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Disadvantaged students - Pupil premium funding

Schools receive extra funding to support students in different circumstances and help them achieve. This is known as the ‘Pupil Premium’ Funding. At Chilwell School we use this funding to enhance our academic and pastoral provision for these students. (Please note that allocations are not made for pupils in the sixth form.)

Pupil premium is funding provided to schools by the Government to support pupils within the following categories:

  1. Pupils who are currently registered for Free School Meals
  2. Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point during the last six years
  3. Pupils in the care of a Local Authority 
  4. Pupils who are adopted but have been looked after for one day or more or were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 and left care under:
    • a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005
    • a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991
  5. Pupils whose parents are serving with the UK Armed Forces.

As of September 2023 the percentage of Disadvantaged students at Chilwell School is 16%, less than 1% of the school population are looked after children.

Disadvantaged Funding 2023-24

Pupil Premium


LAC and Post LAC


Service Children


Recovery Catch-up


Total £203,274

Disadvantaged Support

17% of our Disadvantaged pupils have Special Educational Needs. No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational needs of any school and therefore there are many strategies adopted to support our pupils.

The Disadvantaged funding is spent in an integrated and targeted way, to ensure that pupils receive the opportunity for additional support and access to learning opportunities. We chose the classroom approaches and intervention strategies which research has shown works. The progress of these pupils is monitored throughout the year at each assessment point and the strategies are monitored for their effectiveness.

Sutton trust research indicates that effective support comes from improving feedback, reduced class size, early intervention and extending the breadth of the curriculum.

Curriculum Support

  • Each faculty has a Disadvantaged advocate who champions initiatives to support students in faculties, encourages sharing of effective classroom strategies and tracks Disadvantaged student progress
  • Faculty leaders track Disadvantaged student progress and analyse faculty strategies at each data point
  • Literacy support worker to provide 1:1 and small group early intervention sessions.
  • Disadvantaged teacher to provide specialist teacher input for the most vulnerable students.
  • Disadvantaged admin support to review data and collate interventions.
  • Pathway B or 2 option choices to reduce number of subjects being studied.
  • Individual student faculty analysis of need both through assessments and in conjunction with pastoral staff
  • Additional Staffing in Maths and Science to facilitate additional lessons and groups during Core PE and PSHCE.
  • Disadvantaged Pupil profiles for all students.

Behaviour Support

  • Mentoring small groups of Disadvantaged students during registration.
  • Inclusion Unit provision for students at risk of permanent exclusion.
  • ARNA unit for students to access if they need support to attend main school lessons.
  • LSA Level 1 behaviour support TA to provide 1:1 and small group early interventions to reduce number of fixed term exclusions.


  • Disadvantaged attendance officer and mentor to improve student attendance figures and reduce persistent absence.
  • Year leader attendance analysis data + monitoring and intervention grid categorised to identify Disadvantaged student.
  • Year leader weekly attendance grid categorised to identify Disadvantaged student.

Access to Learning Opportunities

  • Revision guides
  • Music lessons
  • Activities week
  • Enrichment trips
  • Resources for practical subject e.g. Food Technology, Art
  • ICT equipment
  • Sports activities
**PLEASE NOTE** Calls may be monitored or recorded for training and quality purposes.