Pupil Premium

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools annually.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium will be spent as they are considered best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Every student who is in receipt of free school meals (FSM), or who has been at some time during the previous six years, or who has been looked after by the local authority for at least six months, is eligible.

Children who received Free School Meals at primary school will continue to receive them at Oaklands School as long as their parent(s) / carer(s) still qualify for one of the relevant benefits. We encourage parent(s) / carer(s) to claim for Free School Meals even if their child does not want one every day.

Year 7 Catch Up Information

Oaklands School received £5,500 in funding for the academic year 2018/2019. Pupils eligible are those who do not meet the “expected” standard at KS2 testing in the summer before entry to KS3.

High expectations

Oaklands School has high expectations for its students and the Catch-up funding enabled us to target these Year 7 students with the following interventions in literacy and numeracy to allow improved access to the secondary curriculum:

  • Improvement in speech and language skills
  • Improvement in reading age scores, especially for students whose reading age is two years or more below their actual age
  • Improvement in vocabulary skills
  • Improvement in writing skills
  • Raising self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Support for students to close the gap in their progress compared to their peers
  • Support students at risk of exclusion
  • Positive partnership work with parents and carers
  • Using additional staff to raise attainment in literacy and numeracy in Year 7.

Literacy Interventions 2018 / 2019

All students are tested in reading at the start and end of Years 7,8, and 9. Students needing literacy catch-up are identified from this data and allocated an appropriate literacy intervention. These interventions include:

  • Speech and Language Group (2 lessons a week) with Ms. Caughey
  • Year 7 Reading Group (2 lessons a week) with Ms. Caughey
  • Year 8 Reading Group (2 lessons a week) with Ms. Caughey
  • Year 7 Lexia online programme (2 form times a week)
  • Year 8 Lexia online programme (2 form times a week)
  • Year 9 Lexia online programme (2 form times a week)
  • Year 10 Lexia online programme (2 form times a week)

Numeracy and Literacy Catch-Up Information 2019/2020

For more information on Numeracy and numeracy catch-up for 2019/2020; please see link below:

Numeracy and Literacy Catch-Up Information

Oaklands School Pupil Premium 2020/2021

The following is not an exhaustive list:




Intervention lessons from subject specialists- Connex education NTP delivery


Trip support to attend subject specific residential trips particularly in MFL, Business trip to France


Parental Engagement – sessions for parents to equip them with practical strategies so that they are able to support their children with IL and revision at home.


Year 7 Pastoral residential trip in Cultural activities week


Pastoral Support Assistants to monitor coursework, behaviour and attendance.


Additional Study Support sessions after school every week in the Learning Hub and special study rooms for Yrs 10 and 11


Coursework and examination catch-up and revision sessions after school, on Saturdays and during holidays. Students taught by HoDs specialists.


2 x English and Maths Residential study and revision conferences- external providers


Additional English and maths Classes for students on intervention list- curriculum enhancement.


Laptop and internet access provision for students in lockdown


Uniform and equipment – direct payment hardship fund




  • Progress 8 score of 0.66
  • 74th Highest score in the UK-2nd Centile
  • Top 5% ranking over the last four years
  • No variation within subjects or groups.
  • Invitation to join Gold Club in 2016
  • Congratulatory letter from Secretary of State for Education in 2016
  • Invited by DfE to work as lead support school in Eastern Region (specifically in regard to disadvantaged students).