Pupil premium (PP) strategy statement

School overview

School nameAston Manor Academy
Pupils in school1,009
Proportion of disadvantaged pupils72%
Pupil premium allocation this academic year£492,780  
Academic year or years covered by statement2021-22
Publish dateOctober 2021
Review dateSeptember 2022
Statement authorised byJill Sweeney (HT)
Pupil premium leadStacey Lander (DHT)
Governor leadKaron Malcom

Disadvantaged pupil performance overview for last academic year (TAG)

Progress 80.49
Ebacc entry 17%
Attainment 84.58
Percentage of grade 5+ in English and maths33%

Performance of Disadvantaged students in relation to 2020/21 targets

PP gap has grown this year

YearProgress gapAttainment Gap
*This equates to half a grade
Nationally the gap is 1.44

The impact of Covid-19 has meant that the gap for PP students against non-pp students has increased. Covid-19 was a challenge for the PP students due to lack of equipment and lack of data. Also, they lacked the space to work or had a lack of adequate housing. We have more students than ever who are now living in temporary housing. These are all factors which impact on student attainment.

Our strategies last year included providing all PP students with laptops where they were available. Providing Wi-Fi  was an ongoing issue for some students. When students returned, it was largely apparent that our PP students had been significantly disadvantaged in their learning due toa lack of teacher/student face-to-face interaction.  


Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils

AimTargetTarget date 
Progress 8To maintain the significantly positive progress made by disadvantaged students, ensuring P8 scores remain in line with our non PP studentsSept 2022
Attainment 8Achieve national average for attainment for all PP studentsSept 2022
Percentage of Grade 5+ in English and mathsAchieve above national average for English and maths 5+ scores, in line with similar schoolsSept 2022
OtherMaintain and improve attendance to above national averageSept 2022
Ebacc entryMaintain significantly above national average Ebacc entry for students – in line with our non-PP studentsSept 2022

Teaching priorities for current academic year

Priority 1Recruitment, retention and CPD for English, maths and science department, ensuring smaller teaching groups for students who are underachieving3 x UPS teacher = £210,000 (including. on-costs)
Priority 2One to one/small group tuition and extra-curricular sessions provided by expert staff (internal and external) in English, maths and science£5,000
Barriers to learning these priorities addressRetaining key staff in the core subject areas. Ensuring the quality of outside agencies
Projected spending £215,000




September 4, 2023 October 27, 2023 November 6, 2023 December 23, 2023



January 8, 2024 February 9, 2024 February 19, 2024 March 22, 2024



April 8, 2024 May 24, 2024 June 3, 2024 July 22, 2024

June Teacher Training Day

June 16, 2023


Parents Evening dates for the 2023/2024 academic year will be published soon

Wider (non-academic) staffing priorities for current academic year

Priority 1Employment of Educational Psychologist to work closely/support the mental health and wellbeing of disadvantaged students. Additional pastoral staff employed to support students in line with managing impact of Covid-19 on studentsEP: £50,000
YW: £50,000
Priority 2Employment of an attendance officer and family support worker to increase attendance and provide family support for disadvantaged studentsFSW/AT: £45,000
Barriers to learning these priorities addressLow levels of family engagement/support influencing persistent absence
Projected spending£145,000

Targeted academic support for current academic year

Priority 1Literacy/English and numeracy/maths interventions for low attaining disadvantaged students (Lexia/ sound training/ Lucid/ reading/ writing support/ Accelerated Reader)£30,000
Priority 2Staff resources dedicated to setting up and distributing laptop and data packages for disadvantaged students to support their learning in and outside of school.£5,000
Barriers to learning these priorities addressImproved parental engagement and increased home learning, IT infrastructure when using a blended learning approach
Projected spending£35,000

Wider strategies for current academic year

AreaChallengeMitigating actionCost
TeachingEnsuring enough classroom space is given for English and maths, and smaller teaching groupsWorking closely with local establishments to provide additional rooms (Mount Zion, The Lighthouse)Screens for additional classrooms (£3,000)
Mount Zion (£6,000)
Targeted supportEnsuring enough time is given for staff CPDThe use of DDT time on a Thursday afternoon (shorter school day to accommodate this) to provide the academic and pastoral training for all staff
Wider strategiesEngaging the families facing extreme challengesWorking closely with outside agencies/stakeholders to provide outreach for these families (including placements/ managed moves to re-engage disadvantaged/ underachieving students)COBs: £5,000
Placements: £30,000
Additional resources and supportProviding students with additional learning resourcesRevision guides
Revision resources/ incentives
Bespoke motivational/ intensive revision sessions and trips
Total: 494,000

Review: last year’s aims and outcomes

Achieve national average for progress made by disadvantaged studentsNo national data available for progress
Achieve national average for attainment for disadvantaged studentsAchieved
National average: 40.3
AMA: 45.9
Achieve national average in English and maths 5+ scoresAchieved
National average: 31.7
AMA: 33.0

What worked well?

Smaller group teaching, additional after school classes, and classes on weekends and in the holidays. 

Adaptability and flexibility of staff to help with workload, and planning for changing the curriculum according to the needs of students.

Use of external agencies to support with non-academic issues.