Whitley Bay High School

'All groups of students make outstanding progress from their starting points' Ofsted

Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium (inc 16-19 Tuition Fund)

Pupil Premium 

Pupil Premium Report and Action Plan 2020-21 

Key priorities:  

  • To have high expectations of each individual learner whether Disadvantaged or non Disadvantaged. 

  • To raise the achievement of Disadvantaged students. 

  • To continue to aim to meet or exceed National figures for % achieving English and Maths and P8 averages and to close the gap between Disadvantaged students and their non Disadvantaged peers (attainment and progress), working towards a smaller gap at WBHS than national across all GCSE measures. 

  • To increase the selfesteem, confidence and ambition of Disadvantaged students by ensuring they have access to a wide range of opportunities including trips, curriculum Raising Achievement events and SMSC experiences. 

  • To work effectively and closely in partnership with the parents of Disadvantaged students. 

  • To continue to improve the effectiveness of transition work with the 4 feeder Middle Schools in relation to Disadvantaged students including a tailored transition plan. 

  • To maintain a record of no NEETS by continuing to provide high quality Post 16 guidance, advice and support from members of the LT. 

  • To improve attendance rates of Disadvantaged students through individual or group initiatives. 

Pupil Premium Funding Allocation: 

PP allocation for 2014-15 
PP allocation for 2015-16 
PP allocation for 2016-17 
PP allocation for 2017-18  
PP allocation for 2018-19 
PP allocation for 2019-20 
PP allocation for 2020-21 

 Pupil Premium Numbers: 

Year group 
PP students 
% of PP students 

 In 2020/21 the school Pupil Premium Funding is yet to be confirmed and we will be building on the 2019/20 initiatives and filling any gaps as a result of COVID 19 lockdown in the following ways: 

  • Continue to allocate each Year 11 PP student a key worker/mentor to support learning and help in preparations for GCSE. 

  • Small group additional tuition in Maths and English for Year 11 students not making expected progress. 

  • Sixth Form mentoring across a range of subject for Year 11 students not making expected progress. 

  • Pre St James’ Park visit to ensure all students make the most of this opportunity 

  • Year 11 Learning Conference at St James’ Park with a motivational speaker 

  • Purchase a set of subject Revision Guides, where needed, for Year 11 students to aid with revision as well as any essential equipment and additional subject specific learning tools 

  • Create additional assessment opportunities where funding may be a barrier i.e. GCSE PE climbing. 

  • Attendance monitoring and reward scheme for those with under 90% attendance across all year groups with focus on Year 9 in term 1. 

  • Whole school, departmental and individual Raising Achievement initiatives and trips 

  • ‘Out of your comfort zone’ trips- to build confidence, team working and self-belief for students in Years 9, 10 and 11. 

  • Aspirational progression pathways - visits to employers, local colleges and universities. 

  • Targeted progress workshops led by outside agencies. 

  • Transition project with Middle Schools to ensure no ‘dip’ in performance Years 8 to 9. Liaison with Middle School PP leaders to discuss students joining in Year 9. 

  • Regular training for all staff and trainees on the Pupil Premium and supporting students. 

  • Year 9 raising achievement initiatives. 

  • Careers and options guidance with dedicated members of staff. 

  • Targeted Revision workshops and breakfast clubs. 

  • A ‘Boost’ event following trial examinations in March 2019. 

  • Funded music lessons and financial support for extra-curricular trips where appropriate. 

  • More frequent monitoring and contact with parents regarding progress and students’ attendance at support sessions. 

  • Arrange Connections career appointments for Year 10 students in the summer term.

Sixth Form students who have achieved a grade 4 in English and or Maths will participate in regular small group tutoring in their sixth form subjects. Catch-up Strategy 2020/21

Our catch-up strategy is designed to overcome the barriers created by both the enforced closure of the school during the 2019-2020 academic year, and the periods of self-isolation from September 2020 onwards.

Some of our strategies involve the whole year group, others are more targeted towards students whose academic progress is behind where it should be because of these circumstances. Please note this list is not exhaustive.

