupils as additional support to enable the pupil to develop outstanding attitudes to learning and overcome specific barriers at particular times during their time at the school.

Type of support  Cost this year Number of pupils  Cost per pupil
Personalised support      
Assertive mentoring programme  £     4,000.00 46  £     86.96
Holiday Revision Programme  £     2,200.00 56  £     39.29
Y7 Booster Lessons  £     2,500.00 13  £    192.31
Student leadership  £     3,000.00 14  £   214.29
Trips/Visits  £     2,000.00 98  £     20.41
The Bridge – provision, staffing  £     2,650.00 23  £    115.22
RAP – provision, staffing  £     4,000.00 37  £    108.11
Uniform  £     2,000.00 18  £    111.11
SEN TAs  £     9,000.00 46  £    195.65
Family Support Worker/CP  £   20,000.00 27  £    740.74
Subject specific resources/ICT support- GCSE Pod, Keboodle  £     8,000.00 25  £    320.00
Total spend £       59,350  

How is the impact monitored and evaluated?

There are various methods used to monitor and ultimately measure impact, including:

  • Monitoring the impact of the aforementioned interventions by tracking the progress of disadvantaged students each half term. This information is then used to support students and to inform intervention for the next data collection period
  • Evaluating the impact of disadvantaged students at the end of Key Stage 4 in relation to their projected grades in relation to their learning outcomes when measured against non-disadvantaged students within the School and Nationally
  • Monitoring and supporting disadvantaged students requiring and accessing pastoral support. This information is then used to inform interventions
  • Measuring disadvantaged students progress post-16, by measuring our NEETS (Not in Education Employment or Training) figures.

Your Rights

As a parent, you have the right to know how our Pupil Premium money is used within the School. We hope you find the included information helpful and that it provides everything you need to know.

If you require further information on this, please contact us at the School.

Impact Statement:


We are very proud of the achievement of all pupils at The Hart School, including disadvantaged pupils.

During 2015/16, there was convincing evidence that disadvantaged pupils have performed well compared to their peers.

In 2015/16 disadvantaged pupils in year 7, 8 and 9 have made strong progress. There is a large majority of subjects that have made good progress during key stage 3 which will help pupils achieve well in key stage 4

Most subjects across year 7, 8 and 9 are also on track to meeting or exceeding better than expected progress when compared to national average results.


Predictions across year 10 and 11 have improved compared to 2015.

GCSE English has improved strongly from 2015 with disadvantaged pupils achieving above national results for expected and good progress. In addition achievement for A*/A, A*/C has also improved strongly and is above national results.

GCSE Maths has improved from 2015. Pupils have achieved above national average for expected levels of progress including a higher number of pupils achieving grades A*/A.

A* to C pass rate was close to national and much improved compared to 2015 results.

Overall our disadvantaged pupils in English and Maths have improved from 2015 and when compared to national results.

Other subjects

Disadvantaged pupils have made strong progress across many subjects, in some subjects there is no gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.  The gap when compared to 2015 results shows that disadvantaged students have made better progress with a number of subjects achieving above national results.