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Pupil Premium Strategy 2016 - 2017


Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’) or  in Church Aston Infant School would have qualified for free school meals.

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously, by the local authority, for more than six months, and children of service personnel.


The Headteacher and class teachers decide how to use the Pupil Premium to the greatest benefit of the children in Church Aston Infant School based on their knowledge of individual pupil needs. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • the performance tables which show the performance of Pupil Premium pupils compared with their peers

    • the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium


      National pupil premium payments to date have been:

      2011-12                £488 per child per year

      2012-13                £623 per child per year                 6 children = £3,738

      2013-14                £900 per child per year                 9 children = £8,100

      2014-15                £1,300 per child per year               8 children = £10,400

      2015-16                £1,320 per child per year               8 children = £10,560

      2016-17                £1,320 per child per year               5 children = £6,600


      The Pupil Premium funding is used in a planned way to increase achievement of potentially disadvantaged children. We analyse the needs of all children to identify priority groups and individuals.


      How does Church Aston Infant School spend Pupil Premium funding?

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed

  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged

  • We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.


    In school year 2015 - 2016 8 pupils in Church Aston Infant School were eligible for Pupil Premium funding and the amount the school received was £10,560. This was spent on:

  • A Teaching Assistant to support focussed teaching of individual children - Precision Teaching

  • Support for group interventions to aid progress and address gaps in learning

  • Acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading, writing and maths.

  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants Professional Development

  • Involvement of Teaching Assistants in Pupil Progress and Book Scrutiny meetings

  • Staff to run specific programmes to address the needs of individual children, e.g. Cool Kids (fine and gross motor skill development and Time to Talk (social skills and language)

  • Funding for a staff member to run a free Breakfast Club for children in receipt of Pupil Premium

  • Free attendance at Sports and After School Clubs and on school visits


    Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant for 2015-2016 on eligible and other pupils

    The school has put in place tracking systems to monitor the impact of pupil premium spending by measuring attainment against attainment of other pupils. This is a developing data base that will show impact over time. It is added to half termly and is reviewed by teachers and teaching assistants at half termly pupil progress meetings.


    Attainment at the end of Key Stage 1:

  • All Pupil Premium children without SEN attained Age Related Expectations or above at the end of Key Stage 1 in Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and Mathematics


    Children have been able to participate in all school activities ensuring a feeling of inclusiveness.


    Support staff have had training and understand their role in supporting Pupil Premium Grant children to attain their potential.


    The appointment of a Teaching Assistant for one-to-one Precision Teaching has enabled individual needs to be addressed quickly.


    Governors are aware of the need to monitor the progress of Pupil Premium children against other children in the cohort.


    Other children in school benefit from the Pupil Premium Grant


    Expenditure for the academic year 2016 – 2017

    There are 5 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Grant funding and the amount received by the school is £6,600

    This funding will be allocated on an individual basis to those children who are eligible only. It will be spent by providing academic support to boost attainment and as a means by which pupils’ learning or experiences in education may be enriched. The main barriers to learning for this group of children include a lack of self-esteem or self-confidence. This leads them to feel different to other children and be less likely to put themselves forward or have aspirations for their future. This has led to underachievement in many aspects of the curriculum.

    The Sutton Trust Teaching and Learning Toolkit considers a wide variety of common approaches and strategies to raising achievement and analyses them based on a range of evidence to identify the high impact approaches alongside cost implications. This action plan is based upon some of the higher impact strategies.


    The Pupil Premium Funding will also continue to be spent on:




1:1 work with an adult


This enables an additional adult to intervene quickly as soon as an issue in learning is identified or if progress stalls. Keeping up is more important than catching up.

In a 1:1 situation the additional adult is able to take positive steps to raise the aspirations of this group of pupils.


Progress and Attainment data

Additional learning supported group work


Within whole class teaching they use guided work to address misunderstandings and barriers to learning, often adapting lessons to facilitate this.

Progress and Attainment data

Free attendance at Breakfast Club and After School Clubs


The DfE document ‘Wraparound and Holiday Care’ 2016 reiterated the evidence that ‘that for many parents it can be difficult finding something and affordable’.

In a National Audit Office survey of children (2015) 31% believed that After School Clubs helped them to learn.

Uptake of provision by Pupil Premium funded children.

All costs involved for school visits and out of school activities

In a National Audit Office survey of children (2015) 40% believed that going on educational visits helped them to learn.

Uptake of provision by Pupil Premium funded children.

Employment of a Teaching Assistant to run a Fine and Gross Motor Skills program each morning

Planning is linked to Cool Kids project and Brain Gym activities.

Work is supported by Occupational therapist advice.

Progress and Attainment Handwriting data

Involvement of Teaching Assistants in Pupil Progress and Book Scrutiny meetings


Teachers and TA’s need to understand the needs of each of the Pupil Premium children throughout the school and understand the vulnerability of this group.

Detailed knowledge of where PPG pupils are in school and how they are performing. All teaching staff aware of vulnerable pupils in their care

Professional Development for Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Governors


Regular in-house and external CPD for all staff to ensure that they keep abreast of changes to the curriculum and expectations, so that the needs of all pupils can be met.


Improve children’s attainment with an emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics.

Free item of uniform for completion of form indicating whether children are entitled to Pupil Premium Funding


In a National Audit Office survey of parents of Pupil Premium children (2015) 40% had not heard of the scheme. Offering a free item of uniform benefits the families financially but also enables parents to be made aware of the funding available. This is a good way to encourage parents and carers to let us know they qualify for free school meals where pride, stigma or changing circumstances act as barriers to its take-up.

Percentage of parents taking up the offer.

Release time for the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator to track and monitor the effectiveness of specific intervention programs


Intervention programmes to support pupils in receipt of PPG are planned coordinated and evaluated in order for pupils attain age appropriate levels in all year groups.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator to meet with and update governors with responsibility for SEND and PPG


Pupil Premium Strategy Review Date : August 2017