Pupil Premium

1. Introduction

The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education to enhance the education of social-economically disadvantaged pupils (namely those pupils entitled, or previously entitled, to free school meals (FSM), Looked After Children (LAC) or adopted from care).
Schools are free to decide on how best to allocate the funds for programmes to support its disadvantaged pupils.


In 2017/18, the percentage of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium is estimated at 66% (as at September 2017). 

The amount of Pupil Premium allocated to Platanos College for the 2016-2017 academic year was £596,062. The amount to be allocated for 2017-2018 is estimated at £606,815.


2. Our Strategy


Identifying the barriers to learning

As part of our Pupil Premium strategy to improve our pupils' outcomes, we have identified the potential barriers to educational achievement for disadvantaged pupils. These are outlined via the link below.

Click here for further information (pdf).


Action plan to address the identified barriers to learning

Click here for the 2017-2018 budget plan (pdf).

Click here for the 2016-2017 budget spent (pdf).


A summary of the interventions/provision

The Pupil Premium provision is planned in an integrated and targeted manner for 2017/2018 to ensure that those pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium receive additional support to address the identified barriers.


In Key Stage 3, the additional programmes of support include the following:

  • Those pupils with low reading ages received additional support in small groups and where appropriate one-to-one teaching.  The programmes were managed internally by a Director of Literacy and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).  We used a specialist external company to deliver parts of the programme.  Each aspect of the programme was monitored and evaluated.  Good to very good outcomes were achieved.
  • Identified pupils also benefitted from a Supported Curriculum in Key Stage 3, which is a primary-style curriculum aimed at pupils who are taught by one teacher for 75% of the curriculum.  This Supported Curriculum concentrates on basic skills to enable ‘catch-up’ to take place.
  • Learning Mentors were employed to support a wide range of challenging needs.
  • Our Learning Support Unit (LSU) initiated new programmes of support, including the ‘School Within A School’ programme which targets under-performing pupils.
  • There were additional classes for individual support.
  • Small group interventions on personal development for pupils to address emotional well-being and to support those at the risk of exclusion.


In Key Stage 4, the support programmes include the following:

  • Targeted interventions for those with the greatest need in Years 10 and 11, including revision classes, catch-up classes and one-to-one programmes of study.
  • Learning performance seminars.
  • Educational visits.
  • Off-site personalised learning courses.


3. The impact


The support programmes for our disadvantaged pupils have resulted in a positive impact in the 2017 results. 

  • The Attainment 8 score (47) for disadvantaged pupils was broadly in line with the score of non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.
  • The Progress 8 score for disadvantaged pupils (0.3) was well above the score of non-disadvantaged pupils nationally and indicated that on average they achieved a third of a grade higher than expected. 
  • The Progress 8 of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subject elements for our disadvantaged pupils was 0.5 and also significantly above that of non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.
  • The percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving the EBacc at Grade 4+ (26%) and 5+ (25%) are in line with the non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.
  • 81% of the school's disadvantaged pupils were entered for the EBacc subjects - approximately double the percentage of pupils nationally.
  • The percentage of sessions missed due to overall absence and the percentage of persistent absentees decreased and these remain below the national averages and the FSM median trendline.
  • The school was awarded the SSAT Educational Outcomes award 2017 for the achievement of its pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium in comparison to national performance.
  • The school has been previously recognised in the top 100 schools for the progress made by FSM pupils from Key Stage 2 to 4 (as determined by the Schools Minister, David Laws MP, at the Department for Education).
  • Recognised by the Sutton Trust as a top-performing school for pupils eligible for FSM.
  • Top of the Similar Schools Performance Table published in September 2013.



Date of next review of the strategy:  2nd July 2018



Note: If parents/carers are not sure whether their child can have free school meals, please contact the school and we will be able to assist you in confidence.

Our GCSE results have shown significant improvement over the last few years and Platanos College is now one of the top-performing schools in the country.