Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is provided to support children who are entitled to free school meals, have been in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years, are children of service personnel, cared for children, children who are adopted from care or have special guardianship.

The funding is provided to help these children to make progress in school and to fulfil their potential academically and socially and emotionally.

At Malbank we take care to ensure that this fund is being used to have a positive impact on progress by carrying out regular and robust reviews of the interventions that are put into place.

2019-20 Planned Spend
2019-20 Actual Spend
2020-21 Planned PP spend

COVID-19 2020-2021 Spend Strategy

Raising the Attainment and Progress of Disadvantaged Students: Sept 2020 

Following a review of the achievement of our Disadvantaged students in Sept 2020, the school  identified the barriers facing Disadvantaged students at Malbank. A strategy document was devised and actioned, however due to COVID 19 and the ‘lock down' period the impact of these actions are hard to quantify particularly as there were no external exams.  The strategy document has been used to formulate the strategy for Sept 2020 as a starting point along with the recovery curriculum for all students and the recovery curriculum - additional support for disadvantaged students.

These can be summarised as;

1. Key Pupil Premium Sub Groups - Boys PP

2. PP student achievement in the Ebacc subjects

3. PP student achievement in the ‘Open' basket

4. PP Attendance

 Action pointStrategy / Action Intended impact 

 1. Key Pupil Premium
Sub Groups - Boys PP

A whole school focus on the importance of the 60 minutes of learning time, ensuring that all staff are focussing on what students are learning, how they are learning and assessing outcomes to monitor progress.

 The KS3 and KS4 curriculum has been reviewed using the Head, Heart, Hand model. This will be fully implemented this academic year and will be reviewed by SLT regularly throughout the year, incorporating a ‘deep dive' approach.

Increase staff support in lessons that are PP heavy. See recovery curriculum document - additional support for Disadvantaged pupils.


Improve the literacy levels of boys. A whole school reading coordinator has been appointed and given curriculum time to support improving literacy levels and reading across the curriculum. The trial of incorporating 1 hour of literacy for Yr 8 students (apart from top set linguists) has been extended to this academic year.

Review and amend the student 121's to have a sharper focus on learning and progress so that Leaders have a clearer picture of how best to support PP students in their learning.


Following the successful introduction of ‘teams' during lock down, this will be used as a teaching and learning tool and for helping to ensure homework is completed more successfully. To ensure that this is possible the school have worked with families and all PP students have a device at home on which to access ‘teams'.

Increased use of reward such as ‘Friday chip queue' pass - this was proving to be a successful initiative so will be picked up again when it is possible to do so. House star of the week is a new reward initiative and there is also increased use of praise in the progress manager virtual assemblies.

All staff are aware of and implementing strategies to raise achievement of boys in terms of both Attainment and Progress.

Pupils will feel supported, gaps in learning will be quickly identified and students will be supported in closing those gaps quickly so that progress can continue and outcomes will improve.

The literacy levels and reading ages of boys improve so that they can better access the curriculum and improve their comprehension of exam questions. Attainment will improve.


PP students will have a greater opportunity to share issues that are affecting their learning, barriers can be removed and outcomes will improve.

 Boys will more readily engage with their learning tasks and make better progress. PP students will be able to engage with their teachers more readily to seek advice, helping to remove barriers to learning more quickly.






Boys will feel more positive and encouraged to achieve.







 2. PP student achievement in the Ebacc subjectsEmbed the timetabled Raising Standards (RSL) meetings for all Year groups in school - following the model of Yr 11 RSL meetings. Trial an EBacc RSL group with the new Assistant Head responsible to T&L to have an even sharper focus on this area.


Trail the use of Option K for the EBacc subjects for targeted intervention.

The Humanities, MfL and Computer Science courses will have curriculum time in Yr 11 to hold additional mock examinations, allowing students to experience all aspects of the subject assessment. Each subject will have two 2 hour slots to ensure effective assessment and facilitating the DDT approach.

Embed the restructuring of Period 6 sessions so that they are more targeted and by invitation when it is possible to do so.

Enhanced communication between the Heads or Core subjects, the Progress Manager and SLT critical friend to coordinate initiatives and support for key groups of or individual students



Students will be supported to make better progress and to close gaps in knowledge and understanding.

Students will feel better prepared and be more resilient in these subject areas so achievement will improve and P8 will increase.



Students will be directed to subjects where they are under performing and therapy can be put into place to address any gaps or areas of weakness outside of the classroom to support the interventions by the class teacher.

3. PP student achievement in the ‘Open' basket


Ensure that pupils are studying the most suitable and aspirational curriculum for them. Many of our PP students perform better on continuous assessment courses. However, traditional pathways are available where appropriate.

The feedback LSA will continue to target support given to help students achieve in the open basket subjects.

Students will be able to manage their work load and be more resilient. Outcomes will improve.



Students will feel better supported and more confident. Feedback will be responded to to promote progress. Deadlines will be met and students will achieve better.

 4. PP AttendanceAttendance will be placed on an Assistant Heads portfolio so that it is a priority focus. An attendance war room will be established so that the attendance team can ‘chase' attendance up more effectively.

Appointment of an attendance key worker whose focus will be getting students into school, helping to remove barriers to students and families where attendance is an issue

Increase the use of rewards to promote good attendance.


 Attendance will go up which will impact positively on P8