Key Information

Pupil Premium strategy statement 2023-26

What is The Pupil Premium?

The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011. The Pupil Premium is the name of the fund given directly to schools to support students who are in receipt of Free School Meals, or who have been registered within the last 6 years. The children of Armed Forces families and young people who are in care are also eligible for Pupil Premium funding. We use the Pupil Premium to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close any gaps between them and their peers.

How much Pupil Premium money does our school receive?

These funds are in addition to the main school budget and are allocated on the basis of the number of students who qualify for the Pupil Premium.

In the 2023 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

•£1035 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £2,530 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:


•a special guardianship order

•a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract up to £2,530 of pupil premium funding. However, funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH).

The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people when one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces or one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years schools receive £310 for each pupil.

St Thomas à Becket School has spent the PPG to maximise achievement for pupils using the following aims:

  • Improve outcomes for all pupils in receipt of the PPG, particularly those pupils and groups of pupils that are at specific risk of underperformance.
  • Ensure that all teaching is at least good (this is the most significant factor in diminishing the difference between Pupil Premium and Non Pupil Premium students)
  • Use the PPG to intervene with particular underperforming groups and significantly raise achievement
  • All pupils in receipt of the PPG have the same opportunities as those not in receipt

Increased progress of PP students studying GCSE Geography and History


High expectations of all students, regardless of their background is essential if they are to reach their full potential.


  • Focus on key teaching and learning strategies
  • Targeted intervention of underachieving students
  • Cognitive Science and its implications for the classroom

Improved self-regulation of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium


The EEF highlights that metacognition and self-regulation approaches to teaching support pupils to think about their own learning more explicitly, often by teaching them specific strategies for planning, monitoring, and evaluating their learning and behaviour.


  • Beckets Behaviour Blueprint
  • Whole school focus on Attitude to Learning – staff CPD which is checked through lesson visits
  • Whole school reports with an increased emphasis on Attitude to Learning skills
  • Targeted intervention of students who need support in developing their behaviour
  • Afterschool catch-up sessions
  • How to revise effectively in PSHE lessons
  • Staff CPD on teaching strategies which maximise learning

Improved attendance of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium


If students are to make progress and reach their potential they need to be in school.


  • EWO employed one day a week
  • Rewards used to promote the important of school attendance
  • Proactive and reactive measures about the value of attendance
  • Attendance included on all school reports
  • School Attendance Officer to quickly follow up any missing students
  • Enrichment activities

Improved literacy for students identified as Pupil Premium


The EEF highlights that using strategies which support reading and comprehension can lead to +6 months impact on pupil progress.

Reading the next steps – DfE March 2015 highlights the importance of reading for all students:

Nothing is more important in education than ensuring that every child can read well. Pupils who can read are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, and subsequently enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding career. Those who cannot will find themselves at constant disadvantage.’


  • Whole school strategies to improving literacy – Staff CPD
  • Reading Age Testing in KS3
  • Literacy coordinator
  • Literacy catch-up sessions
  • Literacy support 1-2-1 sessions and small group sessions
  • Intervention classes for both English and maths

Please see below for this year’s PP strategy

Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything your child needs to support them at school. Recently we have been able to support children by paying for revision materials, sports equipment and help pay towards some school trips. Please contact Mr Duckett (Deputy Headteacher responsible for Pupil Premium) on the following number 01924 303 545 for any further information.

Is your child eligible for free school meals?

Please click the link below to the page of the Wakefield Council website which details what the eligibility requirements are and how to apply.   Even if your child does not actually take the free lunch, the school will receive a “Pupil Premium” which they spend on a range of services.  Please check the council website but you will usually qualify if you are in receipt of any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and you do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual earned income of no more than £7400

Link to Wakefield website:


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