Our catch up allocation is £88,000, based upon a per pupil allocation of £80, awarded in three tranches spanning autumn 2020, spring and summer 2021. The catch up allocation will not meet all costs associated with the catch up programme, therefore the shortfall will be met through redirecting of existing funds. We will monitor the attainment of our pupils through our usual reporting and data cycle.


Strategy 1: Extra core subject sessions

During the Tuesday period 5 time-slot, when historically students finish for the day and staff have training, we have taught a core subject session with English, Maths and Science on a weekly rotation. This started in September and will continue for the year, equating to around 30 hours of extra teaching time. Teachers are identifying learning gaps and delivering bespoke sessions on those.

Strategy 2: Option subject catch-up sessions – Wednesdays and Thursdays

Students who are behind in subjects (and anyone who would like to come) have been invited to option-subject sessions on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, starting ten minutes after the end of the school day. Sessions have varied in length from one hour to three. The subjects are again on a rota basis with the equivalent of a session every half-term, although practical coursework subjects will take precedence in the November and December of 2020.

Strategy 3: Small-group tutoring (including 16-19 Tuition Fund)

From December onwards, students who are behind their expected level will be invited to small-group tutoring sessions. Normally consisting of around 5 students to each teacher, this will help them to work on specific skills. Some students will be working with their tutors for many weeks and others will have fewer sessions depending on their need. Generally, students who are currently working at a level 1 or 2 grades below where we want them to be will be invited to these sessions.  In addition, small-group tutoring for those who have had to self-isolate multiple times is triggered by three or more self-isolation periods. The intention in all these cases is to fill the gaps created by the enforced lack of face-to-face teaching.

We have received £1803 to support students in the sixth form who have achieved a grade 4 in English and or Maths. Between January and May half term these students are in a programme of monitoring, support and intervention. The programme is dependent on the context of the student, but included (illustrative, not exhaustive). 

  • Monitoring of progress v expected progress 

  • Group activities 

  • Individual mentoring 

  • Brokering of additional support within subjects.  

A member of the sixth form team is responsible for the management of this programme. Individuals enter and leave the programme throughout the year ie it is needs dependent. 

Strategy 4: Raising Achievement groups for students in receipt of the pupil premium

On Thursday mornings, in place of tutorial, 20 students will be part of a core subject booster session, on a rotation of English, Maths and Science. One group per term.

Strategy 5: Targeted mentoring

Students who did not work their hardest in lockdown are included on the first term’s targeted raising achievement session which has a Nando’s theme! 20 students will work with Mr. Marshall on short-term targets. A second group of 6 students will take place in the Spring term.

Strategy 6: Laptops

Students who have barriers to their home learning have been provided with laptops. Provision has also been put into place in bubbles with reduced IT capacity to ensure we can deliver the full requirements of the curriculum.

Strategy 7: Support group

A session entitled ‘Coping with change in an uncertain world’ has been running for students who expressed difficulties in dealing with the emotional impact of the coronavirus times.

Strategy 8: Other intervention groups

Other small mentoring groups have also been created, for instance one for students who are achieving solid grades but could be excelling, and a group focusing on organisation.

Strategy 9: Adapted curriculum

For a small minority of students whose circumstances mean catching up in a subject is proving too hard, and where the student and parents expressly desire it, students will be withdrawn from one GCSE to work on core subjects and coursework during their lesson time-slots. This is only in cases of significant underperformance, and with appropriate remaining subject entries, and teachers and Heads of Department must be in agreement.

Strategy 10: Work and Revision resources

We are producing specific revision guides and resources for students to approach in this unusual year, and with the different exam content in some cases. 

