Appleshaw St Peter's

Church of England Primary School

Pupil Premium Grant

What is Pupil Premium?


The government introduced pupil premium funding in April 2011.  It is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools provide targeted support for vulnerable children – not necessarily just the pupils who qualify for FSM.

The government believes that the pupil premium funding, 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 non-FSM children to ensure the funding reaches the pupils who need it most. They also receive a smaller amount of funding for children of service personnel. Schools are also accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.

Further information from the DfE can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings

Our Pupil Premium Strategy

  1. We have an inclusive approach to education which values the whole child. Our Christian Values of Love, Fellowship and Justice guide our thinking and decision making for all members of the school community.

  2. Standards of behaviour and attendance are very good. Pupils enjoy school, feel valued and make a positive contribution.

  3. We have a constant focus on improving teaching and learning. Our key school improvement targets are geared towards improving our practice and achieving better outcomes for all pupil groups.

  4. We have a skilled Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and experienced Learning Support Staff who are able to offer a wide range of interventions to support the various needs that pupils present in school.

  5. We deploy staff to best meet the needs of pupils. A significant amount of support time is targeted at early intervention in Years R-2 so that pupils have the basic skills required as they move into Key Stage 2. We employ a ‘Learning Mentor’ who works with pupils regularly to keep a track on their progress and offer support and encouragement.

  6. We have a robust internal tracking system which enable us to track pupils individual and respond to concerns in a timely manner. Pupil progress meetings are conducted at least termly and alongside the class teacher are attend by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, SENCo and a governor.

  7. The Headteacher provides robust challenge for all members of staff and encourages a culture whereby expectations are high, thinking is challenged and innovation is encouraged.

Barriers to educational achievement at Appleshaw

We recognise a number of barriers to learning which our staff, through excellent knowledge of each individual pupil and carefully directed resources seek to minimise so that all pupils are able to achieve their best in all aspects of the curriculum. Barriers to educational achievement we might experience include:

  • lack of independence
  • low resilience
  • low self-esteem
  • poor early language skills

2016/17

Pupil premium funding received for this financial year: £21,705 (which included £5,400) of money allocated to support pupils whose parents are in the services 'Service Pupil Premium')

How the money will be spent

We have again employed a member of staff to act as a learning mentor for this academic year. The staff member will work with identified pupils on a weekly basis. Pupils will be required to bring along work they have been doing during the previous week and there will be a discussion around what went well, what could be better, what progress is being made towards targets set etc.  The member of staff will feedback to class teachers regularly and we will review its impact regularly.

Why? We want to ensure that the pupils we have identified have the opportunity to have a quality discussion about their learning. We recognise that there are many elements that influence pupil progress and that beyond any additional interventions that we may purchase; we want to empower children to be the best they can be, not just in the short term but in the longer term too.

We will continue to invest in training opportunities for staff and in interventions that we believe will help pupils to make good progress and meet end of Key Stage expectations.

Please see our Action Plan (PDF file below) for this academic year for further details of how we intend to spend our allocation.

  1. Pupil Premium Action Plan 2017-18
  2. 2016-17 Pupil Premium Action Plan
  3. 2015-16 Pupil Premium Action Plan and Evaluation