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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

Pupil Premium

Middlewich High School

Pupil Premium Plan 2018/19 & Impact Statement 2017/18

The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools on top of the main funding that they receive. This funding is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds (eligible for Free School Meals or In Care) to ensure that they are able to benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The Pupil Premium exists because data suggests that students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower attainment than those who have never been eligible.

Middlewich High School is free to spend the pupil premium funding to support students from low income families to raise attainment, close the attainment gap and raise aspirations to continue their education and/or training and employment. For the academic year 2018/19, the school is due to receive pupil premium funding of £144,890.

At Middlewich High school, our Pupil Premium strategy is founded in the belief that:

•All children can achieve even in the most complex circumstances

•Adults (teachers and other school staff, parents and carers) are responsible for ensuring all children reach their potential

•Providing a high quality education is vital for a fair society that allows every child the full range of opportunities in life

Impact Statement 2017/18

The impact of our pupil premium strategy can be seen in the 2018 GCSE disadvantaged results (PROVISIONAL):

Total in year (17/18)

Disadvantaged number

Disadvantaged %






2018 Results

2017 data

National non-disadvantaged

English & Maths grade 4+




English & Maths grade 5+




Progress 8




Attainment 8




Average EBacc APS score




Staying in education/employment







96% national benchmark


The impact of pupil premium on the educational attainment of pupils is assessed through rigorous analysis of data linked to assessment, attainment, achievement and attendance.


The school’s next review of our Pupil Premium strategy is scheduled for February each year on release of the ASP DfE school performance summary.


Pupil Premium Spend 2018/2019

Barriers to Educational Achievement

  • Low levels of literacy & numeracy which impacts on all subject areas
  • Below average ability: current Y11 PP students have lower KS2 APS than non-PP students. Whole year group average KS2 APS is lower than NA
  • Low attainment in English & Maths GCSE outcomes which impacts on basics measure & P8/A8 measures
  • Pathway qualifications need to meet the needs of the students
  • Attendance rates for disadvantaged students need to be high. Low attendance reduces school hours affecting knowledge and understanding. Also reduces time available for intervention
  • Aspiration & motivation: Disadvantaged students require clear guidance for post-16 route and vision for their economic wellbeing
  • Students do not always have study/revision guides, lack of suitable environment at home to complete homework/revise (no desk/table/resources)
  • Emotional health and wellbeing is an important factor for success and development of resilience.


The strategies are focused on raising the progress and attainment for disadvantaged students in particular targeting:

  • Attendance
  • Numeracy and Literacy
  • Aspiration and motivation



Costings £


Staffing costs

£ 139,094.4

  • Additional teachers of Maths & English to support smaller classes
  • Attendance officer
  • Curriculum Support Manager
  • Employment of additional staff to support non-academic intervention e.g. counsellor, careers and off-site education provision
  • Learning coach for PP with attendance focus
  • Raising Standards lead
  • Teaching assistants

Staff CPD

£ 2173.35

  • Step-up to English training
  • PiXL strategies for improving progress
  • PP strategies for improving progress

Key initiatives & other costs

£ 3622.25

  • 1:1 tuition and/or small groups in literacy and numeracy and other subjects as required
  • After-school homework club
  • Annual Careers fair
  • Aspirational visits to further & higher education
  • Aspirational visits to local businesses & STEM ambassadors
  • GCSE study packs using PiXL resources
  • SLT mentoring programme based on Horsforth Quadrant (PiXL)
  • Personalised curriculum & relevant qualifications
  • PP attendance incentive scheme with monitoring of attendance and use of attendance support plans
  • Primary Transition visits to support KS2-3 transition and early identification of barriers to progress
  • Provision of breakfast club
  • Provision of GCSE study guides Y9-11 & general study support packs
  • Staffing and resources to provide quality enrichment, Saturday and holiday revision classes e.g. gardening club
  • STARS programme for high ability PP to develop independent learning skills and raise confidence and aspiration
  • Student profiles produced for all PP students to share with staff barriers to learning & successful strategies
  • Subsidies to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to attend trips
  • Subsidised uniform costs
  • Subsidised GCSE music tuition provided for pupils
  • Year 7 one-to-one sessions with learning coach on arrival to identify barriers to progress
  • Y7 Menai residential visit Nov 2018 to develop Emotional Health & Wellbeing


£ 144,890



Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy catch up premium

Rationale for spending

Our spending was decided based on the following:

  • Primary transition meetings and discussions with primary head teachers and staff to secure progress from Key Stage 2 & 3
  • Primary transition progress data and student profiles
  • ‘The Sutton Trust’ research evidence
  • PiXL research evidence
  • Best practice from partner high schools


Middlewich High School expect to receive £14,000 of this funding for 2018/19. (TBC)

Summary of intention for the spend of allocation:

  • Further staffing to support Year 7 Nuture group & Year 8 Nuture Group
  • Catch up Numeracy
  • Catch Up Literacy
  • Additional books and resources to support literacy and numeracy



  • Use new KS2 data to identify students below 100 for reading or maths.
  • Students below floor of 96 will be placed into appropriate bottom band sets. Exceptions to be made for students with high score in one area but low in another – here the students will be placed in a set according to their best score and the other subject will provide targeted intervention to bring the student ‘up-to-speed’. Reviewed Christmas 2018.
  • TAs working with literacy & numeracy will continue to complete termly impact reports which will be reviewed by our SENCO.
  • Class teachers will use PLCs to track progress and evaluate intervention.
  • Nuture group to continue in Y7 with targeted literacy & numeracy.
  • Year 8 students who have not made appropriate progress in Y7 will be identified and strategies put in place.
  • Targeted numeracy intervention to be reviewed by Head of Maths and appropriate actions taken.
  • Termly meetings to take place with AHT and literacy/numeracy teams to review progress.


Middlewich High School received £13,511 of this funding for 2017/2018. This was spent on:

  • Summer School
  • Further staffing to support Year 7 Nuture group
  • Catch up Numeracy
  • Catch Up Literacy
  • Additional books and resources to support literacy and numeracy

Impact statement to follow: