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Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Funding

Pupil Premium


Our aim at the Ashwood Academy is to raise the engagement and attainment of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding so that their progress is comparable with Non-Pupil Premium peers. Progress is not only measured in relation to academic success, but in relation to both social and emotional development.


The majority of learners are dual registered, with The Ashwood Academy as their Subsidiary Education establishment. This means that the Academy does not claim the pupil premium grant directly from the Department for Education.


To ensure that learners benefit from their pupil premium grant funding, referring schools are invoiced for a pro rata amount at the end of each half term. Few learners attend the Academy for a whole academic year and it is important that the pupil premium is available to support them in the educational establishment to which they progress.


The pupil premium is spent by the Academy each year in ways that will have the biggest long term impact for each learner. For more vulnerable learners, this may be a short term recurring activity that will foster their nurturing capabilities and strengthen their emotional literacy, making them more likely to achieve success within a school setting.


The pupil premium grant funding makes a difference to the attainment of learners by:

  • increasing literacy levels and enabling access to the age-appropriate curriculum
  • building self-confidence and emotional literacy to enable learners to move on to the next phase of education
  • enabling learners who were eligible for pupil premium grant funding to make more progress as a group in science
  • enabling the identification of specific learning needs which allowed learners to have extra time, scribes and/or readers when sitting exams.


Tom Laugharne, Deputy Headteacher is responsible for Pupil Premium


See below for previous years’ Pupil Premium information.


2019 - 2022

2017 - 2018


The Ashwood Academy has received £3622.90 Pupil Premium funding from the EFA in 2017-18.


The main barriers to educational achievement that disadvantaged students face are low attendance (often familial and historical) and literacy levels that are significantly lower than chronological ages. There are also a significant number of students who have previously undiagnosed SEN.


We will measure the impact of our Pupil Premium Strategy by analysing the individual progress of each student against their own targets, rather than the cohort as a whole against non pupil premium students.


Examples of our measures are:

  1. Improved attendance, against previous schools attendance
  2. Academic progress at least in line with mainstream peers
  3. Reduced Fixed Term Exclusions
  4. Student maintains engagement in education once they have left The Ashwood Academy

Covid-19 Catch-Up Funding


In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19).


The funding was put in place to:

  • ensure schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for missed learning, and
  • provide additional, targeted support for those children and young people who need the most help.


The Catch-Up Premium Report 2019-2020 below outlines how funding was spent at The Ashwood Academy.