Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and help close any gaps in attainment between them and their peers.  It is allocated to schools to enable them to support children who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been at any time in the last six years or pupils who have left local authority care following adoption, Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements Order.  This type of PPG is currently £1,320 per child.  Schools also receive PPG for children in local authority care at a rate of £1,800 per child in Lancashire.


Pupil Premium Grant 2016-2017

This year, our school's allocation of Pupil Premium Grant is £8,880 in total.


Main Barriers to Learning faced by eligible pupils

All children are different and respond in their own way to the challenges they face in their daily lives.  Part of our job as educators is to carefully track each child's progress and ensure that they are reaching the right standard of learning for their age in all subjects, particularly reading, writing and maths and making a good level of progress based on their previous attainment.

If this is not happening, we try to identify a reason why and put measures in place to help that child overcome the barrier that is preventing them from achieving and making progress. There can be many reasons for this, and at Catforth we find that the main barriers include;

lack of confidence;  pupils can often lack confidence and self-belief and this can lead to them feeling afraid to 'have a go', especially with their work, in case they make a mistake.  At Catforth, we recognise that success outside the classroom can help to build confidence and self-esteem inside the classroom.  We try to offer a range of extra-curricular activities to appeal to all pupils, both at lunchtimes and after school to give those pupils a chance to shine in something they are good at.  Pupils are given the opportunity to represent school in events such as sports competitions and community events.

becoming disengaged;  pupils may not attend extra-curricular activities or events or struggle to take part in educational visits.  This can lead to friendship issues and social isolation.  PPG is used to ensure that no child misses out on extra-curricular activities due to restrictions on family finances.

attitude to learning;  pupils may struggle to learn independently because of a lack of confidence or because they have difficulty concentrating or are easily distracted.  Small group work or 1:1 support from a Learning Mentor can enable us to address an individual child's issues and overcome this particular barrier.


How we are spending our Pupil Premium Funding

At Catforth Primary School the Pupil Premium Grant this year is used to support the following services:

  • Higher level of adult support in class to ensure that children can be supported in smaller groups for 'guided' work where the curriculum demands it.  
  • Additional adult support to deliver personalised intervention programmes that will ensure children's attainment and progress is in line with their peers.
  • Learning Mentor support for children and families to address social and emotional issues affecting attainment and progress.
  • Provide milk for pupils on free school meals.
  • Ensure that pupils we receive PPG for are able to go on school trips, including the residential and take part in after school clubs if there is a small charge.
  • Providing additional resources for interventions, including those for children falling behind and More Able pupils.


Measuring the Impact of Pupil Premium Funding

We carry out assessments of children's attainment at the end of every term.  We check to see if a child's attainment is in line with that of their peers and we make an assessment of how much progress they have made at the end of each term and the end of each academic year.  If children are behind where they should be, we will be checking to see that they are catching up, even if they are still behind.  i.e. that they have made more than three terms of progress over the year.  

As well as measuring attainment and progress, we also pay attention to a child's well-being, confidence, attitude to learning and happiness in school to check that these are improving over time.



Our strategies for using the Pupil Premium Grant will be reviewed at the end of the current academic year by the teaching staff and governing body, to ensure that they are having a positive impact.


Pupil Premium Grant 2015-2016

In 2015-2016, our school's allocation of Pupil Premium Grant was £10,680 in total.

This was spent on providing;

  • Higher levels of adult support in classes.
  • Additional adult support to deliver personalised intervention programmes.
  • Learning Mentor support for children and families.
  • Milk for pupils on free school meals.
  • Part-funding for trips and activity clubs for pupils on free school meals.
  • Additional resources for intervention work,  for children falling behind and More Able pupils.
  • 1:1 tuition for pupils in Year 6 to help with maths, reading and GPS SATs.


Impact of PPG in 2015-16

Year 6 pupils SATs results

Some pupils achieved a scaled score of 99 (100 being expected for their age) on the SATs tests in more than one area.  This represents better than expected progress over the year, from a starting point of almost a year behind  at the beginning of Year 6.  These pupils had 1:1 tuition, funded in part by the PPG and some had weekly sessions with the Learning Mentor.

Year 2 pupils SATs results

Pupils reached the required standard in reading and writing.  These pupils had small group intervention work to improve writing and regular sessions with the Learning Mentor.

Year 1 Phonics Screening

All pupils achieved the required standard.  These pupils had 1:1 personalised intervention work to address gaps in their knowledge and application of phonics.  They also had regular sessions with the Learning Mentor.