Pupil premium

The government offers funding to tackle inequalities between children on free school meals and their peers called the pupil premium. Pupil Premium funding supports pupils who are currently eligible for free school meals, or who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

For the academic year 2019/2020 our pupil premium funding is £39,600.


Strategies to Raise the Attainment of Pupils supported by the Pupil Premium Funding 2019/20 Pupil Premium Allocation: £39,600.

Browney Academy has a Pupil Premium Grant allocation of £39,600 for the academic year 2019-2020. This funding is given with a specific remit of diminishing any differences between disadvantaged pupils and those who are not disadvantaged.

Browney Academy is working to support disadvantaged pupils in all areas of their education from the moment that they arrive in school. Our aim is that every disadvantaged pupil will achieve at least as well as their peers and have every opportunity to excel.

Some disadvantaged pupils face many and complex barriers in during their education which make effective learning very difficult. Other pupils have very specific needs and still others, have few barriers at all. Below are some of the main difficulties face.

The main barriers faced by eligible pupils in 2019-2020 are:

  1. Some pupils face challenges in their lives and have social, emotional and mental health needs that prevent them from learning.
  2. Some pupils need additional adult support to help to enable them to fully achieve their potential during the school day.
  3. Some pupils have low expectations and a low threshold for resilience.
  4. Some pupils have low levels of literacy and numeracy which impedes their learning and their confidence.
  5. Some pupils lack experience of enrichment activities and/or have little or low aspirations for their education.
  6. Some do not participate regularly in sports and need proactive, individual support in order to overcome barriers.

Pupil Premium strategic plan for expenditure received 2019-2020

In light of the above data and understanding of barriers to learning, the total allocation to support pupils for 2019-2020 will be spent as follows:

The list below of overall spending categories is not exhaustive. Exact details of pupil premium spending may be so specific to one pupil’s needs, that this cannot be published here. For this reason, a summary of overall spending in different areas is provided.

Cost Area

Estimated cost

Additional targeted teaching and support -  All teachers plan for development which specifically identify the needs of individual pupils (supported by the pupil premium).

All teachers focus on maths, language and literacy development. Vocabulary banks are commonly used and new language carefully introduced. Enriching and extending the wealth of language used by pupils is a key focus for staff, understanding that this will provide a route to access learning and a wider range of future career options. 


Pastoral Support

There is a clear focus on increasing the resilience of pupils, building their self-esteem and also enabling them to develop those skills that will enable them to learn effectively in the classroom environment.  

Pupils work individually or in small groups with external support agencies in order to support their needs and to build their self-respect and resilience.  Programmes such a Therapeutic Writing, Relax Kids and Lego Therapy are used to support pupils with pastoral need.


Curriculum Programmes

Pupils are provided with additional support to close the gaps in their learning.  These programmes include Lexia, Mathletics Spellodrome and reading clubs.  First News and specific reading resources are bought to suit the interests and needs of specific individuals.


Trips and visitors

For some pupils, these experiences are subsidised to enable pupils experience, first-hand, the wide range of opportunities available to them. This also develops and their understanding of the wider world in which we live.


 Estimated total expenditure


Measuring and Demonstrating Impact

  • Teachers will use internal tracking systems to measure the progress to meet outcomes set.  Interventions will be monitored closely for progress of identified pupils.
  • Pupil progress meetings inform impact on progress and attainment through classroom interventions and inform next steps.
  • Observations of children’s learning and work in books.

Review of Impact

The impact of our actions above are reviewed termly with the Local Academy Council.

Individual pupils are monitored daily where needed, to ensure actions to support them are taken swiftly.

Clearly the over-arching impact of this work is to raise the standards reached by disadvantaged pupils and prepare them for the next stage of their education/employment or training.  We adapt our support and our plans for further work in the light of this evaluation. The impact for each child at an individual level is monitored carefully during each academic year as they progress towards their end of key stage assessments.



For the academic year 2018/2019 our pupil premium funding was £26,400


The £26,400 was allocated to the following areas: 


Additional targeted teaching and support


Pastoral and emotional wellbeing support


Curriculum programmes




Uniform subsidies


Breakfast and after school provision


Total Cost



The impact of that expenditure on pupil premium children:

  • 70% of all pupils supported by the pupil premium funding accessed breakfast and/or after school sporting provision which increased children’s weekly participation in sporting activities. 
  • For those children attending breakfast club, punctuality/attendance improved in line with our school target.
  • All children received specific individual support with core subject intervention sessions. This targeted provision was successful in enabling pupils to catch up with other pupils if they had fallen behind and for others, to accelerate their progress further.
  • Uniforms were subsidised up to 50%. School trips were also subsidised- this ensured equal access to enrichment activities for all children.
  • Regular reading opportunities and access to First News children’s newspaper weekly ensured increased participation in reading.
  • Attendance for pupils in receipt of pupil premium has risen from 95.1% to 95.8%.