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Pupil Premium 2020 - 2021 Overview

Our Pupil Premium Ethos. 

At Lipson Co-operative Academy, we pride ourselves on placing our students at the heart of all we do. We are passionate and relentless in our pursuit of excellence – for ALL our students. We ensure that all are given the greatest opportunities to help them reach their potential, regardless of any barriers to learning they may experience.

Nearly half of our students qualify for Pupil Premium funding; which is a school level grant that is allocated to schools to improve the needs of students who may experience social or economic barriers to learning.

Students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding must satisfy one of the following criteria;

  • They are currently in receipt of free school meals (FSM)
  • They have been in receipt of free school meals within the last six years (FSM Ever 6)
  • They have been adopted from care (Post Lac)
  • They are currently looked after (LAC)

Additionally there is also a Service Child Premium for children with parents who are serving in the military.

As a school we recognise how important this funding is in terms of raising the aspirations of our students, supporting them in their school careers, ensuring the academic provision we offer is targeted, impactful and ensures the best outcomes. We also recognise its importance in terms of supporting student enrichment and helping students overcome any social or financial barriers.

We do not confuse eligibility for Pupil Premium with low ability and we understand the importance of ensuring that day-to-day teaching meets the needs of each learner. Our intervention strategy comes alive wherever possible, in the classroom. Our staff know and value every student and cater for their needs in their entirety. This support takes place from the moment a student joins our community.

Additionally, we also understand that sometimes more individualised and focused intervention is needed to better support our students and as such some of this funding will be used to facilitate this as well as develop students access to enrichment opportunities and ensure they are fully equipped for school.

Our Pupil Premium funding is focused 6 specific areas:

  • Staffing and Development
  • Academic Enrichment & Learning Development
  • Home Learning Support
  • Learning Ready Support Materials
  • Enrichment
  • Intervention

In order to ensure that the money used has the maximum impact, our students are tracked and monitored throughout their school career to check that progress is made, make adjustments where needed and ensure interventions are working, helping students achieve their potential and enjoy their school experience.


Due to the Pandemic

Due to Pandemic many initiatives such as Summer school were unable to take place and hence the school had to look at other ways of supporting students during this period. Online learning platforms were adopted and laptops as well as traditional methods of instruction and support used to ensure students were able to continue with their studies remotely.


GCSE Results 2020

Due to the Pandemic, students were unable to sit their examinations as normal. Results were calculated using teacher predictions based on examination and in class evidence obtained from PPE examinations, work completed in lessons over the last two years and teachers professional judgement. All results were quality assured in a rigorous process prior to submission. The results were also compared to our predictions in 2018 & 2019 for the same cohort.

The results have shown a continuing upward trend which began two years ago.

Impact of Pupil Premium Funding on Attainment





PROGRESS 8  (Non-PP in brackets)

-0.71 (-0.45)

-0.51 (-0.2)

+0.56 ((+0.65)

ATTAINMENT 8 (Non-PP in brackets)

39.9 (35)

35.25 (41.48)

45.87 (48.97)

Over two years, we have seen an improvement for our students in receipt of this funding

This Year: The school’s allocation of pupil premium grant for 2020-2021 will be £388,482.00 *


Details of the main barriers to educational achievement

When making decisions about using Pupil Premium funding, it is important to consider the context of our school and subsequent challenges that our students face.

Common barriers for our students, who qualify for this funding, can be:

  • Weak language and communication skills
  • Low aspirations
  • Behaviour, attendance and punctuality issues.
  • Greater social or economic barriers

There may also be complex family situations that prevent students from making sustained progress. Our key objective in using PP Funding is to narrow the gap for our students. Through targeted and focused interventions, we work to eliminate barriers to learning, ensuring progress for our students.


Foci following the Pandemic

One of the main barriers to learning following the pandemic is the:

  • Lost learning
  • Low aspirations
  • Struggle to re-engage with the learning & formalised lesson structure
  • Future proofing the curriculum in the event of absence or a potential localised lockdown
  • Access to IT applications & hardware

This year further catch up funding has been awarded by the government to address these further barriers. Our Pupil premium funding and the catch up funding will therefore further be used for:

  • Additional specialised and targeted outside tutoring for English, Maths & Science
  • Chromebooks, dongles and additional hardware to ensure access for all students
  • Extended study café and opportunities to develop study skills
  • Developing students’ opportunities for learning and skills acquisition


How the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium.

There is an allocated Pupil Premium champion at Lipson Co-operative Academy (Miss Lewis Ward) but a collegiate approach and relentless drive to support all our students, is instilled in all our staff. We have a clear vision for narrowing the gap and as a school reflect on what elements have had the greatest impact in the previous academic year and make changes where necessary, to better support our students.

Impact is measured through our rigorous tracking and monitoring of data through regular meetings with all Head of Faculties and Heads of Years. Additionally, Teaching and Learning reviews occur as well as regular learning walks and work scrutiny all of which, allow us to monitor our students experience and academic journeys, ensuring our work has the desired impact. Each Faculty and the Senior Lead monitor all interventions, so that impact is far more transparent and clear.


What are the key objectives for Pupil Premium this year?

The following table shows the key objectives for Pupil Premium this year. The barriers below were identified, following an analysis of the results achieved in the previous academic year. Some of these objectives were previously identified. They will continue to be a focus, as they represent some of the biggest barriers faced by our disadvantaged students.


Pupil Premium Objectives for 2020-2021

1.      To Improve the outcomes of all students

2.      To improve the teaching, learning and curriculum provision for our students

3.      To Improve the targeted support and intervention of our students

4.      To Improve the attendance of all students

5.      To reduce the social, economic and educational gap for our students

6.      To enhance the engagement of all students

7.      To develop the cultural capital of all students

8.      To develop a culture of positive achievement 


How staff ensure that students who qualify for Pupil Premium funding are supported successfully:

Our accountability pyramid ensures that all parties are able to monitor the use of Pupil Premium funding and also contribute to the discussions about how that money is spent to better support our students.


The date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

The impact of our various interventions will be reviewed each half term.  We will look at factors such as student attainment and progress, attitude to learning and confidence. At this time students will continue on the programme or be removed if their progress has been good.

This will be reviewed by the relevant Head of Year, Heads of Department and Miss Lewis Ward and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

A full review will take place at the end of the academic year following the GCSE Results.

*Please note that due to the nature of this funding, this figure is based on January 2020 figures and may be subject to change.


Pupil Premium Impact Report 2019-20

Pupil Premium Proposed Spend 2020-21