Whitley Bay High School

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

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

Pupil Premium Report and Action Plan 2021-22 

Our aim is to raise the ambition, attainment, self-esteem, and resourcefulness of DA/PP students so that they achieve excellent outcomes comparable with their peers and make a successful transition to the next phase of learning. 

 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 enhancing their culture capital, 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 2019-20 
PP allocation for 2020-21 
PP allocation for 2021-22 
£164,585 (PP £149,360 + RP £15,225) 

 Pupil Premium Numbers: 

2020 Year group 
PP students 
% of PP students 
29 (previously PP) 
30 (previously PP) 

 Year 8 – transition activities: 

  • 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. 

Year 9: 

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

  • Careers and options guidance with dedicated members of staff. 

  • Year 9 raising achievement initiatives - cross curricular projects – Autumn term 

  • Inspirational learning programme. 

  • Targeted cross curricular project – summer term.  

Year 10: 

  • Purchase a set of subject Revision Guides, where needed, for Year 10 students to aid with revision as well as any essential equipment and additional subject specific learning tools 

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

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

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

 Year 11: 

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

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

  • Small group additional tuition in Maths and English for Year 11 students not making expected progress - starting in the autumn term. 

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

  • National Tutoring Programme for Y11 students in the core subjects. 

  • 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 and job interview – pre SJP visit for specific target groups. 

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

  • A ‘Boost’ event following trial examinations in March 2022. 

 All years: 

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

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

  • Targeted revision/catch up workshops and breakfast clubs. 

  • 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. 

  • Nutritional support where needed.  

  • Access to uniform and PE kit.  

  • Bespoke intervention for groups and/or individuals where needed. 

  • Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2022 Download
  • Pupil Premium Strategy Evaluation 2020 – 2021 Download

Catch-up Strategy 2020/21 

Our catch-up strategy was 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. It was successful in this aim with the two most affected year groups, Year 11 and Year 13 (whose courses ended in Summer 2021) and continues to the next year groups from September 2021. 

Some of our strategies involved the whole year group, others were and 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 initial catch up allocation was £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 did not meet all costs associated with the catch up programme, so the shortfall was met through redirecting of existing funds. We monitored the attainment of our pupils through our usual reporting and data cycle and will continue to do so going forward. 

Academic year 2020-2021 

Strategy 1: Extra core subject sessions 

During the Tuesday period 5 time-slot, when historically students finished for the day and staff have training, we taught a core subject session with English, Maths and Science on a weekly rotation. This started in September continued for the whole year equating another 30 hours of learning time. Teachers identified learning gaps and delivered bespoke sessions on those. 

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

Students who were behind in subjects (and anyone who simply wanted to come) were invited to option-subject sessions on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, starting ten minutes after the end of the school day. Sessions varied in length from one hour to three.  

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

From December 2020, students who were behind their expected level were invited to small-group tutoring sessions. Normally consisting of around 5 students to each teacher, this helped them to work on specific skills. Generally, students who were 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 was triggered by three or more self-isolation periods.  

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 were 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.   

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

On Thursday mornings, in place of tutorial, 20 students were 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 were included on the first term’s targeted raising achievement session which had a Nando’s theme! 20 students worked with Mr. Marshall on short-term targets.  

Strategy 6: Laptops 

Students who had barriers to their home learning were provided with laptops.  

Strategy 7: Support group 

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

Strategy 8: Other intervention groups 

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

Strategy 9: Adapted curriculum 

For a small minority of students (20 exactly by the end of term) whose circumstances meant catching up in a subject is proving too hard, and where the student and parents expressly desire it, students were withdrawn from one GCSE to work on core subjects and coursework during their lesson time-slots. This was very successful in terms of the time they devoted to their core subjects as a result.  

 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 - done 
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 - done 
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 - done 
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 - done 
‘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 - done 
Raising Achievement intervention group – mentoring -  JAM 
Monday meetings, tracking, targets and mentoring JAM 
15 students 
Met from existing resources 
Progress with students 
Successful group re: attendance and results 
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 – no uptake from students 
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 
Will be started earlier in the year than ever before 2021-2022 
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 
As above 
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 
Not applicable 
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 
Appointed - completed 
‘Revision in uncertain times’ resources being created by team 
Emily (Cover Supervisor) producing materials 
Met from existing resources 
Students making use of resources 
Was not applicable after cancellation of exams 
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 

 Academic year 2021-2022 – Phase Two 

  1. Small-group tutoring in core subjects starting in the first term 

  1. Catch-up tutoring for students who fell behind in lockdown at middle school 

  1. National Tutoring Programme 

Post 16 Catch Up Funding

WBHS is in receipt of funding to facilitate “catch-up” tuition for post-16 students. The criteria for identifying students who should receive this support includes: 

  • Those who meet the criteria for disadvantage 

  • Those who achieved grade 4 or lower at GCSE in English or maths 

  • Those whose progress in the sixth form we have identified as being less than expected for a student with their academic profile 

The funding will be spent on a combination of the following support: 

  • 1-1 tutoring, including using external tutor providers 

  • Small group tutoring 

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