Pupil Premium

What is it?

The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Why has it been introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having.

The Pupil Premium 2016-17 –Ash Croft Primary School

Our 2016-2017 funding was £70,860. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is: 26%

During 2016- 2017 we used the Pupil Premium in the following ways:

  • To raise aspirations of school stakeholders.
  • To improve the schools ability to reach reluctant parents.
  •   To raise the educational attainment of all children
  •   To develop the social, emotional and welfare of children.
  •   To remove barriers to learning.
  •   To further raise attainment in reading, writing and spelling of all children.
  •   To develop children’s attainment through focussed intervention support.
  •   To ensure effective first hand practical experiences are catered for and supported in maths lessons
  •   To effectively communicate with parents.
  •   To develop the opportunity for online learning for all pupils.
  •   To develop reluctant readers.
  •   To ensure children have access to a range of enrichment activities in and out of school
  •   Develop quality first teaching through coaching and mentoring of staff / CPD opportunities
  •   Develop behaviour and self-esteem of challenging children.
  •   Ensure children have an appropriate breakfast before school.
  •   Develop phonics through effective interventions.
  •   1:1 and small group focussed work additional to class time.
  •   Development of Speech and Language skills of younger children,
  •   Support children who have less support at home for reading.

The impact of the funding was:

  • Significantly improved outcomes in phonics for all pupils, including vulnerable pupils
  • Improved engagement with parents of vulnerable pupils through parental engagement events, Parents forums and Friends of Ash Croft
  • Increased engagement of vulnerable pupils with extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities
  • Improved support for vulnerable pupils and their families with issues relating to social care
  • Vulnerable pupils attending breakfast club are better prepared for learning

This year we plan to use the Pupil Premium as follows:

  • Support our Pupil Premium children to attend the before and after school club run by Sporting Bodies -  to address attendance and lateness and also to ensure our children are starting the day ready to learn.
  • Our Inclusion Managers to continue to work with our vulnerable families to avoid social and other external issues having a negative impact on the child’s education
  • Intervention teachers – to support vulnerable pupils to ensure that at least expected progress is achieved and to diminish the differences with national.
  • Nurture provision for vulnerable pupils who are eligible for FSM, LAC
  • To provide subsidised places in after school clubs and enrichment opportunities.
  • To provide high quality CPD opportunities to promote Quality First Teaching.


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