Pupil Premium

Allocation of funding for the Pupil Premium

The government has allocated £935 per student for the academic year 2017-18 that would be counted under the FSM/ Ever 6 FSM category and £1900 for Children Looked After or those who are adopted.

Around 50% of students attending Malden Oaks fall into one of the categories covered by the Pupil Premium.  However, the fluctuating nature of our cohort means that the amount received varies considerably.  We only receive the full amount for those students who are not on the roll of a mainstream school at the time the census takes place and this was calculated as 8.5 students for 2017/18.

The majority of our students remain on the roll of a mainstream school whilst attending Malden Oaks and therefore any funding will be allocated to them within their budgets.  In view of this we charge a pupil premium sessional fee back to the schools and this currently equates to approximately £350 per year per student.  The rationale for the reduction of this charge is that schools may have already allocated this funding to other projects during the year which the students may have already benefitted from.

We have therefore based our plan on an estimated allocation / recoupment of funding of £15,000 for the year 2017/18

The Pupil Premium is primarily aimed at:

  • students from Year 7 to Year 11 who are from low income families and are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • students who have been eligible for FSM over the past six years (known as Ever 6 FSM)
  • students whose parent(s) are serving in the armed forces (added service premium)
  • students who have been in care for a period of at least 6 months – child looked after (LAC)
  • 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

Expected outcomes

  • To further narrow the gap in performance at GCSE
  • To raise aspirations of eligible students
  • To improve the well-being of eligible students
  • For all eligible students to access extra-curricular opportunities
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to ‘catch up’ on learning opportunities previously missed through financial disadvantage, poor attendance or exclusion.

These outcomes direct relate to priorities in our Improvement plan and will be achieved through the following activities: Based on the successes of provision in 2016-17, we will continue with some of the same activities.

Resources for 1:1 support


A number of our students have expressed an interest in vocational subjects that we are unable to offer on site such as: car mechanics, bike mechanics and hair and beauty.  To enable us to offer these opportunities to students we have employed two Teaching Assistants who provide 1: 1 support on these external courses.


We recognise the benefits that ICT can provide with interactive, targeted and individualised programmes if they are delivered alongside supported teaching.   We have invested in a number of these programmes such as Kerboodle and My Maths to extend individual learning.


We provide 1:1 teaching in a range of subjects to enhance students understanding and improve their GCSE outcomes.  Additionally we offer 1:1 support for students struggling with literacy with one of our dyslexia trained Teaching Assistants who has additionally attended a two day training programme to deliver “That Reading Thing”.

Emotional Support and Therapy

Our ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is fully trained and works on a 1:1 basis with students in both KS3 and KS4 to support them in becoming more emotionally literate, better able to manage their emotions and more resilient. The ELSA forms part of the package offered to support students’ social and mental wellbeing. Another tool that will be used for this next year is the introduction of a play therapist, who will be able to work alongside both students and parents to seek more positive outcomes for our students.

Afternoon activities programme

Some students have never had the experience of belonging to a club or developing an extra-curricular interest. Our activities programme aims to provide them with this experience. The students are able to choose from a range of indoor and outdoor activities. For those who are in the process of completing college applications, these experiences enable them to complete the ‘hobbies and interests section’ of the forms. For all students the programme provides the opportunity to work alongside different staff and students, thus expanding their social relationships.

Educational Visits

Some of the pupils have had limited access to educational visits in the past. This may have been due to poor attendance, financial disadvantage or poor behaviour.   Our educational visits programme aims to redress this balance and give students experiences that they have previously been denied. A key aim for us in narrowing the gap is to enable students to have access to as broad a range of experience as possible.


  • Termly updates to the Management Committee on the impact of the plan
  • 2017/8 GCSE results will provide information about the effectiveness of the plan in terms of raising attainment.
  • Tutors will monitor and report on academic needs in terms of attainment, progress and participation of individual students through half-termly reviews and make recommendations for interventions.

Impact of Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2016/17

Year groups Cost £ Impact
Educational visits to support curriculum, social and/or life skills. All £300


Malden Oaks students have benefitted from a number of educational visits this academic year, including trips to the theatre for English Literature, fashion exhibitions for textiles and restaurant visits for catering. All these trips have served to reinforce specific learning points, foster engagement within the students and give them ideas for their own pieces of work and creations.
Teaching Assistant costs to support students on vocational placements All £3,700 The appointment of a TA to support students on vocational placements has been hugely beneficial. We have seen engagement and attendance levels remain consistently high. It has also supported us in maintaining positive relationships with external providers meaning we can continue to offer future students a variety of opportunities.
Programme Training & Materials for ‘That Reading Thing’ to improve literacy / dyslexic support  All  £300 The TA with this qualification has worked alongside numerous students with low literacy and students benefitting from this intervention have seen dramatic increases in their reading ages.
Individual lessons to enhance students Music GCSE achievement and weekly small group music technology / songwriting workshops All  £7,000 Students who have made use of this opportunity have demonstrated keen engagement and motivation whilst gaining in confidence. It has allowed a number of our students to show off genuine talents and hone their skills. Students who have had music lessons without having chosen music as an option have also been able to work towards their Bronze(level1)/Silver (level 2) Arts Award.
ICT – My Maths, Kerboodle and ASDAN to allow extra study support.  All  £700
Activities programme

·   Football

·   Indoor climbing

·   Dry-slope skiing

·   Multi-activity

·   Cooking

·   Photography

·   Golf

·   Swimming




 Our activities programme is a core part of our offer to students. It enables students to engage in positive ways of spending their spare time, whilst developing new skills and often working as part of a team. It also allows students positive experiences and the opportunity to build positive relationships with members of staff.
TOTAL  £15,000

Plan for 2017-18

Target: To continue narrowing the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising attainment of those students in low income families

Proposed Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2017/18

Activity/Provision Year Group Cost
Mindfulness Sessions- an optional provision for students ahead of their GCSES to support them in managing stresses and anxiety. Yr 11 £800
ICT – My Maths, Kerboodle and ASDAN to allow extra study support.  All  £500
Activities programme

·   Football

·   Indoor climbing

·   Dry-slope skiing

·   Ice Skating

·   Cooking

·   Bowling

·   Textiles

·   Golf

·   Swimming




Individual lessons to enhance students Music GCSE achievement and weekly small group music technology / songwriting workshops All  £7,000
Ongoing Supervision and materials for ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). All £500
Educational visits to support curriculum, social and/or life skills. All £400
Play Therapist All £600
Teaching Assistant costs to support KS3 students transitioning into and out of the PRU as well as providing consistent curriculum and emotional support for those undergoing EHCP process. KS3 £2000