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 2016/17, the percentage of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium is 69%. 

The amount of Pupil Premium allocated to Platanos College for the 2015-2016 academic year was £633,172. The amount allocated for 2016-2017 is £596,062.


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 2016-2017 budget and action plan (pdf).

Click here for the 2015-2016 budget spent (pdf).


A summary of the interventions

The Pupil Premium was spent on an integrated and targeted manner for 2016/2017 to ensure that those pupils entitled to the Pupil Premium received additional support to address the identified barriers.


In Key Stage 3, the additional programmes of support included 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 included 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 2016 results. 

  • The percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths (73%) in 2016 was above the national average of non-disadvantaged pupils.
  • The Attainment 8 score (54.5) for disadvantaged pupils were above the score of non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.
  • The Progress 8 score for disadvantaged pupils (0.54) were well above the score of non-disadvantaged pupils nationally and indicated that on average they achieved over half a grade higher than expected. 
  • The percentage difference of disadvantaged pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects was reduced to 2% in comparison with non-disadvantaged pupils at the school and 1.7% to non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.
  • 83% of the school's disadvantaged pupils were entered for the EBacc subjects - almost double the percentage of non-disadvantaged 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 2016 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: 31 July 2017



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.