Initiatives to date: 

To involved
Students involved
Cost involved
Success measurement
Follow up
Tuesday period 5 as a core subject rotation – increasing contact time to 25 lessons a week
English, Maths, Science staff on rotation
All Year 11
Met from existing resources
Full attendance
Purposeful lessons
Targeted to needs - mostly
Continuing through HT2 and remainder of year on rotation
After-school Learning, Catch-up and Review sessions in all option subjects – half-term 1.
Weds & Thurs
285 students in first half-term
Met from existing resources
Attendance 85%
Purposeful sessions
Progress with coursework
Practical subject focus for HT2.
Increased tutorial time to have more contact with students (HT2, 8.40-9.10)
Topics included revision, mental health management and core subject work
All Year 11
Met from existing resources
Students engaging with tutorial resources
More work on revision and core subject resources / takeovers
After-school practical subjects Coursework Catch-up and Review sessions in all option subjects – half-term 2.
Weds & Thurs
2.10- up to 5pm offered
184 invites in the first two weeks of the half-term
Met from existing resources
Coursework progress
Continued extended sessions
‘Second level’ invites for those students not involved in the Catch-up sessions above
HODs given lists of those involved and option to ask others to sessions
So far 82 students from week 1 and 2 invited to an additional session
Met from existing resources
High attendance
Progress with coursework
More subjects encouraged if available, earlier notice of names
Raising Achievement intervention group – mentoring -  JAM
Monday meetings, tracking, targets and mentoring JAM
15 students
Met from existing resources
Progress with students

PP raising achievement group – core intervention - JAM
Thursday mornings core subject 30-min rotation session
20 students
Met from existing resources
JAM collecting weekly data on student approaches

‘Coping with change in an uncertain world’ anxiety reduction group – SSW and Marni
Tuesday AM
30-min help session
10 students
Met from existing resources

Repeat with new group post-Christmas
PP Breakfast club and coursework help session - AMB
Monday AM
From 8am offered
10 students all PP (mostly DA)
PP Budget breakfast
Attendance and engagement

IT Provision - JIB
All Year 13 subjects
All Year 13

Post covid – laptops will increase provision in the Sixth Form study centre
Future Potential Initiatives:
Small Group Tutoring
1:Some PP tutoring
Around 25 students
PP Budget tutoring – normal annual amount but earlier start
Progress of students

1:6 core concerns list tutoring
Data from progress checks and early concerns
Potentially 30 students in each core subject
£493 weekly
£10,846 based on worst-case UPS3 pay scale
Progress of students

1:1 some repeated isolators tutoring offer
Estimate 30 students with series of 3 sessions possibly 1:1
Progress of students

1:4 every student offered one-off session in core
290 students if full uptake (all year group excluding those above)
Progress of students

1:4 tutoring in option Ebacc subjects - furthest behind who can still catch up
15 hours available
£493each dept
MFL, His, Geog 
£1,480 total
Progress of students

1:4 tutoring in other option subjects – furthest behind who can still catch up
10 hours available
£329 each x 13
Art, Drama, Techx3, HSC, Child Dev, PE, Food, IT, Computer Science, Philosophy, Business
£4,276 worst case
Total tutoring £26,715
Progress of students

Small Group Tutoring 16-19 Tuition Fund
Sixth Form students who have achieved a grade 4 in English and or Maths will participate in regular small group tutoring in their sixth form subjects.
69 students
£1803 is allocated.
2 scheduled sessions per week throughout term 1 and 2 equate to 54 hours of tuition.
Progress of students

Adapted Curriculum Officer – main role
Job description, person appointed, groups identified, removed from option subject
Provisionally 20-25 students
2 terms (spring & summer)
Progress of students in their remaining subjects

Adapted Curriculum Officer – production of resources for future self-isolators
Electronic and printed resources ahead of time
All Year 11 would benefit
Incorporated in above
Progress of students

Adapted Curriculum Officer – mentoring students at home
Teams video calls with students who are repeatedly asked to self-isolate
Estimate 20-30 students
Incorporated in above
Progress of students

‘Revision in uncertain times’ resources being created by team
Emily (Cover Supervisor) producing materials
Met from existing resources
Students making use of resources

ZMM students ‘Re-finding your motivation after lockdown’ session
Weekly, Mondays, C014
10 students
Met from existing resources
Progress of students

AP Helping students who are behind group
Weekly session
6 students
Met from existing resources
Progress of students

 Intended Financial Summary (which is more than the allocated catch up funding): 





Adapted Curriculum Officer

£16,511 (Jan – July)

Attendance Officer

£22,852 (Nov – August)

IT Provision


Printing, resources, revision guides, consumables, prizes etc


16 to 19 Tuition Fund


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