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Pupil Premium Report


Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding in 2016-17 receive:

  • £1,320 for pupils in years 3 to 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

In total, St. Dominic’s School received £ 18848.50 pupil premium funding in 2016-17. Some Local Authorities take the view that pupil premium funding is included in the fees paid for the pupil or student to attend St. Dominic’s. Other Local Authorities pay pupil premium directly and separately to fees. This does not impact the amount of money St. Dominic’s allocates to pupils and students eligible for pupil premium funding; all pupils and students and students eligible for pupil premium funding will receive the same allocation of monies regardless of the Local Authority they attend from.

The number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium was 27 (30% based on an average of 89 pupils for the academic year 2016/17).

At St. Dominic’s, Pupil Premium is dedicated to securing our learners' inclusion in and beyond our school, both now and in their future. Funds are allocated to staffing intervention programmes, to close personalised gaps, through overcoming barriers to our pupils and students reaching their academic potential and to prepare them for adulthood, ongoing education and employment by addressing other barriers such as communication and functional independence.

Barriers to Achievement

At St. Dominic’s barriers to achievement can be varying and complex due to the nature of the needs of our pupils and students. Progress is measured through the needs led curriculum, which tracks academic and non-academic outcomes including therapeutic, behavioural and residential outcomes.

Progress data captured is used to target the pupil premium cohort as a whole through school-wide focusses, but also on an individual by individual basis through access to bespoke interventions, rewards and incentives programmes, modified timetables and personal budgets.

For the pupil premium cohort the main barriers to learning in  academic and non-academic outcomes are summarised in the radial diagram below for Summer 2016:

Barriers to Learning Summer 2016

The common barriers for pupils with pupil premium funding are ‘myself and others’ (behavioural outcomes including SCMC, British values and social interaction), ‘learning to learn’ and ‘functional independence’. These aspects of the needs led curriculum impact on the academic outcomes of pupils and are thus targeted though pupil premium funding through four key focusses.

In 2016-17 our planned focuses were:

2016-17 planned focuses

Impact of Expenditure

Impact of expenditure

Pupil Premium Pupils’ Progress against ‘Needs Led’ and Targeted Outcomes

PP progress against needs led & targeted outcomes

What can be seen for pupils with pupil premium funding is the evening (i.e. less ‘spiky’) out of outcomes and profile of need so that the most progress is being made in the outcomes through the targeted use of pupil premium funding.

This has a proven direct impact on academic progress additionally as pupils eligible for pupil premium funding outperform their counterparts in these targeted outcomes.

NLC Strands


Closing the Gap

The graphs above demonstrate the number of pupils eligible for pupil premium who are ‘closing the gap’ between their current attainment and age related expectation. Compared to their non-disadvantaged counterparts, in English and Maths pupils do not make significantly better or lesser progress.

Where pupils are not able to part of daily lessons because of their needs, Pupil Premium funding is used to support a modified timetable, where the pupils receive extra 1:1 support.  We can see from the data that these pupils are closing the gap in attainment for almost all strands in our needs led curriculum.  


Pupil Premium Planning

Academic Year 2017-18


Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding in 2017-18 receive:

  • £1,320 for pupils in years 3 to 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

In total, St. Dominic’s School is projected to receive £ 17,765 pupil premium funding in 2017-18.

Excluding new starters, the number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium this year is 17.

Barriers to Achievement:

 Barriers to achievement Summer 17 progress

Whilst last year pupils allocated pupil premium funding made considerable progress in these targeted areas, it is clear that there are still significant barriers that require continued work. For this reason, the same areas will continue to be targeted.

Planned Focuses for 2017-18: 

Planned focuses for 2017-18



Measuring Impact

Pupil progress will be tracked half termly through assessment team meetings in which academic progress data, behaviour data, attendance data, residential outcomes and therapeutic outcomes are tracked. This will be looked at alongside interventions data taken from the provision map on a half-termly basis.

For progress to be considered ‘good’ and the strategy successful, pupils will need to be closing the gap between their starting point and age related expectation. For interventions data, each half term we would be expecting to see an incremental increase of 1 point which equates to an increase in level of mastery.

Reviewing Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil progress is the best indicator of the success of the strategy. It will be reviewed along with school data at each half termly assessment team meeting. A full review will be undertaken in July 2018 with new reporting published.