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Pupil Premium Background to Funding

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support those pupils who are considered to be disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium was first introduced in April 2011.

The government believes that Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils at their school. Schools are held to account for these monies and performance tables capture the achievement of pupils in receipt of this funding.

St Ann’s is committed to ensuring that this funding is directed effectively to support the specific needs of students and robustly evaluated to ensure best practice is incorporated and value for money sustained. The most recent Pupil Premium Strategy Review took place in November 2018.

During the course of the year, the impact and effect of Pupil Premium funding is measured. It is measured through data analysis, scrutiny children’s work, observation of children’s developing skills, abilities and attributes, and through the pupil voice.  

The funding awarded to schools to help fund strategies to close the gap is as follows:

Summary of Pupil Premium children on roll 2018-19 (Sept 2018)



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

% of year group Pupil Premium


5 pupils


4 pupils






5 pupils


8 pupils


10 pupils

Funding Allocation 2018-19 (Projections based on September 2018 Census)

Projections based on September 2018 Census

Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding


% of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding


FSM funding


FSM Ever 6 funding


LAC (inc. Post-LAC)




Objectives of Pupil Premium Spending

Our key objective in using Pupil Premium Funding is to close the gap between eligible pupils and their peers by increasing the progress made by all children but accelerating the progress made by students eligible for funding. Historically and nationally levels of attainment are lower for children eligible for the funding. At St. Ann’s funding is applied carefully and strategically to ensure that barriers to progress are removed.

When identifying new strategies and allocating funds to particular projects it is important to consider the relative impact of previous initiatives in order to maximise the impact of future spending. Successful spending takes into account the children’s attainment, progress, social background, developing skills and attributes. With this in mind, at St. Ann’s we believe that priority should be made to ensure the following objectives are met (not all of these objectives apply to every child in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding).

  1. Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Engagement

To further improve teaching and learning across school and for targeted cohort to increase academic achievement. In addition to this to also develop further the range of intervention strategies in use and curriculum engagement of Pupil Premium children. This includes parental engagement with school in order to maintain a supportive home-school partnership along with increased levels of feedback to students and families to accelerate improvements.

  1. Wider Outcomes

To provide a range of opportunities for students, no matter what their background to access learning opportunities outside the classroom.

  1. Attendance

To implement strategies addressing the attendance gap between PP non PP children (where this is applicable).

  1. Behaviour

To implement strategies to reduce the exclusion data for PP students (where this is applicable).

Overview of Spending Plan for 2018-19

In 2018-19, 45 children will be in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding. In total the school will receive £63,160 funding for these pupils. Funding will be allocated as follows:

How the funding will be allocated:


Funding Allocation

Designated teacher to give 1-1/small group tuition to Pupil Premium Pupils

1 to 1 staffing costs

Therapeutic interventions

Nurture Group

External agencies costs

Volunteer training programme

Adult support at lunchtimes

Attendance Team

Pastoral Manager and Assistants

Support from Pastoral Team

External agencies (Learning Support/ SEN Consultant)

Before school/ lunchtime/ after school/ holiday clubs

Extra-curricular clubs

Various staffing costs


e-subscriptions e.g. Accelerated Reader, Bug Club, Mathletics, Reading Eggs

Various APPs for i-pads

Magazine/comic subscriptions

Books e.g. Book Band, Reader Books, 100 books to read before you leave Y6

Professional Development (training) for staff e.g. professional qualifications

Iris videoing equipment

Radio Station

Revision Guides

Curriculum Enhancement

Curriculum development – Lunar, Oracy

Cultural Offer

Careers Day/Week

Oracy Focus Day

Computing Week

Annual large scale art project

Music Scholarships

Music tuition

Pupil Leadership Teams

Children’s University

Blue Sky Experiences

Interventions e.g. Talk Boost, Makaton, Write Away Together, Inference Training

Various staffing costs


Music tuition

Performing Arts Provision (weekly lesson)

EKLAN Language Programme (EYFS)



Family Learning


Coffee Mornings