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Pupil premium strategy statement- Break Through School

School overview



 School name

Break Through School

Pupils in school


Proportion of disadvantaged pupils

19% (PP)

Pupil premium allocation this academic year

£7,640 (8 students)

Academic year or years covered by statement

2020 to 2021   (2019-2020 £3,740)

Publish date

November 2020

Review date

10 September  2021

Statement authorised by

H Jordan

Pupil premium lead

H Jordan

Governor lead

Susanne Jones

Disadvantaged pupil barriers to success

Break Through School is an Independent alternative provision for young people who are at risk of permanent exclusion.  Many young people attending Break Through have had a traumatic event take place in their lives and may have spent extended lengths of time out of education. The majority of young people at Break Through School are going through an EHCP or have an EHCP. Many of the young people have multiple agencies working with their families.

1. Delayed progress due to impact of COVID-19 lockdown March 2020 – June 2021 and subsequent absences in Autumn/Spring Term 2020 due to symptoms, isolation, testing.

2. Delayed confidence with reading, spelling and writing.

3. Delayed numerical confidence and skills.

 4. Social and emotional development needs.

5. Family upheaval due to bereavement and relationship breakdowns.

6. Economic disadvantages blocking access to social and cultural opportunities.

 7. Local restrictions limiting / preventing socialisation with others and cultural opportunities.

 8. Economic barriers due to additional COVID-19 on the family income.

9. Lack of ICT in the home limiting child’s ability to experience the online learning.

10. Ensuring staff use focused teaching interventions and quality first teaching

Erratic attendance due to changing or challenging home circumstances

Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils - academic achievement


Evidence of impact

Target date

Pupils make at least expected progress in literacy

Closure in the gap between PP and non PP students

July 2021

Improve reading performance of PP pupils

50% of all PP pupils make good progress in reading with no pupils making less than requires improvement

July 2021

PP pupils in KS4 make expected levels of literacy and numeracy

80% of KS4 pp students gained recognised BTEC or GCSE qualifications through targeted teaching.

The remaining 20% are working on BTECs engaging with qualifications which take them five years to complete in further education

July 2021

Strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils – wider outcomes (e.g. independence)


Evidence of impact

Target date

To improve attendance and behaviour of pupils attracting PP

Fewer behaviour incidents recorded for these students

Robust and supportive behavioural intervention plans to be in place for these students.

Overall attendance for students eligible for PP to improve to the school target of 97%

July 2021

Y11 pupils are able to travel to school on public buses

All 11 pupils no longer require the provision of SEN transport

September 2021

Support for extra-curricular activities including the annual school trip using public transport

All pupils able to share their experiences and develop social skills that will stay with them for life

July 2021

Teaching priorities for current academic year



Priority 1

Literacy interventions across KS3 and KS4 for all disadvantaged pupils

Priority 2

Introducing pre teaching and SALT social skills interventions to support access to learning materials across the curriculum.

Barriers to learning these priorities address

Insufficient support for literacy from families, students’ self confidence 

Projected spending


Wider strategies for current academic year



Priority 1

Programme of alternative qualification at local centre Flower Skills

Priority 2

Travel skills in using public transport. Gaining confidence in numeracy and literacy independence skills

Barriers to learning these priorities address

Poor self-regulation, low confidence in gain qualification

Projected spending

4,600 (8 weeks for 6 students)

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 enough time for school English lead and SENCOs to support small groups 

SENCO paired with English Teacher to lead small groups

Wider strategies

Enough time to plan and deliver new programme alternative qualifications

Head teacher to arrange and risk assess with Flowerskills

Review: last year’s aims and outcomes



Improve basic numeracy standards

Steady improvement in disadvantaged pupil progress from 2019 to 2020.

KS4 pupils close gap with  alternative school national average attainment

Steady improvement in disadvantaged pupil progress from 2019 to 2020. On target for aim.

Improve independent living skills and employment skills of KS4 pupils

Notable improvement in all KS4 pupils.