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Pupil Premium

COVID Catch-up funding statement

What is it?

This is a premium paid to the school for academic year 2020-21. It is designed to support students in accessing the curriculum during the current pandemic and to ensure that all students make the best progress possible.

How much funding has been allocated?

The school has been allocated a total of £75,360 for this academic year.

How do we plan to spend the money?

We have taken an evidence based approach to identify areas which are likely to have the greatest impact in terms of providing high quality teaching across a broad and balanced curriculum. We used guidance from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to help inform our planning.

(link to EEF planning document)

Based on this plan, we have allocated the funding as per the table below:

Resources to support curriculum delivery, both whole school and subject specific

e.g. GCSEPod, Nearpod, Digital Theatre+ etc.


Purchase cameras, microphones and laptops to enable remote teaching.


Use GL assessment testing with new intake Y7 to help establish a baseline and provide appropriate targets.


Internal team recruited to provide support and training in the use of Google Classroom and associated packages. Make time and facilities available for training to take place successfully

(e.g. online safety training for all)


Development of virtual communications with key stakeholders (e.g. virtual parents evening system). Time for pastoral teams to maintain communication home.


Provide lunchtime intervention for the core subjects in Year 11


Extend Accelerated reader scheme into Year 9 to make up for missed time in current Y8.


Improve the school infrastructure to enable the effective use of new technologies (e.g. improve WiFi access in targeted parts of the site, improve classroom projection/whiteboard facilities where it is a barrier to learning)


Use of NTP program to provide targeted tutoring, starting with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students.


How will we assess the impact of these strategies?

We will monitor pupil progress in comparison to their prior performance on an individual and sub-group basis, putting the interventions in place on a needs assessment from feedback and tracking.

We will seek further feedback from key stakeholders such as the pupils, teachers and parents in assessing the impact of the provision.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement October 2020.           

School Overview



 School name

The Mosslands School

Pupils in school

1,138 (1,100)

Proportion of disadvantaged pupils


Pupil premium allocation this academic year

£402,225 (£377,05600

Academic year or years covered by statement

2019 - 2022

Publish date

October 2020

Review date

October 2021

Statement authorised by

Mr A Whiteley

Pupil premium lead

Mr G Evans

Governor lead

Mr P Grady

Disadvantaged pupil performance overview for last academic year (2019/2020)

Progress 8


Ebacc entry

17% (17.6%)

Attainment 8


Percentage of Grade 5+ in English and Maths


Percentage of Grade 4+ in English and Maths


Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils



Target date

Progress 8

To close the gap in progress 8 scores compared to disadvantaged students nationally

Summer 2021

Attainment 8

To close the gap in attainment 8 scores compared to disadvantaged students nationally


Percentage of Grade 5+ in English and maths

Achieve national average English and Maths 5+ scores

Summer 2021

Percentage of Grade 4+ in English and maths

Achieve national average English and Maths 4+ scores

Summer 2021


Improve attendance 93.2% – reduce the number of students who are disadvantaged PA (101)

Summer 2021


Teaching priorities for current academic year



Priority 1

Quality First Teaching



  • To continue to recruit and retain staff to ensure all curriculum areas are taught by subject specialists and improve the pupil teacher ratio.
  • To continue to develop high quality teaching in order to close the gaps for disadvantaged students.
  • Quality Assurance, book scrutiny and line management to provide evidence that will support the closing of the gaps across all year groups.
  • To continue to develop the on-line learning experience for students to enable them to access quality provision in this area.

Priority 2

Continuing Professional Development

  • To ensure staff are equipped to deliver high quality lessons to disadvantaged students.
  • The training priorities over the next three years are:
  • Staff training on the evidence based research for “Closing the Gap (EEF Education Endowment Foundation and Using the Teacher Toolkit)
  • Literacy, Metacognition, Feedback, Differentiation – using the evidence based research from the EEF)
  • Supporting SEND and Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • Sharing of good practice across the curriculum.
  • To develop training of staff in delivering on line learning provision.
  • Development of a Pupil Premium steering group.

Barriers to learning these priorities address

  • Retaining subject specialist teachers in all areas of the curriculum
  • Low Attaining Pupil Premium students have weaker reading, writing and mathematical skills upon entering Year 7, which is a barrier to them making good progress in Year 7.
  • High attaining pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium are making less progress than other high attaining pupils across Key Stage 3. This will prevent sustained high achievement through KS4 if not addressed.
  • Access to appropriate resources for the on-line learning experience.

Projected spending

(£53,100) Staffing

Targeted academic support for current academic year



Priority 1

Year 11 Intervention

  • Targeted, planned and structured Year 11 interventions during; registration, lunch, after school and in school holidays.
  • Small Group Provision for Year 11
  • ASDAN Qualifications.
  • Alternative Provision – (WRAP, Cornerstones, Westlake)

Priority 2

Years 7-10  Catch-up

  • Accelerated Reader for Years 7 & 8
  • National Literacy Skills Academy
  • Wirral Book Awards Club for High Achievers
  • Maths Mastery
  • Nurture provision
  • Small Group Provision
  • Alternative Provision

Priority 3

Access Provision

  • SEND students have access arrangements to access the curriculum and examinations

Barriers to learning these priorities address

  • Closing the gap for Year 7 students not making age expectations in Maths and English
  • Low levels of parental support influencing low literacy outcomes
  • Poor Attendance, Low Aspiration, Low Ambition
  • Provision of alternative curriculum

Projected spending

(£51,492) staffing     (£85,975) non-staffing

Wider strategies for current academic year



Priority 1


  • To continue to improve overall school attendance.
  • To reduce the number of students who are persistently absent.

Priority 2


  • Behaviour support for all students
  • Behaviour management tracking system in order to identify triggers that undermine progress
  • Increase pastoral staff non-contact time to allow more proactive work.

Priority 3


  • Increasing attendance at Breakfast Club amongst disadvantaged pupils
  • School counsellor
  • External providers supporting students with SEMH

Barriers to learning these priorities address

  • A higher percentage of PP students experience social, emotional and mental health issues (SEMH) which affects behaviour and attendance and therefore has a detrimental effect on progress
  • Low Aspiration
  • Challenging Family circumstances
  • Local Authority support

Projected spending

(£110,000) staffing  (£59,500) non-staffing

Monitoring and implementation



Mitigating action


Ensuring enough time is given over to allow for staff professional development

Use of INSET days and additional cover being provided by senior leaders

Targeted support

Ensuring that targeted pupils engage in the intervention process.

Increasing academic support through additional sessions. Pupil App.

Wider strategies

Engaging the families facing most challenges.

Improving pupil engagement and minimising disruptive behaviours.

Working closely with the LA and other local schools on cross-school outreach programme.

Pastoral CPD and QA.

On-call system