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Pupil Premium

The Funding

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. This is additional funding given to schools to enable them to support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between themselves and their peers

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the numbers of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and for children who have been eligible at any point in the previous 6 years.

Pupil premium is also received for children in local authority care, adopted children and children with guardian orders in place.

In 2015-16, the funding received was £1320 for primary-aged pupils and £1900 for all looked after children, adopted children and children with guardians.

Schools are free to spend Pupil Premium according to their specific needs, however, schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.


Our Strategy

The School’s strategy is to put in place measures that will ensure that all disadvantaged children will be able to access the curriculum and make progress at the same rate or better than their peers. The focus will be in line with our School Development Plan which is written annually, however, all provision will be personalised and reviewed on a termly basis.


Barriers to learning

The School is aware that sometimes disadvantaged children may have experienced challenging home experiences which can lead to gaps in learning due to stresses within the home, home moves and/or a change of school. We also realise that a disadvantaged child may have a very stable background, however, due to financial reasons their family may not be able to provide all of the life experiences that could enhance their child’s learning.

With these barriers in mind, we have allocated our Pupil Premium funding to initiatives that aim to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

For further information about the Pupil Premium funding allocation, click on the link below:

2018-19 Plan for Pupil Premium Grant

This financial year to date, we have received £97,680.00 in allocated Pupil Premium Grant funding.


What it does


Success criteria

Target pupils



Project X


10 week focussed comprehension intervention.


Children will make accelerated progress in their comprehension skills.

24 children over the course of the academic year from Year 2 to Year 4



Fischer Family Trust Wave 3

Accelerates basic skills in reading and writing.


Children will have greater understanding of phonics.



Lower school children identified by class teacher


Reading Recovery


Accelerates reading skills in a one-to-one environment.


Children make accelerated progress in their reading.

KS1 children as identified through screening.


Success at Arithmetic



Accelerates calculation skills.


Children develop secure calculation skills.

KS2 children with gaps in their learning


Intervention teacher


Supports progress in Year 5 and 6 in core areas.


Gaps in knowledge and skills will close.

Years 5 and 6 groups



Provides children with the vocabulary that they need in a lesson and refreshes prior learning.

8 Teaching Assistants are part funded by Pupil Premium funding in order to carry out the Pre and Post teaching interventions

Children will be able to access their learning and progress at a faster rate within the lesson.

All year groups



Provides support after a lesson to revisit any aspect of learning that was not understood.

Children will be well prepared for the next lesson. Gaps in their learning will be reduced.

All year groups.


Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA)


Provides support for children’s emotional wellbeing.


Children will benefit from time with the ELSA so they feel happy at school and able to access their learning.

Whole school


Breakfast club (subsidised)

A club that runs from 8am with engaging activities and food at the start of the day.


Families will be supported in the mornings to get their children to school in time, reducing late arrivals. Greater opportunities for parents to access the workplace.

Whole school


Lunch club

A club that provides an alternative to the playground with a variety of activities.

No additional cost

Children return to class after lunch ready to learn.

Whole school up to 12 children at a time.


Home School Link Worker

Provides support for families and children through one-to-one conversations.


Time to talk. Poor attendance and behaviour addressed. Sign-posting to other agencies for support.

Whole school


Subsidised residential and educational visits.

All children have access to all activities within the school.

£50 per year 6 child and £30 per year 4 child for residentials. Other visits assessed on a needs basis.

All children able to experience learning away from school alongside their peers.

All Pupil Premium eligible children


Provision of equipment and uniform

Reduces any barriers for children to be ready to learn in class.

Assessed on an individual basis.

No child feels disadvantaged against their peers

All Pupil Premium eligible children