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The Dorchester Learning Centre is an alternative provision school working with some of the most challenging and vulnerable young people in Dorset.  Before the pupils join our school, the majority of them have already been identified as having significantly low school attendance.  DLC offers a tailored timetable to each individual pupil and that in itself leads to increased attendance, good progress and positive outcomes in terms of achieving a range of qualifications, including GCSE English and Maths.  However, there are still a high percentage of our young people who fail to engage for reasons often unconnected with school.  These reasons may include turbulent and traumatic living arrangements, poor mental health and difficult social relationships with peers.  These young people are often in receipt of pupil premium, and it is this group that have been identified as “hard to reach” that the school wishes to target.


The school recognises that whilst the primary function is to provide education, if it does not in some way alleviate or remove the barriers to learning that are in our young people’s homes or local community, then we will not be able to reach them.  Experience tells us that what makes a difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged learners is passionate, committed people working with them. 


From April 2020 the funding for a pupil attracting pupil premium was:


  • £1345 per pupil in reception to year 6
  • £955 per pupil in year 7 to year 11


The funding has aided the employment of 3 safeguarding/family key workers.  The role of these staff members is to support young people and their families with non-educational problems.  Significantly these keyworkers are managed by our designated safeguarding lead and this allows the DSL to monitor situations and provide information and evidence indicating when referrals to agencies, such as social care, may be appropriate.  The impact of this team is intended to:


  • Improve the attendance of pupil premium pupils
  • Offer support and welfare
  • Encourage positive relationships
  • Increase engagement in education


Pupil Premium Guarantee


  • Guaranteed access to individualised timetables
  • Guaranteed access to vocational and enrichment activities
  • Guaranteed access to interventions such as tutoring and mentoring
  • Guaranteed access to small class sizes
  • Guaranteed access to 1:1 support for Literacy and Numeracy
  • Guaranteed access to therapeutic interventions such as Thrive
  • Guaranteed access to a pastoral/family key worker
  • Guaranteed access to a Careers Advisor from years 10 to 11


Pupil Premium Impact Report 2019/20


Analysis of Exam results


As you will be aware due to COVID-19 GCSE examination results were calculated using teacher analysis. Although, they can’t be used for performance table data please see our internal analysis below. Examination outcomes for pupil premium students who took exams were very successful and can be seen below:




2019-20 CAG

  % of students achieving 1 GCSE at 9-1



  % of students achieving 5 GCSEs at 9-1



  % of students achieving 5 GCSEs at 9-4



  % of students achieving 5 GCSEs at 9-5



  % of students achieving 5 GCSEs at 9-1 including English and Maths



  % of students achieving 5 GCSEs at 9-5 including English and Maths



  % of students achieving GCSE English and Maths at 9-1


  % of students achieving GCSE English and Maths at 9-4




Impact report for the use of Pupil Premium Grant 2019-20


Pupil Premium

Used for

Summary of intervention/action




Employment of family workers


Targeted support for improving attendance of students


There has been a positive impact through the pastoral team both in terms of procedure (i.e. home visits, liaison with parents, following of attendance protocol) whilst also an improvement for individual students.  However, the attendance data was impacted by COVID-19.




Employment of family workers


Proportionally fewer behaviour incidents


Again this data has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic however, prior to March 2020, there was a significant reduction in fixed term exclusions for all students of 23%.




Employment of family workers


Improved rates of progress for PP students


As has been highlighted above, due to COVID-19, the use of GCSE grades to measure progress is difficult. However, 100% of year 11 PP students achieved a GCSE grade in both English and Maths and 100% of year 11 PP students will be engaged in further education or training.




Trickbox resource


Improved personal, social and emotional wellbeing for primary students.


Although Thrive assessments would demonstrate an improvement in social and emotional wellbeing, the use of the trickbox resource was limited and this is an area that has been investigated further through a different approach and increased use of ELSA/Thrive.




When reflecting and assessing the impact of the interventions that have been implemented through pupil premium, we have looked at the GCSE outcomes and internal tracking but also senior staff have made judgements.

Green indicates that the intervention has been successful.

Amber indicates that whilst the intervention has been successful there are some areas that need developing within it or that after looking at data the impact has not been significant.

Red indicates that the intervention has not made any impact on attainment and progress and therefore will not be continued moving forward.


Pupil Premium Strategy for 2020-21


Please click here for our pupil premium strategy statement 2020-21.