Pupil Premium – Statutory Information

Pupil premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enhance the education of the most socio-economically deprived
(namely those students entitled to free school meals and looked after children).

The amount of Pupil Premium allocated to the Sirius Academy by the DfE’s is detailed in the table below. Allocations are based on an amount per pupil eligible for free school meals (FSM). From 1st April 2012 the criteria changed to include pupils eligible to FSM in any of the last 6 years. Amounts are allocated per government financial year ending each 31st March, not in academic years.
Please note allocations are not made for pupils in the sixth form.


DfE Financial Year
(Ending 31st March)

Amount per FSM pupil

Number of FSM pupils




375 (48.5%)




576 (48.5%)


2013-14 (indicative)


576 (48.5%)




671 (51%)

(including service pupils)



671 (51%)



Converting the DfE financial year allocations to Sirius Academy financial years (ending on the 31st August each year) produces the following.


31st August 2013


31st August 2014


31st August 2015



Sirius Academy
Pupil Premium Targeted Activities and Support
The Pupil Premium is spent in an integrated and targeted way, to ensure that entitled students receive the opportunity for additional support and access to all learning opportunities including residential activities.   

Actions focused on learning in the curriculum
These actions directly affect performance in the classroom.

  • one-to-one tuition;
  • small-group teaching;
  • additional in-class support;
  • homework clubs;
  • special arrangements for monitoring progress;
  • reduced class sizes;
  • teaching assistants;
  • peer tutoring/peer-assisted learning;
  • provision of materials/equipment;
  • Reading Recovery;
  • support for EAL.

Support is provided to ensure access to all learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

  • paying any additional staff costs;
  • paying for ICT programmes and systems
  • paying for transport costs;
  • funding visits to the academy by theatre companies;
  • funding residential learning opportunities;
  • subsidising any pupil contributions.

Actions focused on improving attendance

  • appointment of additional education welfare officer;
  • appointment of home liaison officer;
  • incentives and rewards offered for improved attendance.

Actions focused on social, emotional and behavioural issues
These actions address barriers to learning.

  • one-to-one counselling;
  • behaviour support programmes;
  • school nurse employed 5 days each school week;
  • nurture groups;
  • interventions from an educational psychologist;
  • health information and advice;
  • CAMHS;
  • social skills training.

Actions focused on enrichment beyond the curriculum
These actions extend the learning offer beyond the curriculum and/or to provide a safe place between school and home.

  • breakfast clubs;
  • sporting opportunities;
  • creative play possibilities;
  • arts and other leisure activities;
  • after-school and holiday clubs;
  • subsidising trips not directly linked to the curriculum.

Actions focused on families and communities
These actions help parents provide better support to their children by engaging them in their children’s learning and/or providing them with the knowledge and skills to do so effectively.

  • family learning;
  • parenting classes;
  • family support worker or parent support adviser.

Actions focused on improving progression into further education, employment and training

  • appointment of additional careers officer;
  • assistance with application forms and travel costs.

Alternative learning pathways and curricula
It comprises alternatives for pupils who are having difficulties with the traditional learning pathways.

  • funding Hull College (FE) staff time
  • deliver of specific courses/programmes resulting in qualifications such as BTEC; ASDAN.

Impact of integrated and targeted support
The impact in educational attainment arising from expenditure of the previous financial year’s Pupil Premium has contributed to the improvements in reading, writing and attendance. Our latest set of exam results are our best ever with 65% achieving 5 A*-C including English and maths.  The gap in educational attainment between those entitled to free school meals and those not entitled to free school meals is closing significantly.

Sirius Academy was awarded the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Pupil Premium Award in recognition of the excellent progress in closing the gap.