Pupil Premium

What is ‘Pupil Premium’?

Pupil Premium (PP) funding is an additional sum allocated to schools by the government in addition to the main school budget. It is awarded on the basis of the number of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) either currently or at any time in the past 6 years.  The funding is seen as a way to address the learning of children identified as vulnerable to underachieving, to support initiatives to ensure that these pupils fulfill their full potential. Looked After children also receive a premium. From 2012, Service children (those who have or had a parent from an Armed Forces background in the past 3 years) receive a smaller premium.

The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.’

Department for Education website, July 2014

As you can see, schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium grant as they see fit. However we are held accountable for how we have used the funding and the impact this has had on the achievement and progress of identified pupils.

How much does Hillside Avenue receive?

Academic Year PP Allocated budget Amount per pupil No. of eligible pupils Total no of children on roll
2013 -14 34200 £953/300 (service ch’n) 37 (and 3 service ch’n) 468
2014 -15 49000 £1300/300(servicech’n) 37 (and 3 service ch’n) 466
2015-16 56760 £1320 43 461


Expenditure and Impact 2015 -16

Title Nature of Support Cost per  annum(approx) Proposed impact –gap between attainment & progress of FSM/nonFSM  pupils is narrowed          
Additional experienced teachers/TA hours

TA/teacher training

Extension booster gps and catch up groups for literacy and maths  in KS1 & KS2

To ensure quality first teaching in class sessions

£42533 July 2016 – KS2 SATs results, the first with the new test papers, showed 100% PP pupils  reached expected progress in writing, 57% in reading and  29% in maths. This meant 29% met the expected standard in all 3 subjects combined.  PP progress measures from KS1 starting points were +5.1 for writing, +1.2 for reading and -1 for maths. Maths progress for PP pupils will be a main focus for 16/17 academic year.
Achievement for All Structured conversation training for all staff to improve communication with parents in order to establish precise and detailed targets for  identified children, with dedicated termly time for meetings               £ 2700 July 2016 – School awarded Achievement for All quality mark because of year on year data showing how majority of PP children supported across school made accelerated progress from starting points.
Talk Boost Trained teacher/TA supporting development of oral communication skills in EYFS £400 (resources only -  training costs met through bursary application) July 16 – 67% PP children in Yr R achieved a ‘good level of development’ in all strands of CL, PHY, PSE, Literacy and Maths
Y2 and 5 Maths Clubs After school targetted support with teacher lead for Catch Up numeracy (Y5) and Y2 teachers Free (voluntary teacher time) July 16 - In school data shows the PP cohort made accelerated progress (average 2.7 points)  during year 5
‘Toast’ group Social communication/ speech and language support groups for KS1 pupils £6700 In school data shows majority of PP children making accelerated progress especially in speaking and listening since start of intervention
Code X reading scheme KS2 reading catch up & booster materials £1290 July 16 – School PP reading progress from KS1 starting point  was  +1.2 – above national
Phonic Bug/ Letters and Sounds resources/phonics play online KS1 materials to enhance Letters and Sounds phonics teaching from Yr R upwards £1477 July 16 – Y1 Phonics score 90% - an increase of 13% from 2015
Enabling participation Expenditure for residential visits, music tuition and before/after school clubs to ensure PP pupils have same equality of opportunity as less disadvantaged pupils £1925 All PP pupils attended Y5/Y6 residential visits and talented Y5 PP pianist able to attain next grade exams, another PP pupil taking guitar lessons, one accessing breakfast club and afterschool sports
TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                                  £57025


For 2016 -17, the amount per pupil remains at £1320 and for service children £300, and LAC attract a payment of £1900.  We have been funded for 49 pupils in total, including 2 service children and 2 LAC children giving a total of £63800.

Given the success of targetted challenge and support groups across the school we have committed to enhancing the extra teacher and TA hours in 16/17, with a particular focus on mathematics.  We are also introducing the Junior Princes Award via SkillForce, working with the Y6 cohort specifically which has a high number of PP children, several of whom joined the school in Y5 causing a great deal of instability. The Junior Princes Award is designed to promote resilience and self confidence in those who undertake it which we feel will enable these pupils to both attempt and achieve more than they would do without the programme. We are also investing in NFER assessment resources across the school to enable more closer tracking and thus speedier intervention for those pupils who might not be making as rapid progress as expected. We continue to monitor and address the barriers to learning affecting our PP pupils, which can change immensely on a year to year basis.