Year 7 catch up funding

Disadvantaged Pupils

Disadvantaged Student Funding Report – 2016/17

In the academic year 2016-2017, £175,813 Disadvantaged Pupil Funding was received by Caister Academy to support the engagement and learning of pupils either in receipt of Free School Meals, currently or during the past six years, those who are in local authority care, have been adopted from local authority care or children who have parents in the armed forces.

The funding has been targeted to ensure that students who are disadvantaged in some way are given equal opportunity to access, enjoy and achieve in their secondary education. The grant has been used in a variety of ways, such as providing low income families support with uniform, equipment, trips, visits, activities and clubs, ensuring equal opportunity. Academically, the grant was used to provide additional classes in English and Mathematics to facilitate smaller teaching groups, additional in-class support as well as small group work and 1-2-1 mentoring. This year we have introduced a range of initiatives such as Enterprise, in order to encourage all pupils to think and act using their initiative. Additional support has been offered with the introduction of breakfast clubs, homework clubs and specialist support activities. This will further be expanding in the new academic year.

Additional training and resources have been provided to all staff across the curriculum, and there has been particular focus this year on attendance and rewarding personal achievements.

We believe that a combined approach will help to close gaps between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged learners, either social, cultural and academic. They have had greater access to a wider variety of both academic and physical experiences and increased support to learn and achieve. Outcomes are not measured solely by academic success, but also the moral, social and spiritual wellbeing of pupils.

Of the 2017 Year 11 cohort, 31 pupils were designated as Disadvantaged. Of these 45% achieved 5 GCSE grades at 4+, 23% achieved 5 GCSE grades at 5+ and 97% achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-G, all measures including English and Maths. All of our Disadvantaged pupils have made the transition to post 16 education, either through vocational college courses, A level courses or apprenticeships.

Pupil Premium Plan 2017 Select to view grant spending
Academic Support

Additional Maths and English Specialists

•  Reduction in class sizes in English and Maths

•  3 Additional specialist TA’s to support Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and SMSC

•  Supported Reading Club

•  Supported Homework Club


Training, Programmes and Initiatives

Science, Maths and English Revision programmes

•  Reading Support Programmes

•  4Matrix Data System

•  PiXL Resources

•  Mentoring Programme

•  Enterprise Programme

Cultural Enrichment

Curriculum Enhancement Trips

•  Instrumental lessons

•  Curriculum Residential Trips

Equality of Access

School uniform support

•  School equipment

•  Transport


Offsite and Alternative Provision

•  Offsite GCSE courses


An overview of how the grant was spent in the academic year 2016/17.