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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. Our Pupil Premium Policy can be found on our Policies and Documents page. 

In 2019/2020, from 421 children on roll, 37 children had claimed PP status with the total income being £46.200. The Pupil Premium budget for 2021/2022 will be £61,870. This is based on the 46 children who registered during the last year.

Since then, there has been a huge increase in take up of the Pupil Premium status since the onset of COVID-19, as there had previously been a reluctance from the EYFS and KS1 parents to apply for the Pupil Premium grant as their children were automatically entitled to the Universal Free School Meals. In the next academic year, there will be 55 children classed as Pupil Premium children, made up of 52 in receipt of FSM, one Ever 6 and two who are Looked After. With this in mind, the budget for 2022/23 should be noticeably higher.

Pupil Premium Strategy
Barriers To Learning Strategies that have been put in place to overcome barriers (2021/22) Cost implications
Poor fine motor control
  • Handwriting sessions (in all year groups)
  • Medway Core Standards
  • Small Group Fine Motor Control
  • Large Pencils/Pencil Grip Exercises Adult support
TA and HTLA support costs
Cost of supplies
Teacher and TA support costs
Delayed Speech
  • Speech therapy sessions with a Speech Therapist (across the school – as required)
  • Small group Speech and Sound Booster sessions in (early years)
Cost of speech therapy sessions
Teacher and TA support costs
English as an additional language
  • Additional in class support to develop vocabulary
Teacher and TA support costs
Children struggling with sensory issues
  • Specific resources purchased for children with specific needs
Cost of supplies
Emotional and behavioural issues
  • TA on Talking and Drawing course to facilitate counselling.
  • Building Club – Lunchtime (5 x per week) – Social skills club for those children who struggle to cope on the playground.
  • Pastoral Support Liaison Worker continues to provide support for vulnerable children and their families.
Cost of training for TA
TA support costs SLT members support costs
More than one quarter of PP children supported by PSLW
Poor Social Skills
  • Social skills groups
  • Additional playtime support
  • Small group work
  • Building Club – Lunchtime
Teacher and TA support costs
SLT members support costs
Low self-esteem or lacking confidence, leading to reticence to engage and to take risks in their learning
  • Building Learning Power Programme continues to develop independent learners and increase resilience
Cost of admission to scheme
Attendance and Punctuality
  • AAP (Attendance Advisory Practitioner) employed for 38 hours per year to analyse attendance data and offer support to parents who struggle to get their children into school on time
Cost of bought in service
Poor listening skills and difficulties focussing
  • Listening skills sessions and activities (Used across the school as appropriate)
  • Building Learning Power Programme
Cost of admission to scheme
Cognitive delay and gaps in learning
  • Children’s learning needs will be regularly assessed and support put in place to address needs through in class support and interventions. Gaps identified will be targeted and filled using current staffing and additional support provided using COVID-19 catch-up funding provided by the Government.
Poor understanding of number or gaps in Maths knowledge
  • Additional in class support with Maths Sumdog – KS2
  • Times Tables Rockstars
Teacher and TA support costs
Cost of admission to schemes
Gaps in Phonic knowledge
  • Phonic booster sessions
  • Setting for phonics in Years 1 and 2
  • Twice daily phonics sessions for each group
Teacher and TA support costs
Poor reading skills and or lack of comprehension
  • Regular 1:1 reading with a teaching assistant or class teacher
  • Small group interventions
Teacher and TA support costs
What is Sports Premium?

The primary PE and sport premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. The £150 million per year funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS). The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced. This means it may only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport in schools. In February 2014 the government committed to continue the funding until 2020.

The PE and sport premium must be spent by schools on ‘making additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport’ for the benefit of all pupils to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. This means that the funding should be used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities that schools already offer and/or make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years. 

For more information about our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding, as well as our Sports Premium Funding, download our Pupil Premium Reports below.