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Pupil Premium

The Hazeley Academy Pupil premium strategy statement for 2023-2024 can be found in the below.

The Pupil Premium was first introduced in April 2011; it is paid as a grant based upon school census figures for students in years 7-11 who are registered as eligible by falling within the following categories:

  • Those who are receiving Free School Meals (FSM) or who have received FSM in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM); each student attracts £1035 per year.
  • Those who are classed as Looked-after Children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English authority; each student attracts £2530 per year.
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order or a residence order; each student attracts £2530 per year.
  • Those students recorded as a Service Child (Ever 6 Service Child): each child attracts £335 per year.

The Pupil Premium is additional to main school/academy funding, it will be used by this Academy to address any underlying inequalities, and we will ensure that the funding is directed to those students most in need.

For further information about whether your child is eligible for Free School Meals please access the Milton Keynes website Free School Meals - Milton Keynes Council (  The website also has the citizens' portal so that you can register and apply online.   

Our Objectives for Pupil Premium

The purpose of the pupil premium grant is to make funding available in order to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and their peers.   We aim to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities so that it can make a significant impact on their education and lives beyond The Hazeley Academy.   DfE guidance states that the funding is “for the purposes of the school, i.e. for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school.”

Pupil Premium Grant Received

In the year 2022 - 2023 we received a total of £225,660 Pupil Premium funding.  The pupil premium grant allocated to the Academy for the 2023- 2024 academic year is £224,910.

Barriers to learning

The Academy is required to provide a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school.  For the academic year of 2023 - 2024, we have identified these as being:

  • Prior attainment, particularly numeracy and literacy skills
  • Filling the gap in knowledge
  • Accessing the full curriculum offered by the Academy
  • The transition process from Key Stage 2 to 3 and Key Stage 3 to 4
  • Consistent attendance at the Academy
  • Social and emotional needs
  • Engagement with the learning process and the world of work

Allocation of Funding

The spending of the pupil premium at the Hazeley Academy is broken down into three areas with the rationale always linked to the evidence and assessment provided by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

Quality of teaching for all
This is the area where we use the funding to improve the teaching and learning within the Academy, linking it to staff development and the Academy’s improvement planning.

Targeted Support
This is the area where we use the funding to support identified weaknesses for our disadvantaged pupils in areas such as their literacy and numeracy skills, supporting them with their exam preparation and improving attendance.  This takes the form of such things as mentoring, small and individual group tuition, after school and holiday interventions and working with parents to support their child.

Other approaches
This is where we use the grant to improve students’ access to the in and out of school curriculum, to improve the transition between the Key Stages and to develop and improve upon processes additional to those highlighted above.  This is where we will spend the remaining part of the pupil premium grant.  This may include providing funds to enable students to access extra-curricular activities that they would not be able to access that their non-disadvantaged peers would or providing them with careers guidance.

Spend and impact of the Pupil Premium Grant 2022 - 2023

Spending from the Pupil Premium grant went towards:

  • One-to-one and small group targeted support in English and Maths, for KS3 and KS4 students
  • Targeted small group interventions aimed at improving key skills and knowledge within English and maths for Yr8 students
  • Targeted study support for KS4 students
  • Accelerated Reading programme
  • Learning and attendance mentors
  • Support with trips and visits
  • Support with specialist materials for subjects
  • Additional teaching staff in English and Mathematics
  • Leadership and Management time
  • Access to extra-curricular activities
  • Careers guidance – including Unifrog platform
  • Access to peer mentoring
  • Additional tuition for KS3 and KS4 students

Measuring Impact

We measure the impact of our spending by looking at the educational outcomes of the group as a whole subgroups and for individuals.  This will use both the Academy’s internal tracking system as well as the DfE published data.  We also use qualitative data from both students and teachers to review and improve upon the processes outlined above.