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Pupil Premium


At Paulet High School we have high aspirations and ambitions for our students and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that being labelled as ‘disadvantaged’ is not the predominant factor in determining student achievement and progress. We believe that quality first teaching should foster a passion and thirst for knowledge and student dedication and commitment to learning is what makes the difference between success and failure. At Paulet we are determined to ensure that our students are given every chance to realise their full potential.

2017/18 Pupil Premium Allocation - £171,410

Barriers to achievement 

The main barriers to educational achievement faced by pupil premium students at Paulet High School

  • In-school barriers
    • Literacy and numeracy skills entering Year 7 are lower for pupils eligible for PP than for other pupils, which prevent them from making good progress in Year 7.
    • Achievement of FSM students within the PP cohort across all key stages are below their peers
    • Emotional wellbeing and resilience of a percentage of the PP cohort leads to barriers in attainment, behaviour and attendance at school
    • Attainment at the end of key stage 4 is below others particularly for middle ability on entry PP students and FSM students
  • External barriers (issues which also require action outside school, such as low attendance rates)
    • Attendance rates for pupils eligible for PP (particularly FSM students) are 90.6% This reduces their school hours and causes them to fall behind on average.
    • Low aspirations of a proportion of PPG students which impacts negatively on attendance and attainment
    • High levels of mental health and safeguarding issues prevents attendance and attainment in school


How we spend our Pupil Premium Grant

Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium grant money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of greatest benefit to the pupils who are eligible. Our aim is to ensure the best achievement for all students. This means we carefully consider where some individuals and groups of students are not making the progress they are capable of, and as a result implement specific strategies to close this gap.

The document below details how Paulet uses its pupil premium grant. Rigorous analysis of performance gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their peers enabled the identification of three priorities:

  • Improving the attendance of our disadvantaged students
  • Improving the outcomes of our disadvantaged students
  • Raise aspirations of our disadvantaged students and families
  • Improving the behaviour and emotional wellbeing of our disadvantaged students

There is no single strategy that makes an overall positive difference to the progress and life chances of disadvantaged students. It is the coherence of the school’s approach that enables us to narrow the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and others, although this remains a focus as part of the school’s development plan. Senior leaders set aspirational targets for disadvantaged pupils and do not accept disadvantage as a reason for poor performance – a message consistently communicated to all stakeholders within the community.

All teachers are aware of who the PPG eligible students within their classes are, and they personalise their planning for these pupils by using specific teaching and learning strategies to maximise progress within lessons. These strategies are outlined within each teachers personalised learning plans. For some students, one-to-one or smaller group academic interventions are more effective, and therefore implemented to ensure academic gaps are bridged.

Our inclusion and pastoral team prioritises and targets our vulnerable and disadvantaged students for emotional support and puts significant emphasis on resilience, motivation and good mental health. The school counsellor is supported through PPG funds as well as initiatives such as academic mentoring and the listening ear project. 

The effectiveness of the pupil premium grant spending is measured through our school development plan through analysis of termly key performance indicators.

Victoria Deer (Deputy Headteacher) working closely with Ahsan Ashraf (Progress and Achievement Coordinator ) are   responsible for the Paulet pupil premium strategy, and reviews the document annually and reports this to governors. Mike Gater (Vice Chair of Governing Board) holds members of the senior leadership team to account for the PPG spend.

The date for our review of pupil premium strategy is September 2018



Pupil premium strategy statement 2017-18

Pupil Premium Grant

Report to governors: For Academic Year 2016/17

Pupil Premium Premium Strategy - Allocated Funding 2016/17

The PPG to Governors Report 2015/16



2014/15 PP FUNDING £174,000

PPG Funding Grant Priorities 2014/15

  • Pupil Premium students achieve 3 levels of progress in line with National Standards in English and mathematics
  • Pupil premium students’ level of attendance are at least in line with non-pupil premium students and thus national standards
  • Pupil Premium students’ levels of inclusions/exclusions reduced in line with levels for non-pupil premium students
  • Pupil Premium students’ levels of literacy accelerated at Key Stage 3 allowing opportunity to access all the curriculum

Pupil Premium Grant 2014

Report to governors: For Academic Year 2014/2015


Pupil Premium Review

Paulet High School’s Ofsted inspection (17th -18th September 2014) required the school to undertake an independent review of our Pupil Premium spending. Our independent review was carried out on the 16th October 2014, by Liz Logie, Headteacher of Beaumont Leys School on behalf of LeTS Alliance at Rushey Mead School, Leicester. Outcomes of the review are itemised in the link below.

Pupil Premium Review


Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. If you have any concerns that a child has been harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure, please contact our designated safeguarding lead Mrs. V. Deer (Deputy Head)

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