Pupil Premium

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 to free school meals (FSM) and Looked After Children (LAC)).
Schools are free to decide on how best to allocate the funds for programmes to support its disadvantaged pupils.


In 2015/16, the percentage of FSM pupils (including pupils previously registered within the last six years) was 71.5%. The percentage of Looked After Children was 0.6%. 

The amount of Pupil Premium allocated to Platanos College for the 2014-2015 Financial Year was £692,835. The amount for 2015-2016 was £633,172. The amount we expect to receive for 2016-2017 is £599,803. 



The Pupil Premium was spent on an integrated and targeted manner to ensure that those pupils entitled to the Premium received additional support.


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.



The support programmes for our disadvantaged pupils have resulted in a positive impact in 2016 (full results will be provided once these are verified). 



We fully intend to continue and expand on the programmes outlined above for 2016-2017.  Additional trips are planned as are specialist master classes.  We will expand our catch-up classes, literacy/numeracy classes, one-to-one sessions and, where appropriate, special projects will be created to meet the needs of pupils who are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

Please see the links below for further details on our projects.

Budget 2015-2016


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.