Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to:

  • schools maintained by the local authority, including:
    • special schools, for children with special educational needs or disabilities
    • pupil referral units (PRUs), for children who can’t go to a mainstream school
  • academies and free schools, including:
    • special academies, for children with special educational needs or disabilities
    • alternative provision (AP) academies, for children who can’t go to a mainstream school
  • voluntary-sector AP, with local authority agreement
  • non-maintained special schools (NMSS), for children with special educational needs as approved by the Secretary of State for Education under section 342 of the Education Act 1992

Funding for financial year 2016 to 2017

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will receive £1,900 for any pupil:

  • identified in the January 2016 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local-authority care as a result of one of the following:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local-authority care for 1 day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)

For the pupils who attract the £1,900 rate, the virtual school head of the local authority that looks after the pupil will manage the funding.

Pupil Premium Update

We continue to deliver our programme of activities for all our pupils free of charges so everyone can build their skills and confidence to give them resilience, to be able to work as a team and also independently. Workshops delivered were :-

  • Chinese Ribbon day
  • Dinosaur Stomp day
  • Bollywood dance day
  • Little Fit Fast Feet

Plays performed were Granny’s Game Show, Puss in Boots and the Jungle Book. These were followed by drama workshops with the actors.

We have developed a small wildlife area and have started to keep domestic pets in school as we have been using the University of Lincoln’s research on how unwanted behaviours can be changed in young children when undertaking their school work alongside animals.

The barriers to learning needs from this group of children include severe learning difficulties, poor speech and language skills, English as an additional language, emotional needs and challenging behaviour. 54% of the academies are on the Free School Meals register.

There is a range of intervention that takes place on weekly basis-

  • Precision teaching – 1 to 1 teaching time focused on phonics and reading for 5 minutes every day
  • Rocket Reading – 17 children read three times a week with a trustee of the academy.
  • SALT outreach programme – Identified pupils attend an in school SALT clinic with a SALT practitioner once a week.
  • Whole class SALT – 2 times a week, whole class SALT session focusing on pure sounds and building up mouth muscle. (helps with phonics for non-SALT children)
  • Time to Talk – 3 times a week, SEAL/PSHE based session allowing children to speak and listen about concerns/worries etc.
  • Small Steps – Each child is given a personal, social or behavioural target to work towards over the term.
  • Rapid Phonics booster groups – 16 year one children and 16 year two children participate in a 15 min booster group three times a week with a different teacher to their normal phonics teacher.
  • Speech and language link – All reception children are given a screening test. This identifies any gaps in their speech and vocabulary. If gaps are identified, then the child is given a six week intensive speech programme to follow.

Headlines from the data 2016/ 2017:-

  • Pupil premium children who achieved GLD at the end of reception outperformed national results by 12%.
  • 68% of pupil premium children nationally achieved the year 1 phonics pass mark. Our pupil premium children beat this figure by 15%.

End of KS1 data summary


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Targets going into 2017/ 2018 and beyond:-

  • Continue to take children from other schools and offer an alternative provision in the SEND classroom.
  • Use of animals to help calm the behaviour, used as a tool to encourage children to talk and share their worries
  • To continue to achieve these excellent conversion rates and continue to identify and close the gaps identified
  • Converted the children working at P scales into ‘working towards the expected’.
  • To continue to give children a broad and balanced curriculum with enriched opportunities to develop all skills.
  • SALT has commented upon their target children’s progress across the year.
  • Medical needs covered upon a daily basis.