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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium grant is additional funding allocated to publicly funded schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and support pupils with parents in the armed forces.

The school will use the grant to support these groups, which comprise pupils with a range of different abilities, to narrow any achievement gaps between them and their peers.

We also recognise that not all pupils eligible for pupil premium funding will have lower attainment than their peers. In such cases, the grant will be used to help improve pupils’ progress and attainment so that they can reach their full potential.

All schools have to show that they are using their Pupil Premium fund appropriately. This is measured through Ofsted inspections and annual performance tables showing the progress made by pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium. At UAH the Pupil Premium statement 2021/22, 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 (shown below), shows how much money has been allocated, how the academy intends to spend it, how the previous year’s allocation was spent and how it is making a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Is your child eligible?

Schools are given a Pupil Premium for:

  • Pupils who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
  • Pupils who have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day and those who were in care prior to being adopted
  • Pupils of parents serving in the armed forces or retired and on a pension form the armed forces

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim Pupil Premium.

How is it spent at UAH?

Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the pupils who are eligible.

University Academy Holbeach takes a longer view of the support the grant provides and is based on the long-term approach to pupil premium planning recommended by the DfE and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The plan is aligned to the Academy Development Plan [ ADP]. This enables us to implement a blend of short, medium and long-term interventions, and align pupil premium use with wider school improvements and improving readiness to learn.

Overcoming barriers to learning is at the heart of our Pupil Premium use. We understand that needs and costs will differ depending on the barriers to learning being addressed. As such, we do not automatically allocate personal budgets per pupil in receipt of the Pupil Premium. Instead, we identify the barrier to be addressed and the interventions required, whether in small groups, large groups, the whole school or as individuals, and allocate a budget accordingly.

Setting priorities is key to maximising the use of the Pupil Premium. Our priorities are as follows:

To maximise opportunities for catch-up curriculum in English and Maths for pupil premium students following the Covid-19 lockdown

To raise performance and progress of disadvantaged pupils including middle ability boys at KS4

To raise performance and progress of pupil premium plus or LAC students at KS4

To raise aspirations among disadvantaged pupils

To ensure the wellbeing of disadvantaged pupils remains a priority

UAH sets out how the funding is used in our Pupil Premium Policy and Pupil Premium Statement. Please see the policies page for more information.

Pupil Premium Funding Allocations 2023/2024

Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority


Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order or those who were in state care prior to being adopted


Service children


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